TWIZTID

TWIZTID

(Hed) Pe, Potluck, Mortal Conquest, Fury, K.Daver, Madecipha, Glasses Malone

Tue, March 19, 2013

7:00 pm

The Webster Main Room

Hartford, CT

$20 adv. / $23 day

TWIZTID
TWIZTID
Pop music is a bloated, rotting corpse and The Wicked Shit is the undead pulse hidden deep within. If you look into the shadows, past the smoke and mirrors of MTV and playlist radio, and into the cold, hard streets, you’ll find the underground of music. A place where innovation thrives and inspiration drives. Unapologetic, unique artists have carved a niche for fans fed up with the glamour-mag faces and spoon-fed lyrics of modern music, and offer them something more.

Where most rappers celebrate the urban lifestyle with the same old themes and the same old image, Twiztid peel away the gloss and expose the innards. With an oversized butcher knife. They take the hard edge of theatrical rock-and-roll and temper it with gritty hip-hop to create a musical monstrosity so dangerously real it must be hidden with facepaint. These aren’t casual gangsters; their painted personas let them explore the darkest corners of the human psyche, from superhero fantasies to horror film legacies. With their ruthless raps, they can explore every recess of their audience’s experiences, every sentimental reflection and every sinister urge. By becoming something unreal, they are free to be real. Whether it’s on-stage devastation or home stereo infiltration, Twiztid’s music will take you somewhere you’ve never been before. The scariest part is when you don’t want to come back…
(Hed) Pe
(Hed) Pe
Infused with the kind of conviction most rock bands just can't buy, and unafraid to take its fans from classic hip-hop culture to punk, to metal and back again, (hed)p.e. have returned with Back 2 Base X. One of the few bands that constantly reinvents themselves and their sound, (hed)p.e have once again managed to blend '70s punk and hip-hop into one infectious record.

Founded in 1994, (hed)p.e. (the p.e. stands for "planet earth") was the brainchild of front man Jared Gomes (a.k.a. M.C.U.D.), who aspired to create a band that fused the region's long-standing punk rock heritage with G-funk-inflected hip-hop -- a sound he dubbed "G-punk." After a bidding war between labels erupted, (hed)pe released their now classic self-titled debut through Jive Records, then hit the road with Ozzfest and bands like Korn, Static-X, and System of a Down. The band's sophomore effort, Broke, followed in 2000 and unleashed the Top 30 Active Rock Single "Bartender," while the band cemented their already explosive live show with tours alongside P.O.D, Godsmack and Slipknot. Returning in 2003, (hed)pe released Blackout and once again scored a big hit with the album's title track. Finally in 2005, the group rediscovered their "G-punk" roots for the release of Only in Amerika.

In 2006 (hed)p.e have once again re-invented themselves for the release of Back 2 Base X. Recorded live as a band in the studio, the album provides an organic, fresh sound devoid of the computer tricks and over-production that currently plagues music.

The band opens with the classic heavy (hed)pe grooves on "Novus Ordus Clitorus" and "Let's Ride," sounding like a bastardized version of Rage Against the Machine mixed with Suicidal Tendencies, then flips into the reggae/punk-fueled "Beware Do We Go From Here."

"We're not afraid to punch you in the throat with one song and get you stoned with the next joint we play," says (hed)p.e. frontman Jared. "We're down to prove that you don't have to bow down to the corporate suits in order to make an impact on music. I'd rather have true fans that stick around because they are actually into the band, as opposed to fans who like to be spoon-fed through the media."

Often the cause of controversy, frontman Jared Gomes has taken a break from his sometimes XXX-rated lyrics to get introspective and contemplative about his mortality. And also touching on subjects like Freemasonry and the New World Order. The album also introduces listeners to "Sophia", a metaphor for knowledge/wisdom that web savvy individuals find on the internet.

"The last album was a response to all the censorship I experienced with a previous record label and it showcased the dark-perverted side of humanity," he says about his group's last record. "This album reflects the side of each of us that is constantly searching for truth."

Back 2 Base X is (hed)pe's debut album on the lifestyle record label Suburban Noize Records. The California-based label is a massive independent success story, operating completely outside of the mainstream. The movement is an undeniable force in the world of underground music that has numerous major and independent labels trying to replicate it.

"It's nice to be on a record label that understands what we are about. Suburban Noize is the only label that represents millions of American youth that are just not feeling the whole pop-rock self-worship movement," says (hed)pe bassist Mawk. "This label refuses to be bought out by corporate-federal interests and so do we, which makes us a perfect match."

Already gearing for tours in Europe and Japan this year, (hed)pe is eager to share its new sound with the planet. With the band confirmed for a co-headlining run through the US alongside labelmates Kottonmouth Kings. The summer of 2006 promises to be the year of the (hed).

Through a cloud of smoke, (hed)p.e frontman Jared sums up Back 2 Base X with simplicity: "If you're already a fan then you'll love this album, and if you've never heard of us, this joint will definitely get you hooked."
Potluck
Potluck
Fans of the classic California underground hip-hop sound defined by Digital Underground in the late 80's and early 90's, and carried on by a number of groups and artists to date, including E-40, Living Legends, and the Hieroglyphics crew, will no doubt be surprised by the sophomore release "Harvest Time" by Potluck. Reigning from Humboldt County, California, the group consists of 1Ton and UnderRated, who met in 1995 at a DJ trial at a local club. In 2000, they released their debut album, "Humboldt County High," which was well received in Humboldt and along the west coast. This year, with the release of "Harvest Time," Potluck hopes to gain more acclaim and exposure in a west coast scene that ignores every act until they have proven themselves to be solid on the mic.

The most interesting aspect of the group is that their style cannot be labeled; they have succeeded in fusing multiple genres of hip-hop music, which pans out to rich synth-mod beats not unlike the early Hieroglyphics sound, but with a twist of Northern and Southern Cali "gangsta-boogie." And with UnderRated's rapid-fire flow combining with 1Ton's rich, deep baritone voice, most tracks end up sounding somewhat like old-school Living Legends crossbred with Twista and Ice Cube, with a modern, radio-friendly overtone.
Fury
Fury
Drum & Bass is a culture with one eye fixated on the future. To achieve longevity within the scene a DJ must stay two steps ahead of the general public. The arsenal needed to achieve this task comes in the form of exclusive tunes and an acute ear for "the next sound". Since 1991 DJ Fury has not only met, but surpassed all these criteria.

Steve Blakley began the metamorphosis into his moniker of DJ Fury while snow boarding professionally in the early nineties. It was during this time that Blakley attended his first few raves and was introduced to DJ culture. Reluctant to assume the role of spectator Blakley soon purchased turntables and unknowingly took the first step of his new career. By 1992 Blakley had begun to play the sound of hardcore U.K. breakbeats at events around the Denver area under the guise of DJ Fury. By the next year this sound had began to transform into an early prototype of what would be known as Jungle. Fury shifted with the new sound seamlessly.

From this point forth the Denver Jungle scene snowballed along with Fury's DJ career. The year of 1995 saw the birth of the notorious Rewind series by Lowerworld which catered purely to up front Jungle. These events began to receive attention nationwide thus providing a huge stepping stone in Fury's career. Slowly but surely his reputation of providing the best tunes with flawless mixing began to spread from city to city. From there, Fury continued to expand his growing fan base by maintaining a rigorous DJ schedule rinsing out cities such as Los Angeles, Washington DC, Seattle, San Francisco, and many others. Despite this intense travel itinerary Fury still managed to hold down Denver by throwing monthly events (now known as Reload) and co-hosted one of the longest running weekly's in the nation (Breakdown Thursdays).

Currently Fury designs for and runs the internationally acclaimed graphic design company, The Firm Graphics, in between his DJing and event promotions. He is a resident DJ for Insomniac's Bassrush, their drum & bass division, and the Reload events are still running strong and picking up steam again in Denver. One thing is for sure - you can always count on some dance floor smashing drum and bass whenever he hits the stage.
Glasses Malone
Glasses Malone
Despite the fact he doesn't glorify the gang-banging lifestyle he once led, rejecting the common archetype of hardcore West Coast rappers, Watts/L.A. native Glasses Malone's explosive mixtape run placed him far ahead of the crop of "New West" MCs that emerged in the mid- to late 2000s.

Malone actually grew up between both Watts and Compton neighborhoods in Los Angeles. His whole family was very deep in the illegal drug trade (his mother was convicted and sentenced to prison for 25 years). He eventually abandoned hustling drugs and gang-banging to pursue music fully. He immediately made a big impact with street albums The Crack Mixtape (2003) and White Lightning (2005) which together sold in the tens of thousands and provided a number of hits for L.A. radio. The buzz he created from those two mixtapes alone stirred up a high-end, major-label bidding war that included Def Jam, Atlantic, and Aftermath as suitors.

In late 2005 Malone signed a whopping $1.7 million distribution deal with Sony for his Blu Division imprint. During the following year, Sony underwent massive restructuring which included eliminating the label's urban division. Malone was released from his contract in 2007, but wasted no time in securing a joint deal with Cash Money Record and Westside Connection MC Mack 10's Hoo-Bangin' imprint practically a week later. He then offered up his first proper single, "Certified," with hook-crooner Akon, which slowly made its way into national radio rotation.

G Malone is currently promoting his new single, entitled "Sun Come Up". The track features Rick Ross, T-Pain and Birdman and has received heavy airplay on commercial hip hop radio as well as video play on MTV
Venue Information:
The Webster Main Room
31 Webster St.
Hartford, CT, 06114