Bootleg Theater Presents
Kacey Johansing / The Domestics
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
“It seems great opportunities come in blessings as well as tragedies,” Kacey Johansing sings on the title track of her third album, “The Hiding”. After the breakup of her band Yesway, and an abrupt falling out with her closest musical collaborator, Johansing set out to record a new batch of songs that resulted from the sea change in which she had now found herself. Instead of drawing from her regular band, Johansing pulled from a wider cast of players that she’d come to know in the community of musicians throughout California and the West Coast. The resulting sound is one based wholly and unabashedly in pop. Nods to Christine McVie and Fleetwood Mac can be heard, but Johansing brings these sounds to a modern stage, blending her ethereal vocals with effervescent synthesizer washes and reverberating open-tuned guitar. Recorded at Panoramic House in Stinson Beach, where Kacey worked as caretaker, as well as at home in Bolinas, on a ridge above the cloud layer in Big Sur, and at a friend’s studio in Portland, the album also serves as a document of Kacey’s time spent traveling in search of the sound she was after. After finishing initial tracking, and still reeling from the heartbreak of losing her musical community, Johansing found a necessary move was in order. Landing somewhat-blindly in Los Angeles, she continued to work on the album and hold it close. The end result is “The Hiding”, a tone poem about loss, growth and “leaving the insular beauty of a tight-knit community,” as Johansing describes it. The release of “The Hiding” comes at a time when Johansing is deeply longing to emerge from her extended absence and reconnect with her desire to create and share her music.
“The Hiding” is set for release June 2 on Night Bloom Records, a label Johansing founded with Real Estate’s Alex Bleeker and longtime-friend and songwriter Jeff Manson.
Kacey Johansing was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and raised in the mountain towns of Colorado. After leaving Berklee College of Music in Boston, Johansing relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she spent a decade creating a community of musicians, artists and filmmakers, co-founded the duo Yesway, and released two solo albums. She has toured internationally and shared the stage with such acts as Kings of Convenience, Angel Olsen, Chris Cohen and Little Wings, and has collaborated with members of My Morning Jacket, Real Estate, Fruit Bats and The Range of Light Wilderness. She is currently preparing for the release of her third album, “The Hiding”, on her own Night Bloom Records. Johansing lives and works in Los Angeles.
LITTLE DARKNESS was born at Flora Recording & Playback, the renowned Portland facility where Michael Finn works alongside studio owner/producer Tucker Martine. Having assisted and engineered more than 35 albums with Martine – including works by The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, and Neko Case – this time Finn found himself on the other side of the glass with songwriter and bandmate Leo London tirelessly pushing their band in ambitious new directions. The Domestics spent a solid month at Flora building and developing LITTLE DARKNESS; 16-hour days, seven days a week, in which the duo took full advantage of the studio’s limitless possibilities in pursuit of something truly unique and powerful. Indeed, songs like “Love That Dress” and “Going Down The Wrong Way” add remarkable new shades to The Domestics’ frank and inventive musical approach. The two tunesmiths set the intimate songs amidst immersive and exhilarating arrangements, amplifying their personal potency. Traditional instrumentation was wed throughout the process with wide ranging sonic ambition; found sounds, creative tape loops, and waves of harmonic distortion. The result is both idiosyncratic and indelible, rich with ingenious originality, broken-hearted lyricism, and riveting creative passion.
The Domestics and their self-titled debut album arrived in 2015 and earned instant applause from a range of high profile media outlets. SPIN named the band one of “Five Artists To Watch,” praising THE DOMESTICS’ “gritty guitars, lo-fi drums, and breezy unison melodies,” declaring the eponymous album to be “a heart-on-its sleeve affair, loaded with wistful tunes steeped in the tradition of the great American rock song.” “The Domestics are not entering the indie scene quietly,” noted Paste. “Rather, (they are) starting out with a strong, loud and joyful sound.” “Demurely charming,” raved The Nerdist. “You can easily glean the authenticity of the group’s emotional earnestness.”
Hailed for their eclectic and energetic live shows, The Domestics will celebrate LITTLE DARKNESS with a winter west coast tour, set to get underway December 2nd at Los Angeles’ Bootleg Theater. For details and ticket information, please visit www.the-domestics.com/tour.
$10.00 - $12.00
Set Times will be posted on Instagram the day of show