“When was the last time you attended a live music performance with a genuine element of risk involved? And no, going to a Gwar show with a white t-shirt on doesn’t count. When Bit Brigade takes the stage your mind will frantically oscillate between “Oh! Agh!! Please don’t die!!” and “YES! He’s doing it!!” Combining the dread and daring of a live video game speed run with the spot-on technique of a live band covering the musical accompaniment to everything you’re seeing on-screen in real time, Bit Brigade will have you swinging between the two mediums. From thrashing about to live renditions of your favorite stage themes, fingers yearning to the sky in a rock ‘n roll parody of sea anemones seeming to silently plead, “Please, feed us more fretboard pyrotechnics!,” to being locked in stock-still rapture as the infallible maestro of the d-pad, Noah McCarthy, takes on the final boss and risks his video game life under the threat of intense peer scorn (or the reward of night-long glory and a credits score). No matter the outcome, Bit Brigade must play on until the deed is done – which it always is – on the first (and last) try. Once Noah’s NES buzzes on, there’s no turning back.” – Metalhead Mike of The Shizz, summer 2011
Double Ferrari is an instrumental 4-piece band from Athens, GA that explores the vibrational and harmonic capabilities of the electric guitar in a high-energy, uptempo hard rock context. Their self-titled debut album was produced by Tim Green at Louder Studios (The Fucking Champs, Melvins, Joanna Newsom, hundreds of others) in Grass Valley, CA and is being released by Ernest Jenning Record Company on vinyl, compact disc, and Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge in October 2017.
Guitarists Jace Bartet and Bryant Williamson, drummer Ryan Houchens, and Bass VI player Luke Fields have each cut teeth to the point of fangs in various bands for over a decade, with current projects spanning stylistically from the relentlessly propulsive juggernaut of Cinemechanica and the DIY multimedia experiment of Bit Brigade, to the exuberant big-band folk rock of Family and Friends. With the tools of melody, harmony, and rhythm in hand, the component pieces of Double Ferrari construct a canopy of sound under which a sincere belief in the inclusive, engaging, and affirming power of rock and roll is sheltered.
Instrumental music can be about something. By eschewing vocals, Double Ferrari asserts that the human voice is merely one among many instruments that may or may not be included in music. The stories of Double Ferrari songs are subjective, but real, and there for the taking. Close your eyes and have your own adventure.
“Auris Apothecary is proud to present the debut release of brand-new Chicago duo DISPERSER, comprised of Joel Henline (Humans, Ex Fauna) and Thomas O’Connell (Hot Nerds). Anyone familiar with their other projects’ spastic and fast tendencies would be right to assume a similar vein, but the combination of DISPERSER’s collective careers is perhaps most potent in this stripped down, duo format. On their self-titled EP, DISPERSER blazes through 4 tracks of angular, unrelenting math punk with precision drumming and blast beat intensity, featuring confusing, dissonant riffs of pitch-shifted distortion and explosions of machine-gun rhythms that alter time-signatures nearly every other measure. The vocals scream with subconscious musings and the tempo never seems to decrease, placing DISPERSER (and the listener) into a perpetual state of visceral ferocity.”
– Auris Apothecary