Secret Boyfriend (Chapel Hill, NC) is the experimental music project of Ryan Martin. Martin, a pillar in the US noise community, is known for his contemplative and fierce exertion of electro-acoustic exploration, wounded downer folk, and nuanced sonic textures. Oftentimes performing blown out noise matched by inward-seeking non-ballads, Martin's sound is equally alien and crushingly sublime. This unique output can be found on Martin's records on his Hot Releases imprint and is perfectly exemplified on his album ‘This Is Always Where You've Lived’ on the highly regarded UK label Blackest Ever Black. In addition to the Secret Boyfriend project, Martin hosts Savage Weekend, the annual freak noise fest which shines the spotlight on some of the US’ most innovative and creative acts in contemporary experimental music and performance art.
Comfort Link (Baltimore, MD) is the project of sPLeeNCoFFiN label head Timothy Wisniewski. Wavering between chopped and slopped horror soundtrack and bewildering reel-to-reel manipulation, Wisniewski is the harbinger of amplified slime.
Echolalia (Falls Church, VA) is the experimental outfit of DMV staple Amber Leigh Dunleavy. Through the use of theremin and a rotating cast of sonic objects, Dunleavy creates somnambulant territories and textures that lead listeners from the ears to the ether.
Jonathan Woollen (Washington, DC) may just be the sleeper hit of the DMV. An expert karaoke singer, brilliant bookworm, and deep thinker, Woollen is sure to cook up a performance that will upend the way we experience the world around us.