At 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, High Mayhem Emerging Arts (2811 Siler Lane, www.highmayhem.org) doubles down on local postpunk with two entities that celebrate album releases on the same evening. But their newest sounds couldn’t be more divergent from one another.
Luke Carr, formerly of Pitch and Bark, performs in conjunction with the release of Pigrow, an eight-song, 18-minute mini epic recorded at the Albuquerque home studio of John Dieterich, guitarist for cerebral audible-chaos kings Deerhoof. (Dieterich and Carr share engineering, mixing, and mastering credits on the project, and Dieterich contributes dobro and synth to two tracks.)
Carr pulls multiple duties as vocalist and multi-instrumentalist on this relatively acoustic affair, laying down drums, guitar, and bass in a live-loop setup, and, according to Dieterich, many of the tracks emerged from a single take in the studio. Wisps of bare-bones Cake and XTC can be heard, but Carr manages to pull together a sound that draws much more on his own stylistic quirks; his influences are more about sonic impression than band names or genres.
In an email sent to “Waves,” Carr explained, “Someone told me that I tend to hide behind my art. That pissed me off, because it was accurate; so Pigrow is sort of a brief musical drama that purges a lot of old ideas and stories. I have always loved stories, but I never realized I was living one, and it turns out I am the author. Thankfully, it’s not as serious as it all sounds.” The lyrics are personal, if a bit abstract in narrative. And they fit snugly within Carr’s technically astute and playful instrumentation.The album is available in CD and download format via Carr’s website, www.lukecarrsound.com.
iNK oN pAPER — aka bassist, High Mayhem co-founder, and Late Severa Wires band member Carlos Santistevan and drummer Milton Villarrubia III of WAITV — release the five-track, 42-minute album Official Demo, a gorgeously dissonant bass-and- percussion foray into postpunk, noise rock, and dirty jazz aided by laptop and effects prowess.
At times haunting and hypnotic, at other moments hard-driving, vertiginous, and explosive, Official Demo presents a rhythmic surprise around every dark, cacophonous, and twisted corner. The album drops the day of the show, and if you’re smart enough to go, you can buy one of iNK oN pAPER’s limited-edition Official Demo CDs packaged in a handmade sleeve. You can also grab the album at www.inkonpaper. bandcamp.com. There’s a $10 cover at the door for the all-ages show.
Fast on the heels of V-Day and One Billion Rising, Warehouse 21 (1614 Paseo de Peralta, 989-4423) hosts Girl Powers!, an EDM dance party featuring all women DJs in celebration of the creative female force. The lineup includes K’La, Pezz, Dirt Girl, Teddy No Name, and Amy BassCakes.
Besides dancing, there’s a costume contest with prizes (superheroines, superheroes, mutants, villains, and aliens: this means you), a clothing booth by Hyperclash, performances by circus go-go group the Pyrofessionals, a comic book booth, and an appearance by Lunaria — a superhero from a “news intern by day/vigilante by night” comic book series. The all-ages party costs $10; costumed folks get in for $5; and the first 10 people in line get in free.
— Rob DeWalt