The Residents present Shadowland

Manic Productions, Best Video, and Premier Concerts Present:

The Residents present Shadowland

Theory of Obscurity: a film about The Residents

Sat, April 23, 2016

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

College Street Music Hall.

New Haven, CT

$30.00 - $35.00

This event is all ages

This show will feature a screening of Theory of Obscurity: a film about the Residents, followed by a live set from The Residents.

The Residents present Shadowland
The Residents present Shadowland
THE RESIDENTS have been regarded as icons in the world of experimental music for over forty years. In addition to their groundbreaking work in the areas of trance, world fusion, electronica, punk, industrial and lounge music, the group has also been credited with being among the originators of performance art and music video. Their early videos are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and their Freak Show CD-Rom was featured in MOMA’s “Looking at Music 3.0” exhibition.

Their four decade long career has also taken them into the world of film and television music, having scored several episodes of the PEE WEE HERMAN SHOW, HUNTERS (for the Discovery Channel), THE CENSUS TAKER (1985), HEAVEN (1987), CONCEIVING ADA (1997), CONDO PAINTING (1997), THOMAS PYNCHON - A JOURNEY INTO THE MIND (2001), INVESTIGATION INTO THE INVISIBLE WORLD (2002) and STRANGE CULTURE (2007) as well as several projects for MTV. In addition, the group is also thriving in the world of digital media having released ten DVDs, and two internet series.

Recently, Randy, Chuck & Bob, performing as the World’s Greatest Residents’ Cover Band, celebrated the group’s 40th anniversary with a trilogy of tours: The Talking Light, Wonder of Weird and Shadowland. No longer content to merely impersonate a band, The Residents unexpectedly morphed into a power trio, gleefully plundering their vast catalog of music to the delight to their fans.

Concluding the celebration of their 40th anniversary, The Residents are pleased to announce Shadowland, Part 3 of the Randy, Chuck & Bob Trilogy. Aspiring to examine life in reverse, the trilogy began in 2010 with The Talking Light, a study of ghosts and death; reflecting on love and sex, the group continued with their Wonder of Weird tour in 2013; and finally with Shadowland, Randy, Chuck & Bob will focus on the beginning of life - birth. As with Parts 1 & 2 of the trilogy, Part 3 will feature music from The Residents’ extensive catalog interspersed with short videos about birth, rebirth, reincarnation and NDEs (near death experiences).
Theory of Obscurity: a film about The Residents
Theory of Obscurity: a film about The Residents
In addition to a live set, this show will include a showing of THEORY OF OBSCURITY: A FILM ABOUT THE RESIDENTS, which premiered at 2015's SXSW. The film is directed by Don Hardy and features appearances from Primus’ Les Claypool, cartoonist/producer Matt Groenig, musician Josh Freese, and more.

THEORY OF OBSCURITY: A FILM ABOUT THE RESIDENTS tells the story of, well, The Residents: a renegade sound and video collective from San Francisco. Their story spans more than 40 years and is clouded in mystery. Many details surrounding the group are secret, including the identities of its members. They always perform wearing masks and costumes, which is part of their magic.

Fortunately for us, The Residents have a management company, The Cryptic Corporation, which allowed director Don Hardy and his crew unprecedented access to the groups’ archival materials and recent world tour celebrating their 40th anniversary. The Cryptic Corporation is led by two men: Hardy W. Fox and Homer Flynn. They both speak on behalf of The Residents, though both men deny that they are, in fact, members of the group.

The Residents have always played by their own rules. They’ve released more than 60 albums, and their stage shows are legendary works of art. The filmmakers followed them on their most recent world tour and saw first-hand how the legions of fans turned out to support them in venues like the Barbican in London and the Burg Theatre in Vienna. Old, young, men and women - turns out there are weirdos everywhere!

The Residents are more than a band that plays strange music though: they are multimedia pioneers. They led the way in home recording, video production, animation, CD-Rom, laserdisc, podcasts and web-series. They were also one of the pioneering groups in the music video revolution. Their short films were in heavy rotation during MTV’s early days and they are now part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.

For THEORY OF OBSCURITY the filmmakers interviewed artists The Residents inspired like Les Claypool from Primus and Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons. Plus, fans who adore them, and industry leaders who claim The Residents are “the best experimental art band of all time.” All of these pieces come together to form a well-rounded tale which is satisfying for audiences who already know part of The Residents story and people who are new to their world.

At its heart, this story is about perseverance and chasing your dream. The Residents never caved to convention. They never compromised. Their art is their own and THEORY OF OBSCURITY’s goal is to shine a light on what they’ve done over the past 40+ years, while also showing the difficulties they’ve faced along the way. This isn’t a group of rich musicians traveling in Lear Jets. They’re hardworking, do it yourself, everymen who still have mortgages to pay and families to support…though they do it by wearing eyeball masks and tuxedos.

The Residents have followed their muse for decades and thousands of fans have hung on for the ride. Along the way they’ve also inspired countless people to be weird, take chances and find their own voice. Hopefully THEORY OF OBSCURITY will do the same by introducing The Residents to a whole new generation.
Venue Information:
College Street Music Hall.
238 College Street
New Haven, CT, 06510