02 Do Mai | 2024

Roadtrip To Outta Space


Roadtrip To Outta Space

Doors open: 20:00

20.00 Einlass
20.30 The Keening
22.00 Bell Witch

Nothing's bigger than life. All vastnesses -- expanding space, infinite time -- crouch inside of consciousness. On a historical scale, to say nothing of a cosmic one, the individual human life vanishes, and yet it's the only aperture any of us get into reality. It's barely there, and it's all there is.
That's the paradox Bell Witch drives at. For more than a decade, the Pacific Northwestern doom metal band has sent tides surging over the seawalls of the song form, unraveling conventional expectations about the ways music stations itself in time to absorb a listener's attention. Rather than seek catharsis, the duo's songs heave themselves through time at a glacial pace, staving off resolution in favor of a trancelike capsule eternity. Invoking both boundlessness and claustrophobia in the same charged gesture, Bell Witch cultivates a sense of time outside of time, an oasis inside an increasingly frenetic media culture.
For their new album, The Clandestine Gate, bassist Dylan Desmond and drummer Jesse Shreibman exploded Bell Witch's bounds. Like 2017's lauded Mirror Reaper, The Clandestine Gate is a single 83-minute track -- a composition that pulses and breathes on a filmic timeframe. It constitutes the first chapter in a planned triptych of longform albums, collectively called Future's Shadow.

The Keening - the solo music project of Rebecca Vernon - weaves a web of lush orchestration, American Gothic sensibilities and wintry murder ballads set against a backdrop of dark, shimmering folk. Vernon’s previous band SubRosa echoes in The Keening’s chamber doom, flowing with flute, strings, harp, French horn, piano, organ and hammered dulcimer. Ultra-melodic forays into haunted bogs, endless wells, secret crimes, jeweled cages and the unenviable curse of being a murder witness abound. Dark as this sounds, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. 
Rebecca Vernon was the owner, lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter of Salt Lake City’s acclaimed SubRosa. She ended that 13-year project in 2018 to focus on The Keening.
Celebrated “Engine-ear” and bassist Billy Anderson collaborated with Vernon and Witch Mountain drummer Nathan Carson as co-producers on the recording of the album. A host of Portland’s finest session musicians lent their talents to the album, including Andrea Morgan of Exulansis on violin. Anderson, Carson, Morgan, and guitarist Christy Cather (Ludicra, Ails) form the nucleus of Vernon’s new live backing band.
The Keening released its debut album Little Bird via Relapse Records in October of 2023. In short order, the live band displayed its formidable stage prowess as direct support to the recently reunited Agalloch at a sold out show in Portland’s historic Crystal Ballroom. The band’s fifth performance was at Decibel Beer and Metal Fest in Denver, which coincided with Little Bird appearing at #10 on Decibel Magazine’s annual Top 40 album list.

Vorverkauf/Presale € 24,- (+ € 2,50,- Fee)
Abendkassa/Doors € 28,-

Arena Wien - Kleine Halle

Baumgasse 80
1030 Wien