YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN | Gull | Buck Gooter | TBA

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Charlies American Cafe

4024 Granby Street

Norfolk, VA 23504

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Yamantaka // Sonic Titans - (Toronto, Ontario) Paper Bag Records

https://yamantaksonictitan.bandcamp.com

There’s a whole world contained within Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. They’re a Noh-Wave prog collective, a black-and-white (and sometimes red) theatre company, an operatic psych cult, and the speculative prophets of humanity’s impending doom. Above it all, though, they’re a thunderous rock band, and on their upcoming third album, DIRT, they’re the heaviest they’ve ever been.

Though they’ve been an amorphous beast since they formed in 2010, DIRT follows the group’s most significant evolution in years. Now totally Toronto-based, they’ve added new singer Joanna Delos Reyes, guitarist Hiroki Tanaka and bassist Brandon Lim, who, along with the towering drums of leader/artist Alaska B, singer/theatre artist Ange Loft and keyboardist Brendan Swanson, turn the group into a driving engine of sound. Live, the band can be sprawling and theatrical or concise and visceral, filling the stage with noise, melody and cacophony.

DIRT is the band’s first album since 2013’s UZU, their second straight to be shortlisted for the Polaris Prize as one of the best Canadian albums of the year. But the gap between albums hasn’t been a hiatus. Instead, the group hunkered down in the studio composing the mostly-instrumental score to the DrinkBox Studios video game Severed, along with members of the Canadian-Filipina gong group Pantayo. They emerged with new elements to heighten and distort into their already far-reaching sound, which combines and tornadoes Asian diasporic and Indigenous influences and perspectives.

They’ve streamlined their sound, digging into both heavy and poppy influences like Judas Priest, Killing Joke, and Jordan Knight and translating them into their own unmistakable aesthetic. The live show is still a sensory overload of makeup and costumes that falls somewhere between Boredoms and Kiss, but the focus now is on their sound - the fullest, most killer version they’ve put on record yet. They think big, but they’re not a thought experiment. They’re a force.

Similar to Sun Ra’s take on Afrofuturism, the band resist being pigeonholed into any one idea, sound or cultural perspective. Instead, they burst their references apart, creating something entirely new. No matter what direction they go in, it can only come from Yamantaka // Sonic Titan


Gull (Richmond, VA)

https://gullface.bandcamp.com/

One man band psychedelic extraordinare


Buck Gooter (Harrisonburg, VA)

https://buckgooter.bandcamp.com/

Dynamic duo of industrial blues


FRI OCT 19
Charlie's American Cafe
4024 Granby St Norfolk, VA 23504
$10 presale // $13 day of show

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This event is open to all ages

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Free city parking in the parking lot across the street from Charlie's beside MJ's Tavern, please do not park in the neighborhood behind the venue

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Email tbapeople@gmail.com

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No refunds unless event is unforeseeably cancelled without a makeup date

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4024 Granby Street

Norfolk, VA 23504

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