Ha Ha Tonka, Trapper Schoepp, Food Will Win The War

Sun Jun 11 2017

8:00 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Knitting Factory - Brooklyn

361 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211

$12.00 ADV / $15.00 DOS

All Ages

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A portion of every ticket sold is donated to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a charity that provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. For more info go to www.sweetrelief.org.

Knitting Factory Presents
Ha Ha Tonka, Trapper Schoepp, Food Will Win The War

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  • Ha Ha Tonka

    Ha Ha Tonka

    Rock & Roll

    Named after Ha Ha Tonka State Park in their native Missouri, the group's relentless touring has seen them become one of the most buzzed about young bands in America, appearing at Lollapalooza, Sundance Film Fest, SXSW, CMJ while touring nationally as a headlining act, as well as supporting many great bands such as Old 97s, Murder By Death, Langhorne Slim, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin, Ludo, Meat Puppets and more. On March 28, 2011 Ha Ha Tonka was a guest on The Travel Channel's flagship show, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. It was one of the first times in the show's 5-year run that a band has been invited to perform. The band’s new record Death of a Decade debuted on Billboard Top 200 and was followed by a near sold out CD release tour in April/May 2011. The band completed a 50+ date fall headline tour which included a performance at Austin City Limits Festival as well as a multitude of radio shows. The band appeared at several festivals including Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Kentucky Derby Fest, Twangfest and more in 2012. Ha Ha Tonka just finished recording the follow-up to Death of a Decade and are currently on their 2nd European tour.

  • Trapper Schoepp

    Trapper Schoepp

    Rock & Roll

    Trapper Schoepp is a young man who’s befriended a strange and diverse cast of characters during his 24 years. That small army of rogues and rebels, drifters and dreamers, soldiers and schemers populate his songs, their tragedies and comedies, their lives and deaths recalled in his finely etched musical vignettes.  

    The Minnesota-born, Wisconsin-based tunesmith and teller of tales (both tall and true), returns with his second effort Rangers & Valentines (Xtra Mile Recordings). The record follows his critically acclaimed 2012 debut Run Engine, Run, with his band the Shades. That LP earned notices in Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and Paste, with the folks at Huffington Post calling him a “master storyteller” and PBS hailing his "story songs that explore and explode the conventions of rock and roll."

    On Rangers & Valentines, Schoepp defies the limitations of the standard-issue Americana platter, hopping genres – you’ll hear lots of brass, backing singers and B-3 -- as the songs build to delirious musical highs. His narratives, meanwhile, find subjects in the narrow margins of society, the strange twists (literal and metaphorical) in the weather, and the vagaries of a troubadour’s transient life – with lyrics that flash a lacerating wit and humanist streak that’s at the core of his craft.  

    Produced by pop polymath and Raconteurs member Brendan Benson at his Readymade Studios in Nashville, the record finds Schoepp handling vocals, guitar and harmonica. He’s aided by an array of estimable musicians including his brother and musical-foil-since-birth Tanner Schoepp (providing bass guitar and vocal harmonies), Steve Selvidge (The Hold Steady), John Davis (Superdrag), the McCrary Sisters -- even comedian and WTF podcaster Marc Maron chips in on background vocals and lead guitar.  

    Schoepp shines up the well-worn clichés of singer-songwriterdom and renders them anew. Evoking a series of vivid protagonists and settings (fittingly, each track will have its own accompanying video, solidifying the cinematic quality of this set) his work variously recalls prime Prine (John, that is), the nuances of Newman (Randy, of course), the boozy bonhomie of The Replacements, and the unflinching language of someone well-versed in the Zevonian dialect.  

    Schoepp mixes fact and family lore to conjure the hardscrabble history “Ballad of Olof Johnson” and chides modern-day wannabes on “Lost Cowboy.” The road story “Ogalalla” answers the question: what happens to your mind when you’re snowbound in Nebraska with nothing but a bottle of Nyquil and The Hobbit at the local picture show for company? Meanwhile, the arch love song satire “Talking Girlfriend Blues” deftly explains how to preserve your dignity while hitchhiking to a date – and what to do when your ride turns out to have eyes for the same girl.

    Elsewhere, ”Don't Go" offers a poetic post-9/11 story of love and war; while “Settlin’ or Sleepin’ Around" questions modern-day swipe right, hook up culture. Schoepp continues his affinity for songs set in hospitals with "Mono Pt. II" – which explores the kissing disease and the institutional runaround of health care in America (unfortunately a familiar subject for the young man). And he pays tribute to old friends and outsized characters with “For Jonny” (dedicated to his longtime drummer Jonny Philip) and the heart-rending requiem “Dream.” 

    Having released his debut on SideOneDummy, Rangers & Valentines is being put out by London-based Xtra Mile Recordings. Hipped to Schoepp’s work by fellow singer-songwriter Frank Turner, among others, Xtra Mile honcho Charlie Caplowe quickly signed him to the label. 

    Schoepp – who’s already crisscrossed the country sharing stages with fellow travelers like The Wallflowers, The Jayhawks and The Old 97's – will be back on the road throughout 2016 in support of Ranger & Valentines, starting with a 3-week run throughout the UK and Europe supporting Jesse Malin.  
     

  • Food Will Win The War

    Food Will Win The War

    Alternative Rock

    "Food Will Win the War explores a space largely unexplored even in Brooklyn's dense music scene. There's a delicate balance in this music between the fun of surrealist fantasy and the acceptance of life's realities." -Mike Levine, The Deli Magazine

    "Food Will Win the War is the BK band led by Rob Ward, a whispery-voiced singer-songwriter with an appealingly moody intellectual streak.." -Hank Shteamer, Time Out New York

    "...dreamy pop sounds mixed with complex human emotions." -Ilana Kaplan, Interview Magazine

    "Missing NYC's Food Will Win the War would be a big mistake -- especially if you like smooth, fine-tined, scaled-down fare à la Elliott Smith or Erland Øye." -Michael Brodeur, The Boston Phoenix

    "Food Will Win the War... was taken from Rob's journal. Bound in brown leather, it sits on a mahogany nightstand under dimly lit oil lantern light. The music is truly American. It is a modern folk-laced (semi-colonial at times) bazaar celebrated in large open fields..." -Matthew Donahue, Williamsburg NY

    "Food Will Win the War is a seven piece outfit in the vein of The Magnetic Fields and Xiu Xiu. Vaulting seamlessly between uplifting dance jams and haunting melodic dreamscapes, FWWtW's set was a cornucopia of musical flavors." -Jason Grimste, The Deli Magazine

    "NYC's Food Will Win the War crafts tastefully layered alt folk with a chamber rock slant, combining multi-voice harmonies, instrumental embellishments on fiddle, accordion and glock, and sweetly harmonizing vocals. The music that veers from uplifting danceable odes to dreamy melodic and drifting soundscapes." -Wade Tangelo, Creative Loafing

    "... elegant, coutnryesque raspyness matched by grumbling monotone along the lines of Beat Happening or The Halo Benders." -Cliff Drake, Dissociative Identity

Knitting Factory Presents

Ha Ha Tonka, Trapper Schoepp, Food Will Win The War

Sun Jun 11 2017 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Knitting Factory - Brooklyn Brooklyn NY
Ha Ha Tonka, Trapper Schoepp, Food Will Win The War
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$12.00 ADV / $15.00 DOS All Ages

$12 ADV | $15 DOS

A portion of every ticket sold is donated to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a charity that provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. For more info go to www.sweetrelief.org.