Nihilist Spasm Band

@ 8:00pm

Admission: $15/$12/$7

Will there ever be an explanation of higher dimensions that will truly satisfy the human mind? Probably not. In the meantime, cast all gravity aside and come out for an evening jam session with the world’s oldest noise band, the Nihilist Spasm Band. Formed in 1965 by seven freewheeling musicians who simply thought it would be much more interesting to play instruments rarely found in a traditional symphony orchestra, the NSB entertains audiences with their incomparable blend of homemade whimsy, interactive-improvised artistry, and jury-rigged instruments.

Featuring John Boyle, kazoo, kalymba, percussion; John Clement, bass, guitar, percussion; Bill Exley, vocals; Murray Favro, guitar; Tim Glasgow, guitar, percussion; Aya Ohnishi, kazoo, percussion; and Art Pratten, Pratt-a-Various, water pipe.

Presented in conjunction with LIVE Biennial

Chicago READER
by Peter Margasak
With an impressive variety of homemade electric guitars, drums, and various invented instruments—including a jury-rigged electric kazoo, on which member John Boyle is something of an Ayler-esque virtuoso—the group began meeting on a weekly basis for fun and catharsis…. By dint of the group’s electric instrumentation, the NSB sound veers toward ultrachaotic rock, but beneath the surface one can hear wild and woolly rushes of interactive improvisation. On top of it all are the nonsensical, Beefheartian vocals of Bill Exley. Whether on “No Canada,” his classic national antianthem, or “What About Me,” his recent ode to the Me Generation (“I want to teach the world to sing—my song!”), his seemingly stream-of-consciousness rants are remarkably effective.