When: Mon., May 14, 9:30 p.m. 2012
For nearly a decade Greh Holger has been making relentlessly dark synthesizer music under a variety of names—Black Sand Desert, Cleanse, Leather Bath—but none more prominently than Hive Mind. Holger moved to LA a few years ago, but he got started in Detroit, where his dread-inducing sounds bonded him to the Wolf Eyes crew (he's collaborated with Aaron Dilloway and released music on Dilloway's Hanson label). Holger dispenses entirely with niceties like melody and vocals—his bleak, unfriendly music zeroes in on sputtering, saw-toothed tones thick with queasy portent, which sound like the last gasps of an idling engine at some points and an industrial plant humming at full tilt at others. Last year's Elemental Disgrace (Spectrum Spools) moves at a viscous crawl, and like most Hive Mind music it develops slowly and malevolently—until it's spitting its hissing tones and high-frequency waves across the low-end rumble like gales lashing a tundra. —Peter Margasak Raven Strain and Liable for Abuse open.