Collapsing Scenery weekly May residency with Avalon, Ruby TM

Free weekly residency

Collapsing Scenery weekly May residency with Avalon, Ruby TM

Mon · May 14, 2018

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

$0.00

This event is 21 and over

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.
Avalon
Avalon
AVALON is the project of Chicana producer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer/songwriter Avalon Lurks. Unpredictable live shows, a fiercely DIY ethic and eclectic musical output have garnered Avalon a cult fan base around her hometown of Santa Ana, Orange County and her new home in LA, as well as an ever-growing loyal following online. Self-taught, Avalon proudly continues in the lineage of women in music who take full control of their work by writing, performing, and recording all her songs, as well as directing videos and creating concepts for live performances and photoshoots. She works in various sonic environments employing lush synth atmospheres, lo-fi bedroom rap beats, avant-pop songwriting, and experimental sampling to create a unique trip-pop universe that evokes feelings of nostalgia, youthful somethings, suburban restlessness. After only ever self-releasing music via Bandcamp/Soundcloud, sometimes for only days at a time, she’s now poised for her first official single release/double A side with Metropolitan Indian titled Deadbeat Boy b/w Downhill Together. Avalon was recently featured on trip-hop legend Tricky’s new album playing guitar and singing her version of Hole’s ‘Doll Parts’. She also composed an original long-form work for runway show by LA brand Del Hacienda titled ‘Niño/Muñeca’.
Ruby TM
Ruby TM
Venue Information:
Zebulon
2478 N Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA, 90039
http://zebulon.la/