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Vanishing Shapes


Mon 4 Jul 2016, 7:00pm–11:00pm

Where: The Phoenix, 23-27 East Row, City, ACT

Restrictions: 18+


Listed by: tmerrikin

Vanishing Shapes, are on tour again this July! With a van full of kooky progressive folk music sporadically bursting at the seams in townships and cities from Melbourne up to Bellingen! Performances will blend the familiar sounds of various trad styles, to the other-worldly soundscapes and breakneck syncopations of our own making. Audiences can feel free to indulge in the wild range of sounds, whether that be through dancing, crying or escaping to other dimensions.

Join us at Canberra's most favourite "named after a mythical creature" pub type place! We'll be playing with 3 other sweet sweet music makers!

Set Times:
8:00 - Donna Amini
8:40 - Vanishing Shapes
9:30 - The New Savages
10:30 - DJ Coolio Desgracias

DJ Coolio Desgracias: Not many can say they arrived into this world fully mack-dad-a-tized, but that is the type of record company bozack labels be feedin' people about they artists. Coolio on the other hand spent hours shootin' hoops, poppin' and lockin' on cardboard danceflos', rockin' air jordans and listenin' to Rock It, MIdnight Star and the Beatstreet soundtrack. Coolio been hip hop since 1984 bitches!

The New Savages: The New Savages play a Mississippi Hill Country Blues sound which is distinctly Melbournian. It’s often described as a uniquely droning and dark mix of Jim Morrison singing at a hoe down Juke Joint. The New Savages’ songs are at their foundation Milan Milutinovic’s primitive guitar style & deep baritone voice, which are then driven by Nathan Power’s relentless swinging drums.

Donna Amini: Donna Amini is a songwriter and singer. She has performed for years in various bands in styles ranging from folk to punk to experimental improv. Recently she took a break from performance to work on her new album, called Night Underground, which was released on April 1st, 2016. Her music draws on her Persian heritage combined with folk and rock, resulting in a sound which is authentically her own. Her natural sense for poetry makes her music enigmatic challenging and lyrical, and combined with her skill as a performer, she is definitely a musician to look out for.

Vanishing Shapes originally formed at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music planning a once off performance of three traditional folk pieces. During improvised based rehearsals they wrote their first piece, The Road to the Cuckoo’s Nest, a twisting ten minute arrangement featuring bastardised renditions of the traditional melodies over constantly shifting harmonic and rhythmic textures. They have since been pushing themselves to defy the laws of tradition in folk music, creating narrative driven pieces that bounce between being playful, harrowing and ethereal. Vanishing Shapes have put out two releases; a full length album entitled Urcheon, and the concept EP Tiny Planets, which saw a landmark development in the band’s collaborative writing efforts.