Telefon Tel Aviv Live

Telefon Tel Aviv
Chasms
DJ CZ

Co-Presented by
15Utah x Gray Area

March 14, 2020
9pm – 2am
$10 – $20

All sales final
21+

On the final stop of the North American tour, Telefon Tel Aviv performs a new live audiovisual performance at Gray Area. Frontman Josh Eustis combines atmospheric soundscapes with visceral, ambient visuals touring on the album “Dreams Are Not Enough,” released in September on Ghostly International.

The album and performance are seen through the lens of a dream, both in terms of its sound and its emotional content. Fears are processed and long-held desires are realized. The album and track titles refer to a recurring dream Eustis has, based on a "murky incident during a family vacation to a remote Alabama coastline."

Telefon Tel Aviv is 20 years old now and one of the biggest obstacles held by Josh Eustis, frontman of the project, is trying to occupy the headspace of the late Charles Cooper. Formed in 1999 by two New Orleans high-school friends, Joshua Eustis and Charles Cooper played in various local bands and learned the ropes of electronic music production.

Shaped by a diverse set of influences that included British electronic music (Autechre, Aphex Twin, Jega) and Black American music (house, techno, bounce rap), Telefon Tel Aviv were the latest in a growing lineup of American musicians that sought to carve their own lane and add something meaningful to a growing international conversation about what the meeting point between hip-hop, soul, and electronic music could be. But while Eustis and Cooper emerged within a specific context that provided their continuing work with a solid foundation, they spent the next decade taking risks and grappling with the idea of what an electronic duo could be.

In between the German and U.S. release of Immolate, Charles Cooper passed away unexpectedly. Following Cooper’s death the Telefon Tel Aviv project went on hold. In 2014, Eustis released a solo album on Audraglint Recordings as Sons of Magdalene called Move To Pain. After years of self-doubt, Eustis decided to revive the Telefon Tel Aviv alias in 2016.

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Telefon Tel Aviv

Telefon Tel Aviv is an experimental electronic duo formed in 1999 by two New Orleans high-school friends, Joshua Eustis and Charles Cooper. Following years of playing in various local bands and learning the ropes of electronic music production, Eustis and Cooper wrote the demos for what would become Telefon Tel Aviv in 1999. Shaped by a diverse set of influences that included British electronic music (Autechre, Aphex Twin, Jega) and Black American music (house, techno, bounce rap), Telefon Tel Aviv were the latest in a growing lineup of American musicians that sought to carve their own lane and add something meaningful to a growing international conversation about what the meeting point between hip-hop, soul, and electronic music could be. In between the German and U.S. release of Immolate Yourself, Charles Cooper passed away unexpectedly. Following Cooper’s death the Telefon Tel Aviv project went on hold. In 2014, Eustis released a solo album on Audraglint Recordings as Sons of Magdalene called Move To Pain. After years of self-doubt, Eustis decided to revive the Telefon Tel Aviv alias in 2016, writing and touring under the moniker.

Chasms

Chasms was formed by Jess Labrador and Shannon Madden. Following 2016's On the Legs of Love Purified and the recent "Divine Illusion" single, The Mirage pushes the band's ethereal sound into the murky depths of dub. Marking a sonic shift for the project, The Mirage finds the duo trading in chaotic bursts of noise for understated minimalism that's still characteristically melancholic and potent with emotion. Labrador's drum production is as deft as ever with an expanded range of electronic samples and tape-delay-induced polyrhythms. Layered with Madden's persistently dubby bass, Labrador's sparse guitar and gliding soprano float above a labyrinth of hypnotic sequences. These dub-laced dirges signify growth within the band, heard in their command of repetition, space, and effects to build a pervasive mood that's often utterly heartbreaking.

DJ CZ

DJ CZ (aka Chris Zaldua) is a writer, DJ, party promoter, and music obsessive based in San Francisco, CA. He co-founded two event series (Surface Tension, Vague Terrain) and a record label (Left Hand Path), all focusing on the liminal, the interstitial, and the in-between. His writing has been published in Resident Advisor, XLR8R, FACT Magazine, SF Weekly, KQED, Red Bull Music Academy, Noisey/Vice, and beyond. Recent DJ mix highlights include recorded podcasts for The Bunker New York, Mysteries of the Deep, and Honey Soundsystem.

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