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NEIL MICHAEL HAGERTY + Drainolith + Eraserheads

Presented by: Bruised Tongue, Ottawa Explosion, Ashton Brewing Company
Doors: 9pm / Show at 10pm
Cover: $7

NEIL MICHAEL HAGERTY (Drag City, ex-Royal Trux/ Pussy Galore)

Neil Michael Hagerty is an American guitarist, songwriter and producer. He is best known for his work in Royal Trux. Hagerty released several solo albums since Royal Trux's demise in 2001, followed by recordings under the moniker The Howling Hex. He also performed as a guitarist and songwriter in Pussy Galore and Weird War.

Drainolith is Alexander Moskos, best known as first-chair guitar in the formalist rock group AIDS Wolf but also a member of Montreal's forward thinking electronic music scene. Moskos has spent the last decade touring and recording with a number of different outfits often playing modified consumer electronics and analog synthesizers.

With Drainolith, Moskos is finally in the realm of song-form, albeit with a polyrhythmic undertow and woozy vocal style. All of Drainolith's material is performed live, with no backing tapes, samplers sequences or arpeggiators. Moskos plays foot triggered drum synths, keyboard or guitar and modified cross-patched disco mixers.
Drainolith on Soundcloud

Like that film, the Eraserheads duo pushes boundaries with a combination of the visceral energy of drums and guitar, drenched in synthesizers and effects. Guitarist Omar Rivero seems to be a creative machine, whether it's making spaced-out sounds, intricate guitar jams or coming up with arresting visuals to accompany the music. The first time I saw Eraserheads they were behind a screen where projections were playing: you heard the music, saw the images being screened and could focus on the matching silhouettes of two similar-looking musicians performing and tossing their curly pompadours around.