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ESCAPE-ISM
with Too Free

Songbyrd Presents
Downstairs, All Ages


DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM

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Songbyrd Presents

Thursday July 25, 2019

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Introduction to Escape-ism shouldn’t only be reviewed in the music press but in the “world affairs” column of a conspiracy-minded newspaper, on a hot-rod review TV show, or possibly at an important conference by a renowned astrophysicist. It’s that important!

Why? Because it’s the first “solo” record by Ian Svenonius—of groups The Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, The Nation of Ulysses, XYZ, Weird War, etc. and author of underground bestsellers such as The Psychic Soviet, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ’n’ Roll Group, and Censorship Now!!—and as such, it’s profound, prophetic, perverse, and poetic… It’s introverted glitter, violence against the state, obsessive desire; it stomps on convention, shreds constitutions, clobbers pre-conceived notions of what a record can be.

Yes, that’s right: a single-person performance by I.F. Svenonius—recognized by Performer Magazine as the “greatest performer on the planet”—Introduction to Escape-ism is a bite into a one-banana bunch.

A drum box, a guitar, a cassette player, and a single slobbering, sinful voice singing out…for a way out. Live, it’s a new paradigm of performance: raw, gestural, idiotic, sublime, revolutionary, poetic, faux naïf, unknowing, a drainage pipe that leads to who knows where.


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Identity is a strange and magnificent thing - and when people are given the chance to be their truest, most honest selves - possibilities seem infinite. Too Free is born of the most innate curiosity in Awad Bilal, Carson Cox, and Don Godwin - their only mission is a desire to connect. Drawing on the power of movement and improvisation, each track provides an empathetic space for the listener. Their debut album, Love in High Demand is a continuous refinement of the virtue of motion - each composition rooted in propulsive energy that envelops.

Washington, DC is a city built of powerful rhythm and kinetic motion - and plenty of variety in terrain for it's compact size. Bursts of lush forest line cross-city parkways as it cradles the intersection of the Anacostia and Potomac, sedimentary waters that reminisce of the native swamplands it was before. Just like those swamps, Too Free taps into the same primitive and intrinsic sensibilities that shape their landscape. The live show consists of Godwin on bass and triggers, Cox on octapad and triggers and Bilal on vocals and keyboards.