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SUPC Presents: Black Marble

  • The Oberlin 'Sco 135 W. Lorain St. Oberlin United States (map)

SUPC Presents: Black Marble
with support from Automatic
Thursday, November 14th
The Oberlin 'Sco
Free with OCID, $12 Public advance, $15 DOS

Black Marble (LA, Sacred Bones)

"feels like what might happen if the 1975 and New Order formed a supergroup. It’s expectedly synthy, but the top-line melody has a certain unsettled anxiety about it, mostly due to its ’80s techno-tweak vibe" - Stereogum

When Chris Stewart set out to write and record his third album as Black Marble, he was newly living in Los Angeles, fresh off a move from New York. The environment brought much excitement and possibility, but the distance had proved too much for the car he brought along. With it out of commission indefinitely, he purchased a bus pass and planned his daily commute from his Echo Park apartment to his downtown studio, where he began to shape Bigger Than Life. The route wound all through the city, from the small local shops of Echo Park to the rising glass of the business district, to the desperation of Skid Row. The hurried energy of the environment provided a backdrop for the daily trip. When Stewart finally arrived at his studio, he’d look through his window at the mountains and the sky, seeing the beauty that makes L.A. unique — the same beauty his fellow commuters, some pushed to the edge of human endurance, had seen. That was the headspace he was in when he began to map out the syncopated drums and staccato arpeggiation of Bigger Than Life, an ode to his new condition and a shimmering synth-pop response to its cacophony.

Automatic (LA, Stones Throw Records)

"ties together...dub reggae, motirik rhythms, and gnarly synth work inspired by bands like NEU! and Suicide while with the eerie atmosphere of films by auteurs like David Lynch and Dario Argento" - Gorilla vs. Bear

Automatic is Izzy Glaudini (synths, vocals), Lola Dompé (drums, vocals) and Halle Saxon (bass, vocals). The band first met while immersed in L.A.’s DIY music scene and started jamming together in 2017. Over the past year they have become a mainstay on the L.A. club circuit. In June 2019 Automatic announced their signing to Stones Throw.

Earlier Event: November 13
Later Event: November 15
Celia Cruz Night!