mewithoutYou - "Brother, Sister" 16 Year Anniversary Tour with Unwed Sailor

Mon Jan 10 2022

7:30 PM (Doors 6:30 PM)

X-Ray Arcade

5036 S Packard Ave Cudahy, WI 53110

$27.50

All Ages

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mewithoutYou - "Brother, Sister" 16 Year Anniversary Tour with Unwed Sailor

  • mewithoutYou

    mewithoutYou

    Indie Rock

    It is no mistake that mewithoutYou have become one of today’s most fascinating experimental rock acts. The last 15 years have borne witness to the Philadelphia five-piece exercising stylistic evolutions and aerial dynamics with humbling dexterity and untamed ambition. At their roots may be a theatrical progressive punk/post-hardcore band, but they’ve never been content to remain comfortably within a familiar genre. Their continuous multi-directional movements have left them increasingly difficult to classify, the growth of their branches impossible to predict. The group’s sixth full-length album, Pale Horses, is the best evidence to date of their eclectic agility.

     

    The one constant in mewithoutYou’s storied career has been lead singer Aaron Weiss’ ability to sketch ornate, thought-provoking narratives. Seamlessly weaving his signature holler amidst whispered storytelling and stream-of-consciousness outpourings, his latest offerings vacillate between the emotionally wracked, vibrantly symbolic, and ambiguously metaphysical. His meandering, technicolor vision of a world apocalyptic—populated with werewolves and vulturemen, shape-shifters and apparitions, android whales and an Idaho bride—combines the fantastic opulence of the group’s recent albums with the vulnerable personal confessions of their earliest work.

     

    Longtime band-mates Mike Weiss, Rickie Mazzotta and Greg Jehanian continue to craft dramatic, nightmare soundscapes which lavishly complement their singer’s ecstatic hallucinations. The addition of Brandon Beaver (of Buried Beds, the Silver Ages) allows the group as a 5-piece to revisit its earlier intricate, layered fretwork, while adding new depths of vocal harmonies and ever-peculiar arrangements. Musically, the group hearkens boldly to the raw intensity of 2004’s Catch for Us the Foxes, while building on the rich imagery of 2006’s Brother, Sister. Epic in scope, Pale Horses is mewithoutYou at their best, breathing fresh life into the end times, gloriously terrifying and hauntingly iconic.

     

    Their latest album also marks a new beginning for the band, as it’s their first to be released on Run for Cover Records. Teaming with the rising Boston independent label was the outgrowth of their partnership with Will Yip, whose masterful production transforms the band’s transcendental musings into a widescreen experience. Drums and bass lines quake with the faults of the earth, as an army of guitars and multi-instrumental nuances ring in the paranoia, mass hysteria and peaceful exaltation. The result is a stunning collage—fitfully disturbing, steadily bizarre, uniquely celebratory—undoubtedly the grandest musical adventure yet conceived within mewithoutYou’s expanding tapestry.

  • Unwed Sailor

    Unwed Sailor

    Alternative Rock

    For more than two decades, Johnathon Ford has led the post-rock band Unwed Sailor. Throughout the years, Ford has steered the band—an ever-evolving collective that’s included members of Pedro the Lion, Fleet Foxes, Danielson Famile, and more—through a searching series of albums, incorporating the influences of ambient music, shoegaze, math rock, and drone into its body of work along the way. Led by Ford’s singular bass playing and melodic overview, Unwed Sailor has built one of the great under-recognized discographies in indie rock. Despite the lack of vocals and thematic scope, these are direct and often brief transmissions. Inspired by the new wave sheen of New Order and the zoned-out slowcore of Bedhead, Ford remains as interested in crafting recognizable melodies as he is grandiose moods. “I’m interested in writing pop songs with hooks that speak to me,” Ford says.
     
    With 2019’s Heavy Age, Unwed Sailor released its loudest, darkest, and perhaps poppiest, release yet. Bolstered by the guitar touches of Dave Swatzell and two drummers, longtime member Matt Putman and Colin Blanton, the album finds Ford layering bass and keyboards to expand on Unwed Sailor’s already wide sonic range. Opener “Indian Paintbrush” blends psychedelic guitars with swooning new wave synths; “ACAXAO” recalls the lushness of the Cure. Meanwhile, songs like “Jealous Heart,” “Disintegrate,” and closer “When You Want Me There” throb with distortion—these are among the heaviest songs Unwed Sailor’s ever committed to record.  
     
    Unwed Sailor’s ability to morph and fold in disparate elements is crucial to Ford. He formed the band in Seattle in 1998, after the dissolution of the beloved math rock band Roadside Monument. Ford had begun playing in Pedro the Lion, led by songwriter David Bazan, and found himself drawn increasingly to quieter sounds, a sharp contrast to the violent and deafening artistry of Roadside. Inspired by Louisville minimalists Rachel’s and Chicago experimentalists Tortoise, Ford began writing new material. It retained the kinetic propulsion of Roadside Monument but showcased a new reflectiveness. Mostly wordless, the grandeur of early Unwed Sailor positioned the group among the vanguard of independent and mostly instrumental bands loosely grouped together under the “post-rock” banner.
     
    “I didn’t know what ‘post-rock’ was or meant at that point,” Ford says. “I grew up on classical music and movie soundtracks; my thinking was already based instrumentally.” 
     
    In 1998, Unwed Sailor debuted with Firecracker EP (released the same year as the final Roadside Monument album, I Am The Day of Current Taste, and Pedro the Lion’s debut LP, It’s Hard to Find a Friend, both featuring Ford), following it up with the full-length The Faithful Anchor in 2001—which includes one vocal performance by Ford on the “The Quiet Hour.” A soundtrack collaboration with Early Day Miners, Stateless, came in 2002. In 2003, Ford embraced a chamber pop approach—forgoing drums entirely—on The Marionette and the Music Box, a concept album based on a children’s story Ford created. The White Ox appeared in 2006. Featuring art by James Marsh, whose neo-surreal paintings also graced the covers of Talk Talk’s legendary albums, the album was steeped in mysticism, inspired by new age music, the sophisticated pop of Blue Nile, David Sylvian, and ‘80s-era Madonna. 2008’s Little Wars returned to a rock-based sound, and a string of self-released EPs and tours preceded the band’s return with Heavy Age more than a decade later. 
     
    Even as Unwed Sailor has shifted its sound, it’s retained Ford’s distinct point of view. His vision serves as a connecting thread, and while tone and mood constantly swirl, his original intention remained fixed. “When someone hears Unwed Sailor, I want them to be able to reflect in their mind,” Ford says. “To reflect on things they’ve been through, beautiful places they’ve been, and experiences that have shaped them. I want their lives to be reflected in the songs.”
     
    Ford’s own life is reflected by the music too. Looking back, he sees the last 20-something years of Unwed Sailor’s work as something of a travelog, documenting his time spent in Tulsa, DC, Chicago, New Orleans, and Seattle, and his touring abroad. I’ve always had a wandering free spirit,” Ford says of his reluctance to put down geographic or stylistic roots. That willingness to keep moving is at the heart of Unwed Sailor. The locations change, the surroundings morph. Motion serves as a unifying force. 
     
    “I feel like Unwed Sailor makes good driving music; I want to write music for that person who’s always moving. I want to make the soundtrack for their journey to the next stop on the road or the next stop in their life.”
     

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Kickstand Productions Presents:

mewithoutYou - "Brother, Sister" 16 Year Anniversary Tour with Unwed Sailor

Mon Jan 10 2022 7:30 PM

(Doors 6:30 PM)

X-Ray Arcade Cudahy WI
mewithoutYou - "Brother, Sister" 16 Year Anniversary Tour with Unwed Sailor

$27.50 All Ages

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