dunk!USA

dunk!USA

Pelican, Emma Ruth Rundle, Astronoid, Tides Of Man, This Patch Of Sky, Ranges, Appalaches, Zhaoze, Of The Vine, Sad Turtle

Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Doors: 2:00 pm / Show: 2:30 pm (event ends at 1:00 am)

Higher Ground Ballroom & Showcase Lounge

$95 two-day pass | $55 single day

This event is all ages

dunk!USA
Beginning in 2005, Belgium’s dunk!festival has grown into the world’s pre-eminent post-rock event. But for the potentially-cynical festivalgoer, it is more than what you may have come to expect from the bloated corporate cash-grabs that drop in every summer with cookie cutter lineups and $15 beers. The dunk!festival is about a community coming together to experience the best the genre has to offer, and it is curated not only to bring the best audio and visual experience to the table, but also to offer a friendly place for like-minded people from all over the world to gather and meet. This includes the artists, who can often be found cohabitating with fans over freshly-catered food, great beer and free coffee. Over the years, the list of bands that have graced the Dunk! stage has become increasingly impressive, including the likes of Russian Circles, This Will Destroy You, Mono, God Is An Astronaut, Pelican, 65daysofstatic, Caspian, Amenra, And So I Watch You From Afar, Ef, Jakob, The Ocean and so many more, making this THE destination for post-rock and post-metal fans every May. Thirteen years after its inaugural edition, the EU festival is thriving and has become one of the major supporters of the scene. As such, focus has shifted to the next step. For as many great American post-rock bands as there are, there is no festival stateside that truly represents the genre. That changes this year.
In tandem with Bozeman, Montana’s A Thousand Arms - a growing force in the American post-rock landscape – dunk! is mounting their first ever US edition. Considering the impact that American bands have had on the global growth of this genre over the years, it only makes sense to bring this event to all the fans stateside. After a period of searching, the dunk! folks have found their second home in beautiful Burlington, VT – a town small enough to foster the intimate vibes of the Belgian festival, but also cultured enough to “get” it. It is also no doubt a wonderful destination for post-rock travelers from all points abroad. The first edition of dunk!USA will be taking place Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th, 2017 at Higher Ground in South Burlington, and should prove to be the most exciting domestic event to date for fans of the genre.
Pelican
Pelican
Instrumental metal/post rock band founded in 1999 in Chicago.
Emma Ruth Rundle
Emma Ruth Rundle
It isn’t unusual for artists to glean inspiration from emotional upheaval, transcending pain through a kind of mental osmosis, so that the turmoil in their lives provides the fuel for their artistic fire. Only some, however, lay bare the open nerves of their suffering, inviting the listener to experience raw emotion with them, in real time. By exposing vulnerabilities within themselves so fragile that their music itself somehow embodies their own personal discomfort, they create an auditory experience verging on total catharsis, for artist and audience alike. Emma Ruth Rundle is just such a musician. Her second solo album, Marked for Death, mines feelings of loss, defeat, heartache and self-destructiveness to emerge with the most honest and compelling accomplishment of an already prolific career.
. Complemented by the timeless, cinematic lens of the album’s production, Marked for Death finds Emma Ruth Rundle emerging as a performer of naked intensity. She shapes vast, evocative landscapes of sound, combining them with lyrics of devastating candor. Self-determination and resiliency, disguised in this case as coming to terms with overwhelming defeat, are key aspects of her personality. Transforming pain into works of great beauty makes her the compelling artist she is.
Astronoid
Astronoid
Astronoid is a five-piece band from Boston, MA with influences ranging from Devin Townsend and Mew to Alcest and Cynic. Their first full-length album, Air, was released by Blood Music in 2016 as part of an evolving experience that complements their two acclaimed EPs from 2012-13, Stargazer and November.
Tides Of Man
Tides Of Man
In a previous life, Tides of Man was a well-regarded post-hardcore band. In 2014, they boldly re-formed and emerged as an instrumental post-rock outfit. What could have been a risky move instead proved rewarding, as 2014’s Young and Courageous revealed itself to be one of the genre’s most exciting releases of that year. A 2015 appearance on Audiotree Live only further cemented their status. Blending carefully measured, calming melodies with hard-won crescendos, Tides of Man embodies everything modern post-rock has built its name upon. 3 years in the making, their much-anticipated sophomore release makes its way to excited ears in the Fall of 2017.
This Patch Of Sky
This Patch Of Sky
In the spring of 2016, This Patch of Sky made their way from their hometown of Eugene, OR to Seattle, WA where they recorded their latest opus. These Small Spaces was produced and mixed by the esteemed Matt Bayles (Caspian, Minus The Bear, Russian Circles) at Red Room Recording studio in only one week’s time. The album was later mastered by the renowned Ed Brooks (Pearl Jam, Cursive, Pelican) of Resonant Mastering. These Small Spaces will see its release on September 22, 2017 via Graphic Nature, an imprint label of Equal Vision Records. These Small Spaces is the follow-up to This Patch of Sky’s self-titled release (LP, 2015), Heroes and Ghosts (LP, 2013), Newly Risen, How Brightly You Shine (EP, 2012) and The Immortal, The Invisible (EP, 2011).

This Patch of Sky’s music has been prominently featured in numerous movies, documentaries, TV shows and commercials, as well as on some of today’s most popular and highly curated playlists. Syncs include several episodes of Jungle Town on Vice TV, an original score and licensed songs for Russel Brand: A Second Coming, placements in commercials for Petco, Ford Mustang, BFGoodrich Tires and Oakley, and in an NCAA sports documentary series for CBS Sports.

With live performances, the band brings their spellbinding sonic odyssey to life in a powerful and dramatic way, creating an atmosphere that whisks the audience away. The band has shared the stages with the likes of Caspian, So Hideous, Native and more. “Our sets tend to be emotional, almost like a 45-minute soundtrack that doesn’t stop. Once we start playing, we don’t stop in-between songs,” notes Day. “Everything flows together and generally provides emotions of every sort. We’ve had many shows where people come up to us in tears after playing thanking us for putting them through a sort of cleansing process. Since we don’t have words in our songs, we let the listener interpret each song to how they need to interpret it and connect.”
Ranges
Ranges
With creative impetus driven by the expansive landscapes of their native Montana - which cried out for its own soundtrack - Bozeman’s RANGES began as a project but has grown into something more involved, inspired and conceptually rich. Founded only in 2013, they have experienced a prolific four-year stretch that has seen the release of two full-length albums, 3 EP’s and two singles. As the praise for their work has grown louder over time, the drive to outreach previous heights has only intensified. The Fall 2017 release of their upcoming third LP The Ascensionist promises to re-define the sonic palette of this tirelessly progressing band.
Appalaches
Montreal’s Appalaches wield a mighty brand of instrumental rock which rejoices in compositional expanse and carefully crafted soundscapes. Their 2014 debut Mon is a Master’s class in delicate melodies and sonic textures, having proven to be one of the genre’s most beautiful records that year. Their sophomore release Cycles, recorded at Mile End District’s Hotel2tango by Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Thierry Amar, boldly breaks in some ways from that approach, exploring the possibilities of a rawer sound based more heavily on an inspired three-guitar attack and a wealth of dramatic crescendos. One of Montreal’s finest emerging post-rock groups, Appalaches is:
Jared Coliadis: guitar
Mathieu Salvail: guitar
Anthony Thomassin: guitar, keys
Sebastien Legault: bass
Maxime Legault-Venne: drums
Zhaoze
Zhaoze
Zhaoze is among the bigger post-rock bands in China. The load of awards they are receiving since 2002 is enough reason to believe that. Their unique sound is created by the use of a traditional string instrument called Guqin that is thousands of years old, combined with a classical post-rock sound. Zhaoze builds up an absolutely unique imaginative sound spectrum, providing a soulful, dreamy and beautiful poetic world.
Of The Vine
Of The Vine
Atlanta, Georgia quintet Of the Vine’s music prevails in an expansive world of sound far more delicate and graceful than our own. Like the far-flung shores of remote lands not represented on maps, or even the pastoral woodlands thriving just outside the fringes here in America, their richly-layered beauty is one that is given room to grow and develop, offering rewards that can only be earned through restraint, serenity and a harmonious kinship with the world around us.

First formed in 2005, Of the Vine released their self-titled debut in 2010, then completely reset the bar for their potential five years later with the stunning 2015 sophomore record East-the-Water. One of the most unjustly overlooked albums of the past several years, it captures a strikingly naturalistic, untarnished beauty that few post-rock records can achieve, born of the band’s decision to eschew the usual processes by recording the music live. This reliance on band chemistry pays major dividends, turning East-the-Water into a deeply affecting, strikingly authentic piece of work which also succeeds as an achingly cinematic composition that stimulates the listener’s imagination. Taking the seemingly simple and cultivating it into sublime, nuanced soundscapes is something that Of the Vine does better than most. Allow yourself to be enveloped within their world and you may not want to peer back at the one you left behind.
Sad Turtle
Sad Turtle from Burlington will play a home game at dunk!USA. Their debut album "Ruthless and Toothless" showcases their accessible approach to experimental music while their live shows have drawn comparisons to Battles, Tortoise, and Alarmist. This can't go wrong!
Venue Information:
Higher Ground Ballroom & Showcase Lounge
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT, 05403