Alison Chesley, known also by her stage name Helen Money, is a classically trained cellist who draws her inspiration not only from Pablo Casals and Shostakovich but Jimi Hendrix and The Minutemen. She began playing the cello at the age of 8 in her hometown of Los Angeles, and through her undergrad and graduate studies, steered a course towards a career in classical music. While in Chicago attending Northwestern University, however, her focus shifted towards the rock music she had always loved. The instigation came from Jason Narducy, a singer/songwriter inspired by Bob Mould, who was looking for a cellist to perform new material with him. Together they formed the band Jason & Alison, then Verbow, becoming a force on Chicago’s active club scene. They came to the attention of Epic Records and released two recordings for the label, produced by Bob Mould and Brad Wood respectively. Alas, like many major label signings from that era they were dropped unceremoniously and disbanded. At a crossroads of sorts, Alison decided to go full steam ahead in pursuit of a career outside of classical music. She began a busy period as a solo artist, especially on Chicago’s then thriving studio scene, where she played on over 100 albums including those by Bob Mould, Broken Social Scene, Anthrax, Mono, Russian Circles, Disturbed and Poi Dog Pondering. She began composing music for films, theater and dance including two world premiers with the modernist icon Shirley Mordine. And, in 2007, Alison wrote the first Helen Money album and released it on her own label, Cellobird Records. Since then, she’s recorded three additional albums as Helen Money, the latest of which, Become Zero, is available on Thrill Jockey Records. Helen Money has toured the world several times over opening for bands such as Sleep, Shellac, Earth, Mono, Neurosis, Magma and Jarboe including a 2015 appearance on The David Letterman Show with Bob Mould and an appearance at the 2012 ATP Festival in London curated by Portishead. In 2011, Alison moved back to Los Angeles where she recently completed a month long, weekly residency headlining at LA’s Complex, a mecca for metal, post-rock and experimental music.
Sea of Bones
Started in early 2005 by three friends who have known each other for a long time. It is a dark, angry, contemplative mix of sound and emotion. “A dissonant psychedelic wall of sound”. They have drawn comparisons to Neurosis, Swans, Buried at Sea, Pelican and Mastodon.
“Sea of Bones’ atmospheric sludge is even bleaker than Neurosis'. The only color is shades of black. Ultra-heavy riffs rumble below distant smears of feedback. The sound is super fuzzed out, with buried vocals and occasional textural breathers.” - Cosmo Lee (Decibel Magazine)
T Wreck is a driving quartet from New London, CT that forges the proto synth-punk of The Screamers and Suicide with urgent scream-poetry, conjuring a sound that’s been described as Rage Against the Machine/Beastie Boys on acid. Daniel Boroughs’(Ferocious Fucking Teeth) vocals give way to his most cathartic impulses while riding the thunderous oscillations of synth dudes David Freeburg (Fatal Film) and Justin Credabel (Incognito Sofa Love), pushed along by the heavy-hitting funk/rock drums of Michael Winslow (Fatal Film, Incognito Sofa Love).
T Wreck started as an improvisational freakout ensemble hastily whipped together to fill an opening at New London’s Sailfest in 2017. The collision of influences was infectious and was soon followed by practices and song development. In the winter of 2018, live-audio engineer Andy Stackpole (Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Bad Brains) captured the band with 14 mics (no overdubs) and mixed their new six song EP No Nada (New Lo Records).
Moving forward the band continues to explore new sounds as part pleasure, part therapy, with the perpetual goals rocking out new spaces and making personal connections & collaborations with like-minded sonic voyagers.