Other Lives

R5 Presents

Other Lives

Indians

Sat, December 1, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

$13.00 - $14.00

This event is 21 and over

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

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Other Lives - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
Other Lives
There's no point in trying to unearth an obvious "single" in Other Lives' second album, Tamer Animals. Here's a better idea instead: succumb. Let every last song wash over you like proper long players once did, from the swift strings and pulsating horns—a technique learned from old Philip Glass LPs—of "Dark Horse" to the richly orchestrated denouement of "Heading East," a cut that could have been cribbed from the early instrumental sessions of Other Lives' old band Kunek.

"The core of that band is still with me," says frontman Jesse Tabish, who founded Kunek with cellist Jenny Hsu and drummer Colby Owens. "In a lot of ways, it's still what I gravitate towards, songwriting wise."

Unlike their self-titled debut—a studio-bound effort that was produced by Beck's longtime drummer, Joey Waronker—Tamer Animals was tracked in the privacy of the band's own space in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Waronker eventually mixed the entire affair and sanded down its edges, but it took Other Lives 14 months to get to that point.

We're not talking about lazy Sunday sessions here, either. More like 11 songs that were carefully sculpted over time, with certain sounds creeping up when the record called for them, and nothing that's forced or rushed.

"Every sound has a purpose without being too indulgent," explains Tabish. "There's nothing like, 'Hey, let's rock out on this!' It's homemade in a way. For better or for worse, it's all our sound."

That sound amounts to one hell of a sweeping listen—an atmosphere, a mood, a state of mind. So while you might find yourself going back to the minor-key melodies of "Dust Bowl III" or the Morricone-caliber arrangements of "Old Statues" more often than not, it's all part of a greater whole. And since Tabish prefers treating his vocals like an instrument, the lyrics are left open to interpretation.

To be honest, they don't even matter in the end. What matters is how Tamer Animals makes you feel; how it aims to hit you in the chest...hard, like the Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Sigur Ro?s LPs that made Tabish want to write this kind of music in the first place. (If you can believe it, he played in punk bands as a kid and didn't resume the piano lessons he started in third grade until he was 18.)

"I'd rather us be an ensemble than a rock band," he says. "That's my goal—to get away from those traditional ideas. It's not a strength in numbers kinda thing, either, where 12 people are on stage and five of them are playing the same melody. When the music calls for that many players, we'll go there. We'll destroy the band itself."

He's smiling as he says that. And frankly, so are we.
Indians - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Indians
Coming to the attention of 4AD after a clutch of demo tracks went online early in 2012, Indians emerged in a fittingly understated manner, and with Somewhere Else, has made both an assured and majestic debut album.

Indians is all the work of one man, Copenhagen resident Søren Løkke Juul, who brought his band in to being when he felt the need to challenge himself and do something different. Not aiming for anything other than satisfying a creative urge, things have snowballed quickly for him ever since.

Performing his first show as Indians in February 2012, he self-released his debut 7” single a few months later and has since extensively toured both Europe and North America, playing shows with the likes of Beirut, Bear In Heaven, Dan Deacon, Lower Dens, Perfume Genius, Retribution Gospel Choir, Savages, Weird Dreams and is currently on the road with Other Lives. To cap it off, he’s joined fellow countrymen Efterklang in signing to 4AD, doubling the number of Scandinavian acts on their roster.

Over the summer months, Søren retreated to a studio in the Danish countryside to finish his early demos and write new material to make Somewhere Else a personal document that’s equal parts melancholic lament and hopeful stargazing, the title itself an indication of the sense of otherness that runs throughout. Evocative of the natural world, its cavernous tones and Autumnal warmth reflect the vastness of the landscape that formed the backdrop of its conception.

Indians celebrated joining the ranks of Bon Iver, St. Vincent, Tune-Yards and Mark Lanegan etc with a 4AD Session. Like all 4AD Sessions, it was filmed in a day and in a way that the band wanted it. Directed by Iain & Jane, they went to Osea Island, a little-known, privately owned island in the estuary of the Blackwater in Essex, UK where Søren was flanked by two additional band members (his live band floats between solo performances and a three-piece band). Facing up to the challenge of performing in a vast open space, under sky and near water, they triumphed in making quite a first impression.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.johnnybrendas.com/