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Current and Former Members of Speed The Plough, Glenn Branca Ensemble, and The Sharp Things host “apocalyptic-psychedelic dance party” at Williamsburg art and performance space
NEW YORK, May 19, 2015 — TORCHY, a new band comprised of four veterans of the NYC underground rock scene, will make its debut Saturday, June 13, 8pm at 17 Frost Art and Performance Space, located at 17 Frost Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.
TORCHY formed late last summer and has been feverishly rehearsing and recording at the band’s Bushwick studio in preparation for the band’s first performance. Members include front man Jim Santo (vocals, guitar), longtime lead guitarist for acclaimed orchestral-pop ensemble The Sharp Things, and current member of legendary producer Wharton Tiers Ensemble; John Neilson, whose varied career includes stints with Speed The Plough, Airlines (with music critic and public radio host Jim DeRogatis), and ensembles led by composers Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, and Tiers; Edwin Siino (drums), formerly of the art-pop bands Cryptic Soup and Jenifer Convertible, whose band The Prowlers stole the show with Chuck Leavell of The Rolling Stones at this spring’s White House Correspondents Jam; and Alec Cumming (bass, vocals), a noted pop culture historian and driving force behind pop-forward indie bands The Hungry Dutchmen and Bite The Wax Godhead (Alec, who also played bass in The Sharp Things for several years, is the father of Julia Cumming, singer/bassist for up-and-coming psych-rockers Sunflower Bean).
“It’s been literally a million years since I’ve fronted a band,” said Santo, whose long-running “Demorandum” column on unsigned bands in Alternative Press was a touchstone for the DIY music scene that blossomed internationally in the late ‘80s. “I’ve been lucky to play sidekick to some fantastic songwriters and performers, but now it’s my turn at center stage.”
TORCHY’s music is sharp, groove-oriented and offbeat; influences include The 13th Floor Elevators, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, The Fall, The Saints, Iggy & The Stooges, Fire Engines, Contortions, Pell Mell, This Heat, League Of Gentlemen, XTC, Feelies, Can, Pere Ubu, Talking Heads, Butthole Surfers, PiL, Bush Tetras, Mission Of Burma, Velvet Underground, Fela, James Brown, The Horrors, MBV, Tinawaren, Bo Diddley, and The Ex.
“We call our genre ‘holyfuckingshit’ because that’s what people are gonna say when they hear us!” Santo joked. “But we’re not deliberately off-putting, cerebral or weird for weirdness’ sake. At heart, TORCHY is a dance band; we want audiences to jump around and have fun!”
Joining TORCHY for the June 13 concert will be VJ Mamiko Kushida, recently nominated for a 2015 Berlin Music Video Award; noted producer/composer/drummer Billy Polo, who will apply his Dub skills at the soundboard; and special mystery guests and surprises. “This is not just some band playing a gig,” promised Santo. “This is an apocalyptic-psychedelic dance party!”
A very limited number of tickets to the show are on sale now at torchyband.com. $10 admission includes open bar until 10 pm.
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