Stateside Presents / Lucky Man
730 North Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ, 85281-1204
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Bloc Party is an autonomous unit of un-extraordinary kids reared on pop culture between the years of 1976 and the present day. Like many such kids, between them they eventually concluded that their own attempts to imitate what had informed them could be construed as a worthy variation on the many forms that preceded. They do everything that's required to conform to the currently received ideas of what a band is: ostensibly to play instruments at the same time, but also have a title for the work created.
Kele picked up a guitar when his hands enabled him to do so and his brain gave him the inclination. Russell had already done as much beforehand when they met in 1998. In the fine print of music papers and in telephone conversations they enabled meetings with Gordon and Matt who also had ideas of some relevance to bring to the collective effort. In this sense a band was created.
Henceforth should follow a list of auteurs and musicians that figured in the formative minds of the four as they went about their work. But to do as much seems churlish in an already self-referential world. Suffice to say there would be no band without the efforts of guitar bands formed in British and American towns in the 70s, 80s and 90s, as well as visionary writers and artists of various kinds whose work has informed the world and culture itself as it stands. The precise names are as good as any you can come up with, in fact probably much, much better.
Bloc Party, who are currently in the studio working on their first new album in four years, are known for their killer dance beats, soaring guitar riffs and lyrical candor. Their catalogue is one of rave reviews and revered songcraft --- Silent Alarm, A Weekend in the City, and Intimacy were all some of the most acclaimed albums to be released in the Aughts.
Live, the four-piece delivers thrilling, one of a kind performances that ooze with punk-rock energy -- taking their already mind-blowing songs to an entirely different level.
Corbu is a lucid dream you never want to wake up from. A memory of faded colors. Warm light behind a neon sculpture. The green hue of the sky before an afternoon storm. A game of hide and seek. The thoughts you have that don't make sense, moments before you fall asleep. All of these seemingly mundane yet beautifully ordinary everyday experiences exist inside the universe that is Corbu and their debut LP, 'Crayon Soul,' due for release in spring 2016.
At times hazy and psychedelic, and at others glittering and electronic, 'Crayon Soul' was mixed by Dave Fridmann (Neon Indian, The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala) and is littered with rising choruses that wash in and out over building bass lines like moving tides. The LP is the staggering follow up from two earlier EPs, 'We Are Sound' (2014), and 'Everything You Imagine Is Real' (2015) which drew attention from BBC Radio One's Zane Lowe, garnered a remix request from Jesse Ware, and hype from the likes of NYLON, Stereogum, The Guardian, NME and more.
Fronted by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Graves, accompanied by his creative partner Amanda, drummer Todd Hoellerman, and a rotating cast of musicians for a live experience, Corbu began when Jonathan started having lucid dreams at age 12. That, and when he heard 'Sgt. Pepper's' from the backseat of his parents' car. Together, Jonathan and Amanda create an all-encompassing synesthetic experience -- music to transport you somewhere else.
Crayon Soul is just that- a wild, internal journey through the darkest reaches of space and the vivid colors of a futuristic rebirth. "It's a journey through a series of 'gates,' or events that you pass through with the narrator," muses Graves of the album. "At each event, you change and shift into a new part of the story."
With each track on the record, the listener is one step closer to the narrator. Starting off with the transient and instrumental sounds of "Sirens" and easing into the funky bass lines of "Polygon Forest" and "Neon Hallway," Corbu guides us through a spiral galaxy of disjointed pop songs. As the album progresses into tracks like "Better Better Off" and "Battles," there's a more guitar driven aesthetic to the sound of 'Crayon Soul,' and eventually we catch up to the narrator with the perfectly placed blissful sounds of 'We Are Sound.' It's like you've arrived home after your journey, before the epilogue of "Dark Wave" -- an acoustic, hand-clapped-laden track with an impossibly infectious riff.
"There's something in there about the ability to see the 'colors and lines between the dots' -- the unseen connections between things," explains Jonathan. "Everyone has it when they're little. We have a tendency to become more closed off and lose that ability over time... like a superpower that wears off. I found myself writing about the struggle to remain vulnerable, to keep that way of seeing things." 'Crayon Soul' is an eye-opening trip -- the band has even put together an extensive coloring book for listeners to experience while they listen, and create the artwork for themselves.
A collection of fragmented pop songs, coated in a layer of audio aesthetics that crackle and glow like the movie "Tron" in 1982, 'Crayon Soul' is a dream that Corbu are helping you piece back together, bit by bit.