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Ritual Device

with Nowhere & Pagan Athletes

May 2

8:00 pm


Doors at 7PM

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“Like a shot of scotch in your morning coffee”, Ritual Device is guaranteed to quicken your pulse while being unexpectedly mind-numbing.  Having discovered the secret of creating white noise sound collages (especially live), Ritual Device’s music encompasses throbbing bass, intricate drumming, abrasive and sometimes unsettling guitars, along with guttural and sometimes seductive (when he’s in the mood) vocals.

Coming out of Omaha, NE, Ritual Device, was initiated into the indie scene in 1990 upon playing their first show with the Rollins Band and the Jesus Lizard at the legendary LIFTICKET LOUNGE. From there they went on to record numerous singles and compilation songs for several labels.  In the Winter of 1992 Ritual Device holed up in Chicago to record material for their debut album using Steve Albini’s new 24-trk studio.  Produced by David Wm Sims, bassist for the Jesus Lizard, ‘HENGE’ was released in the summer of 1993 to many favorable reviews.  Many US tours followed.

Along the way Ritual Device has shared the same stage with Fugazi, Tool, Vic Chesnutt, Helmet, L7, Unsane, Jawbox, Tad, Royal Trux, Girls Against Boys, Tar, Wool, Offspring, Rancid, Unrest, as well as touring with the Jesus Lizard.  They also served a stint as a second-stage band for LOLLAPALOOZA in 1993 where they were named ‘ugliest band on the tour’ by E! Entertainment News.

After a couple full-length albums, many singles, and turning down major label courting from Atlantic Records, the quartet released their final hallmark noise music on a 1995 split 10″ with Killdozer on Frank Kozik’s Man’s Ruin Records.  Shortly thereafter, in mid-1995, the band ceased to exist.

Ritual Device, known for their brand of violent scary music and intense chaotic live shows, reunited in 2014 for one show.  Come 2024 the band has decided to play a few more.


Jerry Hug…….4 string low end

Mike Saklar………6 string high end

Eric Ebbers……….5 piece back end

Tim Moss…..broken collarbone

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