Monks Of Doom (Camper Van Beethoven/Counting Crows)

Ivy Room Presents

Monks Of Doom (Camper Van Beethoven/Counting Crows)

Tom Heyman

Sun · May 20, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

Tickets at the Door.

This event is 21 and over

Monks Of Doom (Camper Van Beethoven/Counting Crows)
Monks Of Doom (Camper Van Beethoven/Counting Crows)
From their humble beginnings as a surrealist spin-off “Imaginary Band”, through their hard working days as veteran DIY road warriors, on to their arrested state of suspended animation and later re-birth, Monks of Doom remain one of the classiest, heaviest and most strangely unclassifiable bands to emerge from the late 1980s independent music scene. When the band put themselves on ice in 1993, they left behind five virtuosic, rocking albums that somehow fused post-punk sensibilities with prog rock decadence and folk tradition elegance. Monks of Doom were formed in 1986 by four members of the ever-popular college/indie rock band Camper Van Beethoven: bassist extraordinaire Victor Krummenacher, guitarists Greg Lisher and Chris Molla and drummer Chris Pedersen. Molla soon left, and was replaced by radical musician David Immerglück (then of Bay Area favorites The Ophelias, soon to join the ranks of Camper Van Beethoven as well, and now a member of Counting Crows).The Monks represented a casual opportunity to go beyond Camper’s brand of folk-rock and Sixties pop and into the type of diverse experimental music played by kindred spirits Henry Cow, Snakefinger, King Crimson, Richard Thompson, Fred Frith and a host of other iconoclasts; artists who commanded as fierce and loyal a cult following as the Monks later would. “We were interested in doing slightly more outside music,” Krummenacher said in a phone interview, “music that had heavier and more progressive tendencies. It was an outside expansion, a chance to go wherever our imagination took us.”

Despite the passage of time, and commitments to so many other projects calling each member, this fascinating ensemble just keeps on running on its own clock and of its own accord. “We seem to have matured, but we certainly haven’t been tamed!” says Immerglück with distinct pride. “I couldn’t be happier with the album,” echoes Krummenacher. “It took a hell of a long time to finish, but I think it’s straight out of the Monk’s handbook. This band functions naturally as a cooperative. It takes a long arc to get anything done, but there’s nothing else I’ve ever done that is so singular in it’s identity. That’s the cost and the payoff at the same time.”

A new record by the Monks of Doom is certainly cause for celebration! The “Imaginary Band” continues to titillate, or, to quote a Monks lyric, “The creature walks among us…” Indeed!!
Tom Heyman
Tom Heyman
The worlds of indie rock iconoclast John Vanderslice and alt-country godfather Alejandro Escovedo rarely intersect, but in Tom Heyman, they most certainly do. The San Francisco based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has toured and recorded with artists of most every stripe, from Chuck Prophet and John Doe to cult favorites Girls and a whole lot more in between.

Heyman recorded his third solo record, That Cool Blue Feeling, in Portland, Oregon with Mike Coykendall (M. Ward) producing and Rusty Miller (Kelley Stoltz, Jason Lyttle) and himself covering the musical bases. The intention was to create a sound that combined the loose, late night, low down groove of JJ Cale with the bittersweet melancholia of late period Nick Lowe and the melodic storytelling of Heyman’s hero Gordon Lightfoot. The record was written mostly at night, after long shifts nights tending bar and is an examination of the loneliness and alienation of the nocturnal life, and the true cost of love.

Heyman started playing and recording in the late 1980s with the Philadelphia based band Go To Blazes. He wrote songs, played guitar, and the band released 5 full-length records and toured the US and Europe extensively before breaking up in 1997. After relocating to San Francisco in 1998, he began working as a sideman, eventually joining local favorites The Court and Spark, as well as Chuck Prophet’s band. All the while he was discovering his voice as a solo artist and bandleader. His second solo record Deliver Me was critically acclaimed, receiving 4 star reviews in both Mojo and Uncut magazine, and songs from the record were heard in the TV shows True Blood, Justified and Damages.

While he often works in a band context, Heyman primarily considers himself a folksinger whose job is to tell stories that draw the listener in to his world.
Venue Information:
Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA, 94706
http://www.ivyroom.com/