Tuesday, December 20, 2011

No Kings Showcase Feat. Lee Noble, Quiet Evenings, Sparkling Wide Pressure and Geoffrey Sexton Dec. 26 at Richland Ballroom

Posted By on Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 9:00 AM

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Since 2010, local tape label No Kings has released dozens of experimental cassettes, with most of the artists hailing from Nashville. No Kings founder Lee Noble spends half his time in L.A., writing reviews for Tiny Mix Tapes and making his own brand of music while releasing some classic cassettes. This year alone, No Kings released tapes by locals Coupler (Ryan Norris), Hobbledeions, Sugar Sk*_*lls, Sparkling Wide Pressure, Geoffrey Sexton and Horsehair Everywhere. The day after Christmas, No Kings have something of a showcase at a house called the Richland Ballroom on Murphy Road. Locals Lee Noble, Geoffrey Sexton and Sparkling Wide Pressure will host Georgia's Quiet Evenings, who also have their own label, Hooker Vision, which has released some of Sexton and Noble's music.

Monday's show will be Sexton's third-ever live solo performance. His last show was this summer at Betty's, where he also collaborated with No Kings co-conspirator Stephan Molyneux, who is hosting the house show. Sexton helps out at No Kings, providing music to release and designing cover artwork and videos. For his last solo performance, Sexton — inspired by Glenn Branca — prepared and built a harmonic guitar. He enlisted the help of his grandfather, a master cannon builder, to help craft the unique instrument. Sexton's latest effort on Quiet Evenings' Hooker Vision label was even noticed by French Vogue. He has also directed and edited videos for Lee Noble and Sparkling Wide Pressure. Sparkling Wide Pressure is Frank Baugh, who is also a member of Horsehair Everywhere — a Murfreesboro collective that includes Noble, Sexton and Molyneux. Baugh's SWP is a more droned-out morphing of fragile sounds into a lush landscape than the intense and sometimes overwhelming climaxes Horsehair Everywhere is known for. (Apparently at the last Horsehair Everywhere show at Springwater, the band's set was cut short and they were asked to leave the stage by one of the other bands performing that night.) Lee Noble writes well-executed songs, tripping them up a little bit with odd sounds and arrangements. Expect lovely, synth-based journeys to outer space and back from married duo Quiet Evenings.

The music is from 8:30-11:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 26, at the Richland Ballroom (4208 Murphy Rd.) in Nashville. The event is BYOB, and although there is not a cover charge at the door, a $3-5 donation for Quiet Evenings will be collected from everyone throughout the night. I tried to dig up some dirt and juicy gossip on these guys for you, but they are squeaky clean, these dudes. So when I show up to this party with some strippers, tequila, and a bunch of drugs, don't say I didn't warn you!

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