Miami Horror (The Shapes - Block Party!)
Small Black, Jeffrey Paradise, Crush Club (DJ Set), The Kount, Marc Baker, argonaut&wasp, Monk One
272 Meserole Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11206
Doors 2:00 PM (event ends at 10:00 PM)
This event is 21 and over
Miami Horror (The Shapes - Block Party!)
It may have been a long time coming for some, but Australia’s favourite psychedelic-dance adventurers, Miami Horror, are set to return this summer with a whole new bag of delights.
The past few years have seen the group release their highly anticipated debut, Illumination, to heady acclaim, as well as relocate to the US after lengthy tours of both their home country and abroad. Settling in Los Angeles, the four-piece quickly found inspiration in the glowing year-round Californian sun, set up a home studio, and eagerly started experimenting with new sounds and projects to ease their creative itch.
Proving that time is of importance, the band, anchored by producer Benjamin Plant have spent the last year crafting and perfecting new material glittered with dream-gazey synth and matured song writing to deliver a new chapter in Miami Horror’s evolution. So far, what has resulted is three amazing new singles, Real Slow, Colours In The Sky and Wild Motion (Set It Free), from a new album slated for release in early 2015.
Gracing the cover of Brooklyn band Small Black’s new record, a mysterious woman walks alone on the dunes at dusk, amid pockmarked sand. She's the subject of a found photo, one of many rescued with the warmth of a blow dryer and a fireplace, by singer Josh Hayden Kolenik after Hurricane Sandy flooded his family’s Long Island home. The faded image offers clues and invites viewers to construct their own narrative, one that escapes even the picture’s taker, Kolenik’s father.
To put it simply, Best Blues is an album about loss, the specific loss of precious people in our lives, but also the loss of memories and the difficult fight to preserve them. “I spent months trying to scan all these images & letters, most covered with ocean dirt, and in doing so discovered what people often find in their family’s past: that they are a hell of a lot like those who’d come before,” says Kolenik. The chorus of standout “Boys Life” echoes this sentiment with the refrain “pictures of youth/picturing you,” over a track that itself was an old demo re-discovered by accident by the band, during a late night jam session at a cabin in Upstate NY. The compassion of the record collects itself in the soft repeating mantra-esque hook in "No One Wants It To Happen To You".
The group’s third full length release, written & recorded at their Brooklyn home studio, nicknamed 222, showcases a mature band still evolving, and embracing the unpredictable. Kolenik (keys, vocals), Ryan Heyner (guitar, keys, vocals), Juan Pieczanski (bass, guitar) and Jeff Curtin (drums) have been recording, writing, and often living together, throughout the life of the band, establishing a closeness that has allowed them to achieve easy creativity and unspoken chemistry. After a year of recording, that band enlisted mixer Nicholas Vernhes (War on Drugs, Deerhunter) of Rare Book Room Studio to help complete the record.
Best Blues finds the band in their sweet spot: the smoky intersection of considered & vulnerable songwriting and loose, almost nonchalant ambience. The addition of piano flourishes, trumpet (Darby Cicci of The Antlers), hidden acoustic guitars and Kaede Ford’s ethereal vocals provide new dimensions to the band’s already expansive sonic palette. Cut-to-the-chase rippers “Back at Belle’s” & “Checkpoints” embody & build on the group’s signature gritty yet focused electronic sound. While the more pastoral tracks, such as “Between Leos,” & “XX Century,” skeletally based on recorded improvisations, find the band painting a more nuanced, assured aural portrait. The repeating of the line “twentieth century” on closer, “XX Century”, serves as a coda for the album, offering a simple summation of what Best Blues’ intent has been from the opening Casio stab: an attempt to re-examine the past, but also one to let it go.
Crush Club (DJ Set)
Your instincts are good. Your body works. Everything has led to this moment. The crowd goes silent with anticipation. The sweat is in your eyes, fire in your chest. Everyone hears the call (cue Crush Club horn theme). The next move will define you. Your eyes meet his and it begins... Crush Club is from NYC and sounds like it. Using the power of Funk, House, and Latin style percussion, the group commands you to be bold, sexy and reckless.
argonaut&wasp is a dance electro-pop rock group based out of Brooklyn, NY. The group blends an innovative and ear-pleasing mix of house, funk, and indie rock to create the distinct sound that is A&W. argonaut&wasp has played alongside international acts such as Breton, Lemaitre, Griz, RAC, BadBadNotGood, The Knocks, Dan Deacon, Charlie 2na, Atmosphere, Ja Rule, Rubblebucket, and Waka Flocka Flame.
DJ Monk-One, aka Andrew Mason, co-founded Wax Poetics Magazine and remains its Contributing Editor. One of New York City's most respected veteran selectors, he is known for his musical diversity, on display at a long-time residency on WBAI-FM's Underground Railroad Radio Show and many of the city's finest, funkiest parties. Monk has released numerous records through his Brooklyn-based label Names You Can Trust, and as one half of the renowned production squad Greenwood Rhythm Coalition has done remix and original work for artists in the UK, South America, Japan and Europe. He makes every effort to DJ his way around the world and has played in diverse locales fromBrooklyn to Bogotá to Barbados to Barcelona to Budapest and beyond.