Bootleg Theater Presents
Fraser A. Gorman
Henry Wolfe, Matt Kivel
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
Fraser A. Gorman
“I got no soul, coz Country Music sounds to me like Rock N Roll”
Fraser A. Gorman. A 23 year old kid who looks like a teenage Bob Dylan, a full time carpenter obsessed with the history of rock n’ roll, expressing himself through wry poetry, bent tropicalia, country-soul and rock.
After playing a flawless series of shows at SXSW 2015 and tearing apart an opening slot for best mate Courtney Barnett and Bully throughout sold-out UK tours in March and April, he’s now NME approved, hotly tipped by BBC’s Radio 6 and Radio 1 and signed to an international label deal with Marathon Artists (Jagwar Ma, Courtney Barnett, Childhood).
Add to that the fact he’s an active part of the small but amazing DIY collective Milk! Records (run by Barnett and Jen Cloher) and the endorsements of his skill as a writer and musician are ringing loud all over the world.
Now, Fraser Alexander Gorman’s collection of cool-as-fuck, funny, heartfelt and super-infectious tunes has come to fruition on his debut album titled ‘Slow Gum’.
His live shows have grown in a short time from intimate to majestic. Fraser’s built an enviable support-slot CV over the past year featuring such diverse yet prestigious names as Damon Albarn, Wanda Jackson, Guy Clark Jr, Justin Townes Earle, CW Stoneking, and his buddies You Am I.
Henry Wolfe is an LA singer songwriter. Drawing on memories of the 20th century, his sound fuses 60s pop and RnB, 70s singer songwriter and 80s New Romantic into something strange, new and slippery. His music has been likened to a range of acts, from Roxy Music and Talk Talk to Paul Simon and Nina Simone. He is currently working on his third solo album.
Los Angeles-based songwriter Matt Kivel got his start working as a player in various bands during the first decade of the 2000s. Around 2013, Kivel quit playing with other bands to focus on his solo material. The first evidence of his work came in the form of some limited-run cassettes, but he truly came into his own with 2013's full-length album Double Exposure, released on the Olde English Spelling Bee (Julian Lynch, Ducktails) label. Kivel's solo work took a decidedly more subdued path than his previous affiliations, with shimmering ambient synths meeting muted acoustic songwriting and understated vocals. Second album Days of Being Wild, recorded with Palace Brothers member Paul Oldham over the course of the previous summer, saw release on the Woodsist label in 2014. The record found Kivel stretching out a bit more, both compositionally, and in his arrangements, which introduced more rhythm, pulse, and melodic texture.
In late 2015, Kivel joined songwriter Alasdair Roberts (Drag City) in his native city of Glasgow, Scotland, to record his third full-length album “Janus.” Roberts produced the project, and assembled a stylistically diverse supporting cast of local musicians to supplement Kivel’s desolate, acoustic songs. Over 11 musicians contributed to the music on the album, and their improvisations and sensitive instrumental interplay draw from the realms of avant jazz, traditional folk, classical, outre experimentalism, and straightforward melodic pop. Kivel’s vocals are pushed to the front and his lyrics cut clearly through the shifting instrumental backdrops. The album is simultaneously calm, warm, and uneasy. Never far from darkness.