Elk City, Antietam, Flower

Elk City

Antietam

Flower

Thu · June 14, 2018

7:30 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Elk City
Elk City
"The new Elk City album, Everybody’s Insecure, builds on a working relationship that started back in the early 1990s and hasn’t used its safe word yet. From humble, noisy beginnings to a sonically rich sound that is full of depth and detail, Elk City’s soundscapes encompass galaxies while retaining intimate and introspective thoughts and feelings, like epic adventures under the skin. Everybody’s Insecure, the group’s fifth album, is being released by Bar/None Records on March 16. Collaboration is at the core of every great band, and Elk City’s lead vocalist Renée LoBue and drummer/producer Ray Ketchem are two people ready to strap themselves into wet suits, climb into the immersion tank and get the job done. This pair is ably abetted by guitarist Sean Eden, who is currently splitting time with the re-invigorated Luna, extraordinary keyboardist Carl Baggaley and the propulsive counter melodies of bassist Martin Olson. The band has also just added a new guitarist, Chris Robertson. Throughout the album’s recording, Ketchem was building his new studio, Magic Door, a gorgeous, good-vibes HQ for musical expression and experimentation in the center of Montclair, NJ’s arts community. Far from the humble beginnings of his first clammy basement studio, Ray has become a sought-after producer/engineer, working with Guided By Voices, Luna, Versus, Chris Mills, Brother JT, and Glenn Morrow's Cry For Help. Throughout the recording of Everybody’s Insecure each track would begin with LoBue presenting her songs using late-night voice recordings she’d sung in a ghostly, whispered warble. The band would listen intently, then come up with instrumentation ideas, chord structures and tempos while Ray kept the recorders rolling - driven by his goal of capturing the creative spark at its most luminous. Every track onEverybody’s Insecure is actually built upon those very first impressions. Session after session, Ray went to work using an arsenal of studio wizardry, mining and combining, stretching and condensing, manipulating and re-amplifying sounds, building sub mixes and adding new instruments until the final mastered version is a spit-shined sonic delight, ripe for the memory box. There's the atmospheric reach-for-the-stars feel of DzSouls In Space,dz and a discussion with someone about the positive effect of imagining them dead: DzThe thought of you in the ground or maybe your ashes all over town...there’s so much sunshine in my mouth...oh there is sweet music!”Perhaps the most succinctly introspective song is the opening track DzSparrow,dz in which Renée turns the lasers on herself and contemplates the desire to flee one's own personal demons by turning them into art—""I don’t know if I’ll ever be as free as a sparrow. I'll try.”In her lyrics, Renée is able to take the stuff of everyday life and add a layer of magic to the proceedings. Her songs often take the form of a conversation, as she finds intriguing entry points into relationships much more nuanced than boy meets girl; her lyrics might observe the woman who meets the man who's having a baby with someone else or finding trust and admiration for a guy with the sense to be wearing a pair of root beer-colored shoes. Renée and Ray originally met when she was a recent high school graduate with a couple of dance tracks under her belt. Ray had moved to New York City after art school to work as an illustrator. He and a houseful of visual artists spent their days drawing storyboards for ad agencies while living in a cheap house in Belleville, NJ. Ray and one of his fellow artists thought it made sense to start a band and practice in the basement. Soon Ray was banging on a drum

kit as the other roommates were fleeing and his first recording studio, The Womb, was born. DzRenée auditioned for us in that dank basement and she just started singing stuff off the top of her head,dz remembers Ray. DzShe was absolutely fearless and plugged into what we were doing. I was immediately sold.dz They named the group the Melting Hopefuls, released a single, album and EP, then broke up when a deal with Mercury Records fell apart when the label’s management abruptly changed, with their label debut already in the can. Rather than falter, LoBue and Ketchem set out to re-build their band. They found a new guitarist and co-lead vocalist and forged a new sound with a new name: Elk City. They signed with a French imprint, released the albums statusand Hold Tight The Ropes and supported them with incessant European touring, playing venues large and with groups like The National, The Walkmen and Luna; this is when they first met future bandmate Eden. After a major shake-up in personnel, they released two more albums, New Believers– their best seller to date – and House of Tongues and returned abroad for yet more extensive touring. Then, the group took a break from performing live and instead concentrated on gathering at Ketchem’s studio to breathe life into LoBue’s cutting words and melodies. Everybody's Insecurewas the result. So drop the needle into the grooves and float down the mysterious rotating streets of Elk City. Let Ray, Renée and their merry bunch of music makers be your guide. It’s time to step through the Magic Door."
Antietam
Antietam
Moving into their fourth decade as a band, the group has embraced their longevity. Based in NYC, Antietam has been a life’s work and driving force for bandleader Tara Key, her husband and collaborator Tim Harris, and drummer Josh Madell. Antietam's latest release, Intimations of Immortality, is a record about pursuing that creative side with passion and honesty in the face of life’s obstacles and workaday trials. Key’s unrelenting songs push the theory of the unbending power of creativity, friendship, and perseverance, delivering a joyful and emotional set of triumphant rock and roll.
Flower
Flower
Flower is a post-punk noise/pop band from NYC formed in1986 and features later members of Versus, French, and Cell. Flower was a staple of the NYC underground scene carved out by Sonic Youth, Live Skull, Swans, etc, utilizing the noise element of the aforementioned artists to deepen the textures of more classically oriented pop/rock songs. They continue to perform and record today.
Venue Information:
Bowery Electric
327 Bowery
New York, NY, 10003
http://www.theboweryelectric.com/