Tyler Etters plays #shadow_fi: a self-defined genre and rough approximation of ambient post-rock blended with drone and lo-fi. Etters's uniquely 21st century practice encompasses a range of mediums including music, analog photography, artware, and video. His divergent and esoteric discography has steadily grown since 2005 and most recently been supplemented with a cycle of releases including 'the geometrie of our lost cause', 'blue, the most celestial color', 'senescence', 'the phantoms of our lost cause', 'zulu', and 'and though the soft apocalypse may yet overtake'. He is a founding musician of the collective Endless Field Studios, the solo project Connectedness Locus, and the experimental outfit Everything Comes in Cycles; Everything Fades in Shades. When the stars find it agreeable, live performances and studio sessions include a mutable band known only as 'the northern information movement'. The usual suspects include: Arthur Zdrinc - the accomplished musician, painter, actor, and drummer of Sioum. Adam Moore - the iconoclastic musician with a penchant for guitar, the avant garde, and simpler times. Cory Salveson - the internet researcher, new media pratcitioner, and videographer. Paul Petrosyan - the Flash Flash Comfort frontman,EFS/Lunar Day/ECiC;EFiS/Bridges of Königsberg founder, visionary, mercenary, et al.
The band is based out of Chicago and northern Illinois.
The stated primary objective of the band's live performances is to create experiences for people.
Droning, semi-improvisational passages (or 'events') punctuate the live interpretations of the bands discography. It is not uncommon for the songs to be deconstructed and pieced together in entirely new arrangements, creating a strange sense of both displacement and recognition for those familiar with the material. Field recordings, guitar loops, and noisy analog drones are common tropes. This is electronic music, certainly, but in a pleasantly refreshing paradigm shift this is electronic music without a laptop. In the place of crisp, polished MIDI loops is something much more distorted, feral, and most importantly: human.
Hypnagogic video sourced from the Prelinger Archives, NASA footage, and homegrown 3D renderings are commonly projected and add to the outré & psychedelic experience.
The band is equally at home sharing the stage with musicians working with everything from post-rock, post-metal, and indie to ambient, electronic, and drone.
|08-13||The Burlington, IL|
|04-11||Hostel Earphoria, IL|
|02-27||Swing State, IL|
|11-20||Mayne Stage, IL|
|08-23||The Hideout, IL|
|07-28||Hungry Brain, IL|
|07-19||The Abbey, IL|
|04-04||Borg Ward, WI|
|09-01||Elbo Room, IL|
|08-31||Rake's End, OH|
|08-30||Swing State, IL|
|08-10||Ultra Lounge, IL|
|02-24||Beat Kitchen, IL|
|02-01||Swing State, IL|
|01-05||Frank's Power Plant, WI|
|11-23||Red Olive Lounge, WI|
the legacy of our lost cause:
"intense atmosphere of heavy droning... soft and dense layers that whips all your senses slowly and achingly... a ride through a broken landscape"
Via The Sirens Sound
"eerie electronic parts that are haunting... subtle noise and rhythms... creates an environment for the listener to inhabit, even if it's a very surreal one"