JoyCut and Spirit of the Stairs



Sunday, March 9, 2014

Show starts at 8pm, doors at 7:30

Tickets $8 in advance and $10 at the door

Italy’s JoyCut, named for the conceptual conjunction between the song ‘Joey’ from Nick Drake and Pink Floyd’s The Final Cut, was formed in 2001.  This post-rock, dark-wave outfit weaves powerful sonic moments using electronic melodies and percussion with found objects from the urban landscape.  Often experimental but always accessible, JoyCut have found loyal fan bases in Italy and the United States as well as most of Europe.  Having opened and toured with such bands as The Editors, ArtBrut, Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire and Sebadoh, the trio is poised to win over American fans on their first proper US Tour in February and March of 2014 (a mini tour happened in October 2013).  The tour will be in support of their third album, 2013’s Pieces Of Us Were Left On The Ground (released on Italy’s largest record label IRMA) and centred around their selection for South By Southwest, one of just three Italian bands to be selected thus far!  For fans of Fuck Buttons, The Cure, Joy Division, Place To Bury Strangers, Godspeed You Black Emperor.

Joining them are local powerhouse band Spirit of the Stairs.  Formed in 2003, Spirit of the Stairs is celebrating its tenth year with their newest release Tronan vs. the Spidernauts.  An epic tale of one bro form Brotannica and his epic space battle against the Spidernauts and their deadly use of the Vaporazorocketlazor.  Coupled with the audio experience that is Tronan vs. the Spidernauts, Ian Blume has produced an all encompassing visual experience that matches seamlessly to the soundtrack but provides a wholly different experience than the music itself would presume.  

Says Ian Blume “We have created the first (as far as we know) instrumental rock opera silent film.”  And the few screenings that have occurred enveloped audiences in an unexpected and wild journey through Tronans exploits to the destructive finale witnessing total annihilation of the Bro’s Under the Sea Dance, all for one purpose.

Spirit of the Stairs are an instrumental band with 2 drummers, 2 guitar players and one bass player that has grown into a dynamic rock monster tapping into raw emotion and releasing pure power.

A very special thanks to Jovana Johnson, the Catering Sales Manager at the Best Western Airport Inn, for arranging complimentary rooms for the band.