The Happen-ins & Colourmusic at The Vanguard Center of The Universe Stage
The Happen-Ins, Colourmusic
222 North Main Street
Tulsa, OK, 74103
Doors 5:00 PM / Show 11:00 PM
From Austin, TX. Formed in early 2009 the Happen-Ins are not the mythical lovechild of the Blues and R&B but instead enthusiastic torch carriers of the sound. Comprised of former members of the Dedringers, Sean Faires and John Michael Schoepf with Lomita frontman Ricky Ray Jackson and joined later by Harlem Spiritual Orchestra Drummer, Falcon Valdez its no surprise that the Happen-Ins offer up a sound that blurs the lines between classic taste and youthful filth. Brimming with infectious melodies, bacon greased guitars and sweaty hip shaking swagger the Happen-Ins Self Titled Debut comes short on neither tender nor spank. This collection is a veritable mobile house party of analog gems.
Welcome to the beautifully strange world of Colourmusic, a place where concept albums - an LP named My _____ is Pink in this case-have nothing to do with structured narratives or loosely-linked lyrics. More like musical walls that must be climbed, whether that means shunning acoustic guitars or modeling the rhythm section of some songs after metronomic sex acts.
Which isn't as titillating as it sounds. The way Hendrix sees it, "We wanted to focus on human sexuality and reproduction. Not in terms of turning people on; from a point of view of fear and anxiety, and how it's the prominent decision-making force in many people's lives."
That explains a couple things, starting with My _____ is Pink's actual sound. Rounded out by bassist Colin Fleishacker, drummer Nicholas Ley, and guitarist Nick Turner, Colourmusic's new material amounts to an everevolving mass of melancholic melodies, gauzy vocals, shifty beats, and monophonic musical structures. Not to mention glimpses of agnostic gospel grooves ("You For Leaving Me"), hip-shaking R&B ("Feels Good To Wear"), acid-drenched pop ("Tog"), and Bladerunner-inspired psych ("Pororoca," which means - quite tellingly -"great destructive noise" in many parts of South America).
And then there's "The Little Death," a five-part foray into the outer realm of sandblasted rock, subterranean drone tones, and the kind of headphoneready hooks that cause weak-willed speakers to spontaneously combust. Like a yellow brick road to the second circle of hell (lust, if you haven't visited Dante's Inferno in a while), it's a ten-minute guide to what makesColourmusic tick. Well, sort of. Truth be told, the Oklahoma-based band isn't spelling anything out.
"If you write a song that's too literal, it dates it," explains Hendrix. "We'd rather make things a little more subconscious. It gives a song a longer life span because you never know what's really going on."
"The music tells us what the song is going to be about," says Hendrix. "Once we have a drum beat, it's alive. And once we come back to it, it's basically beckoning us to finish it."