It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from Canadian art rock collective Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, but that doesn’t mean that they haven’t been busy. After touring ended for their 2013 Polaris Music Prize-shortlisted album Uzu, the band holed up for a different kind of project, writing the score for the video game Severed in collaboration with another Canadian band, Pantayo. Only after that was it time to work on the next album. Dirt was finally released last Friday, and the band stopped in DC at Union Stage a few nights before to present it to a small crowd of people who braved the threat of bad weather to see the band play.
Known to most of the world as a political playground, Washington, D.C. is a city where decisions that shape the course of, not just American, but HUMAN history, are made every day. More than that though, D.C. is a city where cultures collide resulting in a creative class that produces some of the most compelling and diverse art in the world. Built on the legacy of jazz and go-go, D.C. is on the cusp of a creative explosion and bringing everything from hip-hop to indie rock into the fold.
In part three of our Sounds of Washington, DC series, we're joined by Blight Records label-head Benjamin Schurr and Mystery Friends guitarist Dave Mohl for a synth-heavy hang with some serious discussion about the DC scene thrown in for good measure.