johnnytwentythree

johnnytwentythree

Contemporary Arts Center
Friday – Sep 25 – 10:30

J23's music certainly ticks all the right boxes as far as good old 'post-rock' music is concerned. Quiet-loud dynamics play an integral part of the music? Check. Songs so long they would crush the soul of your average pop music fan? Well, we've already ascertained that fact, so—check. Effects-heavy guitars along with a smattering of other instruments (keyboards, violin, etc.)? Check. Occasional passages of semi-coherent speech? Check. JXXIII represents a journey through all that is good about the instrumental music world at the moment. Droning guitars are carried into crushing crescendos. Eerily atmospheric sprawling soundscapes abound. Repetitive riffs build into tremendous climaxes. You name it, J23 have thought of it.

Formed in 2003, Johnnytwentythree wanted to transcend the influences of its collective members and create an original sound. Many will liken Johnnytwentythree to such post-rock heavyweights as Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Mogwai, and Sigur Ros, finding similarities in the use of dynamics and minimalist melodies to create a powerful, symphonic sound.

While similarities exist, in live performance Johnnytwentythree employs another element uncommon in modern music: film. The musicians of Johnnytwentythree (brothers Mike and Joseph Maier on guitar and bass, respectively, Joseph's wife, Brianne, on violin, and Brian Tyree on drums) collaborate closely with projectionist Steve Imwalle to enhance the music and elevate the Johnnytwentythree live show to another level. During performances, Imwalle shows his original projections on screens around the stage, providing stunning visuals as the band hovers in the darkness.