Marissa Nadler

R5 Presents

Marissa Nadler

Faces On Film, Edison

Wed, June 13, 2012

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

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

Marissa Nadler - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Marissa Nadler
For more than 12 years, Marissa Nadler has perfected her own take on the exquisitely sculpted gothic American songform. On her seventh full-length, Strangers, she has shed any self-imposed restrictions her earlier albums adhered to, stepped through a looking glass, and created a truly monumental work.

In the two years since 2014’s elegiac, autobiographical July, Nadler has reconciled the heartbreak so often a catalyst for her songwriting. Turning her writing to more universal themes, Nadler dives deep into a surreal, apocalyptic dreamscape. Her lyrics touch upon the loneliness and despair of the characters that inhabit them. These muses are primal, fractured, disillusioned, delicate, and alone. They are the unified voice of this record, the titular “strangers.”

This sense of “end times” is exemplified by the sparse, piano-driven opener “Divers of the Dust.” Written utilizing a Dadaist cut-up technique (popularized by David Bowie and William S. Burroughs), Nadler layers hypnagogic imagery of waves pulling cities into the ocean over a very personal tale of longing.

Once again partnered with July producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Black Mountain) Nadler has created a new album equal in sonic quality to the apocalyptic lyrical tone that covers its 44 minutes. In places her voice and guitar play off subsonic synths, while elsewhere, as in “Katie I Know,” a pulsing drumbeat launches the song off into an intense, confrontational place. “Janie in Love” is another full-band highlight, marrying the album’s most allegorically primal lyrics to the melodic hooks that makes Nadler one of the best songwriters working today.
Faces On Film - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Faces On Film
Faces On Film is the project of songwriter Mike Fiore. Showcasing both the epic and the intimate on The Troubles, its self-released debut LP, guitars drone and pianos alternate between plucking out fun and eerie melodies, all while Fiore makes veiled references to unspoken crimes, abandoned plans, and dysfunctional families, with his rich and enigmatic lyrics.

Though Fiore wrote some of the songs on The Troubles as long as four years ago, the recording process was brief — predominantly recorded in a former piano factory in less than one week.

The Boston Globe's James Reed named The Troubles one of his top albums of 2008, saying it "sounds like a private affair straight from the heart." Others in the media have had kind words as well:

"Toggling between warm meditations and carefully managed chaos, the album is built around an uneasy but elegantly executed juxtaposition – the collision of the intimate and the epic – and it colors the collection in a million shades of gray."

– Joan Anderman, Boston Globe(album review)

"Faces on Film, led by singer-guitarist Mike Fiore, kicked up dust and diamonds with a set of stark, spooky, and altogether sparkling Gothic folk songs designed to unnerve. Both plan and execution worked magnificently well."

– Jonathan Perry, Boston Globe (live review)

"Combining the best elements from bands like Blitzen Trapper, Annuals, and Modest Mouse, Faces on Film showcase both the epic and the intimate."

– NPR.org Second Stage
Edison - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Edison
Formed in 2012, Edison is a Philadelphia based collective of musicians from various disciplines who all love the prospect of new ideas. With an affinity for lush textural noise, their constantly evolving sound is a unique blend of indie-rock, post-rock, R&B, shoegaze and whatever crosses their stereo on a daily basis. Their first recording entitled “Living Room”, which was recorded live by friend and producer Andrew Maury, is currently streaming at their soundcloud.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.johnnybrendas.com/