Half Waif, Adam Torres
228 W Sprague Ave
Spokane, WA, 99201
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Watch & Listen
Sometimes, things just seem to happen for a reason. The pieces fall into place in unexpected ways, and life takes a turn no one could have predicted. This rings strikingly true for the solo career of Memphis, Tennessee's Julien Baker.
For years, Baker and a group of close friends have performed as the band Forrister (formerly The Star Killers), but when college took her four hours away, her need to continue creating found an outlet through solo work. The intent was never to make these songs her main focus, yet the process proved to be startlingly cathartic. As each song came into shape, it became more apparent that Baker had genuinely deep, surprisingly dark stories to tell from her thus far short life (she turns 20 this fall). Tales of her experiences are staggering, and when set to her haunting guitar playing, the results are gut wrenching and heartfelt, relatable yet very personal. There's something wonderfully hypnotizing about Baker gently confessing her soul with such tremendous honesty.
At the prompting of a friend, Baker ventured to Richmond, Virginia to record a number of her new songs at Spacebomb Studios. The tracks from this session were circulated among Baker's friends, meeting high praise and lots of encouragement for the songs to see a proper release. Soon, she found a home on 6131 Records' increasingly diverse roster, and plans were made to release her debut full length, 'Sprained Ankle.'
To call 'Sprained Ankle' a happy accident would be misleading as to the nature of these poignant, emotive songs. Yet no one, least of all Baker, could have predicted she'd be releasing an album, especially as a solo artist. Thankfully, now the world will be able to share in her passion and sorrow.
Based in Brooklyn, New York.
'Adam Torres has spent the past decade volunteering in rural Ecuador, completing a graduate degree in Texas, and working to improve the water quality of the Rio Grande River — all whilst simultaneously writing hundreds of songs. While a number of those were released as demos in 2012 through DC cassette-label DZ Tapes, Torres has yet to provide a proper follow-up to his 2006 self-released debut Nostra Nova, a DIY staple in his small college town of Athens, Ohio. With a clear-headed voice that seemed to buckle under its own sincerity, Nostra Nova was immediately affecting and enduringly comforting. The album received a reissue last year from Misra records, which brought Torres greater recognition outside of Ohio and a new audience tuned in to whatever he was planning to release next.
Now Torres has signed to Fat Possum for a new LP entitled Pearls To Swine, which "maps [his] complicated history as a songwriter and musician," and today we are premiering lead single "High Lonesome." Torres is 10 years older than he was during the initial release of Nostra Nova, but his songwriting has hardly aged. He's become more self-assured, and road-weary where he used to be anxious, but still sings with a vulnerability that is inviting in its generosity.' --Stereogum
Adam Torres' new album, Pearls to Swine, is out Sept. 9 on Fat Possum.
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