Seattle experimental-music festival Debacle has announced its lineup for the 2014 edition, to be held May 30 (opening ceremonies at Cairo) and May 31 (at Lo-Fi, Black Lodge, and Victory Lounge). The seventh annual Debacle will skew heavily toward Northwest acts, although California guitar virtuoso Danny Paul Grody (Tarentel, the Drift) and San Francisco gloom-drone purveyors Common Eider, King Elder are appearing, too.
The main aim this year is to spotlight the fertile scenes in the Northwest. Ex-Yellow Swans guitarist Gabriel Mindel Saloman (Vancouver), Thrill Jockey synth and bass clarinet duo Golden Retriever (Portland), Spectrum Control (Dewey Mahood of Portland psych units Plankton Wat/Eternal Tapestry), noise-drone obliterationist Total Life (Olympia), questing electronic mavericks Black Hat and Brain Fruit (Seattle), and a rare live performance by Dialing In (Seattle's Reita Piecuch) are just some of Debacle's highlights. One nice addition is a Record Label Fair at Black Lodge from 12 pm-5 pm May 31, at which local companies like Medical Records, Translinguistic Other, Eiderdown, and Hanged Man will sell their goods.
Press release and full lineup after the jump.
Let’s fucking celebrate our community: For Debacle Fest 2014, May 30th and 31st, we’re showcasing what the festival is all about — our amazing family of artists, all our supportive fans turned friends, and some favorite local hangouts.
Opening ceremonies commence Friday May 30th at Capitol Hill boutique gallery Cairo with a small line up of intimate performances and hotdog vendor Quack Dogs on location. Then a big whirlwind of a Saturday, May 31st, descends upon Eastlake and Republican, giving fans a Choose Your Own Adventure-style evening across LoFi Performance Gallery, Black Lodge, and the Victory Lounge. Attendees will be able to choose between concurrent performances on all three stages. To up the party atmosphere, local food truck Napkin Friends will be on site and Victory Lounge will offer food specials to fill bellies while projection artists satisfy the eyes.
The richness on tap here in the PNW flows through our lineup. Longtime Debacle family like Dull Knife, Brain Fruit, Black Hat, Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, and L.A. Lungs bring consistently top-notch performances, while Threads, Slow Drips, and Chris Davis make Fest debuts. Talent from up and down the best coast are on hand as well, with Danny Paul Grody, Secret Pyramid, Golden Retriever, Sutekh Hexen, Common Eider King Eider, and more.
And the party isn’t just stuck in night mode: Saturday afternoon, the wealth of Seattle experimental labels is to be had as we host a Record Label Fair, sharing the limelight with our fellow purveyors of underground sounds. From Noon to Five at the Black Lodge eager music seekers can pick up wares from the likes of Medical Records, Translinguistic Other, Eiderdown, and Hanged Man, to name but a few, with DJs and a live performance.
Stage schedules and band bio’s forthcoming.
Debacle Fest 2014 Line-Up:
Danny Paul Grody
Common Eider, King Eider
Gabriel Mindel Saloman (ex-Yellow Swans)
Spectrum Control (Dewey Mahood of Plankton Wat/Eternal Tapestry)
Gordon Ashworth (ex-Concern, Oscillating Innards)
Garek Druss (Story of Rats, Dull Knife)
Blue Sabbath Black Cheer
LIMITS (Jason Anderson of Draft/Gift Tapes)
King Tears Bat Trip
Timm Mason (Mood Organ, Midday Veil)
Ecstatic Cosmic Union
Chris Davis (Brain Fruit)