The Whimbrels / Overheard / Wharton Tiers Ensemble
Friday, July 7, 8-11pm
29 Church St.
Catskill, NY 12414
The Whimbrels are a power art-rock band with lineages to some of the most influential and raw music New York has produced–loud art with a back beat.
ARAD EVANS (guitar, vox, primary songwriter) was associated with Glenn Branca’s ensemble from the 1980’s until Branca’s death a few years ago. He is founder and still performs with Heroes of Toolik. In addition to Branca, he has played with Quiet City, Rhys Chatham, Ben Neill, John Myers’ Blastula, The SEM Ensemble, The New Music Consort, Virgil Moorefield’s Ensemble and many other groups. “A truly inventive and surprising guitar player.” (Rick Moody, The Rumpus Aug. 25, 2016).
NORMAN WESTBERG altered the course of rock as the main guitarist of the Swans over 35 years, contributing “overwhelming waves of volume with a mix of therhythmically slashing and the harmonically sensual.” He has a busy career as a solo artist and with other projects, such as Heroin Sheiks, NeVah and Five Dollar Priest.
LUKE SCHWARZ is blazing a trail as a young New York guitarist to watch; he also toured and recorded with Branca and performs frequently, including with his outfit, Greasetrap.
MATT HUNTER (Bass) is a co-founder of New Radiant Storm King and plays or has played with a galaxy of cool projects, including J. Mascis & the Fog, King Missile, Silver Jews, SAVAK, and recent solo releases.
Drummer STEVE DiBENEDETTO, is a widely shown and collected fine art painter but also in in high demand for his music. (“The Spinless Yesmen” 1984—89, “Wonderama”,aka “The Shapir-o-Rama” 1990—95, Airport Seven from 2010 to 14). He frequently collaborates with Dave Rick (Bongwater, King Missile, Yo La Tengo, Phantom Tollbooth) and Kim Rancourt (When People Were Shorter and Lived by theWater).
Overheard are an offbeat indie rock band that whispers songs into your palms and then casts them into flames.
Wharton Tiers has played drums for Laurie Anderson and Theoretical Girls among others, and runs Fun City Studios where he has recorded artists like Sonic Youth, Swans, Glenn Branca, Dinosaur Jr, and many more.