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July 16, 2014 | doors at 8:30pm
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SHAMPOO
Semicircle | Dot.s
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Shampoo
SHAMPOO is an Atlanta synthpop band named after the Chinese amazon warrior from Ranma 1/2, the A side on that Happy Birthday 7", and the translucent dream sludge you clean your hair with. They sort of sound like solo George Michael and the Congos songs where the high harmony dude sings lead.
Semicircle
Semicircle formed in 2010 in Athens, GA as less of a band and more of an experiment. Driven by Andrew McFarland (Reptar, Co Co Ri Co, Giant Giants), the group’s first shows were a completely improvised, come-all-who-may, open format interpretation of a series of songs by McFarland, intended as a study into the ability of music to connect people’s consciouses. After roughly half a year of performances of cultivated madness, and due largely to the prodding of the recurring members, the band slowly began to solidify into a more contained group of musicians. Semicircle’s first release, a self titled tape only EP released in 2011 on Quality Faucet and Diatom Bath, was an experiment of a different sort. Written and recorded over the month of January in his childhood house in Decatur, GA, McFarland explored ideas of home with the applied limitation of one microphone and a four track tape machine. In 2012, McFarland moved from Athens to Atlanta to record Semicircle’s first full length record, Poured Rain, Blown Breeze, and We Are Part of the Earth, which is set to be released in fall 2014. Now, Semicircle has expanded to include songs of Ryan Engelberger (Reptar, Casual Curious, Giant Giants). The McFarland/Engelberger team has been performing around GA, garnering comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, Wilco, The Microphones/Mount Eerie, Grizzly Bear, Spoon, etc.
Dot.s
Dot.s is an endeavor to take "dance music" far from where it comfortably rests in its current, popular state. We venture to challenge the status of an art form that began as something primal and turned into something calculated and boring and kinda depressing. Drums, bass, and synthesizers rest in the center of our five-piece arrangement, followed by whatever auxiliary instrumentation feels cozy on top of that. We hope to give you something that is as fun and refreshing as our collective ideology: that sounds can prove-ably change the way people act, and should, thus, be made with obsessive care.

"There might not be a name or genre for what Dot.s are doing with their music, but Jellyfiss seems to do the same thing a Talking Heads album would do: advance dance music to a place that feels more organic, more exciting, and, ultimately, more lasting than most music from the genre. Dot.s create music with a clear personality, which is something not only lacking in dance music, but most music in general." -Sean Zearfoss, Immersive Atlanta

"Press play on "Down Goes the Elephant," the latest, 12-minute opus from electronic pop outfit Dot.s, and a virtual universe unfolds, complete with fugue-like changing parts, and a roller coaster ride of emotional states. The song is a semi-operatic departure that finds the group reaching new highs in both composition and collaborative synergy. The Atlanta Philharmonic warms up the intro, setting the mood and establishing a palette for a colorful and propulsive departure for Dot.s. While there are similarities to the music heard throughout previous efforts Jellyfiss and We Swim, "DGTE" comes together on a grand scale in terms of both concept, arrangements, lyrics, and even its artwork." -Chad Radford, Creative Loafing

"Recorded with Damon Moon at Standard Electric Recorders Co., 'Rose Lens' unfurls in steady waves, each atmospheric pulse and burbling groove striding confidently into the next. Yet, despite its swaggering self-assurance, the track finds the band working in a darker mood than in the past, confronted by the dread of isolation, fallible memories, and the silent voices that keep us awake at night. Still, the vibe here is more meditative than dreary, more coming to terms than a statement of disillusion. Throughout it all, the methodical beat and throbbing ambience thrust inexorably forward, shrouding any thoughts of gloom in a shimmering haze of brooding electropop. Life is still full of wonder, after all, even if it isn’t always pretty." -Guillermo Castro, Immersive Atlanta
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