Roz and the Rice Cakes, Guilt Mountain, Tica Douglas

/ Oct

Roz and the Rice Cakes, Guilt Mountain, Tica Douglas

Front Room
07:30 pm

Thur Oct 19th

BSP Kingston  presents

Roz and the Rice Cakes / Guilt Mountain / Tica Douglas
All with excellent new releases on Team Love Records

$8 | 18+ | 7:30 Doors / 8PM Show

Art Rock is a pretty broad term. Yet, when describing Providence, Rhode Island’s Roz & The Rice Cakes, the term Art Rock is not just appropriate, it’s dead center in terms of what they do and how they do it. Under the stuttering time-changes, the crescendos and the complex arrangements, at the heart of these songs, there’s a simple pop quality that roots the band at a cross roads where Fleetwood Mac and Henry Cow mingle with Bettie Serveert and Gwen Stefani. Roz & The Rice Cakes is equal parts experimental and catchy, energetic and bookish, daring and sugarcoated. This new album, Devotion is a sonic leap for the band. Roz Razkin from the band says: “Devotion was very different. We spent months working out the material, through multiple recording sessions at Big Nice Studio in RI with our good friend and engineer, and co-producer Bradford Krieger. This new writing process found us diving into a conceptual framework that explored the connections between humanity and the universe.”

Kate Larson recorded “Rare Energy” with Christopher Daly of Salvation Recording Co. in New Paltz, New York, with Matt Ross on drums and collaborator and friend Sarah Ayton on bass. The songs peak and dip, going from the tonal and burying distortion of “Fever” to the gentle and coasting clarity of “Slowing,” but always maintaining an honest wonder and forward stride. There’s a new focus in the songs, stemming from many hands invested in guiding them to their means. Kate learns to trust herself within them, leaving behind the manic dare of creating music alone, and entering into a brighter realm of examination and certainty. On “Rare Energy,” Kate stares down her own destructive patterns, laments personal and familial illness, examines her queerness, and volleys between what’s soft and what’s solid in a way that’s truly human, and sometimes jarring. A project that started with a true beginner’s mind, Guilt Mountain has morphed and grown around itself over the years, branching outwards still.

tica douglas is a singer-songwriter from portland, maine now based in queens.

armed with words that are both elegiac and healing, a voice that swells with ethereal grit, and a mind concerned with new ways of meaning-making, Tica offers their perspective as a divinity scholar and queer non-binary person navigating the realms of life, love, and loss in their newest album, Our Lady Star Of The Sea Help And Protect Us.