Blanko Basnet

Blanko Basnet

The Hot at Nights

Fri, March 16, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Pinhook

Durham, NC

$5.00

This event is all ages

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Blanko Basnet
Blanko Basnet
Joe Hall of Hammer No More the Fingers began playing solo shows in January 2011 under the name JoLo. Prior to this, every musical idea Hall had was funneled through Hammer. A song was considered complete only after intense collaboration, practice and live performance. Sometimes ideas didn’t stick but Hall couldn’t let them go. The songs that didn’t develop further in Hammer soon became projects for Hall’s future solo record. Enter Blanko Basnet. Written and performed by Hall with the help of Jeff Stickley on drums and long-time friend and producer JLa, the 11-song self-titled album was recorded in a playhouse they frequented as kids in the Trinity Park neighborhood of Durham, NC.
With the record complete it became obvious that Hall would need to recruit musicians for a full band. Stickley was onboard and Hall enlisted Brad Cook of Megafaun to play bass. A love story of sorts manifested when Hall and Cook attended a Canine Heart Sounds show. “What about that guy?” Hall said, referring to multi-instrumentalist Matt Peterson. A four-piece was soon born and shows were booked. After the album release, Cook’s intense touring schedule opened up a spot for Matt McElroy of Canine Heart Sounds to join in his place.
The same vitality that drives Hall’s guitar rifts and vocal melodies in Hammer is unmistakable in his new endeavor. That said, Blanko is its own adventure and the live performance is very much a showcase of the musical talents of each member of the band.
The Hot at Nights
The Hot at Nights
The development of The Hot at Nights parallels that of the world’s most potentially destructive climatic occurrence: Global Warming. They are heavily influenced by the origins of jazz at the turn of the century, emblazoned by the raw and unbridled freedom of the 50′s and 60′s, and electrified by the external forcings of the 80′s. Chris Boerner (Foreign Exchange, Jeanne Jolly) on 8-string guitar, Matt Douglas (The Rosebuds, Erin McKeown, Harlequin) on woodwinds, and Nick Baglio (Jeanne Jolly, Foreign Exchange, Jean Morrison) on drums & keyboards make up the triumvirate of change. Even though there is a tiny contingency of Hot at Nights deniers, real and proven science has determined that they do, in fact, exist on a catastrophic level.

Their new album, entitled ¡Try This!, represents the next degree of The Hot at Nights’ exploration. Incorporating more penetrative keyboard sounds, stacked and looped saxes and woodwinds, 8-string guitar solos and sounds that rival the aggression of the Prevailing Westerlies, they have advanced the sound of an instrumental trio to a place where the listener is grappling with the origination of the sounds, processing the complexity of rhythm, and trying to control the incessant head nodding that ensues, all while making their best attempts to stay dry under the collar.

¡Try This! is available October 22nd, 2013. Believe it.

The Hot at Nights are Chris Boerner, Matt Douglas, and Nick Baglio. They came together in the Summer of 2010 to explore the sonic possibilities of an 8-string guitar-centered trio. Their first release, Nice Talk, was released in 2011. In 2012, they toured with producer Nicolay (The Foreign Exchange) in support of their collaborative recording Shibuya Session EP, where they played such notable venues as the Blue Note in NYC, Bohemian Caverns in Washington, D.C., and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. Look for their 2nd LP, ¡Try This!, in stores and online on October 22nd, 2013.
Venue Information:
The Pinhook
117 W. Main St.
Durham, NC, 27701
http://thepinhook.com/