03.23.17 James Chance and the Contortions


Our first show of our Mt.St.Mtn. + LXIX Sacramento series was with 70's New York NO WAVE legends James Chance and the Contortions and skronky Oakland upstarts Preening (ex. Uzi Rash, Violence Creeps, Trashies).

>> A key figure in the No Wave scene, Chance has been playing a combination of improvisational jazz-like music and punk in the New York music scene since the late 1970s, in such bands as Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, James Chance and the Contortions, James White and the Blacks, The Flaming Demonics, James Chance & the Sardonic Symphonics, James Chance and Terminal City, and James Chance and Les Contortions. His music can be described as combining the freeform playing of Ornette Coleman with the solid funk rhythm of James Brown, though ltered through a punk rock lens.

>> Stream James Chance and the Contortions, BUY album, 1979

Mark Kaiser