Saturday, August 29th, 2009
9pm at Fairchild Chapel
Aaron Dilloway & Robert Turman
NIGHTMARES is a new synth trio formed by Jonathan Canady, David Reed, and Mark Solotroff. With their long history of dark analog synth music, the three members of Nightmares have united to develop their own type of aural sleep disruption, characterized by frightening psychological content and aiming to provoke a strong feeling of imminent physical danger and a sensation of being trapped or suffocated.
Canady is known for his dark analog synth fueled solo project, Angel of Decay, while power-electronics fans know him for his truly brutal band, Deathpile. Although possibly less-known in the noise world, it is likely that his most widely heard project is the industrial-metal band Dead World. He also founded the Malsonus label.
Reed has a musical personality that is finely split into two distinct-yet-related solo projects: the analog synth-driven Envenomist and its dark electronic alter-ego, Luasa Raelon. Reed has also recorded under the name Brittle Foundries, and occasionally using his own name. He also runs the prolific Snip-Snip label and the newly launched Fatal Beliefs label.
Solotroff has recorded lo-fi analog synth music under the name Super Eight Loop, which dates back to 1993. He released 100 hour-long missives and performed a single live show as S8L, before retiring the name in January 2009. Solotroff is also known for his bands BLOODYMINDED, The Fortieth Day, A Vague Disquiet, Intrinsic Action, Animal Law, and the newly formed Anatomy of Habit. As a synth player, Solotroff has also played live and/or in the studio with diverse artists including Brutal Truth, Consumer Electronics, and Wilt. He also runs the BloodLust! label.
The three members have long, entwined histories together, dating back to the early 1990s, when Canady and Solotroff first met up. When Canady’s band Dead World was on Release/Relapse Records, Solotroff brought the group to New York City to play an infamous 1993 show with Intrinsic Action and Whitehouse. Solotroff also organized several shows with Deathpile and Angel of Decay, and his BloodLust! label went on to release numerous compact discs, 7-inch singles, and cassettes by Dead World, Deathpile, and Angel of Decay. Canady returned the favor by including what became a universally despised BLOODYMINDED song, “Moonwalker,” on the groundbreaking Malsonus power-electronics compilation CD, The Sound of Sadism. Canady has also overseen the graphic design of six Intrinsic Action compact discs and his design skills frequently keep the BloodLust! gears rolling smoothly.
Reed and Solotroff first crossed literal paths in September 2004, at a rare show at Chicago’s Viaduct Theater, when BLOODYMINDED played with the touring projects Hive Mind, Luasa Raelon, and Redrot. The two met up again at the March 2005 edition of No Fun Fest in Brooklyn, NY, when Luasa Raelon and BLOODYMINDED both played on the Chondritic Sound stage. It was not long before Envenomist releases on vinyl, compact disc, and cassette, began appearing on BloodLust! Solotroff has organized several more Luasa Raelon and Envenomist shows in Chicago, and Reed even began sitting in on synth at key BLOODYMINDED shows. Reed and Solotroff previously toured the Midwest together in October 2007.
Most recently, the three members of Nightmares all found themselves on the landmark Wierd Compilation Volume II : Analogue Electronic Music 2008 – a four LP set that was released by BLOODYMINDED member Pieter Schoolwerth, on his New York-based Weird Records imprint. Canady appeared as Angel of Decay, Reed as Envenomist, and Solotroff – with BLOODYMINDED and The Fortieth Day member, Isidro Reyes – as A Vague Disquiet.ntless Corpse