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Thursday Oct 11

MEGATIVE

JONNY GOFIGURE

$12 Adv/ $15 DOS Backstage / Doors at 9:00

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The world hangs precariously, desperately in the balance, while speed, chaos, and decay rule the day grimly. Harshness, isolation, and an abandonment of the sacred are the hallmarks of the Dark Age To commit to being an artist while navigating the perils of a hyper-saturated, dystopian junk-scape, is a dangerous, disheartening, potentially deadly enterprise. The sun is setting. Brave living in dark ages is an imperative now, not an option. Enter MEGATIVE. Fusing the spirit of late-70's UK punk and reggae with today's sense of urgency and foreboding to create a deep, dense, subterranean dub, MEGATIVE is an NYC collective of musicians, artists and producers who aspire to stand up tall amidst the noise and confusion of the world with a big, bold, defiant sound. Part Gorillaz, part The Clash, laced with King Tubby-style dub FX and swirling sirens straight out of Jah Shakka's sound system, MEGATIVE is the sound of all these jamming together in an underground basement after-party at the end of the world. Singer Tim Fletcher's vocals channel the haunting, cool detachment of a young Terry Hall (The Specials) and fuse with the moody subs generated by Gus Van Go, of cult Montreal punk ensemble Me, Mom & Morgentaler, who has gone from frontman in his own right to become a much-sought-after, decorated producer in the contemporary independent scene. Together, these longtime fellow conspirators have been plotting the birth of MEGATIVE for many years. The MEGATIVE tribe DNA is nuclear: Montreal-born Fletcher fronted The Stills, the first-ever band signed to Vice Records, who broke out with the chiming Logic Will Break Your Heart album, part of a wave including Interpol and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs that influenced scores of inheritors. To fully accomplish the mission, Tim and Gus assembled a crew of like minds, including Likeminds, the name of Brooklyn-based producer/mixer/songwriter tandem Jesse Singer and Chris Soper, young lions on the alt-R&B/Indie-hip-hop scene who cut their teeth working with big-timers like Wu-Tang Clan, The Roots, Snoop Dogg, and Kanye West. Having already scored platinum records on the Hot 100 chart, their wide-ranging arsenal of skills inside the studio virtually guarantees more of the same for years to come. On the other side of the mic, Jamaican-born Brooklyn-based dancehall veteran Screechy Dan, co-founder of Ruff Entry Crew (the Wu-Tang Clan of dancehall reggae) wails out harbingers of Armageddon carried inside rhymes of great wickedness and dexterous flow - his connections fold in Studio 1's Coxson Dodd and Lee "Scratch" Perry, and had a major global reggae smash with the Pose Off. He also yodels. MEGATIVE's music is an addictive pulse shot through with the immediacy of the moment. With echoes of Two-Tone, UK-punk, the trance of nocturnal dub and the aggressive insistence of modern hip-hop. These are songs that fuse space-and-time with the vibe of a monstrous global megacity sprawl... an urban ghost-walk through the haunted negative space that exists invisible within the accelerating hyper-noise of incessant information. Lyrical themes of paranoia and existential dread, and doomsday prophesying as a warning call to social consciousness and awakening from the great ignorance of our time, flood the record from start to finish. A call for brave living in dark ages