Husky (AU), Buxton, Chamberlin

Husky (AU)

Buxton

Chamberlin

Tue, October 30, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

San Francisco, CA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 18 and over

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Husky (AU)
Husky (AU)
George Orwell said that writing should be transparent – like a clear window pane," says Husky Gawenda, frontman of four-piece band Husky from Melbourne, Australia. Gawenda feels the same way about music. "You shouldn't notice the music or the art of it; you're just transported to another place." Husky the band includes folk-inspired Husky Gawenda on vocals and guitar, Gideon Preiss on vocals and keys, Evan Tweedie on vocals and bass, and Luke Collins on drums and percussion. Even though they have varied musical backgrounds, a love for classic pop (Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, The Doors and The Beach Boys), rich harmonies, and artful songwriting is the common thread that draws them together.

After winning Triple J Unearthed, the band continues to reach new heights, winning hearts with every sold-out show around the country. Recent performance highlights include supporting Devandra Banhart, Noah and the Whale, Kimbra, Jinja Safari and Gotye. On 21 October, the band's anticipated debut album Forever So will be released.
To bring Forever So to life, Gawenda and Preiss pulled together all the old recording gear they could get their hands on and set up in a bungalow at the back of Gawenda's house. "The backyard was overgrown with weeds and wild mint and the bungalow was full of junk," Preiss says. "We spent all night watching videos online about how to sound-treat rooms. We partitioned off parts of the house where we recorded the vocals and instruments."

After months of crafting songs, they headed to LA to bunker down with Noah Georgeson (Devandra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and The Strokes) at House of Blues Studios to mix the album. "Mixing in LA with Noah was an amazing experience," Preiss says. "The recording had been such a labour of love, and we had grown so attached to the songs, it was difficult to imagine handing them over to someone else to mix them. But Noah's sensibility and musicality really complimented the songs."

The result is a lush collection of songs that echo the classics they grew up with, full of haunting lyrics, rolling rhythms and delicate layers of sound. For Gawenda, when it comes to writing, a song can appear from anywhere. "Generally something comes to me out of the blue – a line, a melody, a chord progression." he says. In terms of lyrics, a kind of ghostliness imbues the poetry of the songs. "Forever So recalls times gone by, dreams, and people who are no longer in your life but still exist in your memory."
Buxton
Buxton
Folk Rock from Houston,TX a band that organically grew into a notable musical force in todays music world. Fresh, harmonic, and musical, as well as song driven.
Chamberlin
Chamberlin
Chamberlin is the biggest band from Vermont that no one there has ever really heard of. As their debut album Bitter Blood (Roll Call/EMI) drops, the eight-month-old act finds themselves criss-crossing the country in the midst of national tours, having played but a handful of shows in their home state.

Last fall, before finishing Bitter Blood, the only people Chamberlin had performed for were close friends and flames during late night whiskey-fueled rehearsals at their mountainside cabin in Goshen, VT (pop. 200). There, last spring, Mark Daly and Ethan West wrote and demoed the nine songs that would make up the record. "We didn't think much of them at the time -- basically rehearsing with a microphone on -- but those acoustic tracks had some legs," says West.

By June the two recruited three other players, and Chamberlin was born. They took the name from a painting, perched on the cabin wall. By July, the group was signed to west coast indie label Roll Call Records. A month later they met with producer Scott Tournet and left the cabin to record Bitter Blood in Burlington, VT. Tournet plays guitar for Grace Potter And The Nocturnals, the most recent Vermont band with a national trajectory. Chamberlin would go on to follow in their footsteps -- literally -- kicking off 2011 supporting Grace & Co. on their sold-out winter tour.

"We were so busy with the record that by the time it was finished, we only played a couple times in Vermont before we had all these opportunities elsewhere come knocking on our door," says Daly, the band's lead singer/frontman. "Suddenly we found that we'd played in Minneapolis more times than Burlington and that we sell the most records in San Francisco."

Up in their cabin, Chamberlin wrote a record stained with the influence of bonfires, harsh winters, geographical isolation and the women that seem to run perpendicular to their lives. From the electric opening track, "Fools" – a stormy, scathing rebuke of two lovers – to the resolute, mostly a capella "Sixty Days," the nine songs on Bitter Blood are photographs, or perhaps photograms, of Chamberlin's world, with varying degrees of aperture. Despite its title, Bitter Blood is not without pleasantries. For the band, while contemplative, is not jaded. "Turn Around," the B3-laden third track, may even sound best as a drink-in-hand, late-night back porch sing-along. After all, "bitter blood," as the title track asserts, "breaks like a cigarette."
Venue Information:
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
http://www.brickandmortarmusic.com/