Chase King, Young Rival
Plates Of Cake, The Hairs
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 8:30PM / Show 8:30PM
This event is 21 and over
New York, NY— Wonderland Archives is thrilled to announce the July 24th release of South Tropical Trail, the new full-length LP by Chase King, featuring new single "Bed of Lies". His musical chairs style is on full display on this newest release, so much so that it's hard to believe that South Tropical Trail – his second solo record and first for Wonderland Archives – was orchestrated by him, and him alone.
Chase King creates pop gems in Brooklyn, NY. With a long evolution from drummer to singer and multi-instrumentalist, he has developed a highly nuanced, handcrafted sound. Shifting with ease between driving rhythms and a textured, folksy psychedelia, his songs become so much more than the sum of their parts. King blends backwards loops, atmospheric swells, and delicate vocal harmonies to create a lush quilt of experimental Americana. Moody and earnest, his lyrics provide a contrast to the music, which richens the view- as if you're seeing opposite sides of the same coin. Tinged with the breezy feel of dark tropicalia, this is the perfect summer listen.
Wonderland Archives is a decidedly Queens based record label. Founded by Gainesville, Florida transplants Boyd Shropshire (Kurt Vile, Human Television) and Cassandra Ferland, it fosters a handcrafted sound and collaborative environment among its artists who also include Slow Country and Matt Raddick (Holopaw).
From Hamilton Ontario comes Young Rival. This trio hails from a city most widely-known for its blue-collar work ethic - a quality that Young Rival have always proudly embraced. With a sound that is both raw and hazy, dark and melodic, this band delivers an undeniably unique brand of grit-infused, wildcat rock and roll.
With shows and international tours alongside The Sadies, Born Ruffians, King Khan and the Shrines, and Tokyo Police Club, as well as remixes by Junior Boys, this young band occupies a unique - and important - position in today's indie landscape. They hearken back to a time where musicianship was primary; where a band's ability to collaborate and play well together was posited as the goal more important than any other. And yet Young Rival offer a sound that's both refreshing and current; delivering it with an uncompromising edge and swagger.
Critics have responded eagerly to Young Rival's efforts ever since the release of their debut EP. This 2008 album was recorded by NYC producer Emery Dobyns (Patti Smith, Battles, Noah and the Whale), and received glowing reviews from press outlets across Canada, including 4 star write-ups in both major Toronto weeklies, NOW and EYE WEEKLY. Lead-off single "Your Island" rose to Number 2 on CBC Radio 3's weekly countdown and its video reached rotation on MuchMusic. Internationally, the band has received radio play on BBC Radio 2 and XFM in the United Kingdom, as well as features on trend-setting U.S. music blogs such as Stereogum and Pitchfork.
"There's a band in Hamilton that completely knocked us back called Young Rival. Completely blew me away. It's like the Beach Boys meet the Sex Pistols. It was brilliant. It could have been 1968 or 2010." -Happy Mondays' drummer Gary "Gaz" Whelan
Plates Of Cake
"On their debut record for the quietly consistent All Hands Electric label, Plates of Cake stake their claim in the guitar-pop arena. The melodies are tight and swelling with a quiet tension, the guitars shimmer and quake and the rhythm section subtly pushes it all along. The band also shows an impressive range, from the bright, nearly-twee pop of “Living Winter” to the propulsive rock of “Emil the Soldier” to the deathly, Cohen-esque waltz of “This Way; Not Some Other Way”. With their breadth of pop styles and their tight execution, the band puts forth an admirable set on this record. How deep you delve into this short album, however, depends on how you take vocalist Jonathan Byerley. His deep, hushed voice—part smoky growl, part winking croon—can sometimes feel a little too planned-out, a little too knowing, so that he doesn’t seem fully immersed in the song. He does snap out of it for the strong chorus on 'Emil the Soldier'. As the songs slow and stretch out towards the end of the record his voice wanders, and the further he drifts, the more emotive and less smirking he seems to get. It’s those moments that resonate the most and rise out of an impressively diverse set of songs to stick with you." - Pop Matters
"You can learn a lot about the Hairs through main-man(e) Kevin Alvir’s chosen song titles: There’s the gender-bent 'Jack Becomes A Policewoman,' a new single with a name posing the same sort of pithy illustrative twist as the previously posted 'Balding College Girls.' Titles to catch you off guard, quick twisters to pair with the fun, blunt quirk of a track (title) like 'Duh x 12!' So that’s the Hairs, then, in a name or three: clever and twisty in melody and buried guitar lines, simple and immediate in fuzz, and pulse, and its ostensibly slapdash home-recorded vibe."-Stereogum
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