Rock N Roll Jackie Stewart and Ju Suk Reet Meate first graced the TUSK stage in 2012 in their Tenses guise, then returned the following year in their role as key players in the LAFMS band of stalwarts, Smegma (alongside drummer Dennis Duck, also of The Dream Syndicate, of course). Their respective singular approaches to turntable and guitar and the appropriation of all kinds of gadgets and gewgaws to assume their roles as sound sources makes for a primitive yet otherworldly brew that could only have come from the Portland, Oregon couple’s minds. Rock N Roll Jackie will also be host for one night of our Virtual output.
Of course now we feel like we’re underselling them – in case the significance of these folks hasn’t hit you yet. Key members of the Los Angeles Free Music Society, trailblazers in forging a world of DIY musicians and artists. Doing what many of us might think of as perfectly normal now but certainly wasn’t half a century ago, when major labels were busy trying to maintain the myth that you can’t be in a band unless you’ve got a silver cape and matching loon pants. LAFMS went against the grain and gloriously still do. All hail The Tenses.