Mecca Lecca & Matron Records Present

Landlady, Chicharra & Ian Chang

October 19, 2017 8:30 pm - 11:45 pm
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Time: 8:30pm     Day: Thursday     Doors: 7:30pm     Ages: All Ages     Price: $10
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Mecca Lecca & Matron Records Present:

Landlady, Chicharra (celebrating the release of their new album, Let's Paint This Town In Craters, out on Matron Records) & Ian Chang on Thursday, October 19th at Second Street Brewery's Rufina Taproom.



“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
“What Landlady delivers with The World Is a Loud Place is a balm for the tumult of the human condition, an acknowledgement that we contain mutually inclusive multitudes that we’ll never fully untangle. The world is loud, chaotic, and increasingly terrifying, but it’s also a place where we can find wells of joy, humor, and affection. It’s the best of times and it’s the worst of times, and Landlady can see you through all of it.” - Bandcamp | Album of the Day
“grand, sweeping, idiosyncratic, impressively arranged pieces of work” - Stereogum
Most of the time the word “heavy” is used in reference to metal or hardcore bands. For the last two years Chicharra has been interpreting it in their own way.

Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a city surrounded by sometimes stark but always gorgeous desert, Chicharra were hardened in a brutal summer heat under the hum of swamp coolers. Their dynamic, delicate and heavy compositions reflect the love and grit it takes for something to grow where no one expects. Comprised of three bassist/vocalists (Marisa Demarco, Monica Demarco & Mauro Woody) and two drummers (Henry Hutchinson & John Butler), Chicharra weave together orchestral textures indicative of their name sake, the Chicharra. The word “Chicharra” means “cicada” but also, roughly, sound you can’t control in your environment--buzzers and bells, and people who talk too much. Responding to to all of these ideas, Chicharra invites a swelling cacophony into their songs with intense and emotive live performances.

This special show in collaboration with Mecca Lecca & Matron Records is the Santa Fe release show for the groups second album, Let's Paint This Town In Craters, out October 20th.

"Not often does the bass guitar get the kind of attention it did within the creative movements of Chicharra — but Woody and the Demarco sisters brought the instrument's many sonic faces out in multitudes. The juxtaposition of the bass's lower intonation with the three vocalists' higher register harmonies made Chicharra the kind of band you stop to stare at, just to try to figure out what exactly is going on on stage.

-Bree Davies, Westword (June 2015)

Drummer Ian Chang makes electronic music physical. Using drums to control and manipulate samples, Chang brings human fluidity to a metronomic genre. The result is a seamless marriage of raw performative intensity and sophisticated sound design. 

In 2014, Chang and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia joined founder Ryan Lott as members of Son Lux, expanding the former solo project into a trio. Since then, they have written, recorded, and released an LP, 'Bones;' and given over 300 performances in North America, Europe, and Asia. They are heralded as "the world's most lethal band" by NPR, and described as "thrilling... an ideal synthesis of contemporary forms" by the Wall Street Journal. Chang is also a founding member of Landlady, making “brainy, melodic, pop rock” (Pitchfork) that “transmute existential questions and primal fears into exultant songs” (New York Times). 

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chang was shaped by the city’s diversity and vibrance. He moved to New York in 2007 to pursue music and quickly gained a reputation as a “gigantically talented drummer” (NPR). To date, Chang has recorded and/or performed with such varied artists as Son Lux, Landlady, Joan As Policewoman, Body Language, Matthew Dear, Dave Douglas, Rafiq Bhatia, Rubblebucket and Moses Sumney. 

In 2015, Chang started beta testing Sunhouse’s Sensory Percussion. This new technology translates the nuances of drumming into sample-based sound worlds. Through testing and developing Sensory Percussion, he has discovered a new creative voice and is gearing up to release his debut with Kowloon Records in Fall of 2017. The project explores the relationship between human and machine, redefining drumming and electronic music.