Radio 1190 Presents
Mister Lies, We Like Monsters
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Finding beauty in the everyday may sometimes be a tricky task, but the best art does just that - holds up a mirror to the small yet significant details that make up our lives. In an era where the world seems to move at warp speed and incisive reflection is limited to the latest blog post, Montreal band Young Galaxy's songs remind us of the richness of our universal experiences - from love and loss to despair and hope.
Invisible Republic, Young Galaxy's sophomore release, builds upon founding duo Stephen Ramsay (guitars, vocals) and Catherine McCandless' (keyboards, vocals) penchant for transforming the mundane into the fantastic - catchy hooks build into epic crescendos, while political and ethical concerns share space with emotional observations.
'Our mandate for this record was: if it doesn't make you move, it better make you cry,' quips Ramsay. 'Even better is making someone cry and dance at the same time. It makes a lot of people uncomfortable, but I like it!'
Mister Lies is the operational alias for producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nick Zanca. It was also the product of dorm-room insomnia, developing an odd family of friends in a city of strangers, and homesickness for places where one only feels homesick. Born in 1992 and raised by wolves in the suburban jungles of Connecticut, he learned to hunt his prey by means of basement shows and prolonged caffeine binges. Shortly after Zanca relocated to Chicago to attend school, he formed n pack with several other lone wolves aiming to create something greater. In the harshest parts of February winter in the Windy City equipped with a laptop, several controllers and whatever instruments were lying around his congested dorm-room, he released his first EP anonymously before eventually revealing his identity making rounds across the blog circuit. The trip-hop inspired Hidden Neighbors has been compared to the dark nostalgia found in acts like Boards of Canada, Burial, and Massive Attack.
Zanca now budgets time between his habitat in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago and his hideaway at a cabin on a Vermont lake, preparing new material for his first full-length to be released on Lefse Records in early 2013.
We Like Monsters
The history of the band is rooted in a nearly decade-long collaboration between veteran Colorado musicians Timothy White (vocals and keys) and Joe Crowley (guitar). The two began writing songs together as teenagers and maintained a creative partnership over the years. In their newest collaboration, Crowley weaves shadowy verses of rhythmic melodies that build to anthemic choruses. White seamlessly harmonizes on keys and cuts through the miasma with distinctive baritone vocals.
The duo is joined by native New Zealander Somchai Peri (bass) who brings a sharp rhythmic sense to the group. With roots in the DJ realm, his years behind the decks can be heard in the band's infectiously danceable sound. We Like Monsters is rounded out by trigger-man and accomplished jazz performer, Brian Campbell (synthesizer, samples and trumpet) whose understanding of arrangement and improvisation pull the quartet's varied skills together into a unified voice.