Who said Friday the 13th had to be frightening? This Friday, the Courtyard Cafe is hosting a glorious trio of ambient rock groups as CU’s Oceans team up with Athens, Ga., quintet Maserati and Midwest post-rock heavyweights Giants.
Oceans, comprised mostly of University students, have been generating a buzz on campus for some time with their slow-building, climactic tunes in the vein of Explosions in the Sky or Unwed Sailor. If you haven’t had a chance to catch the elusive group yet, definitely check this show out.
“We’re always really excited to play for our friends, and the bands on the bill are really great,” said Oceans’ violinist Luis Bellorin.
Also, be on the lookout for Oceans’ debut album, Nothing Collapses, to be dropping very soon.
“We are 90 percent sure it will be out by next weekend,” Bellorin said. “Everything came together nicely these past few weeks.”
This will be Maserati’s first show back in the CU area since their stellar performance at the Pygmalion Music Festival in 2007. The band fuses ambient and psychedelic elements with a more streamlined, rock-driven sound. Being strictly instrumental, their no-vocals sound allows stunning precision and atmosphere to come to the forefront. On top of this, the band also includes drummer Jerry Fuchs, who’s played with the likes of heavy-hitters LCD Soundsystem and !!!. Being one of the most dynamic and influential drummers in indie-rock, he’s enough to watch by himself.
The very epic, heavy-sounding Giants will add a third element to the melodic show, and their dramatic, guitar-fueled buzz will be sure to wow spectators.
Without a doubt, this show is going to rock or at least rock as much as three post-punk, ambient music groups are able to rock. Perhaps “lull you into sweet bliss” is more appropriate.

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