Wednesday, October 15, 2008

L.A. Record stars Gangi take their eclectic aesthetic to the road, psych-garage-sampling-electronic-tribal duo’s new disc melting minds nationwide.

Gangi is hands down one of the most exciting new bands I’ve heard all year. With a whirlwind of folk and pop music that echos the psychedelia and lyrical imagery-creating capabilities of Destroyer with the subtle playfulness of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Gangi has created something as unique as it is original – pushing beyond their influences and, instead, become influential.” – My Old Kentucky Blog

The Los Angeles based duo, Gangi has taken to the road this Fall, delivering its eclectic aesthetic to audiences nationwide, including a highly-anticipated showcase during the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City this month (see full tour dates below). Gangi was recently featured on the cover of the popular Angeleno music guide, L.A. Record, in a particularly entertaining interview (read it HERE).

Gangi’s music is influenced by a wide variety of sources: 60’s and 70’s garage and psychedelic rock, the sampling culture and beat heavy elements of electronic genres, and the lyrical style and sensibility of American folk music. Acting as DJs playing off of each other, the duo creates an entirely unique dialogue. As Matt Gangi’s dream-like vocals, guitar playing, and melodies meet Lyle Nesse’s electronic samples and intense, tribal drumming, a rich, layered, and new-textural sound is achieved.

Gangi captivates its audience in live performances with eclectic instrumentation and an array of samplers and electronics that litter the stage with cords. Often the duo performs with a mobile sculptural installation of bright hanging pieces made from painted cardboard and recycled colored paper which sparkle on stage.

In the spring of 2008, Gangi self-released its full-length debut, titled simply, A on the imprint, Office of Analogue and Digital. The album was recorded, written, performed and produced by Matt Gangi alone in an apartment in Brooklyn. During the summer of 2008 Gangi (then joined by Nesse) toured nationally, and relocated to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, NY. Since then, the duo has played extensively throughout the Los Angeles area, performing at The Troubadour, Spaceland, the Manimal festival in Joshua Tree, supporting Ariel Pink, and the Eagle Rock Music festival, co-headlining the main stage of the show with Abe Vigoda, the Crystal Antlers, and Mika Miko. The band has also contributed a cover of, “Fire in Cairo” to the upcoming benefit record, Perfect as Cats: A Tribute to The Cure alongside The Dandy Warhols and Bat For Lashes, among other notable bands.


Matt Gangi: Matt grew up in Los Angeles. He recorded the album A alone in his mold and asbestos filled, rent stabilized apartment in Brooklyn. Matt was a film student at NYU where he met and studied with the performance artist Karen Finley who persuaded Matt to start recording his music in the DIY NY no-wave spirit that she came from. Matt was also heavily involved in the New York poetry scene, studying with and being influenced by the avant-garde writers Lytle Shaw and Rob Fitterman. Matt comes from a folk music background, but is influenced by everything from psychedelic rock to Varése to Eno to Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear to underground hip hop to emotive blog writings and corporate slogans littering the Google interface.

Lyle Nesse: Lyle grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland right outside of D.C. He began collaborating with Matt in Brooklyn during 2007, helping to actualize the sounds Matt was finishing on the first record for live shows and helping to provide protection/support against the toxic mold and asbestos of Matt’s Brooklyn apartment. Lyle brings a beat-heavy, rhythmic/drumming/beat-making approach to the music. His background and interest in African drumming and the music of West Africa is particularly evident (the highlife and hiplife music of Ghana, and Juju and Afrobeat music from Nigeria) as well as American hip-hop, particularly Bomb Squad, Boogie Down Productions, and more recently the Stones Throw roster: JDilla, Madlib, et al.

Gangi Live:
* w/ Rainbow Arabia
10/16 Poughkeepsie, NY @ Vassar College *
10/18 Providence, RI @ Firehouse No. 13 *
10/19 Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands *
10/21 New York, NY @ Cakeshop CMJ Manimal Vinyl Showcase
10/23 Baltimore, MD @ The Windup Space *
10/24 Philadelphia, PA @ Inciting HQ *
10/26 Richmond, VA @ The Triple *
10/28 Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn *
10/30 Houston, TX @ The Mink Backroom *
10/31 Austin, TX @ Rancho Relaxo *
11/02 Santa Fe, NM @ The Process *
11/03 Phoenix, AZ @ TBA *

A Tracklisting:

01. Commonplace Feathers
02. Waiting On The Line
03. Ground
04. Subject Positions
05. Shift
06. Animals (MP3)
07. Region Two
08. Region One
09. Curtains

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