Laura Gibson

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Laura Gibson

Heart Harbor

Sun, April 3, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Laura Gibson - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Laura Gibson
Laura Gibson is excited to announce her forthcoming new album Empire
Builder, slated for release on April 1, 2016 via Barsuk, her second
record for the label and fourth LP.

Empire Builder is named for the Amtrak route Laura Gibson took while
moving from Portland, Oregon to New York City in the summer of 2014; a
decision to enter graduate school, to move away from a supportive
community, a close-knit family and her long-time boyfriend. Out of her
comfort zone, she found even more of a challenge than she’d
envisioned. Immediately upon arrival, she broke her foot and barely
left her 5th floor apartment for the first two months. Then, on March
26th, 2015, her East Village building burned to the ground in a
horrific gas explosion which killed two people and left many homeless.

Gibson escaped from her apartment unharmed, but lost everything: all
identification, eyeglasses, musical instruments, years of notebooks
and every word she had written in response to her move. She spent the
next few months rebuilding her life, bouncing between friends’ couches
and guest rooms, finishing her second semester, and all the while
rewriting the lyrics she had lost. A financial recovery was made
possible with help and support from hundreds of friends, fans and
strangers. It is no surprise that Empire Builder stands as her most
personal record to date.

The album marks a huge leap forward for Gibson as a songwriter,
composer and producer. Equally raw and focused, Empire Builder
captures a life blown open, an individual mid-transformation. Gibson
gathered a stellar band of old friends to complement her songs:
guitarist/bassist Dave Depper (Death Cab for Cutie, Menomena),
drummer/percussionist Dan Hunt (Neko Case) and composer/violinist
Peter Broderick. Other contributors include Nate Query of the
Decemberists and vocalist Alela Diane. Gibson co-produced the record
with John Askew (The Dodos, Neko Case), spending her school breaks in
his home studio and in Broderick’s studio on the Oregon Coast.

Within her fiction studies in grad school, Gibson is finding her legs
as a storyteller. Amidst trauma, loss and recovery, she rediscovered
songwriting as a means of understanding her own life and choices.
Empire Builder grapples with independence, womanhood, solitude,
connection and aloneness. If Gibson has a thesis, it’s perhaps within
the final words of the title track: “Hurry up and lose me / Hurry up
and find me again.” With clear-eyed honesty, urgency and warmth,
Empire Builder succeeds in capturing the moment between loss and
Heart Harbor - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Heart Harbor
Heart Harbor is the new solo project of Philadelphia musician and
writer Kerry Hallett. Kerry has been playing out and recording with
bands from Philly, PA to Portland, OR. Her songs fuse dreamy vocals
with electronic beats and catchy pop hooks. Her debut EP, produced by
Erin McKeown, will be released this summer.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125