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Concert Tue Jun 19 2007

The Bitch(es) is Back

After a too-long absence, the SF-by-way-of-Columbus femme fatales of noise/drone, 16 Bitch Pile-Up, return to Chicago for a night of bass guitars played with knives, long mic cords, chains on concrete, and, er, yoga moves. Show goes down at Enemy (1550 N. Milwaukee, 3rd floor) on Wednesday June 20th. $5 donation, BYOB.


Shannon Walter and Sarah Cathers of 16 Bitch Pile-Up. Photo by Bill T. Miller. More live images of 16 Bitch Pile-Up can by found Here.

Too celestial for the Hell's Angels, too punchy-smashy for the Theatre of Eternal Music, 16 Bitch Pile-Up have staked their claim on a patch of ground yet untilled, a hybrid of string abuse and vocal wails that can unglue your feet from the bonds of earth for 20 minutes at a time without making you think of the past. A band like the Double Leopards or Vibracathedral Orchestra might be a good reference point, but the Bitches do their magic at an skewed angle from the drone legions, injecting more homemade junk sound and ramshackle clattering into their strafing run over the gates of heaven. Their latest CD, a lovely pro-pressed affair titled Bury Me Deep (PACrec) will no doubt call to you from the merch table, either for the sounds or the scandalous artwork.

Before that, Magic Is Kuntmaster, aka Camilla Ha of Chicago, will bring the audience into a reverie of bad dreams and traumatic memories with a medley of greatest hits from the songbook at the Island of Badly-Abused Toys.

Burrow, a collaboative project between Vertonen and Is, start the night by clearing your sinuses, bowels, eustacian tubes, and short-term memory with a low-end rumble of penetrating distortion. Chicago's take on the wall-of-noise approach. Just like burrowing into the earth, only with less dirt and more dementia. See you there!

 
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