Sat Aug 10 2019
6:30 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)
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Kickstand Productions Presents
Emily Jane Powers
Hailing from the heartland of America, Ohio's Leggy is a blonde-heavy dream punk trio exploding with empowered earnestness, an undeniably catchy pop sensibility and that ever timeless grrrl in-and-out of love allure. With influences drawn from contemporary artists like Lana Del Rey & St. Vincent, as well as 90's jammers like The Breeders and Hole, Leggy produce a unique style of music that equal parts dark pop and shimmery punk.
Leggy began after singer/ guitarist Veronique Allaer (Belgian parents) took a hip-breaking tumble off a fire escape days after graduating from college. Priorities drastically rearranged, she ditched the plans for grad school and instead moved into a house with her two best friends and music lovers, Kerstin Bladh and Christopher Campbell. The three began crafting raucous yet infectious garage pop led by Bladh's fuzzed out and slinky bass lines, fortified with Campbell's heavy-hitting yet tight drum beats, and sweetened with Allaer's saccharine vocals.
In 2017 Damnably had Chicago Mastering Service Remaster Leggy's eponymous 2016 album for Vinyl release. With constant touring they have gained a national following the in the States and have enjoyed significant airplay from college radio and attention from blogs. Leggy have played over a dozen festivals and have shared the stage with many notable and buzz-worthy bands such as Bully, EMA, Ex Hex, Cursive, Colleen Green, and Tweens.
"Raw, catchy as hell, and utterly dance-able, Cincinnati trio Leggy make skin-bearing garage rock that isn't afraid to rip the guise off dated and romantic tropes." Noisey
"...lo-fi productions of infectious melodies, bubblegum punk and a taste of not giving a fuck." - She Shreds Magazine
" It discomfits. It unsettles. It reassures. I would have covered this for Melody Maker." - Everett True
Marriage and career have failed to make Emily Jane Powers feel settled. Her new album Restless, written during a period of what Powers describes as “restlessness and discontent” is a bracingly intimate meditation on the strains that monogamy, work, and family place on identity and desire. Whether she’s leading a hard-charging rock arrangement or singing quietly to herself, Restless is united by a confrontational level of honesty and vulnerability.
The product of three years of writing, arranging, performing, and rearranging, Restless is a diverse but cohesive statement. Much of the record is heavy on Powers’ looped and layered guitar, which has simultaneously grown more formally ambitious and somehow more slangily loose. But there are moments of quiet piano, lush woodwinds, and soaring strings. Sonically, listeners will hear touches of everything from Courtney Love to Sade, but unified by the emotional intensity of Fiona Apple or Cat Power.
Powers’ music has been a well-kept secret for over a decade. New listeners who stumble upon her back catalog will be overwhelmed by its size and richness. Starting in Michigan in the early 2000’s, Emily wrote and recorded an album nearly every year, honing a bedroom pop sound that was simultaneously lush, intimate, and playful. Fiercely independent, her albums were generally DIY in spirit and technique, reaching perfection with 2009’s Undertone, a joyfully luxuriant assembly of sugary and multilayered pop. 2014’s Part of Me introduced a more collaborative and polished approach, paving the way for the sonically-intimate and emotional explorations of 2018’s Restless.
Restless, was recorded by Erik Hall (In Tall Buildings) and features performances from Jenn Romero (The Jellies), Chris Smith (Luno), Alec Jensen and Eric Brummitt (Dream Version).
Summer Cannibals, Leggy, Djunah, Emily Jane Powers
Sat Aug 10 2019 6:30 PM
(Doors 6:00 PM)