In 2004 Paranoid Social Club dropped their sophomore release following the success of their debut album, Axis II. Few expected the sprawling, 26 song double album known as Axis I & III. With hits and perennial live standards like Two Girls, Rhythm Is and The Cable Hook Up residing on the typically high energy, tongue in cheek and subversive Axis III, less attention was paid to the quieter second half of the collection, Axis I.
A brooding, musically adventurous meditation on love, hate, loneliness, despondency and death, fans of the band were taken by surprise. This was not the band known for the kinetic, party atmosphere of its live shows. The music of Axis I was thusly overshadowed and excluded in concert, mostly enjoyed by fans at home in headphones on dark nights of the soul. Until now.
For the very first time, Paranoid Social Club will perform Axis I in its entirety. Fans should be prepared for a lesser seen side of the band, one which abandons a two dimensional caricature and embraces the full spectrum of what it means to live, love, lose, create and die in rebellious celebration. Not to be missed by long time or casual fans and sure to make many more of both.
Dominic has been a mainstay of Portland, Maine's music scene for over a decade, picking up awards in the Portland Phoenix's Best Music Poll for Best Pop Rock Act and Best Male Vocalist with the Lucid, experimenting in soul- experimentation with his ShaShaSha side-project, and performing as a perennial Lennon interpreter in the city's annual Beatles Night, perhaps the only Beatles tribute show to be called "mind-blowing" by Rolling Stone magazine. He's a musician that somehow took the most well worn sentiment in pop music—"Be in Love"—and turned it into a viral sensation for the Maine Academy of Music.
He's a father, a husband, and a radio DJ, and with the Lucid on hiatus, he is now going solo. Of course, with a man as community-minded as Dominic, that means assembling five of Portland's best musicians for his band. He's a local musician in the best sense of the word—turning idiosyncratic influences and personal perspective into universal tunes.
Yes We Kin is an experimental folk collective based out of Portland, Maine fronted by singer-songwriter Cam Jones. The idea of Yes We Kin is to bring the traditional folk style of Cam's songs to life with a changing lineup of many musicians and a sonic underbelly of sound.
"delicate vocals and a feel for intra-song dynamics that get you invested even though you're unlikely to sing along for a while."
-The Portland Phoenix
7pm doors – 8pm show | $15 adv. – $20 day of