Fat Tire Presents Tour de Fat! Feat. The Record Company
Monica LaPlante, KOLARS
917 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN, 55404
Doors 4:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
The Record Company
The Record Company write and play raw, sincere rock n' roll. Influenced by the rough honesty of their heroes--bluesmen like John Lee Hooker, early punk bands like The Stooges, and rock greats like The Rolling Stones--their sound incorporates slide guitar, distorted bass, a garage-sale Ludwig drum kit and the heartland-hued voice of Chris Vos, who grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm. The three-man group started in late 2011, hanging up some old mics and recording live in the bass player's living room in Los Feliz, CA. The Record Company have since played concert halls across North America, opening for acts as diverse as B.B. King, Social Distortion, Buddy Guy, Grace Potter, and Trombone Shorty.
New Belgium Brewery
FAT TIRE -- TOUR DE FAT!
Welcome to the Fat Tire Tour de Fat, a 33 city tour of beer, bikes, and bemusement. Costume up and party down with high-flying acts focusing on fun, music, dance and the American craft beer icon, Fat Tire. Did we mention that a portion of all proceeds go straight to local nonprofits? (They do. In fact we raised 4.5 million dollars to date)
Grab your tickets and start planning for the Minneapolis Tour de Fat on August 19th! We’re bringing the party with The Record Company and the Tour de Fat ensemble cast of performers. Ready your eyes and ears for a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs. Costumes are highly encouraged (and a mindset to party is mandatory).
If rapid evolution is a sign of both great potential and the likelihood of realizing it, Monica LaPlante is staring down the barrel of a long and illustrious future. On 2013 debut Jour, the Minneapolis-based composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist employed sophisticated garage pop as a vehicle for ruminations on lost love, unrequited love, fleeting love, being in love with love, and all of the above. By the time LaPlante recorded 2016/2017’s Noir, her overall approach had picked up considerable muscle mass and, for the most part, gotten a fuck of a lot darker.
“Noir was always in the cards as a counter to Jour,” she explains from the last phone booth in Northeast Minneapolis. “Jour has a lot of feelings and emotions, but they’re shallow, surface feelings. Noir is deeper than that--more about being out of control. I stopped being the mopey teenage girl who didn’t ever have things go her way. My emotions bubbled over, I got off my couch and was going to MAKE things go my way.”
LaPlante’s transition from leaf on the wind to vamp on the prowl began pretty much instantaneously. Writing and recording the demo for darkside party banger “Hope You’re Alone” in a single night gave the artist enough momentum that nothing could stand in her way--for long.
“I booked studio time immediately, hoping I’d have another song,” she says. “I didn’t. The night before the session, I panicked. I had a meltdown, left the studio and drove around for an hour. I remember it was raining and I was just taking a bunch of one-ways in downtown Minneapolis. Out of nowhere I just started singing “I can’t stop, I won’t stop” over and over and over again. I went home and forced myself to work on the song. It was just that easy and emotionally free.”
As with her command of melody, the aptitude for depicting emotional nuance LaPlante showcases on “Can’t Stop” is gaining massive depth and resonance remarkably fast--especially when it comes to ambiguity. Even when she plays the budding libertine, as she does with flick-of-the-wrist ease on “Do That To Me,” she’s careful to let a little longing for something more seep through the cracks in her wall of benign indifference. Noir’s overarching affective backbone resides solely in LaPlante’s will to rock.
“For the first time my songs sound like me to me,” she says. “I’ve always wanted to make a heavy, hard-hitting record. I listen to Noir now and know exactly how I felt.”
Rob Kolars - Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Keys, Percussion
Lauren Brown - Drums, Tap, Arranger