Residents To Present Shadowland Here

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Experimental avant-garde music group The Residents are returning to Australia for the first time in a decade to play Bluesfest (March 25-28) and have announced sideshows for Melbourne and Sydney. The group will be presenting Shadowland, Part 3 of a trilogy of tours celebrating their 40th anniversary and featuring the group’s power trio format.

The group will be appearing on March 23 at The Croxton in Thornbury Melbourne and on  March 24 at The Factory in Marrickville Sydney.

The Residents are a San Francisco based art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. Their first official release was Meet The Residents in 1974 and since then they have  released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects, and ten DVDs. The group has also undertaken seven major world tours and scored multiple films. The avant-garde music label Ralph Records was started by the band.

Theory of Obscurity, a documentary about the band was shown at the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival.

Throughout the group’s existence, the individual members have attempted to operate under anonymity, preferring instead to have attention focused on their art output. In public, the group appears silent and costumed, often wearing eyeball helmets, top hats and tuxedos – a long-lasting costume now recognised as its signature iconography.

The group has also recently and unexpectedly morphed into a power trio and are currently going by the names of Randy, Chuck and Bob..

They will be presenting their new show Shadowland (Part 3 of their trilogy of tours) where Randy, Chuck and Bob will focus on the beginning of life – birth. As with Parts 1 & 2 of the trilogy, Part 3 will feature music from The Residents’ extensive catalogue interspersed with short videos about birth, rebirth, reincarnation and NDEs (near death experiences).

 

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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