Signal Kitchen Presents at ArtsRiot
Caroline Rose, Mesiko
400 Pine St
Burlington, VT, 05401
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
For Trixie Whitley, her sophomore release represents an introspective expedition into the depths of her creative identity. Porta Bohemica cribs its name from a defunct European railroad: its songs wind through landscapes of absolute subconscious that she learned to trust by largely self-producing the album. “The metaphor of an old train line feeds something in my imagination. I related to that sense of travel when making this record. It involved letting go of my past to embrace my individuality as a young woman and as an artist” the Brooklyn-based musician says.
From a very young age, Trixie Whitely nurtured a singular creative spirit, springing from her restless inner directive. At the ripe age of three, she made her onstage debut alongside her father, the internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Chris Whitley. Never resting on her lineage, Trixie set out to craft a unique personal and artistic identity. She started playing drums when she was 10, at age 11, she became the youngest resident DJ in Belgium spinning underground electronica, free jazz, ambient instrumentals, and hip-hop at raves and modern art museums. And by her early teens she was touring with several avant-garde theater and dance collectives throughout Europe (including Les Ballets C de la B, with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui).
Throughout all of this, she developed an affinity for punk rock’s nonconformist and D.I.Y. ethics that permeated her fearless genre bending and daring life choices. After a nomadic transatlantic existence, living between New York and Belgium, she quit high school at age 17 and took a job slinging burgers at a dive while steadily advancing her music career. One of her early efforts impressed the iconic producer Daniel Lanois (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris). He enlisted her to front his own band, Black Dub, with modern jazz drummer Brian Blade and legendary New Orleans bassist Daryl Johnson.
Since 2013, Trixie has emerged as a compelling solo artist with three EPs and one full-length in her catalog. Fourth Corner, her full-length debut, garnered acclaim from MOJO, Interview, ELLE, Vogue, Relix, The Village Voice, NPR and The New York Times, among many other publications. Through it’s success, she’s toured internationally and earned three nominations, as well as a win for Best Female Artist at the 2013 Belgium Music Industry Awards (MIAs).
Trixie’s prismatic artistry reflects electronica, R&B, the vulnerable ethos of singer-songwriters, and the unapologetic individuality of punk rock. Although her previous effort reflects her broad tastes, it is with her latest that Trixie creates a transcendent musical miscellany. It even took chucking an earlier version of the record and starting over to achieve the meaning and mastery displayed in Porta Bohemica. “I wanted to make people think and feel something honest and emotionally complex in my music–that comes from being fully present in the creative moment.”
Porta Bohemica was a two-year odyssey that profoundly changed the artist. “I embraced many realizations making this record. Intuition and vulnerability ” Whitley says, “are some of the most underestimated powers that we have.”
“Once you let go of your fears, you can face your potential and there is an endless palette of possibilities to explore. This is just the beginning, and I feel a lot of excitement and optimism about what’s to come.“
Having written her debut record America Religious after a lengthy series of trips traversing the backroads of the United States, it comes as no surprise that songwriter Caroline Rose and band mate Jer Coons have been constantly on the move playing venues and house concerts around the country. "The themes in the album reflect that journey," says Paste Magazine, "as each track seems to tackle a new topic and make even the most familiar themes feel fresh." Sirius XM Program Director Ari Fink says, [America Religious] "puts you in the front seat riding shotgun on a very real adventure…" Rose and Coons are proud to have had complete creative control over the record, having played nearly all the instruments, co-producing, mixing and engineering it themselves.
Over a conversation at Noodle Pudding in Brooklyn in 2005, Raquel and David discovered that they had previously lived in Santa Fe and clearly must have more in common. They formed the band Norden Bombsight and spent a year with friends merging David's big guitar shapes with Raquel's otherworldly chanting. Norden Bombsight was short-lived but sealed a kindred musical bond that would see much finer days ahead.
Ray met Raquel through engineer/producer Jim Smith who asked Ray to drum on a solo recording of Raquel's. Ray's history of recording and playing drums begins long before 2004 when he moved to NYC and started composing and performing in downtown theatre and drumming as a cherished side man with Dawn Landes, Doveman, Lady Rizo and The Assettes and his own music projects Less The Band and Corporal.
In late 2011 Raquel and Ray were both looking to start a new band where they could sing their asses off and bend the bounds of existence playing a great new music. The two met with David to work up songs for a residency Raquel had set up. By the end of the month a band was born.
Mesiko played their first show in Feb. 2012 at Rock Shop in Brooklyn for a Thieving Irons residency. Roadie Rodahaffer came in from Louisville and he and David switched between the bass and guitar. The drummer of Thieving Irons played tambourine for the whole set. A great year ensued of Mesiko shows with wonderful musicians sitting in.
Mesiko has played The Lebowski Fest and Motherlodge and shared the stage with Lady Pyramid, Dog Adrift, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Hannah Cohen, The Defibulators, The Slow Charleston, Alanna Amram, Tyrone Cotton, Mucca Pazza, Dawn Landes, Roadie, The Inner Banks, and Catherine Irwin. In April 2013 Mesiko hosted a residency at ZirZamin in Manhattan playing with Jolie Holland, Shy Hunters and Michael Shannon's band Corporal. In June 2013 Mesiko will host a Saturday afternoon residency at The People's Garden in Bushwick.
In March 2013 Mesiko digitally released a 3 song EP recorded in Louisville KY with Kevin Ratterman (Jim James, Andrew Bird, Maserati) and mastered by Joe Lambert (Dirty Projectors, Deerhunter). In late summer 2013 the band will commence recording a full length album with Ratterman and Sam Cohen of Yellowbirds co-producing.