Kickstand Productions Presents
2100 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60618
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 17 and over
In 2012, Mary Lambert was working three restaurant jobs when her life dramatically changed. An aspiring singer-songwriter, cellist, spoken word artist, and newly graduated with a Bachelors of Music Composition from Cornish
College of the Arts, she had begun to establish herself around Seattle, performing slam poetry and fusing a talk-singing style into her intimate performances. She received a phone call from a friend who was working with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on their debut album, The Heist. Macklemore and
Lewis were struggling to write a chorus for their new song, a marriage-equality anthem, called “Same Love”. Lambert had three hours to write the hook, and the result was the transcendent chorus to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ triple-platinum hit “Same Love,” which Lambert wrote from her vantage point of being both a Christian and a lesbian.
Writing and singing the hook led to two Grammy nominations for “Song Of The Year” and “Album Of The Year”, as well as the iconic performance alongside pop legend Madonna at the 2014 Grammys. Mary then signed with Capitol Records, where she released her debut album “Heart on My Sleeve” produced
by Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles, Tori Amos) and Benny Cassette (Kanye West). Her smash single, “Secrets” launched to No. 1 on the Billboard Dance charts, and was certified RIAA Gold in 2015. The New York Times called her debut album “refreshing and severely personal”.
Mary Lambert isn’t your typical pop artist. Inspired by confessional folk singers as well as spoken-word performers, she is a brutally candid writer who deals directly in her art with her past traumas. Lambert was raised in an abusive home,
attempted suicide at 17, turned to drugs and alcohol before being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and survived multiple sexual assaults throughout her childhood. With that list of horrors, you wouldn’t expect Mary to be disarmingly joyful, but
she charms effortlessly, and the effect on her audience is bewitching. She describes her performances as “safe spaces where crying is encouraged; My entire prerogative is about connection, about being present, and facilitating true catharsis. Also, fart jokes.”
Mary Lambert’s latest EP, Bold, is her first release since leaving Capitol Records, and was fully funded through a Kickstarter campaign that raised $70,000 in a few weeks. The response was a true testament to the passionate communities she represents. Lambert produced 3 of the 7 tracks herself, including a touching duet with her mom, Mary Kay Lambert. “Bold is a queer pop EP about being unabashedly yourself. I think that we are in an era where
embracing and loving your real, complex self is radical, and this collection of songs epitomizes that belief.” Mary Lambert will be touring the Bold EP alongside friend and lyrical genius, Mal Blum in the aptly named Everybody is a Babe Tour, this Fall and Winter.
“Spending Friday night alone/I’m reading Campus frat boy porn/strewn on the table/for my roommate/when he finally gets home”
And so opens the first track on Mal Blum’s new LP *You Look a Lot Like Me *out on Don Giovanni Records October 2nd. In many ways, the scene is immediately set for the record that follows: one that that vastly explores themes of struggle and loneliness through a lens of self-effacing humor. Though perhaps an odd choice for the opening line off most bands’ label debut, this immediate leap into first person narrative is unsurprising in this case.
“I was never much of a musician,” Mal laughs. “I was more of a writer. I had a lot of things that I needed to work out. I picked up music as a vehicle to express words and narrative”
You’d never guess this, though, by Mal’s extensive musical discography, and past touring efforts, in addition to the new LP Don Giovanni Records is releasing this fall.
Looking to depart from previous efforts, there was a conscious decision to move from the more anti-folk vibe of past material, switching over to a solid-body guitar for the first time, and adapting the songs into rock arrangements.
*Marissa Paternoster* (guitarist/singer of Screaming Females) produced the album, going through sixteen songs Mal had written and paring them down to ten that made the final cut. Marissa also lent a hand playing second guitar
and performing backup vocals, while making suggestions as to the structure, and even length, of songs.
“I knew that I wanted it to be an electric album but I think the way it sounds is totally Marissa’s influence. Marissa really made it a trio, a band arrangement—whereas before I would have all sorts of guest musicians, auxiliary instrumentation, 10, 12, 14 different musicians—Marissa said, ‘you have a bassist (Audrey Zee Whitesides, of Worriers and Little Waist),
you have a drummer (Steph Barker), you’re the guitarist, and I’m going to play second guitar and sing backup and that is all you need.’”
This collaborative effort resulted in a stripped-down, punk-influenced, indie rock record—a tighter, plugged-in, and less scrappy version of Mal’s work, emphasized by big guitar hooks, crunchy distortion, and that signature vocal flare and lyrical ingenuity Mal Blum has always showcased.
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