Retox

Planet B presents

Retox

Graf Orlock, Skrapez, Planet B, Santa Claus

Thu · December 21, 2017

8:30 pm

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

Retox
The world is falling apart one day at a time, and the majority of us sit and watch as if attending a public hanging—more and more, our interest is piqued by the appalling, while our thoughts and reactions remain largely absent. When stripped of the bloated, festering egos that so many cling to in order to feel important, we are nothing more than ugly animals. In a society that is predominantly dormant, Retox brings this reality to the forefront in a forward-thinking way, commanding our ever-rapidly-decreasing attention spans and determined to provoke some kind of visceral response, good or bad.

Currently consisting of Justin Pearson (The Locust, Head Wound City, All Leather, Swing Kids), Michael Crain (Festival of Dead Deer, Kill the Capulets), Brian Evans, and Keith Hendriksen (Kill the Capulets, Virginia Reed), Retox is marked by a speed and sound that seeks to shatter apathy. Since their conception in 2011, they have toured with similarly like-minded acts such as Melt-Banana, Tomahawk, OFF!, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Doomsday Student, physically bringing every bit as much intensity as the music itself incites intellectually.

Coming off of their sophomore album, “YPLL” (Years of Potential Life Lost), Retox have emerged from the collective depths of San Diego and Los Angeles with their latest antagonistic efforts, entitled “Beneath California”. Varying styles and sonically experimenting, melding the raw with the refined, the band continuously teases yet never settles on any one genre– aside from perhaps (as members of the band itself have referred to their work) “annoying”. Tracks such as “Death Will Change Your Life” spit cynical lyrics drenched in rapid-fire rhythm: “All those who have died before me, forgot trustees, cleaned streets with parolees/They dragged everything into the sea, the filth and the debris, and hoped none would see.”

Overall, Retox simultaneously seems to reflect and defy, using music as a way of holding a broken mirror to the rest of us, exposing different pieces of our own fucked up realities, and forcing the acknowledgement of the inevitable self-imposed apocalypse we are creating for ourselves.

-Becky DiGiglio
Graf Orlock
Graf Orlock is a Los Angeles, California-based grindcore / hardcore band named after Count Graf Orlock from the film Nosferatu. Formed in 2003.

Current Line-up:
Karl Bournze - vocals
Alan Hunter - drums
Jason Schmidt - guitar, vocals
Sven Calhoun - bass

Past Members:
Kalvin Kristoff - vocals
Brent Sharpton - bass
Santa Claus
Generally depicted as an elderly, jolly and certainly rotund fellow with a white beard and a red suit (using elves as labourers in his toy factory on the North Pole and dashing around the planet in a sleigh pulled by nine flying reindeer to deliver the goods on Christmas Eve/Day), this is a catch-all "artist" profile for all releases where the performer is credited only as Santa Claus or similar -- including regional, historic, traditional, or linguistic variations.

These would include Kerstman, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Weihnachtsmann, Kersvader, Papá Noel, Père Noël, Babbo Natale, Дед Мороз, Julemanden, and so forth, irrespective whether he's accompanied by elves, Krampus or Rudolph. These do NOT include recordings credited to Sinterklaas, the European bishop character on which Santa Claus is based, who has a separate entry on Discogs. Note that both Santa and Sinterklaas can be referred to as Saint Nicholas.

Please use ANVs accordingly.

Santa has a recording career probably spanning back to Thomas Edison's days and, according to urban legend, made use of the Coca Cola company for his modern, americanised image.