2019 Lottery League Showcase Fundraiser and Pre-Draft Party
Queen Of Hell, HIRAM-MAXIM, cotton ponys, Harvey Pekar, Public Squares, Forager, Cheap Clone, Halloween Candy
Friday Apr 5 2019
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm
Beachland Ballroom - Both Stages
$10.00 - $12.00
This event is all ages
Queen Of Hell (formed 2013 Lottery League)
Hiram-Maxim (formed 2013 Lottery League)
Forager (formed 2016 Lottery League)
Halloween Candy (formed 2016 Lottery League)
The Lottery League is made possible with the help of all those who attend this Showcase Fundraiser, as well as from the support of Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present & Future, The Panza Foundation, Ingenuity Labs & The Hamilton Collaborative, The Ohio Art Council, The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, Gotta Groove Records, Melt Bar & Grilled, and Sierra Nevada.https://www.beachlandballroom.com/event/1836051/
With the Draft on April 6th (also at the Beachland) and the BIG SHOW MMXIX at Ingenuity Labs and the Hamilton Collaborative's warehouse on June 8th both being events that are free and open to the public, this Showcase Fundraiser and Pre-Draft Party is the one and only time we ask for you the Cleveland music fan's support for this wholly unique and cool Cleveland musical event. So come and share with us a night celebrating some of the best local acts and talents around as they all play in support of one of the best art projects Cleveland is known for. The 2019 Lottery League, please help us kickoff our biggest and best season ever!
For more information on the Lottery League, its history and upcoming 2019 season, please visit: http://lotteryleague.org
The Lottery League is made possible with the help of all those who attend this Showcase Fundraiser, as well as from the support of Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present & Future, The Panza Foundation, The Ohio Art Council, The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, and Sierra Nevada
Maximilian Hellhound - drums, vocals
Spectre - guitar, vocals
Dead Stephens - bass
Mortician Treehorn - guitar, vocals
Fred Gunn's vocals are spoken and screamed, accusations and absolutions that take in personal suffering and state-sponsored acts of oppression. Lisa Miralia's processed vocals and DIY electronics conjure up synthetic squalls and clouds of distortion, warped and abrasive textures that obscure the dark, bloozy groove laid down by guitarist Dave Taha and drummer John Panza. And guest guitarist Oliver Ackermann, of A Place to Bury Strangers, adds sonic broken glass to the opener, "Behind the Blindfold" and the title track, "Ghosts".
Hiram-Maxim recorded Ghosts with Martin Bisi at his legendary BC Studio in Brooklyn, with some portions captured at John Delzoppo's Cleveland studio, Negative Space. Clocking in at 42 minutes, the record's seven tracks are as sprawling and expansive as those on the band's self-titled debut. That 2014 LP drew praise from outlets like Vice and Decibel. But Ghosts is a step forward, its songs more focused and more vicious.
Gunn did time in punk bands. Miralia is an established figure on the noise scene (her rig, featured in Gear Gods, is the envy of pedal geeks everywhere). Taha, whose previous band, Filmstrip, dealt in far-sunnier hooks, counts Elizabeth Cotten and Thurston Moore among his influences. Panza, meanwhile, plays with reckless abandon in several bands despite having only one lung. He lost the other to a bout with malignant pleural mesothelioma. He was lucky to survive.
The band takes its name from the Anglo-American inventor Hiram Stevens Maxim. He's best known for the Maxim gun, an ur-machine gun that helped turn Europe into an open-air slaughterhouse in World War I. It was an appropriate choice.
"[Hiram-Maxim's] 'Visceral' builds into an apocalyptic fervor before dissipating into a cloudy haze and ending before you've had your fill. Thankfully there's a whole album of these brutal-but-beautiful goodies." - Vice
"[Aqualamb's] first release of 2015 is a murky psychedelic venture into a darkness that immediately seems familiar to the Ummagumma days of Pink Floyd... The album's congruence of spacious ambience and hissing electronics makes for the kind of pulsing abrasion that's immediately and infectiously rewarding." - Steel for Brains
"More like an experiment in the deconstruction of sound than an album in the traditional sense... In another universe, one might call it punk rock. Here, it is gleefully and thoroughly fucked up." - The Obelisk
"Pink Floyd-esque progressive rock nuances and Oxbow-style weirdness... Noisy, psychedelic and just plain odd." - American Aftermath
"Spread over four tracks, the music on Hiram-Maxim (Aqualamb) sounds mostly improvised, giving it a genuine feeling of unease as the four band members craft sounds that could be the soundtrack to undergoing a particularly intense k-hole whilst locked in a Salvador Dali museum overnight. The loose, free-form approach often gives way to violent bursts of noise such as on the brutally harsh 'Can't Stop' which sounds as if Throbbing Gristle had been force-fed mescaline." - Ghost Cult Magazine
Sired by the 2016 Cleveland Lottery League, Forager's rotating cast of characters are anchored by songwriting duo/OG members Raye Hart and James Thain, and percussionist Justin Bellino. Forager has been earning a following and a reputation for surprises-- often breaking out kazoos, beach balls and piñatas during shows like it's some kind of party. In it's short existence, the band has already landed gigs opening for Best Coast, Screaming Females, Ought, Cloud Nothings, Hinds, and Sweet Spirit while playing out in support of their first release "Deadbeat Suite." Surf inspired tracks like "Solitaire" and "Fallout" have begun generating buzz on college radio and with indie bloggers both stateside and internationally. The band is looking forward to hitting the road and releasing additional material later this year.
RIYL: The Breeders, The Vaselines, Best Coast, Vivian Girls
Live band: James Thain, Raye Hart, & Justin Bellino- with Eric M.C. Gonzalez whenever possible <3
Beachland Ballroom - Both Stages
15711 Waterloo Road
15711 Waterloo Road, OH, 44110