North Elementary

North Elementary

Horizontal Hold, The Kneads

Fri, September 19, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 12:00 am)

The Pinhook

Durham, NC


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North Elementary
North Elementary
Clarity is overrated. Just ask North Elementary, a band that boasts its blissed-out, fuzzed-out pop with swagger equivalent to its rock ‘n’ roll sensibilities. Between distorted chords and driving riffs, John Harrison leads the band through labyrinthine songs tinged with lo-fi, vintage grit. It’s the happy medium between heady, atmospheric rock and arresting noise, and Harrison and company bounce between these two poles authoritatively. From a sound that originated in bedrooms and basements in the early ’90s to Harrison’s past involvement with psychrock band The Comas, North Elementary has proven itself a chameleon. Still, in the shift from static to beeps to arresting vocals, the band maintains a distinct and inimitable identity, one that’s garnered praise from critics throughout the Triangle and beyond. North Elementary weaves sonic textures with unexpected and incredible results, merging myriad noises into concentrated meditations. Who needs clarity when there’s so much beauty in the chaos?

-by Linnie Greene
Horizontal Hold
Horizontal Hold
We've been working on a long-player for a while now and are totally jazzed to present it to y'all, our fans and friends!
We're doing this with our pals at PotLuck .

It's called "The Silence".

We're doing a show at our beloved Pinhook--and we'll have copies of "The Silence" on compact disc with lovely sleeve artwork by our own Kim Walker (CDs come with a download code).
The album will also be available in other fun physical "formats" that come with download codes (luxurious scented candles, Kat Lamp's "Cat Levitating a Taco" HH t-shirts, whatever else we can think of).
Or, if you've transcended this physical world, simply steer yr World Wide Web browser over to and download the jams on or after 3/24.

Joining us will be the sometimes dramatic, sometimes chilly (but always chill) No One Mind. Their sprawling experimental psychpop tunes will have you blissed for days. (NOM synth-jockey Missy Thangs recorded our album and is our favorite wizard.)

You'll also get treated to the dulcet tones of our best band-pals Today's Forecast. Durham's supergroup to end all Durham supergroups! Folks from every band you love get together for a mighty 'n' muscular yet tender 'n' juicy post-punk / post-rock / post-toasties extravagnza.

We are Horizontal Hold. We're from Durham and we made a record. ♥
The Kneads
The Kneads
The Kneads began as a sort-of-collaboration between Joel and Joe, but necessity dictated that a cordial invitation be extended to Michael. Luckily he RSVP'd. Thank goodness -- life is magical once more.

The three of us have come to know each other from past years of youthful indiscretion and collegiate hijinks, going to local shows, and the incestuous Gate City music scene.
Also, we might be old.

Now, after months of baby steps, technical glitches, and delayed launches we give our sound to you.
Venue Information:
The Pinhook
117 W. Main St.
Durham, NC, 27701