Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sun, Sep 18 2016 8:00 PM

Surplus 1980 w/ Reconnasissance Fly, Mark Clifford's Dirty Snacks Ensemble

This show has been moved to Oakland Secret, just around the corner from its original venue (the Night Light). Come out and see these three great bands!

Reconnaissance Fly:
Reconnaissance Fly is both aggressively whimsical and charmingly incoherent. Spam poetry, found texts, and original lyrics mix deliriously with jazz, progressive rock, funk, samba, free improvisation, a small Chinese gong, and an arsenal of wind instruments all deployed against the forces of tedium.

The five members of Reconnaissance Fly are Brett Carson on keyboards; Rich Lesnik playing clarinet, bass clarinet, and soprano and tenor saxophones; Polly Moller with voice, flutes and guitar; Larry the O on the drums, and Tim Walters on bass guitar and electronics.

Surplus 1980:
Surplus 1980 is a Bay Area post-punk rock band fronted by former Sleepytime Gorilla Museum percussionist, Moe! Staiano. Built on the foundation laid by instrumental no-wave post-rock band, Mute Socialite, Surplus 1980’s music is a thicker brew with an out-jazz touch and more than a dash of punk ferocity.

Surplus 1980 has a well-chosen name—as long as you pick up on the right musical references—the skewed-punk/post-punk and spiky new wave ones: Essential Logic, Pere Ubu, The Fall, The Slits, The Ex, first-album Gang of Four. Surplus 1980 is a louder and faster band than any of those, but draws from the same well of shouty discordant rock ’n’ roll clamor, and exhibits the same joy in complaining. Chord progressions are less friendly than on a Chuck Berry record, but have the same elemental drive, and the drums—plus Staiano’s various re-purposed percussion metals and tools—are featured up front to make sure the audience doesn’t miss them.

Mark Clifford’s Dirty Snacks Ensemble:
Dirty Snacks refers to what happens in the desert when you are waiting for the moon to rise in goblin valley with your dearest friends so you can do a photo shoot before you dumbass your way into a strange canyon to camp for the night and you make a turkey sandwich to go with your general bliss and there is an inevitable amount of dirt that is a part of your snackwich and it does not matter at all because you are waiting for the moon to rise at Goblin Valley so you can be there with your dearest friends.
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