The Crocodile Presents: Drugdealer, Donny Benét

Mon Jul 29 2019

8:00 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern

5433 Ballard Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98107

Ages 21+

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The Crocodile Presents: Drugdealer, Donny Benét

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  • Drugdealer

    Drugdealer

    Psychedelic

    “All anyone wants to be is what they can.”

    In an era when networked access to information is nearly universal and wearing influences on your sleeve is normalized, it often feels like everything’s been done. Which begs the questions: What’s the point of creating? Does the world need another still life of fruit? Another film about love? Does the world need another melody?

    On Raw Honey, his second album as DrugdealerMichael Collins colors these existential conundrums with lush arrangements, memetic melodies, and a vulnerable tunefulness that tries to make sense of self-doubt and connected loneliness in our shared simulacra.

    Collins, who never played an instrument, let alone received musical training in any formal capacity, began experimenting with sounds in 2009 after traversing the US on freight trains. After a few years crafting abstract sampledelia, he decided to forgo his experimental exercises in favor of teaching himself how to write the traditional song. In doing so, he made the decision to approach songwriting from the perspective of a listener, rather than a “musician.”

    In 2013, Collins headed west and enmeshed himself in the Los Angeles underground scene. It was then th

    at he began collaborating with players in the orbit of Ariel Pink, slowly over time crafting what would become Drugdealer’s debut album, The End of Comedy, a collection of sunlit songs as indebted to Laurel Canyon psych pop as it is Bacharian orchestration.

    Raw Honey continues where The End of Comedy left off, with Collins once again leading an ace crew of collaborators to coalesce the spirit of Drugdealer’s classically modern pop. Built on the foundation of a creative partnership between Collins, Sasha Winn (vocals) and Shags Chamberlain(bass, production), Drugdealer is more a collective than band. Raw Honeyfeatures contributions of Josh Da Costa (drums), Jackson MacIntosh(guitar), Danny Garcia (guitar), Michael Long (lead guitar), and Benjamin Schwab (backing vocals, guitar, organ, piano, wurlitzer), as well as guest vocalists like country balladeer Dougie Poole (“Wild Motion”), Harley Hill-Richmond (“Lonely”), and frequent collaborator Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood) whose dulcet tones sing low before soaring on “Honey,” a track as silky as the nectar itself.

    Throughout Raw Honey, Collins and crew display their influences as a new tapestry, one woven with the recycled fibers from thousands of tapestries that have colored our collective listening histories. As evidenced throughout Raw Honey, Collins has an ear for penning numbers that would sound as at home on Classic Rock radio as they would at Zebulon in Los Angeles, where any of the contributors to Raw Honey could, perhaps, be found on any night of the week, on stage, or in the audience supporting another Angelino’s modern pop aspirations.

    Rather than hiding behind a curtain or casually sidestepping AOR tropes, Raw Honey adheres to a modern kind of creation — one that cultivates influences and espouses reverence. An honest totem, Raw Honey isn’t tangled up in social norms, with Collins prefering to air his self-doubt as a northern star to guide like-minded people wherever they need to go.

    Drugdealer’s Raw Honey will be released on April 19, 2019 via Mexican Summer.

  • Donny Benét

    Donny Benét

    Disco

    Sophisticated Lover.
    Working Out.
    Konichiwa.
    These songs represent just a small taste of the enigma that is Donny Benét.
    Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Donny first burst onto the scene in 2011 with his breakthrough album "Don't Hold Back". Hailed by critics as "Prince on a serious budget cut" Benét is best described as the favourite nephew to Uncles Giorgio Moroder, Alan Vega and Michael McDonald.
    2018 saw the release of his latest record 'The Don' to the joy of thousands of fans. Since then he has been touring the world selling hundreds of tickets to his cult following and joined Mac DeMarco on a run of dates in the USA. Benét continues to deliver new songs and good times live across the world.  
The Crocodile Presents

The Crocodile Presents: Drugdealer, Donny Benét

Mon Jul 29 2019 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern Seattle WA
The Crocodile Presents: Drugdealer, Donny Benét
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Ages 21+