Kirin J Callinan, Jenny Hval

Kirin J Callinan

KIRIN J CALLINAN has his own theory that the three great Australian bands, the Mt. Rushmore of Oz if you will, all have a criminal aspect to them: AC/DC = gang of outcasts raising hell, INXS = sexual deviancy, lasciviousness, and Nick Cave = murderous poet. Kirin has elements of all three, and in time, he will be the fourth face on that rock.

July 2, 2013 will mark the release of Kirin J Callinan's debut solo LP EMBRACISM, via Siberia Records/Terrible Records in partnership with XL Recordings.

A guitarist, singer, songwriter & solo performer born in Australia, Callinan is a child of the 1980's, who excels at haunting compositions and wild guitar playing. He is known for his confrontational live performances, which are always shirtless, brilliant, and rich with some combination of guitar hero antics, musical theater, stand-up comedy, primal emotion, punk sensibility, awkward silences and ugly realism. He is a performer by nature, very charismatic, and very unafraid to bare his soul.

"The Australian Kirin J Callinan took Glasslands' stage by himself, which is all he really needed to then take most of the room….Callinan's voice is tuneful and halting — psychobilly-redolent stuff with an operatic air. Callinan's persona frames a nervy, curdling yet endearing charisma you can't take your eyes from and makes you laugh and yet you probably wouldn't let your young ones near….The music was rarely conventional, mostly experimental, like Scott Walker with a thing for stomp boxes and Lux Interior and Nick Cave." Read a review from STEREOGUM after they attended an early show of Kirin's last October in New York during CMJ.

Embracism's title track was released to the public in April of 2013, and served as an audacious mission statement. The album itself is an incredibly ambitious and varied work that traverses many styles, touching on such themes as masculinity, death, war, patriotism, infidelity and loss, at points jarring and dissonant, at others subdued and positively melodic, while remaining pensive and vulnerable throughout. Embracism was produced by Kim Moyes (The Presets) at his home studio in Sydney and mixed by Chris Taylor (CANT, Grizzly Bear).

KIRIN J CALLINAN previously cut his teeth as a guitarist, most notably playing in bands (Mercy Arms, Jack Ladder) amongst numerous collaborations. Embracism is his debut full-length release as a solo artist.

Terrible Records was started by Ethan Silverman and Chris Taylor. This release, in partnership with XL Recordings, follows previous releases from Twin Shadow, Kindness and Solange.

Siberia Records is Kirin's Australian and New Zealand home, originally started by the Midnight Juggernauts to release their own music worldwide, now releasing a new wave of Australian subversive groundswells and popular consciousness.

Jenny Hval (b. 1980) has in recent years made a name for herself as a writer, journalist, recording artist and sound artist both in Norway and abroad. When her third record Viscera was released in 2011, WIRE magazine described the record as: "a stunning achievement both conceptually and musically." Multidisciplinary and transgressive are words often employed to describe her art, but Jenny Hval's polyphonic artistry is in fact seamlessly interwoven between musical, literary, visual and performative modes of expression. Despite her young age, she has already infused, carved and modulated an artistic voice that is altogether present, accessible and obscurely complex at the same time.

Jenny Hval studied Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne, and Literature at the University of Oslo. She has released the albums To Sing You Apple Trees (Trust Me Records, 2006) and Medea (Trust Me Records 2008) under the alias Rockettothesky. Viscera (Rune Grammofon 2011) was released under her own name. 2012 saw the release of the debut album of Hval's band project, Nude On Sand, in which she collaborates with Håvard Volden. Jenny Hval made her debut as a writer with the book Perlebryggeriet ('The Pearl Brewery') in 2009, followed by Inn i ansiktet ("Sings with her eyes") in 2012. Alongside this she has contributed to magazines and newspapers like Vinduet, ENO, Bergens Tidende and Klassekampen. In 2010 Hval contributed to the artwork War Song by the American artists Valerie Tevere and Angel Nevarez that was performed during the Ultima Festival in Oslo that year. In 2011 she created the sound installation ENTER/Flesh for the bigger installation ENTER Sonic Tank at Tou Scene in Stavanger, followed by Innocence is kinky (2012, commissioned by Henie Onstad Art Centre) and A continuous echo of splitting hymens (2012, for the group exhibition MURMUR at Akershus Kunstsenter). In collaboration with the writer Inger Bråtveit she has also created several works between performance, music and literature, the most recent being Kvit Søppel ('White Trash', 2011).

Her fourth album, Innocence Is Kinky (2013), was recorded at Toybox Studios, Bristol, with producer John Parish, lauded for his work with PJ Harvey, Giant Sand and Sparklehorse.

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Wednesday, November 6 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Boot & Saddle