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VOODOO GEARSHIFT / SLIGHTS / JOY SUBTRACTION @ miniBar

IN THE DISASTER ROOM
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Voodoo Gearshift, SLIGHTS, JOY SUBTRACTION

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VOODOO GEARSHIFT / SLIGHTS / JOY SUBTRACTION
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Voodoo Gearshift started in 1987 in Des Moines, Iowa. Bred from metal, speed and classic rock, they evoke crunching melodies that at times will abruptly halt and twist into a new theme, with grace. Their excellent songwriting and musicianship garnered then a descent following in the midwest. on their first tour to the northwest they caught the eye of Daniel House who signed them to CZ records in 1992. So they loaded up the van and headed to Seattle. Personal conflicts led to the departure of several band members and they settled in with Scooter Haslip in 1993. They dissolved by the late 90's, but are back to rock the new millenium! Most recent band members included Mark Bruggeman (drums), Scooter Haslip (bass){ex-Mos Generator}, and Jim Roth(guitar vocals) {ex- built to spill and the Hollowmen}. Past members include, Steve Tyler (guitar) and Joe Page (bass){The Hollowmen)} and Paul Sorrels (bass). They produced 4 albums.

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SLIGHTS came together when Ben Parks and Matthew Dunehoo met during a workshop teaching you how to not die in an effort to make art almost 24-7. Matthew really admired Ben’s beautiful large-scale paintings and Ben admired the fact that Matthew wasn’t too embarrassed to complain about trivial matters. These men are both grunge babies though Parks’ previous/current other projects skew towards the dark-folk/americana side of musicdom (of Tree), Dunehoo’s projects like Baby Teardrops and Doris Henson have always been patently derivative of NIRVANA. Feeling that there’s mere hours for humanity left before evacuating to Mars, SLIGHTS aims to transmute two lives’ collections of insults into golden fuzzy indulgent large psychosis drive-time rock, while others choose to serve selflessly and educate the young. The live band is rounded out by guitarist Alex Alexander (The Band that Fell to Earth, Emmaline Twist) and Steven Tulipana (Season to Risk, Roman Numerals) on bass.

JOY SUBTRACTON

The subtraction of joy. It’s not a new concept—individuals and organizations have been engaging in it for as long as there have been individuals and organizations. Some notable practitioners include the U.S. Congress, girlfriends and wives, Mel Gibson, anyone who thinks Ayn Rand had good ideas, Jonathan Franzen, Nazis, Gwen Stefani, every chamber of commerce, and Ted Nugent. But there is an entity that has made the practice a fine art, elevated it to a level higher than Mount Olympus. Because it’s one thing to subtract joy—anyone can do that. But that is merely one tine of a forked tongue. That’s just nihilism. There’s no greater purpose being served. The trick is to subtract the joy of others while maximizing one’s own pleasure. That’s when JOY SUBTRACTION can become art.

It didn’t start out that way. The band had noble intentions. “It began as a vehicle to transmit the plight of the oppressed, a sort of electric clarion call, if you will,” says one of the members. “But then my wife got this killer corporate gig as an attorney, so now we find that our interests often conflict with those of the oppressed. It’s really hard for us. On the one hand, you want to care, but, on the other, you don’t want to lose any money. So I’m still finding my artistic voice. This country has been so bad to so many people, but it’s been so good to me and my family that I’m tending to look the other way. We’ll see what shakes out.” Of course, what started as looking the other way inevitably became the active dismaying of those around him, and that ethos soon became the modus operandi of the entire band.

Regarding the music, Joy Subtraction sounds like whatever you hate; whatever makes you feel ugly and insecure; whatever garnishes your wages. Do you like Radiohead? Joy Subtraction sounds like the exact opposite of Radiohead. Do you hate Black Flag, Burning Brides, NoMeansNo, Future of the Left, and The Beatles? Good—because Joy Subtraction kind of sounds like all of those bands rolled into one. Except way better.

Regarding your feelings, ha ha ha ha ha. Do you want things to work out for humankind? Joy Subtraction is here to tell you they won’t. Do you like good times and great oldies? Joy Subtraction likes the day the music died. Do you think Jesus wants you to be rich and successful, white and thin? JS is here to tell you he doesn’t. He wants you to be killed and eaten by poor people.

Do you want math with your metal? Steam with your punk? Psycho with your billy? Stoner with your rock? Art with your house? Hip with your hop? Power with your pop? Alt with your country? Hard with your core? Shoe with your gazing? Well, piss off—you’ll get whatever gruel JS decides to sling your way. Lap it up, lapdog.

Do you think glittering prizes and endless compromises shatter the illusion of integrity? Of course you don’t—you’re American. Well, so is Joy Subtraction! That and greed are the only things you both have in common. But it’s enough, isn’t it? So break out your mom’s wallet and buy their music. Do it for capitalism. Do it for American especialism. Do it before your mom loses her job. Do it before we all go up in flames. Because, as Joy Subtraction will be the first to tell you, the firestorm’s coming. It’s on its way now. Feel the heat? You will.

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