- Start: 29 September 2019 7:00 pm
OLDEN YOLKHONEY RADAR– 7:30pm, $10Olden Yolk:Olden Yolk is the project led by songwriters Shane Butler and Caity Shaffer. Their 2018 self-titled LP enveloped listeners in a sound uniquely of-the-moment yet simultaneously time-tested, oscillating between art rock tendencies and delicate, yet angular ballads. The project was initially conceived in 2012 by Butler as an outlet for one-off songs and visual art while touring and releasing albums with the band Quilt (Mexican Summer). Following the release of a split-record with Weyes Blood in 2014.
On their second studio album, Living Theatre, these lines jump from the page into an animated, breathing organism. Living Theatre conjures moments of stark minimalism and cinematic maximalism, most potent for Shaffer and Butler’s lyrical intimacy and vivid arrangements. The album was conceived alongside percussionist Booker Stardrum and co-producer Jarvis Taveniere (Woods) in collaboration with Eliza Bagg, Frank Maston, Peter Wagner and Benjamin Levinson. It was was recorded at Comp-NY in Los Angeles by Jarvis Taveniere with additional help from Vishal Nayak at The Black Lodge in New York City
“Through layers of warm harmonies, spirited drum fills and bright guitar riffs, Shane Butler and multi-instrumentalist Caity Shaffer craft a kaleidoscopic world that steadily builds on its own momentum” – NPR Music
“The Brooklyn group’s second album frames heavy questions in lovely, deceptively serene psych rock. Olden Yolk have big ideas and big dreams about what type of art they want to make, and for the most part, they execute in such a way that feels both strangely soothing and impossibly lovely. But that’s how all great psych rock should function: you get bamboozled by the apparent textural niceties and then get blindsided by the depth of the lyrics.” – Pitchfork
Honey Radar started off in time-honored lo-fi fashion with Jason Henn recording short bursts of hooky indie rock on a four-track. After releasing numerous records in this style, he expanded to include more musicians. They then hooked up with the What’s Your Rupture? label for two records (2016’s Blank Cartoon and 2019’s Ruby Puff of Dust), the band was positioned to take over from Guided by Voices, both in terms of amount of records and quality, should they ever retire. Their fractured pop songs previously hit the shelves as singles and EPs courtesy of Third Uncle, Chunklet Industries, and It Takes Two.
“Lo-fi, catchy, and classic-sounding, Honey Radar’s albums evoke a dirt-covered Nuggets collection from an alternate universe. In the hands of Henn and company, anything can sound catchy.” – Pitchfork
The songs are short and sweet (mostly) with diamond-bright hooks, strangely baroque melodies, and so much grit it feels like a spin through a rock tumbler is necessary to polish it enough so that styluses won’t be mercilessly shredded. As usual with the band, there’s plenty of Guided by Voices-style mini-mod in the mix, some Elephant 6 whimsy, psychedelic weirdness, and garage rock strut, too. – AllMusicLinks: