PopGun Northside Party!, Ladyhawke (DJ)
French Horn Rebellion (LIVE), Flying Horse (DJ Set)
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 11:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
One of the brightest stars to light up the pop firmament this millennium is back, with a difference. Thanks to her brilliant self-titled 2008 debut, LADYHAWKE, aka Pip Brown, shot to stardom around the world, particularly in Britain and the Antipodes, where the New Zealand-born singer-songwriter soon gathered up armfuls of awards as THE breakthrough artist of the moment.
Her follow-up will surely even exceed those achievements, and establish the wildly talented young tunesmith as one of her generation's most beloved pop heroines. Eighteen months in the making, 'Anxiety' carries ten instant classics, each brimming over with irresistable hooks, fresh beats and ear-grabbing synth sounds.
So far, so Ladyhawke, but changes are afoot. The last album's signature instrument was unquestionably the analogue synthesizer. 'Ladyhawke' was all about Pip exploring the keyboards, which built the soundworld of her '80s heroes [chiefly: ELO and Fleetwood Mac]. This time, she has re-embraced the trusty implement, upon which not only the whole history of rock 'n' roll rests, but her own career, too – the electric guitar.
Before she dreamt up her solo alter ego, Pip's rep back home was as a guitarist, not an ivory-tinkler. "For years, I was known as the rock chick," she says, "because I played the Gibson Explorer guitar, and then I played a Firebird [two quintessentially rockin' models]. I was always the girl playing heavy guitar and doing solos – you know, like, off to the side." So, after touring 'Ladyhawke' around the globe, Pip decided to re-activate those skills, as the basis of a thrilling new sound for her second record.
'Anxiety' is duly awash with riffs and lovingly distorted guitar textures, bringing added energy and excitement to her insanely catchy melodies. 'Blue Eyes', for instance, features pulse-racing blasts of six-string noize, a wiggy solo, and a "na-na" chorus, all harking back to the age of glam-rock, and one of Pip's absolute idols, Joan Jett. The title track's refrain, meanwhile, hinges on stadium-torching chord changes, while 'Black, White & Blue' has the fuzzy, disorientated vibe of a 1966 proto-psychedelic garage-rock nugget, plus another hot, spangly solo!
With such inventive and hyper-melodic gems laced throughout, 'Anxiety' is shaping up as one of 2012's biggest albums. More delirium, anyone?
French Horn Rebellion (LIVE)
As 2009 drew to a close, for Robert and David Perlick-Molinari (aka French Horn Rebellion), two brothers born and bred in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the world was a very different place to the one that started it. Since the release of their debut single "Up All Night", FHR have been swept along by a flurry of accolades from radio, press and bloggers alike, including a Record of the Week from BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw and the coveted Single of the Week slot in French music bible Les Inrockuptibles, who described the band's sound as the "euphoric soundtrack to 2010".
Now back in their current residence of Brooklyn, NY, after a whistle stop trip to Europe for a series of madcap shows and radio interviews, FHR are already planning a speedy return with "Beaches & Friends", their new EP (with a difference) and recent Hype Machine No.1 slated for a March 1st release. And with the brothers currently cooped up in their studio lairs concocting some brand new musical potions for their forthcoming debut album, all bodes rather well for 2010.
"Up All Night", released on new UK indie Once Upon A Time Records, also received radio plays from the likes of Kissy Sellout, Alex Metric, new boys Jaymo & Andy George and Zane Lowe on Radio 1 and from XFM tastemakers Eddie Temple Morris and John Kennedy. Mixmag made it Electro Tune of the Month, Artrocker gave it 5 stars for its "sparkling synths and vocal bridges of epic scale" and to top things off French label Kitsuné chose it for the highly prestigious opening slot on their latest Kitsuné Maison 8 Compilation. FHR also found themselves fans outside music circles, most notably in Graham Linehan, comedy writer (IT Crowd, The Fast Show) and member of Twitter's royalty, who tweets about the band at every opportunity.
New single "Beaches & Friends" co-written with Brazilian duo Database, friends and recent touring mates of FHR, is not quite what you would expect though. Robert explains: "The coolest thing about 'Beaches & Friends' is that the original track doesn't actually exist. It was the result of a big collaboration between us and a bunch of our friends. We and Database came up with the vocal hooks and synth lines, and from there all the different versions were created. The French Horn Rebellion NYC version, Database's Club Edit, the Twelves' Radio and Remix versions, and finally the Hey Champ Remix. Every track is a variation on a theme, a similar idea to Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations." In fact the Beaches & Friends EP is kind of a modern-day Enigma Variations." For David: "it's a story about the search for your muse."
The media response to Beaches & Friends has even eclipsed that of "Up All Night" with continued radio support from Radio 1 including DJ's Annie Mac, Nick Grimshaw, Jaymo & Andy George and new queen of daytime Radio 1 Fearne Cotton giving the single heavy spins. Tips for 2010 in Time Out London, influential dance magazines DJ and Mixmag and The Guardian, an NME Radar feature and another Single of the Week in Les Inrockuptibles continues the press support. And on the live front a UK tour, a prestigious support to Hot Chip in New York, an appearance at Paris Fashion Week, a busy schedule at SXSW and a European tour in May including dates in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with Sebastian, will ensure the buzz continues to build well into 2010. The Oxegen, Relentless Boardmasters and Bestival festivals are confirmed with more in the pipeline.
2007 feels like a long time ago now, when younger brother Robert, an accomplished French horn player, found himself as principal horn chair of the prestigious Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra. Standing at a crossroads, and fundamentally frustrated by the demands of mastering such an instrument (that he knew would never allow him to fully express himself), he finally asked his brother David to rebel with him, and together they embarked on a life-long creative journey. That journey is well under way.
Flying Horse (DJ Set)
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