Colorado Public Radio's OpenAir Presents
Ian Chang, The Bright Silence
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
A personal statement from Landlady founder Adam Schatz about the upcoming fall tour, titled The World Is Still A Loud Place
Our new album is still new. It came out in January and a lot has been happening all around us, below, above, side to side. You have the rest of your lives to listen to our new album, “The World Is A Loud Place,” but who knows how many more chances you’ll get to see us perform live.
Here are some events that might occur that would make this our last tour ever:
-inter-band romances begin and then crumble
-music industry grows vibrant and we all embark on successful solo projects
-music industry continues decline and we eat each other in order of height
-van slips on banana peel thrown by car in front of us
-trapped under fallen stack of CD singles of "Landslide"
-anything else that ever happened to Fleetwood Mac
-low ticket sales**
see you out there,
“On their third album, Brooklyn’s Landlady perfect their quizzical prog-pop…The album is best when it’s most vexing, when its puzzle-piece arrangements demand you put everything together…Landlady craft a cacophony, but Schatz won’t put his hands over his ears: There’s some beauty in the noise that’s worth going deaf to hear.” - Pitchfork, 7.6
“Beatles-tinged ‘glo-fi’ of pure heart, soul and pelvis...with animated album art to boot.” - NPR | All Songs Considered
“What Landlady delivers with The World Is a Loud Place is a balm for the tumult of the human condition, an acknowledgement that we contain mutually inclusive multitudes that we’ll never fully untangle. The world is loud, chaotic, and increasingly terrifying, but it’s also a place where we can find wells of joy, humor, and affection. It’s the best of times and it’s the worst of times, and Landlady can see you through all of it.” - Bandcamp | Album of the Day
“grand, sweeping, idiosyncratic, impressively arranged pieces of work” - Stereogum
“The new LP from the mesmerizing NYC experimental rock outfit also has Bandcamp’s first animated cover art” - Bandcamp
Drummer Ian Chang makes electronic music physical. Using drums to control and manipulate samples, Chang brings human fluidity to a metronomic genre. The result is a seamless marriage of raw performative intensity and sophisticated sound design.
In 2014, Chang and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia joined founder Ryan Lott as members of Son Lux, expanding the former solo project into a trio. Since then, they have written, recorded, and released an LP, 'Bones;' and given over 300 performances in North America, Europe, and Asia. They are heralded as "the world's most lethal band" by NPR, and described as "thrilling... an ideal synthesis of contemporary forms" by the Wall Street Journal. Chang is also a founding member of Landlady, making “brainy, melodic, pop rock” (Pitchfork) that “transmute existential questions and primal fears into exultant songs” (New York Times).
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chang was shaped by the city’s diversity and vibrance. He moved to New York in 2007 to pursue music and quickly gained a reputation as a “gigantically talented drummer” (NPR). To date, Chang has recorded and/or performed with such varied artists as Son Lux, Landlady, Joan As Policewoman, Body Language, Matthew Dear, Dave Douglas, Rafiq Bhatia, Rubblebucket and Moses Sumney.
In 2015, Chang started beta testing Sunhouse’s Sensory Percussion. This new technology translates the nuances of drumming into sample-based sound worlds. Through testing and developing Sensory Percussion, he has discovered a new creative voice and is gearing up to release his debut with Kowloon Records in Fall of 2017. The project explores the relationship between human and machine, redefining drumming and electronic music.
The Bright Silence
Colorado born singer Kevin Johnston founded Bright Silence (which MTV's John Norris calls "Rousing, anthemic and remarkably intimate") in Brooklyn in 2010. Emerging from NYC's open-mic-singer/songwriter scene, Johnston has performed original songs on Jimmy Kimmel Live, worked with Kjartan Sveinsson (Sigur Ros) singing a 2-month-long piece of music at NYC's New Museum and performed to a sold-out Red Rocks crowd with Ian Cooke Band paying tribute to Prince. Between frequent European tours, long stays in Germany and the release of their sophomore album Time Is New (w/ guitarist Kirk Schoenherr & bassist Tim Lappin of Chet Faker aka Nick Murphy) and drummer Zach Jones (Sting, Secret Someones, A Great Big World). The new Denver chapter of Bright Silence are excited to be digging back into the Colorado music scene in support of Time Is New which Bandwagon Magazine calls “wide-eyed, optimistic, frequently lifting into pure moments of rapture”.