Moving Panoramas, Folk Uke
310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Suite 1A
Austin, TX, 78701
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of Wye Oak have spent most of their lives in Baltimore, Maryland. But after two years of constant touring with Civilian, their highly lauded 2011 album, they landed on opposite sides of the country with an unforeseeable future ahead. Despite this newfound uncertainty, the two bandmates embraced their physical distance, passing ideas back and forth, allowing new work to evolve in their respective solitudes. Shriek is Wye Oak's fourth full-length and the culmination of their intent to express the emotional and intuitive self by acting out animalistic exclamations through cathartic release. It is their most personal and confident declaration yet.
Newly inspired by playing bass, Jenn took up songwriting in a setting where the guitar did not dictate harmonic boundaries or require a call-and-response relationship with her voice, a hallmark of previous Wye Oak records. With her phrasing freed, now it is often Andy who interacts with Jenn's vocals, playing syncopated and meditative keyboard parts, and the duo's collaborative arrangements provide a backdrop in which both the arcs of melodies and the new rhythmic elements flourish.
To engineer, mix, and co-produce, they brought in Nicolas Vernhes of the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, whose inventive and forward-thinking approaches to production complemented their new direction. The result is a record of indisputable humanity. Shriek is a complete narrative of disorientation, loss, renewal, and empowerment.
Spacey but not alienating, loud yet still light, painting panoramic sound against a moving melodic backdrop... Moving Panoramas is a dream gaze project from Austin, TX, led by songwriter, Leslie Sisson. It began in Brooklyn, where Leslie was living while playing in The Wooden Birds. She came back to her home state of Texas to be closer to her family after surviving a series of unreal life changing events. Picking up the pieces, she took a job teaching music in Austin. Playing music on a daily basis helped save her, writing a collection of healing tunes that became the debut LP “One” recorded with Louie Lino at Resonate in Austin and released on Modern Outsider Records in 2015. A split single is in the works for 2017 release, as well as a sophomore LP. The current lineup includes Jody Suarez, Jordan Rivell, and Laura Colwell.
The Houston Press calls Moving Panoramas "The best band in Texas right now." The Austin Chronicle describes them as, "Conjuring a big yet intimate sound reminiscent of Nineties output from Brit indie 4AD." PopMatters compares the music to Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast, and The Aislers Set saying, "Austin-based band Moving Panoramas waste no time creating a niche for themselves within that style on their debut album ‘One’." NPR's Songs We Love says, "The ingredients and the sentiment might be simple, but the outcome is disarmingly complex." KCRW's Today's Top Tune says, "Moving Panoramas have been honing an expansive sound that is rooted in slithering guitar-work and crisp vocals." BrooklynVegan says, "Austin's Moving Panoramas make hazy psych pop with the kind of intricate harmonies that instantly elevate things a couple inches off the ground." The Guardian's New Band of the Week says, "They're in Warpaint's ballpark, or Best Coast's hazy dream pop territory, and are most likely to make Theresa Wayman and co jealous." Tom Tom Magazine says, "In a place like Austin that is bursting at the seams with music, Moving Panoramas is definitely one of the city's bands to keep your eye on."
It was 1998 in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter when Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson met at a bar…where they both worked. One was a tramp and one was devastatingly pure. With a ukulele and an acoustic guitar, they formed a band for the same reason kids join gangs— just to survive, but also to unleash the brilliance that was poking them from within.
Don’t believe the rumors. Folk Uke is not totally amazing. They’re just kind of amazing. If you find yourself at a Folk Uke show, you are in for a treat— but maybe not the kind of treat that you like the taste of. Come to the show and see for yourself.
Better yet, buy their albums first and you may save yourself the trouble. And if you make it to a live Folk Uke show, do your best to enjoy it…and then give them two more chances. They are hit and miss, but so are you most likely, and that is their charm. We live to inspire and we’re tired of writing in third person.
Day of Show: $25.00
Tickets Available at the Door
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