Chicharra Heads to Titwrench Stockholm This June!

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We are excited to announce that Chicharra are headed to Stockholm, Sweden this summer to play Titwrench Stockholm. Now in its second iteration out of Sweden, Titwrench is the beloved music festival based in Denver, CO that operates as a collective of artists, musicians, and filmmakers and other creatives, who work together to organize a multimedia festival showcasing women and LGBTQ+ artists. Chicharra, along with many other incredible New Mexico artists make the trek to Denver each August to be a part of the festival, which seeks to build community, conversation and support around female-identified + genderqueer artists in experimental and fringe realms. 

Marisa Demarco of Chicharra performed as her solo, experimental project BIGAWATT at Titwrench's first Stockholm iteration back in 2014 (pictured above; photo by Kim Shively). This year, Chicharra will join a handful of other New Mexico and Colorado bands in performing in Stockholm for the festival, held June 15th through 17th. Fundraising for the festival has been sourced from both public funds in Sweden and various granting organizing, some of which aids the international travel expenses of US bands like Chicharra making their way to the fest. Unfortunately, these funds do not cover all the festival expenses for traveling artists, so festival organizer Isis Marina Graham has set up a fundraising page on Facebook to help with additional costs for artists. Your support is greatly appreciated and helps give voice to female, genderqueer & LGBTQ+ artists: DONATE TODAY!

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In addition to playing Titwrench Stockholm, Chicharra will embark on the group's first European tour (dates TBA). You can help support Chicharra's European tour and trek to Titwrench Stockhom by purchasing their music and merchandise online (Chicharra merch store). Photo above of Chicharra performing at Rufina Taproom in Santa Fe; photo by James Lutz.

A Ghost in Arroyo Hondo: Dylan Blanchard Joins the Matron Family

 
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Chances are you have already seen Dylan Blanchard perform. A multi-instrumentalist, current Meow Wolf artist and College of Santa Fe graduate, Dylan has lent his talent as a collaborator to numerous projects over his 17 plus years as a sideman and creative contributor. Most recently he joined Matron Records' Future Scars on keys, joined local indie-rock outfit Ten Ten Division on bass and contributed to garage-pop favorites Treemotel, with more distant contributions with Austin's Tristero (drums), Santa Fe's Babelshack (bass), Danny Whitecotton (drums, keyboards) and the infamous folk/rock orchestra Apple Miner Colony (drums). Now he steps to the front to lead his own project with his forthcoming 7" release, Ghost In Arroyo Hondo (Just One of Many), out on Matron Records on July 5th.

 
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Short but sweet, this two-track debut marks the first time since college that Dylan went into the studio to create something entirely his own and his years of backing up other musicians is evident it the release's clarity and dynamics. Contrasting styles, timbres, and influences all come together to create a sound that is both catchy and dissonant, energetic and dark, joyful and sad. The result is a taste of what will be more to come. 

 
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In preparation for live performances, Dylan has recruited long time friend and collaborator, Ben Clary (Apple Miner ColonyBipedal Approach), fellow College of Santa Fe musician, Brendan Carn and Ten Ten Division bandmate, Vonnie Kyle (Vonnie KyleMark Mallman). The new group is currently making ready to hit the road this July with friends and label-mates, Future Scars. The two groups kick off their tour with Dylan's vinyl release show on Thursday, July 5th at Meow Wolf with Denver's Rubedo. Matron Records will begin streaming the first of the two singles on the 7" on Friday, May 4th and you can catch the debut performance of full band on that date at Ghost (2889 Trades West Rd) with Treemotel and Austin's Marmalakes. More information below:

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Back To The Future: Future Scars Returns In The New Year With A New Line-Up & A New Sound

 
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After a nearly 7-month hiatus from shows, Future Scars prepares to debut the groups' new line-up and new sound this month at Rufina Taproom on Saturday the 31st as part of a benefit show for Changing Woman Initiative. Future Scars, first formed in 2015 by former As In We members, has undergone a number of transformations since their inception, often wrought with trauma. Bassist Paul Wagner joined the band in 2017 after front-woman Eliza Lutz experienced sexual assault by a former member. Later that year, longtime drummer Ben Durfee left to pursue other projects, leaving the band at a cross-roads for how to move forward.

Says Lutz of the band's difficult history, "For me Future Scars is a story of triumph and resilience, not unlike its name. As a woman in music, sexism and sexual harrasment has been a daily experience for me as a musician, business owner and promoter. Learning to confront sexism and sexual assault from within my own band, from someone close to me and not just from the music community at large, really changed my relationship to feminism in my music and transformed my priorities as a musician. I realized how important it was for me to honor my voice and experience as a female musician and to not be afraid to write songs about and collaborate with people who understand and respect that."

At the end of 2017, Lutz and Wagner brought local musicians Marcus Difilippo and Dylan Blanchard on board (on drums and keys, respectively) and begin cultivating a new, more developed sound. As Lutz had written most of the material for the groups' forthcoming full-length a year before, the change was an opportunity to take a step back and build on a live sound that better reflected the songwriting and tone of the band.

"I am just so unbelievably grateful to play with such talented, imaginative and kind humans," says Lutz. "This change has been such a reset and a welcome challenge to write songs that are both personal and universal and give a voice to the experience that many women and gender non-conforming folks face in music. We are all looking to the future now and healing old wounds."

Future Scars record their new album this spring with US regional tours in the works for summer and late fall. The group premiers their new sound at Rufina Taproom on March, 31st with label-mates Chicharra as well as Weedrat, Treemotel & Sex Headaches. More on that show below!

 
 
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Changing Woman Initiative Benefit Show
Featuring: Treemotel, Weedrat, Future Scars, Chicharra & Sex Headaches

Saturday March 31st

Rufina Taproom
Second Street Brewery
2920 Rufina Street


8:00pm Doors / $5-20 Sliding Scale /
ALL AGES

For more information,
visit the event page.

Chicharra Release New Album Let's Paint This Town In Craters

 
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Most of the time the word “heavy” is used in reference to metal or hardcore bands. For the last three years Albuquerque’s Chicharra has been interpreting it in their own way. The self-described “maximalist” ensemble is comprised of three bassists/vocalists (Marisa Demarco, Monica Demarco, Maura Woody) and two drummers (Henry Hutchinson and John Butler) and creates soundscapes that are at once etheric and chaotic, delicate and aggressive. The band’s name itself is an indication of their experimental nature: Chicharra translates to “Cicada” but also, roughly, a sound you can’t control in your environment— buzzers, bells and people who talk too much. Chicharra responds to all these ideas, inviting a swelling cacophony into each song.

Chicharra release Let’s Paint This Town in Craters, the anticipated follow-up to their self-titled debut album today on Matron Records. The album, which was written and recorded over an impressive 48 hours with Carlos Garcia, explores themes of oppression and dystopian futures, and exemplifies the group’s knack for creating dense orchestration that is as dynamic and nuanced as it is heavy.

The album features original artwork by the group's own drummer Henry Hutchinson who also illustrated the band's debut release. The CD version of Let's Paint This Town In Craters comes packaged in a limited silkscreened case made of 100% recycled chipboard and features Hutchinson's artwork on the cover and inside illustrations by Eliza Lutz.

Stream the new album below and get your limited edition silkscreened CD here.

 

Chicharra Invade Earth In New Music Video

Today, Chicharra release the second single and title track off of their forthcoming album, Let's Paint This Town in Craters with a brand new music video. The video, directed by Sara Century with videography by Rick, is a DIY sci-fi monster movie featuring a miniature replica of downtown Albuquerque being destroyed by reptiles from outer space played by the band.

"Let's Paint This Town In Craters" is the second of three singles to be released off of Chicharra's forthcoming album of the same name that together illustrate the album's journey from apocalypse to rebirth. 

The full album, Let's Paint This Town in Craters, comes out on October 20th on Matron Records!

Introducing The Southwick Radio Transmission Library

 

Get inside the alternate universe that is Storming The Beaches With Logos In Hand with the release of "Into, The Mudfields." This imagined soundscape created with found sounds paints a picture in the listener's mind of the dark and fantastical setting where the group's new album, Bailiwick, Refused takes place.

This release marks the launch of the group's newest project, Southwick Radio Transmission Library - an audio library of radio transmissions received from the alternate reality unveiled by the world-building project. As part of the Southwick Radio Transmission launch, the project will be releasing more soundscapes to develop their alternate world, including the first music single from Bailiwick, Refused, entitled Rope I (a flame among the blue and black), below. The second part of this double-single, Rope II (now it's climb or die), will be available only at STBWLIH's special CURRENTS New Media performance at El Museo on June 23rd!

 

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Debut New Music at New Media Festival

 
 

Preparing for the upcoming release of their newest album Bailiwick, Refused (out August 4th on Matron Records), Santa Fe based world-building music project Storming The Beaches With Logos in Hand presents an immersive, one-night-only experience entitled Mudfields on Friday, June 23rd. A hybrid performance, Mudfields is a live multimedia theater performance taking place at El Museo in conjunction with CURRENTS New Media Festival. The performance includes live music, video projections, audio soundscapes, set design and costuming, some of which will include contributions from students at the New Mexico School For The Arts (NMSA).

STBWLIH is also celebrating the launch of the group's newest project, Southwick Radio Transmission Library - an audio library of radio transmissions received from the alternate reality unveiled by the world-building project. As part of the Southwick Radio Transmission Library launch, the project will be releasing the first music single Rope I (a flame among the blue and black) off of the new album leading up to the June 23 show, and will make their second single, Rope II (now it’s climb or die) available only at the concert itself. 

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For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event page.

 

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"Mudfields"

Friday, June 23rd

El Museo Cultural De Santa Fe
555 Camino de la Familia

Santa Fe, NM

$10 // 8PM Doors

 

 

Watch "Alloy" The New Music Video From Chicharra

 

"Alloy" is the first of three singles to be released off of Chicharra's forthcoming album, Let's Paint This Town in Craters," (out October 2017) that together illustrate the album's journey from apocalypse to rebirth. The first of the trilogy, "Alloy," opens the struggle with a music video featuring an aerial acrobatics piece inspired by Kurt Vonnegut's story "Harrison Bergeron," which tells of a dystopian future in which dancers are made to wear weights so they can't achieve their full potential. Co-produced by AirDance New Mexico and Chicharra's own Monica Demarco and filmed and edited by Chris Walsh, "Alloy" features aerial acrobatics performed and choreographed by Christina Cavaleri who wears a heavy, welding masking during the piece. 

Head over to our merch store to pick up a limited edition silk-screened poster, pendant or koozie featuring stills from the "Alloy" music video. Each items comes with a digital download of "Alloy." The poster is the first in a triptych that illustrates each of the three singles to be released off of Let's Paint This Town in Craters.

Visit our merch store today!