The Other Side of Life is proud to present:
THE CHRIS BROKAW BAND (Seattle, WA and Louisville, KY; members of Come, Codeine, Rodan, Second Story Man, Julie of the Wolves, Early Age)
MURALS (Louisville, KY)
SUNDAY, JUNE 15th
810 E. Market Street (in the alley behind Decca Restaurant)
Doors open at 7 PM, $10 Advance tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/590341-speedy-ortiz-louisville/.
$15 day of show.
From their start as a full band, SPEEDY ORTIZ found a warm reception in the Bay State’s rock underground, from Boston’s basements to Western Massachusetts’ experimental scene. In March 2012, the band recorded and self-released a two-song single (“Taylor Swift” / “Swim Fan”) with Paul Q. Kolderie (Pixies, Hole) and Justin Pizzoferrato (Chelsea Light Moving, Dinosaur Jr.). Establishing both creative momentum and a fanbase earned through near-constant U.S. touring, they continued with the Sports EP, a loosely conceptual 10” released on Exploding In Sound that June. Their debut album Major Arcana, named Best New Music by Pitchfork, saw the evolution of SPEEDY ORTIZ from a lo-fi project into a wholly collaborative effort, marked by Darl Ferm’s thick bass lines, drummer Mike Falcone’s boisterous fills, and the counterbalance between guitarist Matt Robidoux’s anti-melodic playing and frontwoman Sadie Dupuis’s angular riffing. The end result is a band able to distill their influences and impulses into something at once dissonant and melodic. This show is their Louisville debut, coming on the heels of their appearance at the Bonaroo Festival.
(photo of Chris Brokaw by Sven Gielen.)
CHRIS BROKAW is perhaps best known for his work as the drummer in Codeine and the guitarist in Come, who made several albums in the 1990’s for the labels Sub Pop and Matador that are considered landmarks in American independent rock music. Since 2001, Chris has focused primarily on his work as a solo artist, making numerous albums of vocal and instrumental music. This has ranged from full-on rock, to explorations of the 6-string and 12-string acoustic guitars, to the experimental and abstract. Throughout, Chris has maintained an active solo touring schedule in the US, UK, Europe, Canada, Australia and Russia. He has composed original music for the following films: “I Was Born, But” (Roddy Bogawa, 2004), “Road” (Leslie McCleave, 2005, which received the award for Best Original Score at the Brooklyn International Film Festival); “Sospira” (Lana Z. Caplan, 2011); “Taken By Storm” (Roddy Bogawa, 2011); and “Now, Forager” (Julia Halperin/Jason Cortlund, 2012). The latter two films screened in 2012 at MOMA in New York City. Chris has also performed and recorded as an accompanist to Thurston Moore, Evan Dando, Christina Rosenvinge, Jennifer O’Connor, Rhys Chatham, Steve Wynn, Alan Licht, GG Allin, and Johnny Depp. He has composed music for the Dagdha Dance Company (Limerick, Ireland) and Kino Dance (Boston); collaborated with playwright Rinde Eckert and director Robert Woodruff on the opera “Highway Ulysses” (2002, American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, Mass.); performed as one of 77 drummers in the Boredoms’ “77 Boadrum” in New York; and performed as one of 200 guitarists in Rhys Chatham’s “A Crimson Grail” at Lincoln Center, New York. His band Dirtmusic (with Chris Eckman and Hugo Race) performed at the Festival In The Desert, in Essakane, Mali, and collaborated with the Touareg band Tamikrest on an album recorded in Bamako, Mali.
As a special treat, CHRIS BROKAW will be accompanied for this performance by Louisville, Kentucky residents KEVIN COULTAS (Rodan, The Chris Brokaw Band on Incredible Love) and CARRIE NEUMAYER (Second Story Man, Julie of the Wolves, Early Age). The rarity and uniqueness of this performance cannot be overstated!
With sizzling bass that digs like a rusty spoon against a prison cell wall, dueling guitars, which shimmer like dragonflies skating over the community pool, honey-salted voicings, plucked from the highest branch of a tree in the last moment before a fall to the ground and a broken arm, and drums that pound faster and harder than a flock of kids chasing an ice cream truck, MURALS’ sound is distinct, tantalizing, and tasteful.
Check out the Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/283244345182111/.