Collapsing Scenery, Gary Wilson & The Blind Dates, DJ sets by CIA LSD / Drinking Flowers

Pink Mass III

Collapsing Scenery, Gary Wilson & The Blind Dates, DJ sets by CIA LSD / Drinking Flowers

Visuals by Snake Chime Zen

Wed · August 22, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$0.00

This event is 21 and over

The ofiicial music video screening party for Collapsing Scenery's "The Resort Beyond The Last Resort"

Collapsing Scenery
Collapsing Scenery
COLLAPSING SCENERY IS THE MEETING OF TWO FERTILE AND FEBRILE MINDS, DON DEVORE AND REGGIE DEBRIS. TOGETHER THEY STRADDLE THE GAP BETWEEN MUSIC, ART, FILM AND POLITICS, SEAMLESSLY MOVING BETWEEN EACH WITH THE SAME EASE AT WHICH THEY TRAVERSE THE GLOBE, SOAKING UP EXPERIENCES AND IMMERSING THEMSELVES IN DIFFERENT CULTURES.

Since they formed in 2013 “under a pall of paranoia and disgust” they haven’t stopped moving. A conversation with them recalls stories of recently recording a ‘goth-dancehall’ track in Jamaica with Ninjaman, sailing their soundsystem into Britain for a series of shows, visiting occupied territories in Palestine on fact-finding missions, recording their debut album on a remote ranch in Texas and tracking vocals in a remote cave in Iceland – and that’s in the first five minutes

Collapsing Scenery’s inception can be traced back several years when New York-based artist/musician Don De Vore and musician friend and LA resident Reggie Debris collaborated in programming events with D’agostino and Fiore gallery on the Lower East Side, beginning with a video installation which lead to a month of music and visual programming called ‘Rebuild Babylon’ which in turn evolved into a travelling residency series.

Out of this came Collapsing Scenery, the musical wing of their collaboration. Don De Vore is a mainstay of some of the US’s most exciting and important contemporary bands, having played in Ink & Dagger, The Icarus Line, Amazing Baby, Giant Drag, and Lilys. He is also curator of the Queens arts space Trans Pecos. Joining him on vocals is debuting vocalist and lyrical collaborator Reggie Debris, a veritable human riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. The pair exist to challenge and subvert perceptions in the worlds of outsider art and political protest. And have a great time while doing it.

A more recent 2016 artistic residency in New York saw Collapsing Scenery create a psychedelic immersive art installation that incorporated projections, layers of colourful plexi-glass, a reading from Genesis P-Orridge and a performances from De Vore and Debris (meanwhile in a clash of the old and new the gallery upstairs hosted a Picasso exhibition). While some bands claim to be exponents of the DIY ethic, Collapsing Scenery are entirely self-sufficient, sonic buccaneers sailing the seas with piratical intent.

Collapsing Scenery offer a new vision for how a modern band can be. They’re not even a band – they’re curators of a series of planet-planning events, expressions, exhibitions, albums, installations, journeys, adventures and parties, all operating outside of the confines of the tired traditional industry. “We both like to experience things first hand,” says Debris. “How can you truly comment on, say, the Israel- Palestine conflict unless you go out and talk to people there?”

We like to go to new places and put boots on the ground so to speak. “Travel makes the word smaller and is essential to expanding the creative mind,” adds De Vore. Collapsing Scenery are artistic explorers pushing into bold new futures, then. Join them.
Gary Wilson & The Blind Dates
Gary Wilson & The Blind Dates
Gary Wilson is an internationally-renowned composer, recording artist, and performer of experimental music. As a teenager, Wilson studied composition privately with John Cage, and since his 1977 self-released classic You Think You Really Know Me, he has spent a lifetime building a fervent underground audience around the world. Esteemed artists Beck, Questlove, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler the Creator, Foxygen, Dam Funk, Black Lips, and Ariel Pink have all cited Gary Wilson as a source of inspiration.
In the summer of 2013, the Metropolitan Museum of Art included Gary in the exhibition PUNK:Chaos to Couture, and in recent years the DIY home recording legend has graced the pages of The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Record Collector Magazine. Wilson has performed on national TV on both The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Gary Wilson continues to diligently compose, record, and release new music, including 2017’s Let’s Go to Outer Space on Cleopatra Records.
Drinking Flowers
Drinking Flowers
"Drawing instant comparisons to Depeche Mode and The Cure" - Paste Magazine.

"’80s British punk and early ’90s shoegaze melded together to make a contemporary holy child of music" - Slug Mag

Drinking Flowers is a music group based in Los Angeles. They released their debut LP New Swirled Order in 2016 on Manifesto Records. The album artfully bridged the gap between their paisley underground and new wave influences. After hearing "Black Monday" by chance on the radio Peter Hook of New Order/Joy Division decided to include Drinking Flowers in the launch of a new dance night he was curating. The following year the group collaborated with synth pop act Part Time and released a split 7" single on Volar Records.
Venue Information:
Zebulon
2478 N Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA, 90039
http://zebulon.la/