Collective Concerts Presents


Grabbitz, Year of the Locust

Wed, February 7, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm

The Opera House

Toronto, ON


Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Starset - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Transmission received. Starset’s new sonic codex, Vessels, builds upon a schema where futurism has become fact and imagination is opportunity. The sophomore release from Starset’s aural architect, Dustin Bates, is a data-stream-rendered-in-sound where Bates’ plaintive howl becomes the deus-ex-machina in an age of information overload -the wail of a ghost in an increasingly complex yet ultimately human machine.Starset’s 2014 Razor & Tie debut, Transmissions introduced not only Starset but also The Starset Society, a shadowy, anonymous-like group of real-world rooted scientists admonishing the dangers of technology and dystopia gone amuck. Now, just a mere two years later, we are seeing Bates’ scientific speculation become science fact. While fully fleshed-out in his recently self-published novel, The Prox Transmissions, Bates’ lyrical themes of exo-planet discovery and colonization, coupled with the impact of rapid advances in technology including 3-D printing,are proving Starset a truly visionary multi-media collective.While Transmissionswas indeed a landmark album, selling in excess of a quarter million combined albums, streams and downloads, and propelled by singles including the unforgettable “My Demons”(which spent an unprecedented 43 weeks scaling rock charts),Bates approached Vesselswith a singular intent on pushing boundaries.Once again produced by Rob Graves(Halestorm,Red) and mixed by Ben Grosse(Breaking Benjamin, Filter) the results speak for themselves. From atmospheric opener, “Back To The Earth”to the driving hooks of the album’s first single, “Monster”to the catchy, nearly progressive moments of “Frequency,” Bateshas succeeded in escaping the gravity of formula radio rock. Instead, hehas reimagined his genre-defying vision as an arena where Hans Zimmer interfaces with Radiohead and Trent Reznor.Where Transmissions’ over-arching concept focused on a message from the planet Prox a future haven from a dying Earth, Vesselssplits its narrative into an interconnected interzone of four separate dangerous visions. From a return to Prox to an admonishment of the dangers of genetic engineering to a near future where advances in artificial intelligence defy convenient notions of
love, life and death, Bates (who is a PhD candidate in electrical engineering and has done research for the US Air Force) has engineered anaural anthology that will challenge the Starset faithful while delivering on the first album’s powerful promise.Inaddition to shattering convention on record, Starset’s live “demonstrations” are slaked on that same alloy of ambition, technology and raw emotion. With over 300 shows logged to date, Batesand his helmeted-and-pressure-suited crew (bassist Ron DeChant, guitarist Brock Richardsand drummer Adam Gilbert) have distinguished themselves touring with the likes of Breaking Benjamin and In This Moment,while igniting audiences on major US festivals including Rock On The Range. However, it was four planetarium performances in 2015 including Boulder, Colorado’s Fiske Planetarium and Long Island, New York’s Vanderbilt Museum Planetarium that brought Starset’s live promise into laser-enhanced, telescopic focus.What began as a near-planetary collision of sound, vision and iconoclastic ideologies inspired by the likes of Nikola Tesla and Ray Kurzweil(AKA: The Father of Singularity) has taken a bold step forward with Vessels. Starset’s message has been received and downloaded. Transmission complete
Grabbitz - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
GRABBITZis a one-man production powerhouse and rock band with an electronic heartbeart, loyal to no genre andinspired by all. He’s lived many lives in his 24 years on this planet and each GRABBITZ songisa piece of his soul, his experiences and emotions wrung out like a wet rag. The result is stunningly authentic, the sort of music that brings universality to the individual’s experience of love and loss while miraculously managing to have a sense of humor.The debut GRABBITZalbumTHINGS CHANGEis an alchemic and visceral reaction to the loss of the most important person in his life, a trip into the belly of the beast on his personal hero’s journey. He’s the sort of artist who’s creating all the time, so the temptation to stay in the woods of western New York and make music just for himself was great. GRABBITZmade the choice to “Play This Game.”You can hear his frustration in the grindy guitar riff and fat bassline that opens the track and his desperation to cling to love of any sort on the hybrid pulsating drumstep ballad “Don’t Let Me Go.”He finally loosens his grip on reality and surrenders to the certainty of a pop progression on “i think that i might be going crazy”–and those are just the first few songs of a twelve track album.It’s a good thing music is therapy for GRABBITZ because he’s responsible for every single aspect of his songs, from writing to production to performance. Hot off the release of his track withdeadmau5“Let Go,”his live show will be debuting in his hometown Buffalo, NYwith a guitarist (Sullivan King)and drummer (Morillo)in May. He’s probably the only artist to ever be compared to bothTrent ReznorandEminemin the same breath (by Billboard) so the unleashing of his highly anticipated full live performance means the pressure is on. His delivery is about to be the most rock ‘n roll electronic show you’ll see all yea
Year of the Locust - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Venue Information:
The Opera House
735 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON, M4M 1H1