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MAY! HUMANWINE comes to New England!
Persephone returns from Haides so we can begin our gardens. Persephone was titled Kore (the Maiden) as the goddess of spring's bounty. Once upon a time when she was playing in a flowery meadow with her Nymph companions, Kore was seized by Haides and carried off to the underworld as his bride. Her mother Demeter despaired at her dissappearance and searched for her the throughout the world accompanied by the goddess Hekate bearing torches. When she learned that Zeus had conspired in her daughter's abduction she was furious, and refused to let the earth fruit until Persephone was returned. Zeus consented, but because the girl had tasted of the food of Haides--a handful of pomegranate seeds--she was forced to forever spend a part of the year with her husband in the underworld. Her annual return to the earth in spring was marked by the flowering of the meadows and the sudden growth of the new grain. Her return to the underworld in winter, conversely, saw the dying down of plants and the halting of growth.
5/6 - Steampunk City (Waltham, MA) Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation 154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453 HUMANWINE starts off the whole event at 11am
5/13 - The Aphodian (Portland, ME) 107 Hanover st, Portland Maine
5/14 - Cafe 939 (Cambridge, MA) get tix 939 Boylston St | Boston, MA 02215
5/15 - The Starving Artist (Keene, NH) 10 West St - Keene, NH 03431
Brooklyn, NY July 2nd
Avast Ye Brooklyn! We will see you in all of your glory on the evening of July 2nd in the year 2010 @ Union Pool.
HUMANWINE is playing a co-headline bill with the songbird Marissa Nadler and the amazing Martin Bisi opens.
This is an early night8pm - 11pm and it's only a three band bill so come early to catch everyone.
Ticket link coming soon. FB Event Page is here http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=127308240615063
The Naked Residency in March
http://www.HUMANWINE.org for all the deets.
Tuesday March 9th From the minds of Nervous Relatives: The Creators of HUMANWINE host "The Naked Residency" @ Lizard Lounge
Get Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/102691
The Lizard Lounge 1667 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 547-0759 21+/$7
Doors @ 8:30 | Showtime 9pm - Midnight Each night with different special guests:
3/9 - Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (Portland) 3/16 - What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? (BOS) & Clara Engle (CAN) 3/23 - The David Wax Museum (BOS) 3/30 - Seth Chatfield (BOS)
HUMANWINE is raising loot for Recycled Movement
Time has beaten us to the punch and the first snowflakes are falling, yet we are not ready to leave in bus #13 just yet. HUMANWINE is working to raise $5,000.00 to ensure that if we do run into trouble along our way that we will be able to afford a tow and to bribe whoever into letting us stay in a yard until we can fix whatever problem(s) may or may not occur.
There is NOTHING openly wrong with bus #13 but the way that the universe has been shaping our lives lately, we'd be foolish not to listen.
3 Week Residency (Monday nights) @ Great Scott Allston, MA A Three Part Series in November 2009 Nov. 11/2, 11/9, 11/16
The shows page has more details.
The Boston Phoenix
Wandering stars HUMANWINE's mysterious substance By BARRY THOMPSON | June 23, 2009
BUILT TO SPILL "We are always speaking from our mind," says Holly Brewer. "But now we want to rip open our ribcage and puke from our hearts. It's not necessarily going to be pretty."
The line between art and entertainment gets thicker and darker every time someone opens a Facebook account. Most of us music types are entertainers, because entertainers just want attention. Artists, on the other hand, are trying to define their own reality. Take the core of the neo-classical-anarcho-punk collective HUMANWINE, singers and multi-instrumentalists Holly Brewer and M@ McNiss. Their honorable agenda is never to be shackled by labels, genres, fashion, geography, conventional definitions of what qualifies as a "band," or even preconceived notions of HUMANWINE. So it's nice to have them back in town, even if it's only for the summer.
Having just spent nearly six months hitchhiking, biking, and occasionally taking public transportation to their shows while living on the West Coast (they weren't 100% sure their highly DIY, eco-friendly, habitable school bus would survive a cross-country trek), all while expanding their pool of musicians, HUMANWINE have triumphantly returned East. This joyous occasion will be commemorated with a multimedia extravaganza Saturday at the Paradise. Their set will endure for two hours, and they'll be backed by members of A Far Cry - a frickin' chamber orchestra. Craziness!
"This show is going to be a gateway into the next chapter in HUMANWINE's life," says Brewer, as she sips tea in the JP apartment where she and McNiss are staying. "We've been referring to it as a dark watercolor painting that uses only blacks and oranges and reds and grays. We are always speaking from our mind and planning out a story that describes what we see in the world. But now we want to rip open our ribcage and puke from our hearts. It's not necessarily going to be pretty, but there aren't going to be any words involved. It's going to be chanting and loops. Electric, visceral, and not like HUMANWINE is to most people."
The "story" she's referring to is HUMANWINE's mercurial dream dimension of Vinland, an alternate reflection of our reality in which many of their songs are couched. I don't mean to imply HUMANWINE are on some sort of Dungeons & Dragons kick. It's just that they, along with their fans, have a knack for theatricality. For their concert Saturday, the Paradise will be transformed into a microcosm of Vinland, complete with a costume contest in which mystery prizes will be awarded for the most interesting interpretations of Vinlandian character archetypes.
"We don't necessarily have to be the only ones who make it a multimedia event," explains McNiss. "It encourages people to find ways to bring media into what is typically a scenario where you pay whatever amount of money, see four bands, and drink too much beer. The idea is to make it not feel like a club."
If any of this sounds a bit over the top, bear in mind that HUMANWINE could've hopped onto one of the bigger indie labels and become an overnight bohemian sensation, Gogol Bordello style. But they didn't. Unlike the many, many bands who lash out against corporate art, HUMANWINE aren't hypocrites.
"In the world of Twitter and Facebook, everyone can make every light shine on them for one second," muses Brewer. "[English street artist] Banksy said it best: the time for getting famous off your art is over. You don't go into a restaurant because you want to take a shit. When your reason for creating a song is so maybe someday you'll be on a billboard, it's just weak. If you're only fulfilled by a video team following you around to watch you take a dump every day, it sucks to be you."
HUMANWINE + A FAR CRY + THE BOY WHO SPOKE CLOUDS | Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston | June 27 at 8 pm | $14 | www.thedise.com