The Second Annual Strange Ones' Ball
Sun · December 31, 2017
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 1:00 am)Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
$17 in advance - $20 day of show
This event is 18 and over
Where else can you find muppets, monsters and wonder-filled mayhem? Why, look no farther than Greenfield, dear reader! For one night and one only, Bella’s Bartok, Arc Iris, and Mammal Dap will grace the stage to deliver unto thee a show of spontaneously epic proportions.
This is a costumed event with a Muppets theme. Come prepared, come wild and unfettered.
From circuses and smoky soirees, Lovecraftian affairs and the nocturnal gatherings of society’s undesirables, the songs on “Change Yer Life” reflect the hectic and eclectic minds that compose the group. “Social justice, classic horror, or old friends long gone” all influence Lead Singer Asher Putnam’s emotional state and lyrical content. “There is always a theme and an element of the horror/fantastic in every song I write, as well as a sense of loss.” These themes live and dance in this album, full of fan favorites from the live Bella’s set. Songs such as The Fiddler and the Devil and The Strigoi Waltz borrow from Jewish folklore and supernatural tales. Others tend toward the more personal or emotional, as in Mother, a dance ballad written as a paean to mothers and a plea to forgive their children. Science puts on display a love for Nikola Tesla and his scientific contributions and psychological quirks. The brisk, Django-esque romp, Zora, jangles ironically over its themes of civil rights and the hypocritical violence of Zionist ideology. Creepster uses its relentlessly upbeat country vibe to unveil the inherent creepiness in coveting someone from afar, and Party Song mocks the exhausting absurdities in privileged party culture. Produced and engineered by guitarist Chris Kerrigan, “Change Yer Life” was recorded at Amity House Productions and is the first full length album with the band’s current line-up.
Their debut EP, 5lbs High5, captures the group's earliest songwriting sessions in a swirling blend of psychedelic soul and warm electronic textures. The Massachusetts' Valley Advocate describes it as “a lush, laidback and funky sound that would provide a perfect soundtrack for cruising town in a very large Cadillac.” The band's first full-length, simply titled Mammal Dap, release marks their arrival with matured and refined sound. The 11-track album showcases focused, road-tested material wrapped in wildly imaginative production that blurs the lines between electronic music and spirited group improvisation.
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301