Don't Miss the Avant Rock Event of the Year...
Join Us at R.I.O. FRANCE-2017
Cuneiform Records on behalf of The Rock In Opposition Festival
invites adventurous music lovers worldwide to attend this September. It boasts avant-garde artists from around the world including Cuneiform's very own Guapo, Cheer-Accident, and Miriodor
Cuneiform Records is proud to announce that three of its artists — Guapo, Cheer Accident, and Miriodor — will be among the twelve stellar groups performing at the 2017 Rock in Opposition (R.I.O.) Festival to be held in France.
This three-day festival devoted to artistically-uncompromising rock music celebrates “the incendiary spirit of Rock in Opposition” and will draw audiences from around the world. Featuring some of the most provocative, innovative, and artistically-progressive rock music created over the past three decades to the present day, the Rock in Opposition festival aims to “transport the creative flames and anti-corporate-rock aesthetic of the original Rock in Opposition movement into the new millennium.”
This year, for 2017, the festival will spotlight of the most adventurous artists in the current international avant-music scene. The full lineup for RiO-France 2017 includes:
Le Silo (Japan) Miriodor(Canada)
Trans-aeolian Transmission (France)
Acid Mothers Temple (Japan)
In Love With (France) Guapo(England)
Slapp Happy (Germany/England)
Guapo is a British trio that plays an intense music that straddles the boundaries of progressive, noise, minimalism and avant-rock. Their sound has been compared to such artists as Magma, Boredoms, King Crimson, Univers Zero, This Heat, Ruins, Sun Ra and Terry Riley. As Sound Projector put it, "Guapo come on like all the hellhounds of Magma, Eskaton and Ruins were after them...on a par with Magma’s Kohntarkosz or Univers Zero’s Ceux Du Dehors".
The group started their life as a heavy bass/drums duo playing post-hardcore, noisy rock, but in the two decades since, they have expanded their instrumentation and their stylistic references to become one of Europe's most highly respected 'muscular and modern' experimental/progressive rock bands.
"Guapo take classic prog tropes and revivify them...brazenly and gloriously, it brandishes all the hallmarks of golden-era prog rock, but given a steroid boost and stripped of ego." – The Quietus
Cuneiform Records is proud to support Guapo on their return to RiO Fest. Be sure to check out these Guapo releases if you have not already.
Emerging from the incredibly diverse crucible of music that is Chicago, Cheer-Accident embodies and re-affirms the “promises made” by previous generations of progressive rock, post-punk, and post rock bands—the creation of a thoroughly new rock-based music.
There are bands with pretty melodies, bands that rock, bands that dazzle with exalted technique, bands that make you laugh, and bands aiming to perplex even the most intrepid listener. Cheer-Accident is all those things and more, truly a band for the 21st century. Cheer-Accident wrap creativeness inside an inviting enigma of honeyed vocals, harmonious pop melody, and thorny dissonance. They have the rare ability to synthesize and juxtapose pure pop, thundering rock, and avant-garde complexity and ambiguity, intuition and intellect, sweetness and sarcasm, to create a stunning signature sound.
"Cheer-Accident are the quintessential Chicago post-rock band that, sadly, you may have never heard of. Too bad. They've been exploring head-scratching, creatively fucked-up time signatures and sideways guitar shenanigans for 20 years now, leaving a pronounced influence on the Windy City's art-rock scene. Their playful musical approach is a ripe aesthetic of absurdist humor." – D. Shawn Bosler, Pitchfork
Cuneiform Records is proud to support Cheer-Accident on their return to RiO Fest. Be sure to check out these Cheer-Accident releases if you have not already.
Miriodor was formed in 1980 (in Québec City) by the meeting of François Émond and Pascal Globensky. Different musicians came and went until the band settled, in 1983, as a sextet comprised of François Émond (violin, flute, keyboards, clarinet), Pascal Globensky (keyboards, acoustic guitar), Rémi Leclerc (percussions), Sabin Hudon (saxophones), Denis Robitaille (electric guitar, bass, singing) and Marc Petitclerc (keyboards), This was the lineup on Miriodor’s 1st album,Rencontres, originally released as a self-produced LP. After being long out-of-print, Rencontres has been released in CD format by Cuneiform Records, Miriodor’s record company since 1988.
The Miriodor discography has been building strength upon strength with each successive album. The band combines jazz, classical, rock, and international influences for an arresting, idiosyncratic sound that eludes description but remains immediately identifiable as Mirodor.
And while Miriodor often forges some of their heaviest sounds to date over the course of their most recent release, Signal 9 (2017), the album is also loaded with off-the-wall humor and some beautiful, contemplative melodic moments. The combination makes for some crafty contrasts, frequently flipping back and forth drastically from one mood to another multiple times within a single composition for a jarring-but-thrilling effect.
Cuneiform Records is proud to support Miriodor on their return to RiO Fest. Be sure to check out these Miriodor releases if you have not already.
Founded in the USA in 1984 and dedicated to cutting-edge, avant-garde music of the highest caliber from around the world, the adventurous and long-standing Cuneiform Records record label has the most extensive catalogue of Rock in Opposition recordings in the world.
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Come celebrate Rock In Opposition's adventurous legacy this September 2017 at R.I.O. Festival-France, located at Stonybrooke Farm in Chapel Hill , one of the most unique music festival venues:
Explore the various record label and distributor booths, bars, and outdoor food trucks. When not enjoying the music, you can swim, hike, bike, or visit the skate park on site. Finish out the night with on-site lodging at the furnished modern inn or tent camping, or stay at one of many inns in Albi or other nearby historic towns.
For directions to the venue, whether by plane, train, or car, please click here