Desert Sound Productions



Sat, December 15, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$25 Advance - $30 Day of Show

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They all said X's music is "too hard, too wild, too insane, too dirty," said Ray Manzarek of the Doors, spouting excuses made by the reams of record companies that passed on what would become one of the most essential, celebrated and admired West Coast bands of the late 20th century. Manzarek produced the first three albums for the pioneering punk-rock quartet (vocalist Exene Cervenka, bassist/vocalist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D.J. Bonebrake) and plays a supporting role in this long out-of-print documentary, which impeccably details the hostility and exploitation of the eighties L.A. underground. The 85-minute film includes interviews and band rehearsals, and captures X at its zenith--potent, teeth-rattling live versions of "Year One," "Come Back to Me," "Real Child of Hell," and "Johnny Hit & Run Paulene"--as well as behind-the-scenes gems like an MCA executive boasting the merits of eighties' posers Point Blank and Doe and Cervenka crooning Hank Williams' "Ramblin' Man" in their living room. Part "The Kid's Are Alright," part "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle," "The Unheard Music" is a well-crafted visual diary and a revolutionary soundtrack from a band whose story continues to rewrite itself 20 years after the original release. --Scott Holter
Elder statesmen of the often fractured, but secretly burgeoning Phoenix music scene, the Father Figures sound “melds urgency with intelligence, catchiness with dissonance, and sophistication with blunt force.”* Featuring Michael Cornelius on guitar, Tom Reardon on bass and vocals, and Bobby Lerma on drums they create what they laughingly call post-skate-punk, although defining their own sound is not a matter that they take lightly.

Beneath the surface, these men work feverishly to configure some of the most intricate and deftly played music coming out of the Valley of the Sun. Their first CD, Lesson Number One, debuted in February 2011 on AZPX Records to glowing reviews:
* “This is…post-punk less interested in loping dub bass influences than creative restructuring of the “loud and angry” template. It melds urgency with intelligence, catchiness with dissonance, and sophistication with blunt force.” (Razorcake);
“(Considering the band’s history), it's no surprise that the members of The Father Figures can write songs. But the album is no nostalgia trip. This is vital, urgent post-punk, with melody, heart, and, most important, soul." (Phoenix New Times- #6 local album of 2011);
“In past outfits, these guys made names for themselves by blasting away in skate punk and hardcore bands, but as Father Figures, they've chosen chisels over dynamite to get to the core of post-punk, tapping angular second-wave progenitors like The Wipers and Mission of Burma as well as '90s acts such as Fugazi, Shellac, and Tar. Favoring precision over raw power in their playing, The Father Figures employ a brainier, but no less muscular, approach to the music whose local scene they helped birth and raise.” (Phoenix New Times).

Michael was first to bust onto the early Phoenix punk scene as a member of Jr. Chemists in 1978 and went on to found Jody Foster’s Army (affectionately known and still rocking as JFA) and Housequake. Bobby began drumming for Kluged in the early 80’s and also pounded the skins for the Voice and Jeff Dahl. Tom started playing live in the late 80’s as the vocalist for Religious Skid and went on to form Hillbilly Devilspeak, and played in the North Side Kings.

With all three members contributing significantly to the songwriting process, the Father Figures have no intentions of going “one and done.” They continue to write better and better songs and that’s good news for the lucky that are paying notice. So listen up, because your Father Figures deserve your attention.
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