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Aug 26

Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways

Music New Ghosts Tavern Show

Primarily Seated, General Admission.

New Ghosts and Beachland Tavern are proud to bring you Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways:

Ava Mendoza- guitar, voice
Tim Dahl (Pulverize the Sound, Bureau of Atomic Tourism, Lydia Lunch, Flying Luttenbachers)- bass
Sam Ospovat (Enablers, Brandon Seabrook, Angelica Sanchez)- drums

“Derek Bailey meets Morbid Angel in the sci-fi shredding of Ava Mendoza and power trio Unnatural Ways... Mendoza’s riffs and solos bounce across the sonic landscape, sometimes shredding but just as frequently pulling from surf music or the industrial psychedelia of Chrome. The lyrics combine two types of alien imagery: the immigrant/emigrant type, and the extraterrestrial... Her voice is a clean post-punk wail of the Siouxsie/Savages school...” –The Wire

"The new record from electric guitarist Ava Mendoza's band Unnatural Ways, Paranoia Party, is a shredding expose of guitar riffs and sophisticated lyrics in seven new tracks. Revealing an eclectic range of influences that stretch across modern music, this new record is Mendoza's most confident and far-reaching artistic statement to date. This music is at once recognizable enough to appeal to fans of rock, metal, and punk, while remaining edgy enough to draw art-damaged experimentalists and eccentrics. One of the big leaps forward with this record are Mendoza's pointed lyrics that mesh well with the searing guitar-bass-drums lineup". - Cisco Bradley, Jazz Right Now

AVA MENDOZA is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. Born in 1983, she started performing her own music, and as a sidewoman and collaborator in many different projects, as soon as she was old enough to get into 18+ venues. As a guitarist, Mendoza has received acclaim for her technique and viscerality. Her most ongoing work is as leader of experimental rock band Unnatural Ways, and as a solo performer on guitar/voice. In any context she is committed to bringing expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music. Mendoza has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded or performed with musicians including Carla Bozulich, Fred Frith, Mick Barr, Nels Cline, Jon Irabagon, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Tune-Yards, the Violent Femmes, Mike Watt, and more. Recordings are available on labels Tzadik, Weird Forest, Clean Feed, NotTwo, Resipiscent, and New Atlantis. Friendly critics have quoted: “It’s… Ava Mendoza’s deconstructing of blues and punk into brutal shredfests that’s causing a ruckus in NYC’s DIY hubs” (Brad Cohan, Noisey.Vice). “A wizard on a semi-circle of effects pedals, but… equally adept with FX-less technique," (Lars Gotrich, NPR). She was featured as one of Guitar World‘s “10 Female Guitarists You Should Know”.

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What Time? 7:00pm
How Much? $15