HOCOFEST DAY ONE feat. Tallest Man on Earth, Wild Nothing, Stand of Oaks, Wolf Larsen, Young Hunter
HOCO Fest Day One
311 E. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ, 85701
Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:00PM
This event is all ages
Tallest Man on Earth
Behind the name The Tallest Man On Earth is Kristian Matsson from Sweden. He plays guitar, banjo and piano and has released two full length albums, the first entitled Shallow grave and the second entitled The Wild Hunt, and a self-titled 5-track EP on the Swedish label gravitation.
Ask Jack Tatum what 'Wild Nothing' means and he'll answer: 'a contradiction'. In 2010, 21 year old Tatum released one of the finest cult pop records of the summer whilst ensconced in his senior year of college in Blacksburg, VA, a small mid-atlantic town better known for producing football fans and engineers than musicians. Tatum lives in contradictions. You'll often hear Wild Nothing referred to as a 'one man pop band'. Jack creates in the studio, alone. On the road, he's with a band. There are two Wild Nothings.
The critically acclaimed debut 'Gemini' was underpinned with summery childhood longings, and shot through with the instant dichotomy of anxiety and almost whimsical paranoia. The album, which was home recorded by Tatum and rooted heavily in 80's indie-pop, quickly gained popularity throughout the internet. Tatum assembled a band of Virginia friends and hit the road for the first time. 'Gemini' showed a promising future for a songwriter who wore his influences on his sleeve while still approaching pop craftsmanship in his own way. When asked about it in regards to 'Nocturne', Jack states:
I don't think it's going to be a secret to anyone that I care about pop music, but it's definitely more my sense of what pop music used to be or even what pop music would be in my ideal world.
The new album 'Nocturne', is a window into Tatum's "ideal world" of pop music. Written largely while living in Savannah, GA during 2011, the songs that became 'Nocturne' speak to a new Wild Nothing where the lines between Jack's influences and personality have been further blurred. The album features some open references to past music just as 'Gemini' did, but it's also an album that feels much less rooted in anything in particular and, well, more adult.
'Gemini' was written before there were Wild Nothing fans or even a live band; 'Nocturne' is different. With an unexpected fan base to turn to, Jack spent more time perfecting his craft. The obsessiveness of 'Nocturne' is inherent in it's gentle harmonies, orchestrated synths, wandering voice, and songs that speak of his post-Gemini experiences as he explores new paradoxes of pop.
And yet Nocturne' isn't obvious, it is a strange and distinctive musical beast, the product of an obsessive pop vision that creates its own reality.
Davíd Garza is an Austin-based American singer-songwriter who infuses rock and pop with a Latin feel. As a child, Garza worshiped the Mexican music he was able to pick up on the radio. He signed with Lava/Atlantic, who landed him a slot on the Great Expectations soundtrack before releasing his major-label debut, This Euphoria, in April 1998.
His vocal style draws comparisons to Freddie Mercury, Jeff Buckley, Donovan and Robert Plant.
Strand Of Oaks
In 2003, Tim Showalter's house burned down, his fiancée left him, and he resorted to writing songs on an acoustic guitar while living on park benches in suburban Philadelphia. Those events informed the entirety of his arresting debut, Leave Ruin, an album about loss and brokenness and lack of faith. But as affecting as it was, Showalter is leery of being stuck in the past. After all, the first word of that record's title is "leave," and one of the first thing he asks when contacted for this interview is, "Can we kind of re-do my bio? I don't want to keep being the sad sack whose house burned down."
These days, Showalter is happily married and comfortably settled in Philadelphia, and he's staring down the release of his second record, Pope Killdragon, an album that's even stranger and more singular. Where Ruin was stark and autobiographical, Killdragon - which features odd, laser-beam synthesizers and one bona fide stoner metal track - is wild and fantastical. Showalter either invents characters' whole cloth, or takes an approach to history so liberal even Tarantino would give pause (John F. Kennedy authors a fable about a knight; Dan Aykroyd carries out a revenge killing for the death of John Belushi). It's a bold, eerie, mighty work - though the man responsible for it couldn't be more affable or good natured.
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