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Event Archive - Yonatan Gat, Axxa/Abraxas

Thu. July 31st 2014 The Biltmore Cabaret (No Minors)
9pm doors at 8pm
Tickets at: Online
Presented by: The Biltmore Cabaret
It should come as no surprise that after years of touring with his band Monotonix, once hailed by SPIN as "the most exciting live band in rock'n'roll", that Yonatan Gat would carry that same intensity in his own act. After five successful years, including one EP and two LP’s on Drag City and a world tour spanning 40 countries with his co-founded band, The New York-by-way-of-Tel-Aviv guitarist and composer took some time to himself, but not long before finding inspiration for a solo project while sound checking at a festival in Portugal.

The African influenced-punk tinged drums of Igor Domingues he heard on that sound check, inspired Gat to book a last minute improvised show with Domingues, which was recorded for a 7-inch EP called Live in Café au Lait. Gat soon returned to Portugal to record with Domingues in a studio in the large urban metropolis of Porto. Once there, Gat engineered, mixed and produced the album himself; playing every instrument except for drums played by Domingues. Inspired by the early work of Brazilian psychedelic experimentalists Os Mutantes. Gat’s truly amazing talents shine on Iberian Passage (out May 27th on Joyful Noise) as it blends together his punk rock influences with the improvisational spirit of Miles Davis. It can be heard in the lengthy shredded guitar riffs melted in between pulsing African inspired drums.

Axxa/Abraxas is the music and art project of Ben Asbury, a 23 year old from outside Atlanta, GA. His experiences as a record collector and music obsessive from a very young age (“I got into punk in the third grade”) are easily evident in his debut release. Going full circle from being introduced to 60′s pop as a kid, through his foray into punk rock at an early age, into post-rock and Elephant Six indie, right back into 60′s Psychedelia, Ben has honed his influences (Neil Young, Television Personalities, ‘Elevators, The ‘Dead, Olivia Tremor Control) into a cohesive blend to adapt his own take on psych-influenced art-pop.

DOORS AT 8:00pm, 19+

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