Extra Life + Dan Deacon
with Nuclear Power Pants
If any one band can heal the rift between the raw and the cooked, artifice and intensity, it's Extra Life. The brainchild of composer and virtuoso guitarist Charlie Looker, the Brooklyn-based quintet plays songs in which zig-zagging guitar lines give way to sudden, dramatic silences and a voice as pure as a choirboy's soars above a rhythm section from hell. Extra Life is “scarily focused and ruthlessly complex . . . with a dark, sumptuous art-pop vibe,” says Time Out New York. “The end product is relentless, enveloping and frequently gorgeous."
In the course of his career, Baltimore-based Dan Deacon has evolved from a producer of hypnotic, wordless electronica to a galvanic showman who flails audiences into ecstatic motion. He'll be making good on his thwarted (we're glad he's better) attempt at shaking EMPAC's studios with a wave of exuberant indie noise dance with cohorts Nuclear Power Pants, whose latest album was described as “a warping, Salvador Dali-surreal glob of sneering synth[s]… and dinky, Dark Meat-esque noisemaking.” (City Paper)
Nuclear Power Pants have unfortunately cancelled due to the inclimate weather further down the east coast.
Extra Life is the primary musical vehicle for singer, guitarist and composer Charlie Looker. For years, Looker was a core member of legendary brutal chamber ensemble Zs and has also worked with diverse artists such as Dirty Projectors, Glenn Branca, William Parker and the S.E.M. Ensemble. Formed in 2007, Extra Life combines elements of Medieval chant, metallic hardcore, dark neofolk, abstract modernism and lush pop. The music is cosmic in scope, a sacred alchemical marriage of the earth's crude, blackened weight and the ethereal light of the divine. Extra Life's all-star cast also includes the following New York experimentalists: violinist Caley Monahon-Ward (Snowblink), bassist Anthony Gedrich (Stats, Ocrilim), drummer Nicholas Podgurski (Yukon), and saxophonist/keyboardist Travis Laplante (Little Women). Extra Life's second full-length album Made Flesh will be released in March by LOAF Records worldwide.
Dan Deacon is a classically trained composer with a Masters degree in electro-acoustic composition. His works have been performed by various ensembles at such notable museums and galleries as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Walters Museum of Art, Anthology Film Archives, and White Box Gallery in New York. His albums include Spiderman of the Rings, Ultimate Reality, and Bromst.
In its latest iteration, Baltimore's Nuclear Power Pants is R.M. O'Brien (Vocals), Keith Lea/Benjamin Beast (Vocals), Chester Gwazda (Synthesizer), Drew Swinburne (SK), Ryan Syrell (Various), Rob Dowler (Drums), Devlin Rice (Bass), Lizzy Hayes (Vocals), Melanie Hayes (Vocals), and Becca Chambers (Vocals). Their albums include Tantric Sleep, Ego & the Creatures, The Order of the Phoenix, The Fruit of Life, and Wicked Eats the Warrior.