9:30 Club presents at U Street Music Hall
Au Revoir Simone
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Au Revoir Simone
Au Revoir Simone present Move In Spectrums, their 4th full length LP, produced by Jorge Elbrecht from Violens. The album blends their distinctly magic chemistry of vintage synthesizers, drum samples and lovely voices in a clear, sharp-focus version of their signature sound, with their most evolved songs to date. The songs are an honest refraction of three lives weaving together in a thirst for life, sensation, truth and love.
Au Revoir Simone was formed in 2003 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as an informal keyboard-playing group at the apartment of founding member, Erika Forster. Along with three friends, Heather D'Angelo, Annie Hart, and Sung Bin Park (who left the band after their first release), the band worked on cover songs in the all-keyboard format. These reinterpreted songs became new, unique compositions and the experience transitioned seamlessly into writing their own material. Word about the group quickly spread among friends in the music scene and the group was invited to play their first concert in New York's West Village. Taking their name from a line in favorite childhood movie Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, the group made its public debut and many more local shows followed.
In 2004, after posting some demos online, Au Revoir Simone was signed by trend-making UK label, Moshi Moshi, and Rallye, a boutique indie Japanese label. The demos expanded into the band's first release, Verses Of Comfort, Assurance and Salvation which was self-released in the US on screen printed CD sleeves and hand delivered to indie record stores in New York. The band opened for The Slip and We Are Scientists and played their first overseas show at the prestigious Iceland Airwaves festival followed by UK and Japanese tours.
The success of these tours and placement in popular TV shows such as Grey's Anatomy increased the band's popularity in the US and worldwide. The band's 2006 follow-up album, The Bird Of Music, was accompanied by tours with Peter, Bjorn, and John, AIR, and headlining tours of Europe, Japan, and the USA. Features in Vogue, The Guardian, international music & fashion blogs and a strong helping hand from filmmaker and musician David Lynch propelled the band forward for their most successful album yet, Still Night, Still Light (2009).
The band took a break after touring for that album cycle but continued working and writing together.
They collaborated on songs with AIR, Johnny Marr, and french pop star Etienne Daho. They starred in and composed the soundtrack for a film directed by Giada Colagrande for Miu Miu and sang in Brooklyn a capella art group Girl Crisis (Chairlift, Class Actress).
D'Angelo completed a degree in biology from Columbia University. Forster released a successful solo EP under the moniker Erika Spring. Hart joined rock bands and toured with Uninhabitable Mansions and Pursesnatchers.
Throughout their 10 years of making music together, fueled by keyboards, sine waves and rhythmic pattern, the band has been captivated by the magic that comes with their collaboration.
Selebrities are a Brooklyn-based four piece, lauded for their signature brand of new wave romantic pop. With material that’s woven around themes of emotional intimacy, overcoming obstacles, urban living and sexuality, the band has won fans all over the world.
Its members met while attending art school in Florida, and after relocating to New York, founded Selebrities to serve as an outlet for the music they were writing at home. Following early attention in 2010 for track, ‘Secret Garden’, they were contacted by Cascine who immediately released their first EP, Ladies Man Effect, to much critical success. Since then, Selebrities and Cascine have released one album and several singles. Lovely Things, due out June 2013, will be their second proper album.
Selebrites have supported artists such as Jamie Woon, Niki & The Dove, Com Truise, Chad Valley, Craft Spells, Puro Instinct and others. Last winter they toured Europe with over 30 dates in major markets including London, Paris, Milan, Prague, Stockholm, and more.
Selebrities are Maria Usbeck, Jer Robert Paulin, Max Peterson and Joshua Michael Paulin.