First Stop Friday: Oblisk & Jura (April 1)

First Stop Friday: Oblisk and Jura (April 1)

(Kelly Bennett, Ferndale Public Library, 3/17/2011)


First Stop Friday is rolling again! March’s show was a big success and it looks like April’s is going to be a record-setting event. As of five minutes ago, the Facebook event showed that 48 people have said yes and 50 have said maybe. I can’t wait. Here’s a little about the bands who will blow your mind on April 1st.

With its driving rhythms and soft compelling vocals, Jura creates chiming shoegaze that will draw you in. Their debut self-titled album came out last year on Forget Records and was described by our very own Jeff Milo as “Meditative and dreamy; packed with shimmering guitars, buzzing drawls and humming cosmic quarries of rounding delicate roars” in his Real Detroit review. Jura is the voice/guitar of Martin Starman and the guitar/percussion of former Asha Vida member Eric Pieti. In 2008 Jura added Frank Lee, drummer for demonic kraut rock band, Red China. Frank can also be seen giving high-fives to people at The Natural Food Patch.

Neo-psychedelic area favorites, Oblisk create shifting walls of sound and propulsive trip-hop. Deep Ian Curtis-esque vocals by Asim Akhtar are a perfect match for the chugging ambiance they create. Weather Patterns, their latest album, out on Candy Colored Dragon, was called “Heavy, dynamic, fuzzy, and often incomprehensible, Weather Patterns is perfect for drifting off and becoming lost in the music. An example of shoegaze at its best, Oblisk creates a deep grove, distorted ambient background, and powerful vocals able to lull the listener into a sense of serenity with intermittent urges to dance” by Detroit Underground. There has been a promise that “projections w/ live video mixing will be in effect,” so come prepared for an aural and visual spectacular.

Let me know if you’re going to be there:!/event.php?eid=158684764187661




Kelly Bennett works at the Ferndale Public Library, and is the director of their local music collection.  Her blog – is a great resource for learning about local bands, especially ones that play at the Library.


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