Tennis, On An On, Savoir Adore
216 North Walnut Street
Bloomington, IN, 47404
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
The much anticipated second album from Denver-based Tennis, "Young and Old," is set for release February 14, 2012 on Fat Possum Records. Their widely praised debut "Cape Dory," which The Wall Street Journal called "a winsome set of breezy pop songs," was released earlier this year. For their forthcoming album guitarist Patrick Riley, vocalist Aliana Moore and drummer James Barone headed to Nashville to work with The Black Keys' Patrick Carney.
After the success of their first album and touring for the better part of a year that included shows as far away as Moscow, Riley and Moore returned home and realized what was initially a bedroom-recording project had quickly evolved into a band. The challenge of a second record was upon them, but songwriting came quickly and in three months the duo had most of the material for their new album. The goal this time was to mature and vary their sound. Riley describes the new direction as "Stevie Nicks going through a Motown phase." By the time they hooked up with Carney, they had fleshed out most of the songs that would comprise "Young and Old." With their friend and mentor at the producer helm, the recording progressed naturally and within three weeks the album was done.
Tennis was born of Riley and Moore's nearly seven-month sailing trip, which consisted of selling all their possessions, purchasing an old sailboat, repairing it, and cruising up and down the eastern seaboard. Upon returning home, the duo began writing music together as a way to document the history of their shared experience. The result was "Cape Dory," an intimate and concise recollection of life on a 30-foot sloop.
On An On
On An ON is a project - and approach to making music - the three members had been waiting for. The Chicago & Minneapolis-based musicians – Nate Eiesland, Alissa Ricci, and Ryne Estwing -- that comprise the band had played music with one another in various capacities for the better part of a decade -- most recently as members of indie-pop outfit Scattered Trees. With almost every member of that band living in a different state (MPLS, MYC & Chicago), the distance proved too much. (MAYBE REMOVE THIS PREVIOUS SENTENCE) One fateful, cloudy night, while the soon-to-be On An On were standing in line for a show in Austin, TX, a conversation took place that would shape their musical future (needs work). They would leave their other projects behind and the trio would emerge ready to create art that melted outside the lines. With an affinity for chaos and the unprocessed, and tired of the polished pop format void of risk, they were escorted into a new atmosphere of making music.
Their new project bloomed when they traveled to Toronto only three weeks later to collaborate with producer Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Super Furry Animals, Los Campesinos!). With a knack for genre-melding, and a boundary-pushing mindset, Newfeld would prove to be the perfect match for the trio's caution-less approach. In the studio, the musicians explored a newfound chemistry and honed their sound; synthesizers, scattershot electro beats and ambient ear candy would give guitars, bass and drums a newfound ghostly sheen.
"We really wanted to get away from the sterility of our previous approach to recording." Eiesland states. Along with Newfeld, the three artists readily embraced the unknown and opened up to sessions filled with spontaneity and instinct.
The end result was Give In, ON AN ON's ten-track debut album – a dream-washed textural journey armed with a biting perspective on life, love, and the commonality of loss. The affair sizzles with electricity and calls one in with its unnerved openness. It's a project – and approach to music -- the three musicians in ON AN ON had been waiting for.
For Eiesland, recording Give In was a self-described exorcism: it allowed him to let go of old projects and bad habits, and more importantly, open himself up to benefits that vulnerability allowed for in the songwriting process. The band learned to adopt an improvisational ear for melody, and accept the charm of particular aural nuggets that in the past they might otherwise have deemed flawed.
And while the melodies on Give In -- those soaring, undulating synth grooves that set the table for pearly harmonic hymns -- might clue one in to the trio's newfound sonic palate, it's through the album's messages that the group member's respective evolution becomes most apparent. Eiesland wrote the majority of the lyrics on Give In, in the process fully coming to an understanding of death and the traps that life springs upon us. Whether letting his intuition guide him on "I Wanted To Say More" ("You are a saint and you're the devil/Every word I spoke to you, I thought that they were wings/ But they were only feathers") or owning up to life's inevitability on "All The Horses" ("A family tree will split in two halfway through its life"), there's a tempered calm to the brain candy he eschews. Estwing offered up his own lyrical séance via on his lead vocal track "Cops"; although the bassist says his message -- that the police can be surprisingly corrupt -- is more direct.
What Give In, more than anything, provided for ON AN ON was a sense of urgency: to fulfill their creative fancy; to embrace uncertainty --– albeit, this time, on their own terms.
On "Dreamers," the dance-laden lullaby and lead single from Savoir Adore's new album Our Nature, Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro invite listeners into a magical dream world. Such worlds are nothing new to the fantasy pop duo, who inadvertently became a fixture of Brooklyn's indie scene as the result of a dare. In 2007, as disheartened solo artists, they whimsically retreated out of the city to a rural studio with two rules: "48 hours. No acoustic guitars." They returned with The Adventures of Mr. Pumpernickel and The Girl with Animals in Her Throat (Cantora), a concept-driven EP set in a fairy tale land that narrates the tragedy of Gloria and her unrequited love. On 2009's full length In The Wooded Forest (Cantora), they expounded on the EP's mythical landscape. But where Savoir Adore's previous releases have surveyed these worlds at a distance, Our Nature zooms in, putting our inner landscapes and relationships at the core of every track. In that vein, the recordings themselves are intentionally more crisp, aurally expansive and intriguing.
Our Nature itself is both a collection of catchy indie pop songs and a dramatic narrative. "Dreamers" functions as its prologue; on it, Muro insists her subject not worry and "keep on sleeping," while Hammer confronts the inevitable transience of dreaming: "Where we are isn't just a place where everything remains." And so Our Nature thrusts into its tenuous drama: the unlikely love story of Girl and Monster ("Loveliest Creature"). At times as fantastical as its premise ("Regalia," "Sea of Gold"), at others as accessible as radio pop ("Sparrow," "Anywhere You Go"), the album seamlessly blends '60s invasion, '80s new wave and '90s alternative with a more contemporary, digital creative process. Others have recognized Savoir Adore's sound as "musically and lyrically brave" (NME) and "irresistibly melodic indie pop" (Nylon). In 2009 and 2010, The L Magazine and The New York Post both named the band to their top bands to watch lists. So now, look no further. After two years of finding inspiration in a wide range of experiences, from neuroscience lectures to tales as old as time, Savoir Adore is back with Our Nature.
Muro and Hammer were both born into musical households. Muro's father is an electronic music writer and performer, her mother an organist, and her brother a composer. Muro herself learned to play the piano and violin and trained as a jazz vocalist while also in her mother's church choir. When she arrived at NYU, she joined a songwriter's club, which is where she met Hammer, who grew up with famed keyboardist and composer Jan Hammer (Mahavishnu Orchestra) as his father. While Savoir Adore often keeps their music playful, it is also serious work akin to keeping up the family business. Nowhere is this reverence more resonant than on ITWF's "Wonderlake" and its complimentary number on Our Nature, "Sea of Gold." On both tracks, Hammer and Muro ask big questions about family history and identity: How did I get here? Who am I now?
As an ambivalent reaction to their years spent in the Greenwich Village songwriter scene, 2007's eccentric and unexpected The Adventures of Mr. Pumpernickel and the Girl with Animals in Her Throat was the beginning of the duo's creative response to these questions about musical identity. After their two-day dare was complete, they posted some tracks to a MySpace page under the hastily forged moniker Savoir Adore, a French phrase that grammatically fails to merge "knowing" and "love." The name stuck and the project gained momentum. Cantora Records released the EP as the band began to work on a full length. With the release of 2009's In The Wooded Forest, the New York music press embraced Savoir Adore and set them on a path to expand their audience nationally and internationally. Band members Tim McCoy (drums), Gary Atturio (bass) and Alex Foote (guitar), who took part in Our Nature's recording process, rounded out the band's live show as Savoir Adore shared the stage with MGMT, Los Campesinos, Oh Land, and Toro Y Moi.
In the summer of 2010, the band toured the UK and France, including shows at Koko/Club NME and The Secret Garden Party. Their songs have been featured in various commercials (Almay, Citi, Yoplait), TV shows (Pretty Little Liars, Drop Dead Diva, Huge) and video games (Kinect Adventurer). During the 2012 Academy Awards, Tide premiered its new Tide Pods campaign featuring Savoir Adore's cover of Men Without Hats' "Pop Goes the World" (available on iTunes).
In late 2011, Savoir Adore offered a sneak peak of Our Nature, releasing "Dreamers" as a 7" on Neon Gold Records. In 2012, Savoir Adore invites lovely creatures the world over to join in their epic saga as they take Our Nature over the river and through the woods, down interstates and beyond!