This Saturday’s show is a KDVS fundraiser, so come contribute to your local freeform radio station and listen to great music while you’re at it.
Boron and the Grebes, Fibers, and Das Finer Steps will be playing.
Boron and the Grebes is a Davis-based band. I’m not sure how long they’ve been together–bandmember Robert Rivasplata said, “Boron and the Grebes has been ‘together’ in the sense that more than one individual has accompanied another individual musically and amicably for maybe 2 or 3 years? Boron and the Grebes has been a music making and show playing entity for somewhat longer.” Their sound is noise rock/electronic, “approaching the line between accesible and experimental.” Robert described the band’s “style” as such: “Boron is a slacks and button-down or t-shirt sort. He wears stuff picked out for him by his and his lady’s parents. He likes earth-tones. As for the Grebes, Apart from their natural plumage, they are Jeans and band T-shirt sorts. Many great 90s Amrep bands are rep’d on their breasts.”
Boron and the Grebes is one of the many bands born out of KDVS; Robert stressed the importance of the station in maintaining any kind of local music scene. “It’s not hard to imagine how lame a town Davis would be without KDVS,” he said. “All the creative and awesome people that the station attracts like ants to an ant trap would probably be living somewhere much better right now, they would probably have better jobs, and they probably wouldn’t have to put up with all the boron in their drinking water, which would leave Davis a wasteland of frat parties and fossilized yuppies, roamed by savage packs of unleashed dogs. Now think about Snackto. You do it. We can’t. It’s just too depressing. We need a fucking drink.”
Das Finer Steps is the project of local musician Julian Elorduy. The band is also referred to as Fine Steps, or Les Fine Steps, depending on Julian’s mood/the lineup. Fine Steps started as Julian’s solo project and gradually gained members and fans; they were written up in the January issue of Midtown Monthly, and they’ve played at places like Verge and Bows. The band doesn’t have a particular style–Julian said it’s always changing, but he does have one rule. ”I operate under a basic premise,” he said. “Keep everything simple and sparse. I do what I can to eliminate anything that is unnecessary. [Fine Steps] started with a fascination with 70s folk/pop and has grown to be representative of all of my varied tastes.”
Julian used to play in a band with Boron called The Scores, and also had a radio show with him, so he’s connected to the KDVS scene as well. “I support KDVS and hope that this show is beneficial for their fundraising efforts,” he said.
Fibers is comprised of two well known Sacramento musicians: Kevin Corcoran of Dead Western and Wes Steed of Hearts + Horses. The two met while playing in a quartet with Ross Hammond, and they created Fibers about a year ago. Both Kevin and Wes have explored improvised music in other projects and are expanding on the idea with Fibers. “Our style is improvised music in which all sounds are acceptable. Our focus is directed toward texture and timbre rather than harmony or melody, and is not concerned with rhythm as a way to think about sound in time,” said Kevin. “Each set is different and I hope is at some point approaching some new musical experience for both of us, and for the listener. I think we both strive to make music outside of any singular type, working to open up some interesting sonic situation.”
Wes and Kevin’s influences are many, from philosophers like Athanasius Kircher, Sir Francis Bacon and artists like Morton Subotnick to simply the sights and sounds around them (what Kevin called “sound-environments”). “For an improvised set, the space music happens in and the listeners who are present influence the music in that they are strong aspects of “place” and “event,” two concepts very important to me in thinking about art, music, etc.” said Kevin.
Kevin and Wes are currently working on finding a publisher for an album they’ve recorded.
Show starts at 8:30
$5 Door Charge