Fauxchella Music Festival
Saturday, April 21, 5pm, 305K Gallery, 305 Knowlton St., Bridgeport.
Rain or shine. The festival also features a sideshow project and is sponsored by New York craft beer company Bomb Lager. Tickets are $18 and profits go toward funding the gallery. Pre-sale tickets are sold-out, but tickets will be available at the door and online. Visit facebook.com/FauxchellaCT for more information.
"All these hours, with no relief," cries the song "The Acre" by New Haven experimental outfit White Women, one of the bands on the bill for this weekend's Fauxchella festival. The fest will go long and hard but it isn't likely you'll want relief from the seven-plus hours of music slated to explode across two stages at Bridgeport's 305K Gallery.
With his first big music event, organizer John Flynn hopes to present, in one place, a cross section of the great talent sprinkled across the state and region. His mission is to bring together parts of different local scenes that, in his eyes, are equally talented yet disjointed and unaware of each other.
Flynn calls the state's DIY music scene alive and incredible but "needing to be nurtured to really take off." He sees Connecticut as suffering from "middle-child syndrome, stuck in between the two cultural hubs of New York and Boston, and not getting any attention." He sees many of the bands he's chosen for this event as part of the "humble but impressive" talent the state has spawned.
And there's no place more atmospheric than the two buildings of 305K Gallery. The huge boathouse and art space are parts of the restored 1800s Armstrong Manufacturing Co. on Bridgeport's East Side. The gallery boasts a huge, warehouse-y feel with lots of old-fashioned, small-paned windows for watching the sunset. Huge garage doors on one end allow the space to open up onto the river, and the space is in an industrial neighborhood where there are no neighbors to complain on weekends. According to the organizers, the main stage in the boathouse will be kept fairly dark to allow for a light-show-esque experience.
Brooklyn's Fang Island headlines the show. Their brand of rock is a little bit jangly, a little bit folk-y and a lot of fun. They've toured with the Flaming Lips and fuse the fun, infectious vibe of Andrew WK with harmonies and vocal elements that recall the Olivia Tremor Control.
Houston-based instrumental metal band Scale the Summit is shockingly listenable — at times even danceable — and will perform on the main stage too. They term their subgenre "adventure metal," and Fauxchella will be their first show with new bassist Mark Michell. Check out their inimitable brand of the-world-is-one-long-guitar-solo-during-which-we-make-funny-faces-and-know-this-is-all-a-big-joke-yet-really-honestly-love-Dream-Theater-ness.
California blues/garage band VooDoo Fix releases raw '60s power rock in a loose, anything-can-happen way. Regional bands include: A Great Big Pile of Leaves, who share the cacophonous, chorus-like vocal style of Fang Island; the Murder By Death-ish Aficionado, which features an amazing flautist; the rarely seen the Morning on Fire; explosive dual-drummer live-electronic-instrumental project Wess Meets West; Babytown Frolics; Suns; post-rockers the Files and Fires; soul/synth/feedback-heavy atmospheric-electronica-act Fake Babies, who've played with Yeasayer and We Are Scientists and nailed down a few Best Band in Connecticut titles; sweet-sounding scene-darlings Ports of Spain; and the aforementioned White Women — the band that your obnoxious cousin who always makes a scene at Christmas dinner would start if he had a lick of talent. Their debut EP opens with a clip of someone saying "What the fuck are you doing? Stay away from white women!"
Flynn believes that because it's gotten easier and easier for people to access music from all over the world, they begin to miss the local connection of a homegrown music community. "I think there's a local-scene renaissance in our near future, because it's what people want."
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