Friday the 13th: A Night of Dark Arts

Friday the 13th: A Night of Dark Arts

It's Friday the 13th and the Black Cat has put together a night of local artists who specialize in uniquely haunting music.

Wes Swing

Wes Swing is a singer, cellist, songwriter, and composer from Virginia. His new full-length album And The Heart [out June 2] is a blend of Swing's literary songwriting with production and analog electronics by Paul Curreri and backing vocals by Devon Sproule. The album is about darkness and light, sadness and joy, and looking for beauty and connection. Using deliberately sparse and stark instrumentation, sections of intimate and personal performance transition into electronic escapades and flourishing full-band crescendos. "The compositions, pieced together very carefully, are orchestral without orchestra. They are movements, and they are moving. They take place in that grey area between pop and symphonic." - No Depression.

Wes Swing's musical journey began as a four-year-old violinist. He developed an early appreciation for classical music, and later found his true musical love in playing and composing for cello while studying Latin at university. After graduating with a Latin degree, Wes taught for three years before quitting his teaching job and turning to music full time. A love of the classics comes through in his imagist lyrics and arrangements.

American One-man band project, from Richmond, Virginia, featuring the multi-instrumentalist Nate Rappole.

Toured a lot in North America & Africa, notably playing in the streets.

Hand Grenade Job

Hand Grenade Job (HGJ) is an experimental post-americana duo from Washington, DC. Both women are vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, with Beck Levy (Turboslut, The Gift) primarily playing guitar and Erin McCarley (Delta Dart, Pygmy Lush, Governess) primarily on percussion. Levy and McCarley both come from DIY punk scenes. Their previous bands were loud. HGJ explores a different mode of heaviness. As a band, they are directed by the values of minimalism, agility, and confrontation. Their live performances include elements of visual and performance art, with a constructed habitat that evolves from show to show.

Albert Bagman



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