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8bitSF presents
Infinity Shred
Friday, May 19
doors @ 8pm;
show @ 8:30pm.
indie. electronic. chiptune.
all ages.
$11 advance;
$15 day of show.
The power of nostalgia is in it's ability to make us long for our former selves. Founded in 2012, Infinity Shred is the sound of a perfect future doomed to relive its past. A forty-third century metropolitan utopia fatally obsessed with analog synths and distorted instruments. Armies of gracefully engineered, doe-eyed warriors mercilessly slaughtering each other under a dusky sky of neon stardust. A trio based in New York City crafting uplifting synth-driven pieces tinged with just the right amount of death. With friendship at the core of Infinity Shred, members Damon Hardjowirogo and Nathan Ritholz struggled to figure out what was next after founding drummer George Stroud moved to Berlin shortly after the release of their 2013 debut LP, "Sanctuary." Where "Sanctuary," was still heavily rooted in the songwriting of Hardjowirogo, the addition of drummer and classical percussionist Clara Warnaar in 2015 ushered in a new era of collaborative songwriting. Written over the course of nearly three years Infinity Shred's new album, "Long Distance," sees the band explore beyond the sci-fi tinged post-rock of their previous work by drawing inspiration from progressive trance, black metal and church choirs, all of this is perhaps best embodied on the final track of the album, "Catch These Blessed Hands."

Meishi Smile is an electronic project based in Los Angeles, CA. Influenced by genres both equally pop and experimental, the project serves as a force to collapse the binary between such extremes, taking note from the cathartic afterglow of harsh noise, the joyful idealism of Japanese Pop and the hazy, meditative sentiment of shoegaze. Together these range of influences set to explore the contradicting nature of such feelings, presenting a sense of musicality that is oddly warm within its static disconnection.

San Francisco's Crashfaster has evolved from a gameboy-weilding solo act into a snarling, four-bodied electro-rock monster. Isolation, assimilation, accomplishment and emptiness fill the band's songs, which genre-hop from electro to industrial, electronica to rock, all wrapped in a space punk aesthetic.

In addition to their major releases "superchroma", "further" and "disconnect", crashfaster composed the soundtrack for the Playstation Network 8bit RPG Dragon Fantasy, scored an 8bit video for the EFF, appears on collections for Splatterhouse, Hydorah, C418's "One", 8-Bit Operators' Tribute to Depeche Mode and their classic track "Time" was featured in the trailer for the series Video Game Highschool.

Thought Tempo's delicate melodies and off-kilter ambiance are reminiscent of the warmth and complexity of the late '90s scene of Warp Records, Planet Mu & Ninja Tune, but stylized with a lucidity and introspective approach that feels less indebted to the calm of nostalgia, and much rather the reclamation and sincerity of timeless feelings and melodies. With support from other left-field electronic labels such as Teklife, Thought Tempo's music has been described by Complex as "a jazzy vibe onto the footwork framework."