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Dirty Mary

The Gravity Collective • With Eshod Ibn Wyza, Lane Arndt and Dustin
Cole • Powerplant • Sat, Apr 24
With our culture well past the
point of image overload, it’s reassuring to hear that some pictures can
still elicit a strong reaction. If you look closely at the picture of the
Virgin Mary on the cover of New Music for Modern Pornography, the new album
by the Gravity Collective, you’ll realize it’s actually a mosaic
consisting of wee bits of, well, naked ladies.

That fact alone caused a substantial delay in getting the CD made. “The
artwork took the most time to do,” explains keyboardist David Aide,
“because after we figured out how we were going to do it, we had to
find someone to do it. We ended up having to go to Toronto. But some graphic
artists refused to do it because they felt it was pornographic.”

But the strong reaction the image elicits is precisely the reason the
band—Aide, guitarist Cameron Dahl and drummer William
George—adopted it. This is art for art’s sake, Aide says, and you
have to take it for what it is. “We just thought of two things that
were perfect and pure—sexuality and religion,” he says.
“And as soon as we create an industry or structure for it, you create
rules that weren’t there, and it affects the self.”

It’s a philosophy that has ruled the band since its inception. Inspired
by the groove of dance music, the trio opted to make beats normally reserved
for machines with their bare hands. The result is a percussive journey that
is as far from noodling jazz as you can get, and they’re arguably one
of the first bands of their kind in the city. “There have been other
bands coming along,” Aide says, “and that’s lit a bit of a
fire underneath us.”

The band headed into the recording process with no songs written, preferring
instead to improvise grooves and riffs until a structure emerged. The songs
grew organically, and so did the band, who invited guest vocalists to
contribute to the tracks as they began taking shape.

With an album behind them and live shows ahead of them, the band’s
methods have come back to haunt them a bit. “Now we have to go back and
learn what we did,” Aide laughs. “And that’s
tricky.”

Leaf encounter

Four Twenty: A New Dawn • DecaDance/Twilight • Sat, Apr 24
Those who appreciate a toke every now and then might enjoy the allusion in
the name of Subterranean Sound’s annual beat bash, but like the flyer
says, keep the herb at home—this isn’t a smoke-out. “Come
correct or don’t come at all,” reads the bottom of the flyer. And
there’s lots of reasons to come correct, good readers.

Check this out: local techno don Tryptomene is digging deep into the crates
to lay down an old school set, while CJSR host MuMps (from The Platform) is
laying down a chilled-out hipster set with Shortee, not to mention a barrage
of superb bass attacks from the likes of Degree, Dreadnought, Matt Hatter and
breaks queen Sweetz, among others. Get your tickets at Foosh or Jupiter
Cannabis for a mere $12, or cough up $15 at the door.

Other events coming up worth grabbing a ticket for include the latest
installment in Mayhem Productions’ Vinyl Fantasy parties, which is
taking place on Saturday, May 8, and the long-overdue arrival of British duo
Way Out West at Escape Ultra Lounge on Wednesday, May 12, as part of the
Smirnoff Experience. Not only are Nick Warren and Jody Wisternoff playing DJ
sets, but there’s also an hour-long live set including the
group’s new singer, Omi. Intense! V

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