Manic Productions Presents:
Little Ugly, Golden Bloom (acoustic)
250 State Street
New Haven, CT, 06511
This event is 21 and over
Rollicking, literate, five-piece rock and roll band Kingsley Flood has always tackled big picture issues with their music, but perhaps none have hit so close to home for frontman Naseem Khuri as those underpinning the band's new album, 'Another Other.' The record is inspired by Khuri's realization that, despite growing up with relative privilege in Massachusetts, he would always be considered an "other." His mother and father were both born in Palestine and fled to Lebanon as children, and the older Khuri got, the more he found himself on the receiving end of suspicious glances and uncomfortable interactions. He was branded a "Middle Easterner" and an outsider, despite this country being the only home he'd ever known. The tension between growing up comfortably in a nice suburb and existing on the margins as an ‘other’ lies at the heart of 'Another Other' and sets the stage for an exploration of identity and race and class that plays out over thirteen exhilarating tracks.
Kingsley Flood first emerged from Boston with their 2010 debut, 'Dust Windows,' of which NPR raved, "Take some rough and raw vocals akin to Tom Waits, mix in heavy doses of Bob Dylan, add melodies that send you back to a bygone era and push you forward with rock 'n' roll urgency, and you get Kingsley Flood." They followed it up with a 2011 EP, 'Colder Still,' and a 2013 full-length, 'Battles,' which earned them a main stage spot at the iconic Newport Folk Festival and widespread critical acclaim, including love everywhere from Rolling Stone and Esquire to Paste and American Songwriter. The band subsequently hit the road for national touring, sharing bills with Grace Potter, Lucius, Langhorne Slim, Railroad Earth, Angus and Julia Stone, Brett Dennen, and more along the way.
Produced by Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies, Portugal. The Man), 'Another Other' is the band's finest work to date, blending their “signature high energy” (Rolling Stone) with songwriting “soaked with raw emotion” (Stereogum). Shifting effortlessly between the political and the personal, the album examines privilege, responsibility, activism, and our capacity for change, with deft musicianship and subtle scene-setting. While the songs offer no easy answers, one thing is certain: in Kingsley Flood's America, to be 'Another Other' is a badge of honor. It's the hallmark of those courageous enough to embrace their heritage and the ways it contributes to the fabric of a society that was itself founded by men and women who were considered to be others. As Khuri sings in the final verse of the title track, 'Thank God I'm not the same."
Little Ugly, (winner of "Best Musician/Band" in Hartford Magazine's "Best of 2012" and the 2011 Hartford Advocate Grand Band Slam's "Best Rock Band") the offspring of chief songwriter/singer/acoustic guitarist Michael Day and his collaboration with percussionist Nick Dickinson, and violinist/vocalist Kaia Pazdersky, is a band that authentically thrives in its defiance of classification. The mix of imaginative, introspective lyrics and classically trained musicianship has created arrangements that are connected with the eclectic works of artists such as Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists, Silverchair and Ray LaMontagne- yet they imitate no one. Delightfully unconventional at every melodious interchange, these four musicians have born a live experience that is a valuable reminder of how music can elevate, captivate, and broaden our minds, as well as move our feet.
Golden Bloom (acoustic)
Golden Bloom has always been known for their sharp melodies, vivid guitar work, and intelligent, energetic songwriting; pop music that wasn’t afraid to ask listeners to think, as well as dance. Shawn Fogel launched Golden Bloom as a solo project, playing all of the instruments himself on 2009’s debut full length Fan the Flames, and 2011’s March to the Drums EP.
A cast of multi-instrumentalists joined Golden Bloom on tour, and in the process, they started becoming a band. “At first, I tried to have everyone recreate the sound of the records,” Fogel says. He soon saw that letting everyone bring their own sensibility to the songs made things more interesting. The live arrangements reshaped the songs, moving them away from the album versions. “I realized we’d be a better band if we applied the live band vibe to the writing, arranging, and recording.”
In June of 2012, Golden Bloom live band members Jeff Patlingrao and Josh Cohen travelled to Shawn’s longtime vacation destination of Southwest Harbor, ME where they holed up in a cabin in the woods to work on a new batch of songs. Joined by newly added drummer Justin Hofmann, the quartet retreated to Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, CT, a facility run by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Frightened Rabbit). They produced the sessions themselves with the help of engineer Greg Giorgio. “Many of the songs were arranged collaboratively in the studio,” Fogel says. “The spontaneous energy we generated carried over to the music.”
Golden Bloom’s sparkling pop is still evident, but the EP also adds darker instrumental textures and lyrics that explore thorny emotions with keen insight and understanding. Chiming guitars and subtle percussion accents give “Flying Mountain” the jittery feeling of an anxious mind, but the sunshine breaks through with Fogel’s bright vocal and an uplifting chorus. Stately piano and shimmering guitars fill a vast sonic space to contrast Fogel’s quiet, down to earth vocal on “Deliver it for Me.” “Shadow of a Man” drops a first person fictional narrative into a tight little garage rock tune that’s a little bit twangy and a little bit trashy. “White Whale” shifts between dark but dreamy choruses and pounding power-chord verses. The EP comes to an epic close with “Lone Reporter”, which begins with a single acoustic guitar and slowly builds to a beautiful chaos of blistering guitars and bashing percussion.
Over the lifetime of the band, tastemakers like SPIN, Magnet, Under the Radar, and Daytrotter have praised Golden Bloom’s musical and songwriting prowess. Golden Bloom will be touring to support No Day Like Today for most of 2013.
$10.00 - $12.00
Tickets Available at the Door