FOH180118_GoldDimeCCDWatson (2)First Fire Over Heaven of 2018! We’ll be celebrating with a very special appearance by GOLD DIME. Despite being a big fan of Talk Normal, it took me a little while to catch drummer/vocalist Andrya Ambro’s “new” band. When I finally did — 75 Dollar Bill was invited to play with them at last year’s Music Against Mass Incarceration benefit — I was, unsurprisingly, blown away. Andrya’s pummeling, floor tom heavy drumming and half-belted, half-chattered vocal style sounded more urgent than ever, and the self-assuredness and power with which she led the trio thru their angular, simmering and exploding arrangements left me with more than a little of band envy…in short, they are a perfect rock band for the times! David Watson and I will be opening the evening with a duo set. With bagpipes and sustained tones being the main things in the toolbox, there’s probably nothing less rock than what we are doing, but we hope to bring a contrary, perhaps even complimentary heaviness to the night’s proceedings… Finally, this installment also marks my one year “anniversary” as organizer of the series (after taking the baton from Greg Fox last winter). A hearty thanks to all the incredible musicians who have played over the last year and all of you who have come out to see them. I also must express my immense gratitude to Ruth, Mia, David, Ethan, Peter and the Outpost family for their seemingly endless kindness, for making these shows run so smoothly and for being so positively pleasant to work with. We’ve got a great series of shows extending into the early summer so there’s plenty more to come!

7:30pm doors
8:30 Che Chen & David Watson
9:30 Gold Dime

Gold Dime is the brainchild of Andrya Ambro. Ambro is best known as one half of the noise rock duo Talk Normal. Raw but composed, Gold Dime alternates between an aggression and intimacy, both so sincere, you can’t turn away. 2017 brought the release of their debut full-length Nerves (Fire Talk Records) which Bandcamp described as “a gutsy, dense, fascinating work.” Think The Residents, only more intimate and on-fire.
Live, Ambro anchors Gold Dime on drums and lead vocals. Every beat is a beckoning to actively listen; and her confident voice no less a beckoning. Performing live as a trio since 2014, Gold Dime has opened for the likes of Lower Dens, U.S. Girls, EMA, The Blow and Xiu Xiu. On stage Ambro is joined by Ian Douglas-Moore on bass and John Bohannon (Ancient Ocean) on guitar. Susan Karabush will be joining them on alto saxophone.
Che Chen & David Watson have been active as a duo since 2014, playing in underground and experimental music spaces and occasionally, outdoors. They use amplified strings, reeds, electronics and bagpipes, setting sustained tones against discreet gestures, silence, and noise. Their improvisations emphasize the scale, duration, and position of sounds in space. Originally a guitarist, Watson has developed an experimental approach for the bagpipes. He has had projects with vocalists Shelley Hirsch and Makigami Koichi, The Afternoon Saints (a group project with Lee Ranaldo, Christian Marclay and Günter Muller) and Glacial, (with Lee Ranaldo and Tony Buck). He has written experimental pieces for traditional pipe-bands, and Phill Niblock created the piece “Bag” using his sounds. He organizes the WORK series. Chen plays guitar in the band 75 Dollar Bill and has been an energetic improviser and organizer in New York City for the last decade. He is also a member of the band True Primes and has collaborated with Aki Onda, Tashi Dorji, Tetuzi Akiyama, Chie Mukai, Amirtha Kidambi, Robbie Lee, and many others. He organizes the monthly Fire Over Heaven series at Outpost.