Matron Records & Ghost. present:
Honey and Salt (Austin) // PLANET WHAT (Tulsa) // Nizhóní Girls (Albuquerque) // Future Scars (Santa Fe)
Friday, February 1st // 8pm // $5-10 Suggested Donation
<<< Honey and Salt >>>
For Honey and Salt, there is immense power in the parts of a whole. This idea has always been in the band’s DNA, from its three members -- each with their own distinct and essential contributions -- to the flurry of interlocking notes and melodies that make up their intricate songs. Now on their self-titled sophomore album, it also extends into their worldview, as Honey and Salt seek to cut through the pessimistic fog of seemingly inescapable sociopolitical unease, and highlight the vital capability of the individual. Where many bands look for commonality amongst its members’ tastes, Honey and Salt revel in their differences, seamlessly blending their disparate influences into a sound that manages to be complex without sacrificing immediacy. The self-titled album deftly utilizes everything from Kinsella-esque guitar lines, to post-rock dynamics, to hardcore ferocity — all while packing an emotional resonance straight out of DC’s Revolution Summer — and finds the band completely comfortable with balancing their intricacies.
<<< PLANET WHAT >>>
“Planet What, a punk, grunge, surf rock band fronted by two ladies straight out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kylie Slabby and Jeanette Derubeis are the punk rock matriarchs of the 21st century. With distinctive bass lines, distortion, and Bikini Kill like vocals, Planet What has perfected the art of not giving a fuck.” -Emma Butler of Melted Magazine
<<< Nizhóní Girls >>>
Three Indigenous womxn rooted in the Navajo Nation and Pueblo of Laguna. Rebecca, Liz and Lisa enjoy making and playing music in addition to community organizing. Our sound can be described as desert surf with a sprinkling of country.
<<< Future Scars >>>
Future Scars embodies the coexistence of the calm and calamity of waking life. Founded in 2015 by members of As In We, Future Scars is emotionally rooted in the contemplative, melodic atmosphere of post-rock and expands beyond a singular genre’s expectations, often times overflowing into the domain of sheer intensity and fervor. The group couples these drastically varied, yet complementary components with the recurrent flurries of heart-wrenching vocals, creating an aura of earnest exhilaration and beauty. Laced with technicality and the prowess of control, Future Scars construct a sound balanced in adversity, soothing and cathartic yet all the while anxious with anticipation.
Undergoing a line-up change in late 2017 in the midst of writing the group's debut full length and follow-up to their 2016 EP debut, Future Scars has grown into a foursome comprised of the group's original front-woman, Eliza Lutz, with Paul Wagner on bass, Marcus DiFilippo on drums and Dylan Blanchard on keys.
Y La Bamba at GHOST. w/ local support from Atalaya
Saturday, February 23rd // 8pm // All Ages // $10 Suggested Donation
Y La Bamba
Y La Bamba has been many things, but at the heart of it is singer-songwriter Luz Elena Mendoza’s inquisitive sense of self. Their fifth record, Mujeres, carries on the Portland-based band’s affinity for spiritual contemplation, but goes a step further in telling a story with a full emotional spectrum. Coming off Ojos Del Sol, one of NPR’s Top 50 Albums of 2016, Mujeres exhibits the scope of Mendoza’s artistic voice like never before. “Soy como soy,” Mendoza says, and that declaration is the bold— even political— statement that positions Mujeres to be Y La Bamba’s most unbridled offering yet.
The record exists in the post-2016 landscape of a national identity crisis, and Mendoza explores what it means to be a Mexican American woman by leading us through places we are afraid to go. Mujeresventures in to the discomfort of the stories we tell ourselves. Those of our past, our futures. We all have these stories somewhere inside of us, but with Y La Bamba, Mendoza forges new narratives from old stories of heritage and family, tracing history while forging modern chicana feminism.
“Music is an extension of everything I have inside. It’s how I emote,” Mendoza says. The raw honesty of Mujeres is in fact the raw honesty of Mendoza. Armed with the emotionality of traditional música mexicana and the storytelling of American folk, Y La Bamba’s artistry is not just their musical ability but Mendoza’s search for unadulterated truth. It is in an ancestral, spiritual journey in which Mendoza comes to terms with the influence and limitations of her upbringing. Mendoza’s experience of childhood summers in the San Joaquin Valley listening to mariachi, of being raised strict Catholic by immigrant parents, of being a woman having to prove herself to the boys, paints strokes of both melancholy and healing on the tracks. “From the way that my family struggles, to the way they shoot the shit… it’s so different from whiteness,” Mendoza says. “It’s a different dimension.”
Y La Bamba exists in the dimension of the Mexican American imagination: somewhere cynical and optimistic at the same time. While there is a celebration of the Mexican creativity that has informed Mendoza’s life, there is a darker side to reconcile with. Where do mujeres fit in to the American story? What are the sins for which we are all guilty? How do different generations interact with the world? How can a culture become visible without tokenization? It is no surprise that in Mujeres, Y La Bamba’s first record with Mendoza at the helm of production, Mendoza contemplates these questions to tell her story. But it is not just Mendoza’s story. Challenging a narrative and dealing with the emotionality of that effort— that is everyone’s story.
Mujeres was recorded by Luz Elena Mendoza and Ryan Oxford at Color Therapy Studios and Besitos Fritos Studios in Portland, Oregon. Mixed by Jeff Bond, with Grace Bugbee on bass, John Niekrasz on drums, Margaret Wher Gibson on keys, and Ed Rodriguez and Ryan Oxford on electric guitar.
Albuquerque’s experimental music/movement project Cthulha celebrates the release of her music video “Your Bones or Your Bass” with an evening of music paired with aerial dance.
The term renaissance woman could not be a more fitting title for multi-disciplinary artist, dancer and musician Monica Demarco, a.k.a. Cthulha. Known by Matron Records fans as a member of Albuquerque’s experimental “insect-glam-metal” outfit Chicharra, Demarco draws from her diverse creative outputs to craft the multi-faceted solo project Cthulha. Part music and part performance art, Cthulha combines Demarco’s background as a classical composer and contemporary noise artist with her movement work as an aerial dancer and martial artist to build a dual visual/sonic language that digs deep into human ritual, science fiction and magical realism. Her music varies wildly from her experience as a virtuoso pianist with a love of barbarism to her work in contemporary rock and experimental noise, crafting songs with cello, bass, piano, vocals and a variety of electronics.
Matron Records will release Cthulha’s forthcoming album in February 2019, Always Who You Were, a collection of piano-driven, experimental songs that each reimagine Demarco’s personal experiences to tell stories of women transforming into new creatures, each transcending perceived reality. In advance of the album release, Matron Records releases the music video/dance piece “Your Bones or Your Bass” on January 9th. The video, which was directed by Demarco, features her performing an aerial dance composition with her upright bass in Mountainair, NM and was filmed by Chris Walsh, a longtime video collaborator with Demarco on past Chicharra music videos.
To celebrate the release of “Your Bones or Your Bass” and further explore the connection between movement and sound that is at the heart of Cthulha, Matron Records and Form & Concept present an evening of music performance paired with aerial dance. The show will feature one-time collaboration from local musicians Cthulha (Albuquerque), Bigawatt (Albuquerque), Ryan Dennison (Albuquerque), Jessie Deluxe (Santa Fe) and Scissor Lift (Santa Fe) with Albuquerque aerial dancers Cortney Baca, Johanna Furgal, Christina Caveleri and Kristen Woods.
Come celebrate a decade of Thursday Night Girl Fight at Launchpad in Albuquerque, Thursday, January 10th. 8pm Doors / 21+ / $5 Cover
Featuring performances on two stages by:
Ashley Moyer aka Saywut? Human Beatbox
Ebony Isis Booth
Bianca Sánchez García
Merma & Roberta
Sing Down The Moon
With host Katrina Benally!!!
Doors at 8p.m. Music at 8:30 p.m.
TNGF: Fighting to put femmes on Burque bills for 10 years! (So now you can, too! #girlsoneverygig ya knucklehead promoters!)
More info at the event page.
Matron Records presents:
Nature Boys / Edward Almost / Dildon'ts
8pm / All Ages / $5-10 Suggested Donation
- - - Nature Boys - - - (Kansas City, MO)
Nature Boys started playing together in Kansas City, MO in September of 2009. We had our first show in November or December at the Troost House and then Dave's Stagecoach Inn and then we left for our first tour in January of 2010.
- - - Edward Almost - - - (Santa Fe)
- - - Dildon'ts - - - (Santa Fe)
Come flaunt your inner alien for a special Halloween show at Rockin Rollers on Halloween proper!
Get your skate on to the tune of Edward Almost (rockin' a brand new line-up!) and Future Scars, who kick off their November tour and will be shooting a brand new music video at the show. Don't forget to dress up: we will be giving away prizes for best costume and best ALIEN costume (you can bet we will be dressed in our finest extraterrestrials). Make sure you arrive at 8:30pm sharp to make your cameo in the Future Scars music video, we need all the friends!
More bands TBA! Suggested $5-10 donation at the door to support the space!
We will be collecting items from Esperanza Shelter's wish list at the show, so if you can, please bring donations of lightly-used winter clothes & jackets, bed sheets, children's toys & new underwear for women & children and new feminine hygiene products. You can check the full list below:
Matron Records & Ghost. present:
Muscle Beach / Article 15 / Marrow Monger
8pm Doors / $5-10 Suggested Donation
Muscle Beach is comprised of three gentlemen dudes hailing from the mile high city of Denver, CO, whose beaches are nothing to brag about.
Santa Fe, NM
Matron Records presents:
A Deer A Horse / Chicharra / Jessie Deluxe
October 20th / 8pm / $5-10 Suggested Donation
\\\ A Deer A Horse ///
https://adeerahorse.bandcamp.com/ - Brooklyn
Dark, heavy, and full of tension, A Deer A Horse’s music is a rare breed in Brooklyn’s DIY scene. Comprised of Rebecca Satellite (vocals/guitar), Angela Phillips (bass/backing vocals), and Dylan Teggart (drums), the trio have embraced the raw and dirty aspects of their city and created something simultaneously urgent, sludgy, and cathartic with their newest EP, Backswimmer.
"an unwaveringly ferocious and focused sound."
"like the Melvins turning in a pop song"
- AV Club
"Sludgy, doom metal riffs, meet angular, dissonant melody lines...schizo-rock at its absolute finest...an aggressive, blistering mind-meld that we can't get enough of."
-The Deli Magazine
\\\ Chicharra ///
matronrecords.com/chicharra - Albuquerque
Most of the time the word “heavy” is used in reference to metal or hardcore bands. For the last two years Chicharra has been interpreting it in our own way.
We all grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, our city surrounded by sometimes stark but always gorgeous desert. We hardened in a brutal summer heat under the hum of swamp coolers, and hope our songs reflect the love and grit it takes for something to grow where no one expects.
At a house party, our audience called for one more, and knowing what was left in our pocket, we asked: “Do you want something beautiful? Or something brutal?” There were calls for each, and then some sweaty genius shouted, “Make it brootiful!” An ideal hybrid adjective for our sound right now.
The word “Chicharra” means “cicada” but also, roughly, sound you can’t control in your environment--buzzers and bells, and people who talk too much. We respond to all of these ideas, inviting a swelling cacophony into our songs.
\\\ Jessie Deluxe ///
https://www.jessiedeluxe.com/ - Santa Fe
Jessie Deluxe describes her sound as heavy, melodic rock. Her songwriting is dynamic and powerful featuring choruses that, “lift you high in the air and then smash you back down to the ground.” This is in your face rock n’ roll that conjures up the grittiness of P.J. Harvey and the sex appeal of Elvis, all the while adding her own unique edge.
This fiery front woman packs an authoritative punch live with her amazing voice. As she shreds on her Flying V, she commands the audience with the conviction of a rock icon. Joining her on the stage is Diego Velazquez on Bass (Disaster Man) and Philip Maddux on the drums (Frenetic Forces, Octaveleven).
As for her background, Jessie has garnered the attention of various producers such as David Rowntree (Blur), Dave Jerden ( Janes Addiction, Poe) and Geza X (Sonic Youth). Her influences range from, Hendrix, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, to NIN.
Matron Records presents:
Iress / Hikes / L I Ł I T H / Future Scars
Tuesday, October 16th
8pm / $5-10 Suggested Donation
Ghost. --- 2889 Trades West Rd
• • IRESS • •
• • HIKES • •
Experimental, Nature-inspired Indie Math-Rock (Austin)
• • L I Ł I T H • •
FEMME POST-HUMANISTIC APOCALYPTIC DOOM (NM/AZ)
• • FUTURE SCARS • •
Post most things (Santa Fe)
Gracing us with their presence once again, it's Whoopsi all the way from Fayetteville, Arkansas! Catch them with their label-mate Dylan Earl, along with Blanchard and Luke Carr in their natural habitat: Ghost.
Hot, Nasty, Whip-ass, Rock n Roll.
Haunted indie-rock/pop. Nostalgic for sadness, engaged by confusion. We got some keyboards, too.
Luke Carr is a guitarist/drummer/singer/producer/composer living in Santa Fe, NM : Elevation 7000 feet.
I’m from where I woke up this morning. I write the songs that come to mind and struggle with the ones that don’t. I find humor in misconceptions and solace in laughter, love in the street and fire in the eyes of the marginalized. I prefer facts over alternate facts.
Matron Records presents:
Ecstatic Union / Cindy Cane / St. Range / Edward Almost
Wednesday, October 10th
Ghost. 2889 Trades West Rd.
8 pm. $5-$10 suggested donation
Ecstatic Union (Los Angelos, CA)
Ecstatic Union's sound is like a liquid sun-soaked harmony layered psychedelic dance party. Magnetically charged, their live performance is captivating and electric, radiating a unified intensity which lives up to the name. Ecstatic Union's debut self-titled album was released with Lolipop Records in 2017. The core members include Rex Costello and Oliver Hart who bring on collaborators and touring arrangements as needed. The band resides in Los Angeles, CA where they recently teamed up with Tomas Dolas (Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel - Keyboards in Thee Ohsees) to record their new LP, Neurons, scheduled to release through their very own "Channel Records" on August 31st, 2018. They'll be touring across the US in support of the release throughout September and October
Cindy Cane (Los Angelos, CA)
The soundtrack to a real life identity crisis.
St.Range (Santa Fe)
St.Rrange has come to represent a tangible rediscovery of 60s psurfedelic and classic rock. This group of "desert rock outlaws" takes everything you loved about The Greats, and folds it into their own refreshing new brand of Rock N Roll. Justin Lindsey's honest songwriting accented by the powerful and soulful sound that Mitchell Lacasagne, Andy Diekmann and Braden Anderson provide create a familiar, yet exciting new rock experience.
St.Rrange has shared stages with Meat Puppets, The Wallflowers, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Guns Roses, Dr. Dog, Deer Tick, The Features, The Melodians, Ozomatli, Los Lonely Boys, John Kurzweg, Larry Mitchell, The Ton Tons, James Mcmurtry, Calexico, The Handsome Family, Junior Brown, Hundred Year Flood, Boris Mcutchon & The Saltlicks, Tree Motel and many more talented musicians from around the world.
Edward Almost (Santa Fe)