$8 in advance/$8 at the door
10:30pm doors/11pm showtime
Father You See Queen:
The sweet and the sour, the smooth and the rough, the clear and the murky - contrast is what Father You See Queen work with. Makr's electronic textures skew Mona's voice just as the dusty vocals shade the beats. The manipulation of opposites and what ranges between are what the duo and their guest contributors work with.
The destination was Boston but they only got as far as Zelienople, Pennsylvania. Brian and Matt didn’t make it to the coast during that ill-fated trip in the Summer of ‘95 but a band was conceived during the journey. Shortly after returning to Chicago, I met them while eavesdropping in on one of their insanely-loud drone sessions outside of their practice space, which was down the hall from my room. After the initial creepiness subsided I joined them. We spent the rest of the decade holed up in this haunted room above an old antique shop on the northern tip of Chicago working on songs, sounds and vibes. We did this three to four nights a week for years before we decided to finally take an offer to play a show at an art/semi-porn party. This show felt good so we booked a night at Lounge Ax (now defunct) and continued on, slowly gathering confidence that other people might actually want to hear what we were creating.
Our friend, Pramod Tummala offered to put out a split 7" with Tekulvi (now defunct) on his label, Loosethread (now defunct) in 2001 and we followed it with three albums (Pajama Avenue, Sleeper Coach and Ink) on the same label through 2005. We began to get offers from other labels and since we were very productive in the mid aughts we responded to most of them (Finland’s 267 Lattajja (now defunct), New Zealand’s PseudoArcana, France’s Cook An Egg; the Welsh label, Under The Spire and America’s Root Strata, Digitalis and Time-Lag). Our unofficial home base at the moment is John Twells’ Type Records (Massachusetts/Manchester-based) which has released our last three proper LP’s.
Over the years the core trio of Matt Christensen (vocals, production, formerly bass now guitar and etc.), Brian Harding (formerly guitar and keyboards now bass and reeds) and myself (percussion, home-made instruments) have added various collaborators, the most recent being Donn Ha who has been helping us out on organ and keyboards. We’ve also splintered off on our own now and then to work on other creative ideas. Matt has released two solo albums (one under his own name and another as Western Automatic) and a collaboration with John Twells; Brian released a cassette on Plus Tapes as Ill Professor and I released a solo album on Barge Recordings last year as well as a collaboration with Scott Tuma and started a new project called Kwaidan (with former Zelienoplian Neil Jendon and Locrian’s Andre Foisy). Matt and I also worked with Tuma on the Good Stuff House project (now defunct?) that put out two albums in ‘06 and '09.
Scott Tuma is a musician from Chicago who is best known for having played guitar in the pioneering alt-country band Souled American. Since his departure from Souled American in the late 1990s Tuma has released three solo albums, performed and recorded with Chicago's Boxhead Ensemble, and collaborated with members of the band Zelienople in a project dubbed Good Stuff House.
Tuma's unique guitar work is one of the primary features responsible for Souled American's highly distinct sound, though the band has continued playing without him seeming relatively unfazed by Tuma's departure. His solo work is more in line with ambient music than folk or country, though elements of those and other styles are still present. "Hard Again" and "The River 1 2 3 4" are expansive, gorgeous albums that feature Tuma playing most of the instruments himself - primarily guitar, harmonium, and organ (though he also plays bass, harmonica, and banjo) - though "Hard Again" also includes guest spots from members of Dirty Three, Rachel's, and Boxhead Ensemble.