When: Tuesday, March 31
Where: Dan’s Silverleaf
Times: Doors: 8:00 pm | Show: 9:00 pm
Tickets: Advanced: $15 | All-Ages
Essentially, His Name Is Alive make simple music in a complex way and make it sound incredibly simple’ – Melody Maker, 1997
It all began in 1990. Ivo received a cassette in the mail from basement auteur Warren Defever of Livonia, Michigan. It bore the hand-scrawled label: ‘His Name Is Alive – I Had Sex With God’. Over the next few months, two more versions of the tape showed up, each loaded with strange variations on the material from previous efforts, which multi-instrumentalist Defever had recorded in conjunction with singer Karin Oliver and drummer Damian Lang. Intrigued by this avalanche of painstakingly layered music, Ivo offered to try mixing it. He went into the studio with John Fryer and messed around with the tapes. Warren liked the results, and the finished product became His Name Is Alive’s 4AD debut Livonia – a textured, artful maze of found sounds, guitar-noise, tape loops and ghostly vocals.