Saturday, December 10, 2022

Ninjas With Syringes

Dark Time Sunshine

Eddie Valiant

8 p.m.

$20 in advance, $20 day of show
Limited Seating, first come first serve.
Expect standing room.

21 and over

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Ninjas With Syringes

Ninjas With Syringes

Ninjas With Syringes are a 4 piece Portland, OR punk rock band founded by vocalist singy-songy guy Matt Danger. With Brian Dene backing him up (from Secnd Best) on drums and Blaine Gorze on dueling six strings, they somehow managed to entice Dylan Samore into the luscious harmonies that our unified vocals to complete the chord of savages that is the latest, strongest Ninjas With Syringes possible. Ninjas play fast and languid anthems of glory, regret, misery, and resolve to bring it to a boil and sever hot their ever evolving churn and emotional cascade that composes their relaxing variety of shadowy skatepunk.

Ninjas have released 9 albums and EPs, marking the group's informal incarnation in 2008 with the release of their "Premature" full length and are fumingly producing more music than ever fathomed to add to their collection of proliferate melodic ooze. Ninjas With Syringes have dedicated themselves to creating the atmospheric juice needed to produce fun raw explosive live shows, passionately embraced in the sonic jumping abilities of their astral nature. Returning to live music on live @ Dante's on August, 20, 2021 after the virus shutdown ended and vaccines were in place has resulted in Ninjas returning to push some singles from their latest full length "Punkanomics" while mixing in old and personal favorites into their live set like "Teeth" and "Face Full of Lead" from their 2012 "Railroader" EP.

The ecstatic quartet have since nudged their way into the flinching Portland music scene and abroad touring to entertain dozens to hundreds with their upbeat attitudes across many longitudes. Loaded to burst merry melodies across the land, the boys can be seen on the road and in the pacific northwest throwing down bawdy hooks and moving around so much on stage that it gives dogs indigestion. Ninjas promise only one thing: music and sweet sweat. So- basically, two things! But they like to give a whole lot more. P.S. Please give them candy.

Ninjas With Syringes have shared stages with bands like: The Flatliners, Menzingers, Dead To Me, Foxy Shazam, Banner Pilot, Off With Their Heads, Riverboat Gamblers, The Murderburgers, Broadway Calls, & many more humble yet attention seeking name drops!


Dark Time Sunshine

Dark Time Sunshine

Nine years after the release of their critically acclaimed ANX, Dark Time Sunshine is back with their third full-length, Lore. Comprising Seattle emcee Onry Ozzborn (Grayskul, Oldominion) and Chicago producer Zavala, DTS have been on the cutting edge of indie hip hop since 2009, behind genre-bending production and a heady lyrical approach all their own. Lore builds on the psych-rap foundation of their previous efforts while shifting into new terrain that incorporates the aesthetics each artist has explored in recent years, and the end product is an album brimming with hope.
Since ANX, we've seen Onry drop several solo projects (Tantrum, Nervous Hand, etc.) as well as a Grayskul album alongside longtime comrade JFK. In 2017, Zavala dropped Fantasmas, an electronic departure that led to NPR calling him "a messenger of sonic relief." The two spoke often of making another Dark Time Sunshine record, but the pieces didn't fall into place until 2020, when a particular batch of beats Zavala sent Onry's way resonated with a new, hard-won headspace that the emcee found himself in. Onry wrote all of Lore between May and August 2020.
Having already endured a difficult few years battling personal demons and health struggles within the family, Onry was probably more prepared than most for the chaos of 2020. His resilience shines through on Lore. "What a wonderful display of determination to make it out of hell," he raps on "Hell Nah" over a lush, spacey Zavala backdrop. You can practically hear the weight lifting from his shoulders on many tracks, and especially on "Ayemen", the album's emotional core. The song is pure triumph over adversity, with an infectious hook buoyed by a crystalline Zavala collage. "Broken before / But never again" becomes a mantra. Continuing the trilogy of Ceschi collabs that begins each of Dark Time Sunshine's full-lengths, the rapper/singer makes a frantic cameo on "Lore", setting the stage for an 11-track odyssey that also features guest shots from R.A.P. Ferreira, Homeboy Sandman, and Hail Mary Mallon. Ferreira and Sandman appear on "Rite Kids", a sequel of sorts to "The Wrong Kids" from DTS's debut EP Believeyoume. The trio ruminates on nature vs. nurture and stresses the importance of both strong parental guidance and allowing kids the space to thrive on their own intuition. Onry kicks off "Poor Pavel" with a razor-sharp verse showcasing the versatility of his delivery, before Hail Mary Mallon (Aesop Rock + Rob Sonic) jump on the track with their signature abstract pyrotechnics. Backup vocals on the album are provided by Alison Baker and Jack Rylands of Psycho Rooster.
Lore explores themes of breaking cycles, self-determination, and rebirth. It contains the most focused and impassioned writing of Onry Ozzborn's two decade career, and Zavala ties it all together with rich textures, bright synths, and cracking drum breaks. For this or any other trying year, it's the perfect soundtrack to sticking the landing over hell and surviving with you and yours intact.


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