September 25, 2019 | doors at 8:00pm
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Masquerade presents:
Shunkan | Wieuca
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Bat house
Bat House is a quartet of humans creating a shapeshifting brand of psych-rock of its own accord. Grown from within the gritty and colorful world of Boston’s underground DIY scene, the project pushes the envelope of conventionality, phasing in and out of its rock-influenced roots by toying with jazz, punk, pop and electronics in a fluid symbiosis of sonic textures. By utilizing the juxtaposition between complexity and minimalism, the quartet weaves a story unique unto themselves. Witnessed live, their ensemble locks listeners into polyrhythmic grooves, soaring and spacious guitars, and grounding bass that leaves listeners hypnotized. Their latest release, Stop Dying, can be found everywhere music lives.
Shunkan is a ‘90s-inspired indie rock band formed by Los Angeles native and moody half-Japanese frontwoman Marina Sakimoto. Her music has been compared to the sounds of Liz Phair, Sonic Youth, Waxahatchee, and Hop Along. Sakimoto grew up in a mixed household of American and Japanese cultures in Southern California. Her heritage, affinity to both cultures, and sense of misplacement led her to work with feelings of isolation and introspection.
Shunkan’s first EP Honey, Milk and Blood and debut album The Pink Noise were covered and highly reviewed by significant media publications such as The Guardian, NME, Noisey, Spin, Stereogum, BrooklynVegan, and others alike. In 2019, she has released singles “Little Hell”, “Mornings In The Afterlife”, and “Bloody Winter”. Her sophomore album Cumberland Falls will be released September 13th, 2019.
“An adventurous version of indie rock, taking you on a journey.” -Chris DeVille, Stereogum
“Lyrically rich, poignant indie rock with a psychedelic edge, […] a vibrant, inquisitive take on rock and roll that challenges genre.” -Russell Rockwell, Immersive Atlanta
“Since forming way back in 2012, local foursome Wieuca has evolved from a messy, Pavement-aping slack-rock outfit to one of the coolest and most cohesive bands in town. Blending catchy vocal melodies with half-drunk guitar interplay and razor-sharp rhythms à la Parquet Courts, the group also flirts with anthemic Southern rock and jammy psychedelia. There’s also a healthy dose of irony to keep things fun.” -Gabe Vodicka, Flagpole Magazine

Wieuca’s sound has always been eclectic, even unfocused. What began in 2012 as an emotional alt-country outfit has gone through iterations of psychedelia, garage punk, shoegaze, southern rock, etc…disparate, but all under the general indie rock umbrella. With Local Celebrity, Wieuca incorporates more hip hop influences, pushing far outside the bounds of rock while retaining its esoteric core: psychedelic homespun recordings, confessional lyrics, and the earnest twang of a long day’s work. This is folk art in a post-J Dilla world.