Bootleg Theater Presents
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
..."Now's the time for believing.." begins the chorus of "Born Again", the first single from DIANA. On a surface level, the song floats by on a cloud, the bass keeping you buoyed while the synths elevate you into an opiated trance. Digging deeper into the lyrics however, we find a story of struggle in a small town, small minded animosity, and the joy of triumph over adversity. With lush sounds and strong melodies, these songs entice the listener into a world that is deeper than its surface lets on.
DIANA is Joseph Shabason, Kieran Adams, and Carmen Elle. Paul Mathew has since joined to round out the live show. Shabason and Adams spent endless hours making music together since meeting at music school and used what was left of their time lending their saxophone and drumming skills, respectively, to many bands in their native Canada, including Shabason's recent contributions to Destroyer's Kaputt album and subsequent touring .
Taking demos that they had written on a late August trip to a lakeside cottage, the two went into the studio with co-producer Roger Leavens. Carmen Elle came in to sing on a track. Both Kieran and Joseph had seen Elle perform in different groups and thought that her voice would add something special to the songs, a massive underestimation. Regardless of who wrote these lyrics and melodies, the songs belonged to Elle the second they left her mouth, each nuance of phrasing and melody deepening the sentiments put forth. With Elle's lush vocals in place it felt right to give the project a life beyond the studio. DIANA was born.
There is something looming in the corners these songs, a pop sensibility is undeniably present, but never overwhelming. There is always enough room left for the imagination to complete the picture. Though you might hear echoes from times past, this music is definitely of a new school. DIANA comparisons defy eras; from Roxy Music to Toro Y Moi, from Style Council to Nite Jewel, from Sade to Twin Sister. This makes sense; though they're happy to be in this good company, for DIANA the point is pushing forward, and that they do.
Nicholas Krgovich is a 29 year-old Vancouver-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with NO KIDS, GIGI, P:ANO and MOUNT EERIE. He has been releasing records under various monikers since P:ANO's acclaimed chamber pop debut "When It's Dark And It's Summer" in 2002, which has led to his work with the girl group inspired GIGI, the icy displacement of the r'n'b informed NO KIDS and most recently to the singular pop dreams released under his full legal name NICHOLAS KRGOVICH. Even though the material is often wildly diverse there is a unmistakable sense of Krgovich's deep commitment to exploring the endless possibilities of pop, a discerning ear for sonic detail and quite often an ambition that wilfully borders on the absurd.
With songs that owe as much to the Great American Songbook as to perennial favourites like Sade, Prefab Sprout and The Blue Nile, Krgovich has been spinning rich compositions out of obsessions with Old Hollywood grandeur and Mullholland Drive-style mystery, which create a dreamland where palm trees cast impossibly long shadows, courtyard swimming pools glow at night, and washed-up movie stars haunt the streets looking for love. With a musical universe comprised of intricate vocal melodies, lush orchestrals, layers of analog synths, slinky funk guitars and tight rhythms of both the human and inhuman variety, Krgovich has been busy putting the finishing touches on his upcoming solo debut LP titled "THE LONG HOLLYWOOD BEAT" due for a Fall release this year.
He has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe with his various projects and has shared the stage with the likes of Dirty Projectors, Mirah, and frequent collaborator and bandmate Mount Eerie. In between recording and touring he has participated in a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, written a one-act musical for the PUSH Festival, covered Lover's Rock in its entirety, given a lecture on Extreme Sports at Trampoline Hall, contributed songs to various film and television productions and taken his dog Sally out for countless walks around the neighbourhood.