Natural Velvet Record Release Party
Blacksage, Halloween Tres, Infintiy Knives w/ Randi, DJ Pancakes
2549 North Howard Street
Baltimore, MD, 21218
Doors 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Natural Velvet is Corynne Ostermann (bass, vocals), Greg Hatem (drums), Spike Arreaga (guitar) and Kim Te (guitar). The post-punk quartet is known in their native Baltimore for a distinct sound that is both aggressive and catchy. Framed by washing guitars, vocals that alternately howl and harmonize, and throbbing drum sounds, Natural Velvet creates music that moves between gazey indie pop and guttural, "wall of sound" noise rock. Aggressive bass lines throughout tie together a dark and foreboding framework, ultimately leaving the listener with haunting melody and hypnotic rhythm. At times confrontational, at times seductive, Ostermann's vocals guide the listener through dark rolling narratives of identity, existence and femininity.
Natural Velvet has played with a variety of national acts, including
Cayetana, Crocodiles, Ex Hex, Guerilla Toss, PC Worship, Thin Lips and many more, and has played festivals such as CMJ, Ladyfest Baltimore, Artscape, and Ratscape. Active in the underground music scene, the band has performed in both commercial and DIY spaces in native Baltimore and beyond. RIYL: Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Birthday Party, Cocteau Twins, Hole, Sonic Youth, Bauhaus, Ride, alien movies, feminist content, villainesses, etc.
Since their debut EP Sixtape in 2014, Baltimore-based duo Blacksage has been possessing listeners with the devastating coo of folk singer Josephine Olivia and the bass heavy beats of producer Drew Scott. Melting gothic-tinged elements of modern R&B and 90s trip-hop with old-fashioned Pop, their 2015 full-length Basement Vows expanded on this dynamic. “It’s a bleak setting, but there’s inherent beauty in it,” wrote Brandon Weigel of Baltimore City Paper. Their songs tread on the darker side of love and lust while remaining aware of the experimental and danceable nature of the music scene brewing in Baltimore. Friends Records will release their second full-length Shivers in Fall 2016.
DJ Pancakes is a Raleigh / Baltimore queer DJ specializing in murdering your dance floor!
Mashup / 1980s-90s / Post-punk / House / Club / Electro / Rap / Indie
$10 advance / $12 day of show
Patrons under 21 years of age pay $2 surcharge at the door