2x the Mono Presents:
Community VS Technology – A Video Installation Concert
Featuring performances by “Thoughts on Air” and “2x the Mono”
Saturday, February 16th, 2013
at the Urban Arts Initiative
128 James Street North, Hamilton (beside the Halk & Sparrow)
Doors open at 7:30pm (bands will start promptly at 8pm)
$10 Cover at the door – This is an all ages event (kids 12 and under are free).
Download your copy of the” Community VS Technology ep” for free at www.2xthemono.com
About the Community VS Technology Video Installation Concert:
Video projections have always been a huge part of 2x the Mono’s live shows. To celebrate the release of their new EP, 2x the Mono will be taking this experience to a whole new level with multiple videos projections and cameras set up in the Urban Arts Initiative gallery space to create an immersive concert going experience. Some of the projectors will be showing videos that depict the lyrical stories, while others will be creating visual feedback loops, projecting oscillating images of the band and crowd onto the walls. This is not just a concert, and it is definitely not just an art exhibit. The Community VS Technology Video Installation Concert is a “Community Happening.”
About the Community VS Technology ep:
2x the Mono has recently released their 5th album entitled Community VS Technology, recorder at Hamilton’s own Grant Avenue Studios. This album merges Indie Rock sounds with Quirky Electronic loops featuring the very tiny but powerful Kaossilator (a keyboard without keys that fits in the palm of your hand!). 2x the Mono relied heavily on this little groove box’s “Technology” to kick start their sonic explorations, but the lyrics and song writing process was well rooted in a “Community” approach.
“Every song on this project was written by the band. No one came to song writing sessions with finished ideas, we all intentionally brought lyrics and loops that had lots of room to grow.” – Randell Neudorf
On the song Community VS Technology, Randell Neudorf brought in nothing but a short spoken word poem scribbled down on a piece of paper. The band got hold of the idea and completely ignored any kind of chorus and verse structure. They decided to flesh out the music line by line, trying to accentuate each word and line of the poem that calls for people to put down their cell phones and really experience a moment lived in community. This process took 4 hours and after the band put all their ideas together they sadly realized their new master piece only clocked in at about 1 minute and 30 seconds.
“That moment was very disheartening; Adrian and Regan looked at me like OK where is the next verse? I said “That’s it, it’s a poem, it doesn’t have any more words.” Regan said, “Well, go write some.” And that is what I did. I was forced to go back inside my poem and dig deeper. I would take a line or image that was really strong and flesh it out more. I would take a line like “When my flesh turns to dirt and my heart is exposed” and follow it up with“and bones open up, and my marrow erodes.” Now I can’t even imagine that line without the follow up, it is so natural, but it was writing as a community of musicians and really paying attention to what the song demanded of us that drew that kind of imagery out of us. – Randell Neudorf
After the song was finished it beefed up to a whopping 4 minutes and it was immediately well received live.
“Every time we play Community VS Technology live, I ask the room to turn off their phones, and take just 5 minutes to experience a community moment together in real time. People really respond to that, we even had one guy come up and lay his phone down on our gear like an offering to let us know that he was completely unplugging. If they don’t listen when I ask nice at least I get to yell the same message at the crowd in the lyrics – Don’t let your technology get in the way of deep community! You got to look me in the eyes if you want to hear me speaking! So put down your portable hand held devices and give me five minutes free of your vices!” -Randell Neudorf
The other 2 songs on the album have a local community emphasis as well. “Industrial C” is all about how when Randell first moved his young family to a nice working class street in lower Hamilton. As he got to know people in Hamilton he kept hearing people talk about their neighbourhoods, cool sounding places like, Corktown, North End, and Beasley, so he looked up his street on a map and was quite surprised (and dismayed) that the city had labeled his neighbourhood “Industrial C.”
“I still live in the same house but the city has now extended the boundaries of the Stipley neighbourhood over to my street, but that image of Industrial C stuck with me. You can see the steam from the factories from my bedroom window, and my kids and I love exploring little parks and bike paths riddled all through industrial areas. It is great fun, and I tried to capture that sense of renewal and repurposing in the song.” – Randell Neudorf
The last song on the EP is called “Young Love” and the line “It’s like I wasn’t honest” is sung over and over again in a way where you know there is a story there.
“All three members of 2x the Mono are married with kids. Each family is in a different stage of life (babies, toddlers, and grade school), so we spend a lot of time talking about kids and wives while we are setting up for band practice or on the road. These conversations often go to how to balance (or not balance) family, work, and music. Being the one married the longest in the group I started thinking about how much my wife and I have both changed since we said “I do” 14 years ago. Really the person we each married no longer exists. We have changed so much in that short time, and looking back we didn’t think that would happen to us. Because I let my wife think that she was marrying a fully formed man “It’s like I wasn’t honest.” That line was the beginning for the whole thought process that went into writing the lyrics to “Young Love.” We are all constantly changing as people (opinions, tastes, style, beliefs) and the person who first said “I do” no longer exists. This is why so many people call it quits. They wake up one day and think “you aren’t the person I married, you weren’t honest with me.” In my song I sing “you can choose to leave or you can choose to believe that are loves was always meant to grow.” I think this doesn’t just apply to marriage, but to all meaningful relationships, whether it be a specific friend, family member, or a faith community. This goes against the modern trend of being self centred and mobile but at some point a person to commit to something bigger then themselves. You need to let some roots grow if you have any hope of being part of a healthy community.” – Randell Neudorf
The album may be called “Community VS technology” but “Healthy Community” is what this album and band is really all about (even if they use a lot of “Technology” to get their message out).