Lenorable is part of DC’s burgeoning post punk scene, balancing out the shoegaze sensibilities of contemporaries of Screen Vinyl Image and Washerwoman with chilling cold wave. Their latest effort is a Kickstarter-funded EP entitled The Prince, inspired – appropriately – by a visit to Edgar Allen Poe’s Baltimore grave site.
Nevermore Furthermore, each of the EP’s three songs is thematically derived from one of Poe’s works.
The title track, a rumination on The Masque of the Red Death, is powered by an angular guitar riff and Lisa Reed’s haunting vocals (including the staccato “pity isn’t welcome here / fortune brings certain fear”), and is accompanied by a simple but effective video.
The nearly seven-minute long “Ligeia” follows suit, amping up the drama while surprisingly danceable (or sway-able, as the case may be). Rounding out the EP is “Inquisition,” a fun-house opium trip based on The Pit and the Pendulum that is heavy on warped vocals but gently melodic. For this goth-tinged duo, Edgar Allen Poe proves to be a fitting muse. Lenorable celebrates the release of The Prince tonight at the Black Cat, where they’ll be joined by Last Tide and Dangerosa.
At this point, Steve Starks and Nacey need no introduction, and if you spend any time at DC’s weirder, deeper dance nights, you already know Lxsx Frxnk (aka Morgan Tepper). This Friday, the three will come together at Zeba Bar, a sleek neighborhood spot in Columbia Heights, for EASY. The promo mix provides an idea of what to expect: sunny dance tracks, groovy indie rock, and R&B-inflected bass music (and edits of Nacey’s upcoming project with Misun). Like the best things in life, the party is free.
Malha Funk – Vira de Ladinho
Spoon – Don’t You Evah (Mike 2600 Remix)
Wordlife – Reese Cup
Misun – July (Nacey Remix)
Douglas Greed – Back Room Deal
Cascandy – Escapade Escapade (Super Flu Remix)
Luscious Jackson – Naked Eye
Misun – The Sea (Steve Starks Remix)
Maxxi Soundsystem – There’s No Love
MJ Cole – Sincere
Brenmar – Let’s Pretend
Jacques Green – Another Girl
Outkast – Spottieottiedopalicious (Steve Starks Oh My Blend)
On the other end of the musical spectrum – both sonically and in tone – is a Sunday night concert at the Velvet Lounge that brings together three of DC’s darkest bands (and some like-minded Chicagoans). Headliner Washerwoman is a stripped down incarnation of Phonic Riot that delivers the same brand of post-punk. Live, vocalist/guitarist Angela Morrish and drummer Nathan Jurgenson focus their fury into something brutal. Similarly, Lenorable plays goth rock that is more expansive than their two-person configuration should allow.
Also featured on the bill are lo-fi thrash punks Lions & Tigers & Whales (LTW), fronted by local provocateur Denman. When not spinning grime and future bass, Denman is known for wielding his microphone, blowing out eardrums and bashing in skulls (usually his own). LTW’s performance promises to be a different kind of wall of sound than that of their show mates.