Wild Pink w/ Trace Mountains

Sat Dec 17 2022

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)

The Basement

1604 Eighth Ave South Nashville, TN 37203

$10

Ages 21+

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Wild Pink w/ Trace Mountains

  • Wild Pink

    Wild Pink

    Indie Rock

    The fourth full-length from Wild Pink, ILYSM unfolds with all the fractured beauty of a dreamscape. Over
    the course of 12 chameleonic tracks, the New York-bred rock band build another world inhabited by
    ghosts and angels and aliens, inciting a strange and lovely daze as the backdrop shifts from the mundane
    (subdivisions, highways, hotel parking lots) to the extraordinary (deserts, battlefields, the moon). But
    within its vast imagination lies a potent truth-telling on the part of singer/guitarist John Ross, whose lyrics
    closely examine his recent struggle with cancer. The follow-up to 2021’s A Billion Little Lights—a critically
    acclaimed effort praised by the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, Vulture, and Stereogum, who named it “one of the
    prettiest rock records of the past decade”—ILYSM emerges as a truly revelatory body of work,
    transforming the most painful reflection into moments of transcendence.
    As Ross reveals, ILYSM’s feverish yet fragile intensity has much to do with the unmooring experience of
    being diagnosed with cancer early in the writing process. Now in the surveillance phase of recovery, Ross
    explains, “Even though I’d already started working on the record, everything took on new meaning after
    my diagnosis. I started writing songs that tried to make sense of the whole experience, including the love
    and support I felt from the people in my life—particularly my wife, which is where the title came from.”
    Co-produced by Ross with Justin Pizzoferrato (Pixies, Body/Head, Speedy Ortiz) and Peter Silberman of
    The Antlers, ILYSM finds Wild Pink joining forces with a thrilling lineup of guest musicians, including J
    Mascis, Julien Baker, Ryley Walker, Yasmin Williams and Samantha Crain. As the most experimental
    work to date from Wild Pink—whose lineup also includes bassist Arden Yonkers and drummer Dan
    Keegan—the album embodies a finespun yet mercurial sound embedded with so many unexpected
    details (e.g., the spirited gang vocals of its title track, the slippery grooves and unearthly narration of
    “Abducted at the Grief Retreat,” Mascis’s frenetic solo on “See You Better Now”). Mainly recorded at
    Sonelab in Easthampton, Massachusetts, ILYSM ultimately marks a bold departure from the lush
    orchestration of A Billion Little Lights, yet still bears an endlessly immersive quality. “I wanted to make a
    record with more organic elements than the last one,” says Ross. “Playing live in the room together as a
    band was very important to me—I really leaned on them to bring their talents to the table, which they did.”
    An album informed by the odd poetry of everyday life, ILYSM opens on “Cahooting The Multiverse”—a
    gorgeously hazy track encapsulated by Ross as “a stream-of-consciousness tune inspired by watching
    the light come in through the sugar maples where I live, or taking a walk by the school and seeing this
    little mountain of cigarettes where the teachers sneak out to smoke behind the cedar trees.” From there,
    Wild Pink drift into the quiet grandeur of “Hold My Hand” feat. Julien Baker, one of ILYSM’s most
    profoundly vulnerable moments. “I wrote that song right after my first surgery, about lying on the operating
    table where a member of the surgical team held my hand right before I went under,” says Ross. “It sounds
    kind of arbitrary, and like it shouldn’t have been as impactful as it was, but I felt very comforted and
    wanted to capture that loving feeling in the song.” Featuring the elegant piano work of David Moore
    (leader of the ambient ensemble Bing & Ruth), the result is a hypnotic piece of chamber-pop, brightened
    by Baker’s warm and wistful vocals.
    Graced with the dreamy pedal-steel tones of Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner (Magnolia Electric Co., Badly Drawn
    Boy) and the syrupy clarinet of Jeremy Viner (Bing & Ruth), “War on Terror” presents a lonesome and
    sprawling portrait of wandering the beach at night, once again illuminating the gently jarring effect of
    Ross’s lyrics (“Stay in the ocean because it’s just me/And the big moon rowing across the sky/Time is
    always moving to the right/And measured in things like tumor markers”). “There’s a running theme
    throughout this record of the moon being a constant companion, and I think that comes across in this
    song the most,” notes Ross. And on “Sucking on the Birdshot,” Wild Pink deliver one of ILYSM’s most
    devastating tracks: a six-and-a-half-minute epic driven by crashing rhythms and gloriously careening riffs.
    “I was in Florida and saw a sandhill crane by the side of the road; its partner had been killed by a car, and

    the bird was mourning and screaming in pain—I’ve never heard anything like it,” says Ross. “They’re
    these very striking birds that look like dinosaurs, and I came to learn that they mate for life, which is
    unusual in the animal kingdom. I had that in mind when I wrote this song about a pure expression of love
    in the natural world, and how your own first love can feel huge in a similar way.”
    For Ross, the process of bringing ILYSM to life provided a certain sense of escape, even at its most
    daunting moments. (“I was actually back in another cancer surgery within a week of wrapping up the
    recording,” he recalls. “It was pretty surreal to record this album knowing I had cancer in my lymph
    nodes—but since I couldn't have the surgery any sooner, I just stuck with my studio time.”) And with the
    release of ILYSM, Wild Pink hope the album might supply others with their own outlet for solace and
    catharsis. “Writing about all this has helped me process my experience, or even just acknowledge that I
    still don’t completely understand how I feel about it,” says Ross. “It’s been a very confusing, overwhelming
    time, and hopefully it’ll offer some kind of comfort to anyone else who’s feeling overwhelmed or confused
    too.”
  • Trace Mountains

    Trace Mountains

    Alternative

    Trace Mountains is the musical project of American indie rock musician Dave Benton. He has released 3 studio records since formally starting the band in 2018, A Partner to Lean OnLost in the Country and most recently, House of Confusion. Benton was formerly a member of the lo-fi band   Lvl UP.

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Wild Pink w/ Trace Mountains

Sat Dec 17 2022 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

(Doors 6:00 PM)

The Basement Nashville TN
Wild Pink w/ Trace Mountains

$10 Ages 21+

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This event is 21 and over. Any ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund. ALL PATRONS MUST BRING A VALID FORM OF IDENTIFICATION
WE ONLY ACCEPT TICKETWEB TICKETS
BACKPACKS are not allowed inside the venue
Most shows are standing room only
Handicap accommodations can be arranged
ALL ALL AGES and 18+ SHOWS ARE NO RE-ENTRY