Wednesday 5 February 2020, 7.30pm
Get to know Eric Copeland if you haven't quite yet made the time. Copeland is an Brooklyn-based experimental musician and a core member of Black Dice. Eric is also one-half Terrestrial Tones duo, finding Animal Collective's Avey Tare on the other end of that project. Copeland released his first solo effort, Hermaphrodite, in 2007 on the Paw Tracks label, with his next full-length LP, Alien in a Garbage Dump, via the same imprint. For his next work, however, Mr. Copeland jumps on board the great ship DFA for a solo long player, Joke in the Hole (2013) and continues to record for both DFA and several other Cutting edge labels such as Escho, Underwater Peoples Records L.I.E.S. records to this day.
Copeland has continued on his path of deconstruction- forming tracks of of scrapped samples, damaged loops and controlled chaos. Certainly not easy listening music, somehow Copeland manages to pull through with his demented pop sensibilites crawling up from the muck and spawling out on the beach to catch a tan. Jesus Freak is as addictive as it is confusing with it's screwed vocal hooks and demented twang heard throughout. This is best demonstrated on the closing track Billy Goat, which can be summed up as mouth harping redneck psychedelia cruising down a polluted river to nowhere. Just when you think "Jesus Freak" resembles something you know seconds later it becomes foregin and unattainable, yet remains headscratchingly familiar.