1816 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125, United States<\/span><\/div>
Spires That in the Sunset Rise have been unsettling and thrilling audiences for over a decade now with their brand of sonic alchemy. Combining traditional acoustic instruments like cello, spike fiddle, banjo, and lately more on flute and saxophone with electric elements and mesmerizing chants, one can call them goth, folk, psychedelic, experimental, electronic – and it all applies. They have four full length releases on labels like Secret Eye and Galactic Zoo Disk and two more on Hairy Spider Legs. The band is paired down to two women these days, each busy performing and releasing solo material as well. Many audiences have seen them expand into pure improvisation lately, but there is still song writing taking place, and often STITSR play the line between the two. Always original, and always pushing themselves into new territory.
“Their breath is a physical force behind the instruments and singing here, giving the listener a chance to directly connect to the proceedings. Within these swirling parts, the listener can firmly grasp Peterson’s and Baird’s imagination with their ear, as the sharp, clear recordings present an easily perceived image within the sounds. This album will likely to appeal to longform experimental listeners beyond genre, as the jazz elements are highly orchestral and fanciful, while the energy is both bright and assertive throughout” – Nicholas Zettel/Decoder
Erik Ruin (crankie performance):
Erik Ruin is a Michigan-raised, Philadelphia-based printmaker, shadow puppeteer, paper-cut artist, etc., who has been lauded by the New York Times for his “spell-binding cut-paper animations.” His work oscillates between the poles of apocalyptic anxieties and utopian yearnings, with an emphasis on empathy, transcendence and obsessive detail. He frequently works collaboratively with musicians, theater performers, other artists and activist campaigns. He is a founding member of the international Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and co-author of the book Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism (w/ Cindy Milstein, PM Press, 2012).