VOWS, Bird Call
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
American Royalty is a psych-pop three piece that constructs an unlikely yet glowingly functional blend of dark psychedelic rock and poignant electronica. This creative soundscape is topped off by the vocal lead of Marc Gilfry, whose pipes both seem to fall somewhere in the realm of where blues and soul meet back on the other side.
The hard working trio spent most of 2012 on the road, from SXSW to CMJ, resting in LA only for a month to play a residency at The Echo and record their new EP. American Royalty’s unique and seasoned approach to the stage is one of the reasons why KCRW highlighted them as one of the “LA bands to watch at CMJ 2012”, and earned them support slots for a wide roster of talent including Metronomy, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Digitalism, The Presets, Ladyhawke, Hanni El Khatib and more.
In February 2013, American Royalty moved from Los Angeles to Brooklyn and released their new EP, Prismatic. The new EP showcases the band’s distinctive style, characterized by forward-thinking electronic production, timeless blues rock musicianship and electrifying vocals. Prismatic received early support from radio outlets like BBC Radio 1 and KCRW, while Noisey described it as “a very special genre-hopping EP that’ll never leave you bored, ...with R&B influenced vocals and tribal drumming”.
VOWS are a reminder of a time that never happened and probably never will. Inspired by film, literature and romance, VOWS' sound somehow begins in your head, next to Bauhaus and your old Cure tapes, and ends up in a seedy, underground dance club after everybody has left.
Matt and Rizz first met at College in their hometown of Sydney, Australia. Even though as children they grew up on opposite sides of the world, they both turned to Television to distract themselves from unsatisfactory childhoods - pop culture and its beautifully tragic underbelly permeates everything they've done.
After becoming fixtures on the Sydney experimental music scene, the eternally restless friends decided to ditch their hometown lives and headed for Los Angeles where they shared a Hollywood studio apartment for 18 months. During this time they worked in studios, played some shows, took odd random jobs and indulged their idea of a good time - cheap vodka and Koyaanisqatsi viewings. They also spent as much time as possible piecing together what would become their inimitable sound and style - somehow arriving at a mixture of confessional storytelling set to club beats, grinding synths and mechanistic, post-punk tinged guitar lines, all deceptively rooted in pop.
In 2012 the pair relocated to New York City, where they are now based.
"Astral-pop, spaceage synthwave, we’re falling fast for Bird Call." - The Line of Best Fit
Bird Call is the NYC-based musical project founded by 29 year-old singer and musician Chiara Angelicola. After having written a collection of new songs in the winter, Angelicola approached musician, composer, and orchestrator Bryan Senti (Mark Ronson, Rufus Wainwright, Miike Snow) to produce Bird's first full-length record. Over the course of 12 months, Chiara and Bryan embarked on a musical journey crafting a sonic landscape that encompasses the body of work found in the new record, “Will We Get To Mars?” which FACT mag dubbed "phantasmagoric".
Bird Call explores a range of emotional territory with her voice, vulnerable lyrics, and candid stage presence whilst providing an aural backdrop that is variably danceable, electronically driven, and, at times, futuristic and experimental. Amidst the year of production, Bird lured new fans and perked ears while touring and sharing the stage with indie favorites including Majical Cloudz and Angel Olsen.
The much anticipated Will We Get To Mars digitally released worldwide on September 3rd, 2013 alongside a premiere with UK's The Guardian, who dubbed the record "heart-burstingly lovely..." Jessica Yatrofsky has directed the music video for the self-titled track which premiered with Nylon Magazine October 4th, 2013. We have landed on Mars. Thank God.
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