I’m losing track of which showcase this is in our wonderful live music series, but there have definitely been a bunch of them. This Saturday (9/5), No Smoking is curating your evening at the Baby’s-affiliated Manhattan nightclub Elvis Guesthouse with Raccoon Fighter, Shana Falana, and Whitewash. Isn’t it wonderful when Jon books himself for his own shows? In any case, it’s not HALF as wonderful as when he talks in the third person.
Raccoon Fighter have always been confident: quietly so. Which is a blatant departure from their music, which is not – quiet that is. It can only be described as a three-part tumultuous psych-rock/fuzz-pop assault on the senses – a gritty, cathartic blend of musical bravado and camaraderie that propels you forward. The gravely enigmatic vocal offerings of Sean Gavigan combine and compete with those of Gabe Wilhelm and his hypnotic, visionary basslines, while Zac Ciancaglini adds a sharpness and drive rhythmically. With three stellar songwriting talents under one roof, the result is a frenetic and infectious powerhouse.
Shana Falana is an experimental dream-pop band emerging from New York’s vast drone/psych scene. Combining live looping of reverb-drenched vocals and guitar with tribal drums and stunning visual projections, Shana’s live experience has often been described as transcendental. Her music has been called “a kaleidoscopic, trippy gem that shines as brilliantly in 2015 as it would’ve in a Berkeley drug den during the Summer of Love” by Village Voice, and her debut LP “Set Your Lightning Fire Free” is out now on Team Love Records.
Whitewash is an intergalactic softcore pornstar outfit who have been weirding out your grandma since 2012.