Indians, Brazos, Leverage Models

Sun Jul 21 2013

8:30 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Knitting Factory - Brooklyn

361 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211

All Ages

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Knitting Factory Brooklyn Presents
Indians / Brazos / Leverage Models

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  • Indians

    Indians

    Alternative Rock

    Coming to the attention of 4AD after a clutch of demo tracks went online early in 2012, Indians emerged in a fittingly understated manner, and with Somewhere Else, has made both an assured and majestic debut album.

    Indians is all the work of one man, Copenhagen resident Søren Løkke Juul, who brought his band in to being when he felt the need to challenge himself and do something different. Not aiming for anything other than satisfying a creative urge, things have snowballed quickly for him ever since.

    Performing his first show as Indians in February 2012, he self-released his debut 7" single a few months later and has since extensively toured both Europe and North America, playing shows with the likes of Beirut, Bear In Heaven, Dan Deacon, Lower Dens, Perfume Genius, Retribution Gospel Choir, Savages, Weird Dreams and is currently on the road with Other Lives. To cap it off, he's joined fellow countrymen Efterklang in signing to 4AD, doubling the number of Scandinavian acts on their roster.

    Over the summer months, Søren retreated to a studio in the Danish countryside to finish his early demos and write new material to make Somewhere Else a personal document that's equal parts melancholic lament and hopeful stargazing, the title itself an indication of the sense of otherness that runs throughout. Evocative of the natural world, its cavernous tones and Autumnal warmth reflect the vastness of the landscape that formed the backdrop of its conception.

    Indians celebrated joining the ranks of Bon Iver, St. Vincent, Tune-Yards and Mark Lanegan etc with a 4AD Session. Like all 4AD Sessions, it was filmed in a day and in a way that the band wanted it. Directed by Iain & Jane, they went to Osea Island, a little-known, privately owned island in the estuary of the Blackwater in Essex, UK where Søren was flanked by two additional band members (his live band floats between solo performances and a three-piece band). Facing up to the challenge of performing in a vast open space, under sky and near water, they triumphed in making quite a first impression. 

  • Brazos

    Brazos

    Alternative Rock

    Martin McNulty Crane V comes from a long line of exceptional Martins. There's an orphan who became attorney general of Texas and fought the KKK, a lieutenant who fought in WWI, an airline pilot who raised his family in Iran, and a scientist. Our Martin Crane, who now records as Brazos, is on track to become a leading musical light, with a burning creative mind and a searching soul.

    Brooklyn (by way of Austin) -based Brazos gained recognition in 2009 with Crane's self-released debut album, Phosphorescent Blues. The album was hewn around 'The Observer,' the 1969 Adrienne Rich poem Crane put to music. From the bouncy, free-formed vocal phrasing of that adaptation grew a style that combined raw energy and dance rhythms with the subtle intricacies of jazz and folk.

    On Brazos' new album, Saltwater, Crane's acoustic guitar, Spencer Zahn's warm bass lines, and Ian Chang's frenetic, melodic drumming were all recorded live. Over several months, Crane added and refined layers of pianos, synths, guitars and production embellishment. The multi-talented Sandro Perri mixed the final arrangements into a quixotic melange that is both understated and startlingly honest.

    Like a stunning spring morning, Saltwater is buoyant, expansive pop, with an astonishingly sure hand of craftsmanship. Gestated in an atmosphere of listening to "transcendent groove music" (Pharaoh Sanders, Can, Harmonia, Fela Kuti, among others) Crane brings a light and lilting poise and unique perspective, mixed with the emotional urgency of The Walkmen, a James Mercer timbre, and a wry, unencumbered sense of being, a la Deerhunter or Cass McCombs.

    Opening track 'Always On' begins mid-synth swirl blast, plunging the listener into a dervish of melody and a frenetic beat. 'Charm' jumps down a notch to a loping, staccato groove and seeing-stars joie-de-vivre. By track three 'How the Ranks Was Won,' the cascades of melodic joy have been translated into a tale about the voyage of a ghost ship and its descendants. The title track 'Saltwater', inspired by Melville's Moby Dick, holds its tempo, just barely reined in, with spirals of guitar, swells of organ and explosions of percussion threatening to erupt, while Crane's salty caramel vocal is warm and emphatic.

    This is our Martin Crane - the restless, yearning, young musical adventurer - balancing raging power, with a lovely articulation of deep feelings.

    He has no tattoos.

  • Leverage Models

    Leverage Models

    Alternative Rock

    Shannon Fields (Stars Like Fleas founder/producer, Helado Negro collaborator) has spent the better part of 2012 recording new unhinged, narratively-oblique, club-centric, dark kitchen-sink pop music under the name Leverage Models. Leverage Models has been releasing songs on limited edition cassette tapes via Portland-label, Hometapes (Bear in Heaven, Pattern is Movement, All Tiny Creatures, Matthew E. White). The debut Leverage Models LP is forthcoming in October on Hometapes, and Euro-label, Something in Construction (Memory Tapes, Concretes, Loney Dear), and will feature contributions from members of Yeasayer, Sinkane, LCD Soundsystem, and others. The live band sculpts the warped echoes of ABC, Scritti Politti, The Associates, Happy Mondays, Japan, A Certain Ratio, Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam, Throbbing Gristle, &c. into something wholly new via exhaustingly manic live shows. 

     

    “[Artists on the Rise, 1/23/12] This is world beats turned into booty-shaking dirtiness, topped off with Shannon Fields’ roof-shaking falsetto” - Deli Magazine

     

    “excellent…world-spanning pop that will do to your ears what this bright July summer sun is doing to your mood” - Portland Mercury

     

    “a massively catchy sound that grows on you…energizing” - Origami Vinyl (Los Angeles)

    “head-scratchingly brilliant” - Brad Laner (Medicine, M83), Dangerous Minds

     

    “suddenly you realize you’ve been slowly seduced…This sucker bites hard, fangs bury deep into our subconscious and beg to you to listen again and again.” yvynl

     

    “seriously layered, ornate, and frenzied electronic transmissions…excellent” - The Onion A.V. Club

     

    “Rapturous bursts of bright horn-fuelled funk-pop…Great” [New Band of the Day feature] ” - The Guardian UK

     

    “A lullaby sung by the sea with the subdued hysterics of of Scritti Politti…will drench you in unspecified yearning & leave you reaching for the repeat button” - Gill Mills, New Music Matters (UK)

Knitting Factory Brooklyn Presents

Indians / Brazos / Leverage Models

Sun Jul 21 2013 8:30 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Knitting Factory - Brooklyn Brooklyn NY
Indians, Brazos, Leverage Models
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All Ages