Ahleuchatistas (Parish/Dunn/Piechoki) LIVE + Future Hate

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June 15, 2023

Doors: 7pm

Show: 7:00 pm

Ahleuchatistas is an instrumental prog punk band that formed in 2002. They play music that is meticulously thru-composed and relentlessly paced from beginning to end, morphing through perpetually evolving subtle variations, unfolding melodies that are simultaneously angular and organic. The current lineup is Shane Parish on guitar, Trevor Dunn on bass, and Danny Piechocki on drums. Their 9th studio album, Expansion, was released on October 22, 2022 on Trevor Dunn’s Riverworm Records.
In recent years, Athens, Georgia-based guitarist and songwriter, Shane Parish, has been performing a collection of original outsider folk songs that combine play-on-words about cognitive dissonance, personal excavation, sweet longing, subtle subversion, moral support, and mourning, with his singular and intricate acoustic guitar inventions. Like the scattershot trajectory of his career—free-folk improvisor, finger-style experimentalist, prog-punk shredder—Parish’s songs integrate a wide range of styles and techniques into well-crafted nuggets of sincerity and whimsy. A blazing country blues about apocalyptic forebodings careens into a mid-tempo minimalist pulse drone, ornamented by ethereal whispers of good intentions. An odd-metered contrapuntal prog-folk psychological thriller depicts the inner tension between multiple selves searching for authenticity. Delicately fingerpicked minor figures cascade beneath a deadpan spoken word poem about the futility of waiting to subvert the system from within. Harmonically rich and meticulously constructed musical eulogies mourn the passing of friends and loved ones, while basking in their eternal presence. The pieces move seamlessly in and out of Parish’s breathtaking instrumental flights of fancy, and candid extemporaneous musings.
At home, Parish devotes much of his time to developing his singular and expressive voice on the guitar. He is a self-taught musician who communicates through emotion, unexpected melodicism, technical whimsy, a nuanced sense of form, and rich timbral variety, simultaneously drawing from the guitar’s history and aiming for its future. Avant Music News described Parish as “one of the most consistently innovative finger-picking acoustic guitarists in a generation.” In 2016, he was recognized for his solo acoustic efforts by composer John Zorn, who issued the album Undertaker Please Drive Slow on Tzadik Records, hailing it as “a remarkable and soulful acoustic solo project that digs deep into Appalachian roots… At times reminiscent of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, at times of John Cage and Morton Feldman.” Parish has self-released numerous recordings of folk interpretations in the years since Undertaker. According to All About Jazz, “Parish’s deeply personalized spin on roots music transcends any semblances of playing it safe. More importantly, he establishes a musical conduit that pays homage to tradition while unlocking new passageways, enacted with the utmost sincerity.” In 2021, he released Liverpool (Dear Life Records), a collection of sea shanties and nautical ballads reimagined for electric guitar. Folk Radio UK noted, “One of his reasons for making this album was to unlock ‘the code to resonance within the body’, the inscrutable power that exists within worksongs that makes them timeless and uniquely human. It’s safe to say that he has achieved that goal and made a breathtaking and singular album in the process.”
Parish also fronts the electric prog-punk band Ahleuchatistas, described as “…knotty, instrumental rock that blends punk, prog, jazz, non-Western music and improv into something exhilarating and even awe-inspiring [Wire Magazine]”, “possessed of many moments of beauty and mayhem [Pitchfork]”, “the kind of musical tug-of-war that sounds as jagged as it is graceful [NPR]”, and “music of upfront physicality and twitchy intent [New York Times]”. Their 2004 album, The Same and the Other, (re-issued in 2008 on Tzadik Records) was described by John Zorn as “one of the most intense documents of compositional rock complexity ever recorded,” and “a cult rock masterpiece.” Ahleuchatistas has toured internationally and released nine albums on labels such as Tzadik, International Anthem and Cuneiform Records. In 2022 the band released their head-exploding maximalist 9th album, Expansion, with an all new trio lineup, featuring legendary bassist Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle) and drum virtuoso Danny Piechocki.
Trevor Dunn is a world renowned bassist and composer. He is greatly respected for his ambitious work across genres including rock, jazz, avant-garde, experimental, improv, metal, and film score. He is best known as a founding member of the legendary group Mr. Bungle from Eureka, California and his many collaborations with Mike Patton and John Zorn.
As a tireless professional musician in San Francisco and then New York, Dunn has established himself as one of the most lauded and sought after bassists in the world of adventurous music. He has performed and recorded with acts such as:
Nels Cline Singers
Kris Davis
Marc Ribot
Titan to Tachyons
Brian Welch (Korn)
Billy Martin
John Schott
Phillip Greenlief
The Melvins
Dave Lombardo
Terry Bozzio
Endangered Blood
SpermChurch (Sannety)
And as bandleader with Trevor Dunn’s Trio Convulsant and Mad Love.
Danny Piechoki is a drummer of frightening ability, a primal machine capable of beats that melt the mind. He is a master, with the precision required to execute math rock/prog rock but also the imagination and capacity to create bold new musical visions. Most notably he has performed with Jitters, Terms (Skingraft) and many adventurous solo projects and collaborations.

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