Landlady with special guests Ian Chang and Chicharra

An Experimental Brooklyn Five-Piece

at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership

October 18, 2017 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Time: 7:00pm     Day: Wednesday     Doors: 6:00pm     Ages: All Ages / Bar with ID     Price: FREE
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“This is the part of the song when we come together,” Adam Schatz’s voice rings out. “There’s no before. There’s no after. There’s only this.” Schatz leads Landlady, the Brooklyn five-piece whose 2014 Hometapes debut, Upright Behavior, boldly disrupts the notion of genre and reveals the soulful and continually-resonating work of Schatz and core band members Ian Chang, Ian McLellan Davis, Booker Stardrum, and Will Graefe, as well as a cast of NYC-based contributors gathered from Schatz’s tandem walks of life as a solo musician, improviser, organizer, collaborator, promoter, and writer. Compared to rock and roll juggernauts like The Band and Talking Heads, Landlady merge vast skill, a bend toward experimentation, and a proven belief that songs can be a true extension of the human experience. The result is timeless and charted by their recorded works and transformative live shows — both critically-acclaimed and ever-evolving. The next era was revealed this summer: Heat, a new EP, was released for free to fans worldwide and will be exclusively available on cassette tape on their US tour with passionate peers Son Lux and Buke and Gase.

“On their third album, Brooklyn’s Landlady perfect their quizzical prog-pop…The album is best when it’s most vexing, when its puzzle-piece arrangements demand you put everything together…Landlady craft a cacophony, but Schatz won’t put his hands over his ears: There’s some beauty in the noise that’s worth going deaf to hear.” - Pitchfork, 7.6
“Beatles-tinged ‘glo-fi’ of pure heart, soul and pelvis...with animated album art to boot.” - NPR | All Songs Considered


Most of the time the word “heavy” is used in reference to metal or hardcore bands. For the last two years Albuquerque’s Chicharra has been interpreting it in their own way. The self-described “maximalist” ensemble is comprised of three bassists/vocalists (Marisa Demarco, Monica Demarco, Maura Woody) and two drummers (Henry Hutchinson and John Butler) and creates soundscapes that are at once etheric and chaotic, delicate and aggressive. The band’s name itself is an indication of their experimental nature: Chicharra translates to “Cicada” but also, roughly, a sound you can’t control in your environment— buzzers, bells and people who talk too much. Chicharra responds to all these ideas, inviting a swelling cacophony into each song.