JOE LALLY (of Fugazi) with GLORYTELLERS and ALLAN JAMES AND THE COLD WAVE at the Pike Room

SATURDAY JUNE 6, 2009
doors at 8PM
tickets: $8 (buy tickets)

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JOE LALLY has played bass in Fugazi since the band's inception in 1987. In 2003 the members of Fugazi decided to take an indefinite hiatus from recording and performing. Since then Joe has continued to write and perform new material both solo and in collaboration with various musicians and friends. Joe's first album, "There to Here", was released in October 2006 and featured guest performances from Fugazi-mates Ian Mackaye, Guy Picciotto and Jerry Busher as well as many others. In the last year he has toured extensively, playing everything from Jazz festivals to rock clubs, in the US, Europe, and Brazil, often accompanied live by members of The Melvins, Capillary Action, Zu and others. Of course, few solo acts are actually achieved alone. After laying down some minimal and sinuous - that is, wholly Lallyan—basslines - a host of guests improvise over them, most notably Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto of Fugazi and Eddie Janney of Rites Of Spring. The result is a batch of spacious sketches that stick to moody atmosphere and vaguely metaphysical lyrics like "I'm not a warehouse of memory / I am not a temporary human form." The X-factor in the equation is Lally's singing; his unassuming voice fades into the background of his music as often as it provides a human, vulnerable focus.

With GLORYTELLERS: Geoff Farina's current project. Sez POPMATTERS: Farina’s brilliant guitar technique can, as it did in Karate, still threaten to make these folk songs sound mannered. But luckily, he’s learned to let his sweet, rolling vocals shoulder the emotional load on these tracks. It is quite a feat to see a guy, particularly one who left his last band at the height of its powers, try something completely different, and totally succeed.

ALLAN JAMES AND THE COLD WAVE opens.

 

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