Painted Palms / Saint Pepsi / Airiel
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 9:00 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
PAINTED PALMS is the electronic psych-pop project of cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme. Whether they live four states away or four blocks away, the duo have always used The Internet to collaborate on their songwriting. Their debut album, Forever, out in January on Polyvinyl, proves that although they lacked a psychical connection throughout the song writing process, their psychic connection reigned supreme. Forever was created by Donohue sending short, looping beats and Prudhomme replying with a vocal melody before continuing to bounce the track back and forth between them until all was said and done. With influences ranging from modern electric to ’60s psych-pop and themes covering being lost between the real world and one’s own mind, PAINTED PALMS will surely deliver a show that makes us think well beyond own physical existence. SAINT PEPSI will be bringing their ambient-disco flavor all the way from Long Island. At the forefront of the ever-growing “vaporwave” movement, which is a thing OF COURSE, Ryan DeRobertis uses a wide range of samples, from Marvin Gaye to Justin Bieber to background music from a Nintendo Wii, all to create an ethereal and unique sonic collage. Opening this dreamtastic night is AIRIEL, Chicago’s own melodic, shoegaze ensemble, a band that says of themselves: “It’s loud, It’s pretty, you can dance to it.” Well, guess that just about covers it! In all seriousness, though, the Chicago band has been together since 1997 and tonight AIRIEL bring their expansive drum and synth approach to the Bottle with all the familiar accoutrements: catchy melodies, lush guitars, danceable rhythms and lasting dreaminess. The four-piece's most recent record, 2012's Kid Games EP, was praised for its blistering wall of sound, but KEXP went on to say the band's "memorable melodies and soaring vocal harmonies ensure their songs are more than just thrilling guitar noise."