Music on the Moltz Terrace: A.P.I.E.; Family Underground; and Animal, Surrender!

Music on the Moltz Terrace: A.P.I.E.; Family Underground; and Animal, Surrender!

Sunday, August 11, 2024

5:00 PM–7:00 PM
Lunder Center at Stone Hill Moltz Terrace
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A.P.I.E. features members from Sunburned Hand of the Man, Pigeons, and SQRM, offering a casual yet sardonic take on country rock reminiscent of the Velvet Underground and The Mekons. Their debut LP, released by Belltower Records' Half a Million Records imprint in 2023, provided a refreshingly humorous antidote to the more contrived elements of Americana.

Family Underground is the Copenhagen-based duo of composer Sara C. Czerny (buchla synth) and Nicolas F. Kauffmann (guitar), known for their innovative and unconventional approach to music. The improvisors and noisemakers delve into the crossroads of their surroundings, with releases on the US labels Bada Bing Records, Italian labels Laboratorio Palestro and Holidays Records, and more.

Animal, Surrender! is a collaboration between bassist Peter Kerlin and drummer Rob Smith, whose plea for listeners is to accept the animal within. Kerlin, known for his work with the Sunwatchers and Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, drives the duo with ground bass compositions, laying the foundation for electronic rock and folk elements. The project’s trance soundscape symbolizes the paradoxical nature of our existence, condemning the devastation wrought by rejecting the wilderness while simultaneously exploring our resilience against inevitable endings.

Free. For accessibility concerns, call 413 458 0524. This program is presented in collaboration with Belltower Records, North Adams, Massachusetts. Food from Door Prize available for purchase. Rain moves the performance to the auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.

Image courtesy of Animal, Surrender!