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Middle Sattre + Hamilton Belk + Lisa/Liza

Middle Sattre + Hamilton Belk + Lisa/Liza
Middle Sattre + Hamilton Belk + Lisa/Liza

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Aug 08, 2024, 8:00 PM – 11:50 PM

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ABOUT

Middle Sattre (SAT-tree) is an Austin-based experimental folk band. Originating in Salt Lake City as solo project fronted by Hunter Prueger, Middle Sattre began as a way to deal with internalized homophobia and religious repression as a result of growing up within the strictures of the Mormon church. Converging in Austin with Mitch Stevens (electric guitar, banjo, piano) and S. Wallace (vocals, keyboard/sampler), the band further grew into an eight person ensemble, including Jordan Walsh (prepared guitar, drums), Juniper Card (guitar, drums), Kai Jasmin (viola, guitar), Sophie Mathieu (cello), and James Tabata (bass).

With a background in noise music, Prueger has a penchant for inventive instrumentation. This narrative of frustration and reconciliation comes in the form of rattling acoustic guitars draped with chains, and explosions of banjo strings struck with fidget spinners. Snares and velcro get repurposed as guitar accessories. Elsewhere, instruments are time-stretched and granulated into barely recognizable forms. Altogether, it creates a sound that is textural, prismatic, at times aggressive, and often devastatingly beautiful.

Lyrically, Middle Sattre’s compositions are at once mournful and hopeful; Prueger’s soft-spoken, almost-whispery vocals have an intimacy that evokes being let in on a long-guarded secret. In both intent and narrative, the band’s work is composed of vulnerable introspections on the agonies of repression and the ecstasies of slipping loose from those bonds. Sonically, that abstract concept of breaking free from constraint carries over into the band’s unconventional use of traditional instruments. Middle Sattre is rooted in folk traditions, but is not bound by them—unshackled in both sound and story.

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Hamilton Belk is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter from rural Maine. He’s been a touring member of bands like Cut Worms, Dylan Earl, John Andrews & The Yawns, Dead Gowns, Jeffrey Silverstein, and Wildflower. By day he works as a session player, contributing to songs by hundreds of artists from folk and country stalwarts like Brigid Mae Power, Dylan Earl, aeseaes, Peter Broderick, and Henry Jamison, to indie darlings like Yumi Zouma and Lady Lamb, to pop/country stars like Flo Rida and Jimmie Allen.

Belk’s songs are slow burning, humble affirmations that paradox is the only way forward, born on the shards of time between tours and overdub sessions. His influences draw from the country-folk lexicon, slacker rock, years of recording parts for everything from Urdustani folk to petrosexual pop country, and the timeless, lonesome tears of the steel guitar.

His work has been featured in the Portland (ME) Biennial in collaboration with visual artist Emilie Stark-Menneg and in an interactive, multi-media installation for Meow Wolf Denver.

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A playful moniker used by the U.S.-based singer/songwriter Liza Victoria Miller, Lisa/Liza is a predominately solo acoustic artist who emerged in the early 2010s. Delivering lyrical, unusually structured songs in an unhurried, hushed, and healing manner, she draws the listener in a little with her folk-infused material, similar to that of Sibylle Baier and Maxine Funke. Among the personal themes of loss, mental health, social anxiety, illness, and recovery in her songwriting, references to the beauty and minutiae of the natural world and daily life root her compositions in catharsis and hope.

Born in Santiago, Chile to North American parents, Miller was raised by her foster mother in rural Maine. At six years old, she idolized Shania Twain and dreamed of being a country star. Her elder brother played guitar, but when he passed away at a tragically early age, Miller -- herself only in her early teens -- vowed to learn the instrument. At the age of 18, while attending a friend's hardcore punk show in a Brooklyn warehouse, she played an impromptu live set. Further gigs followed -- initially at open-mike nights and at billed events in Boston and New York City -- before she moved back to Portland, Maine and began to play live with greater frequency. Playing on the fact that her forename Liza is pronounced "Lisa" she began to perform under the name Lisa/Liza.

With the help of her close friend Tanner Smith, she recorded two lo-fi EPs in 2012. Not only did the sound of March's King, ME lean into country, but -- in comparison to many of Miller's future recordings (which tended to intentionally bury her voice in the mix) -- it placed her vocals front-and-center. October's Ancient Edge was also an outlier in that it contained two experimental instrumental tracks and the raw-sounding "Milk Toast Hero," one of her few recordings to feature drums. The following year she recorded "Homecoming" for Boston's Bedroom Singles, before Peter McLaughlin of the Milkman's Union and Family Planning produced and mixed 2014's lengthy but pared-down EP The First Museum.

Stark and self-recorded at home, Lisa/Liza's September 2016 debut album, Deserts of Youth, began her lengthy relationship with Chicago's Orindal Records. Around this time, she assembled a full band, including Devin Ivy on drums, Jonathan Downs on guitar, and multi-instrumentalist Pete Swegart. They played many East Coast shows over the next few years, including a March 2017 Williamsburg support slot for Jens Lekman. Jarringly, she learned of Tanner Smith's suicide in autumn 2017, just weeks before sessions in Montreal began with her quartet and Smith for Momentary Glance. Although filled with grief, support from Miller's bandmates helped her push forward and complete three days of recording at hotel2tango. Eventually released in November 2018, the album was produced in the main by Efrim Menuck -- a founding member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor & A Silver Mt. Zion -- and was her first to feature electric guitar.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, after a decade living in Portland, Miller moved back to the rural landscape of Wayne, Maine. Just like Deserts of Youth, November 2020's solo acoustic Shelter of a Song was a home-recorded set. The album was mixed by Peter Broderick and all funds from its digital pre-sales were donated to charities. Forgotten Sings appeared in September 2021, a self-released, hazy dreamscape of an EP, and the following month saw the release of "Rose Pedals," a one-off single for Mexican Summer's Looking Glass series. July 2022's Songs Bloom EP was a collection of stray tracks from previous sessions, but its release kicked off a return to live performance. Another self-recorded solo acoustic record -- April 2023's carefully curated Breaking and Mending -- focused on themes of illness and recovery and featured added texture from Peter Haerman's pedal steel on "Fight for You." ~ James Wilkinson

21+

Doors @ 7PM

Show @ 8PM

$12 presale / $15 day of show

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    Sale ends: Aug 08, 10:00 AM

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