Ruby Suns

R5 Presents

Ruby Suns

Painted Palms

Sun, March 3, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:15 pm


This event is 21 and over

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

Ruby Suns - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Ruby Suns
Travel through the desert of pop long enough and, no matter the odds, eventually you'll find an oasis. And it just might be frozen.

When the Ruby Suns' main mover Ryan McPhun alighted in Oslo, Norway in the winter of 2010, he'd knew he'd found an artistic haven. Recently split from his long-term girlfriend and bandmate, on holiday from his adopted home of New Zealand, McPhun was ready for something new.

He'd always been a musical wayfarer, collecting sounds and styles from his travels around the globe, depositing influences and ephemera into three knockout Ruby Suns albums (2006's The Ruby Suns, 2008's Sea Lion and 2010's Fight Softly). In Scandinavia-amidst its icy architecture and sky-high fjords, not to mention the indomitable gloss-pop that's the region's leading export-he discovered the inspiration for the album you're now holding in your hands.

Christopher is an album about starting over, but not necessarily moving forward. It's a breakup album, but as one listen will tell you, not necessarily a sad one. It's McPhun's fourth record for Memphis Industries, third for Sub Pop and first mixed by an A-list engineer: Chris Coady of Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Gang Gang Dance and a zillion more. McPhun spent two weeks at Coady's studio in New York. Together they polished Christopher to an opalescent sheen, yielding the kind of expensive-sounding, future-leaning ear candy typically the providence of Top 40 radio.

McPhun makes his own brand of pop-accessible and unconventional, ethereal and concise, modern and timeless. In that regard, Christopher is miles beyond previous Ruby Suns records-a high-fi, meta-disco, headphonic roller-skating jam for lovers written and recorded over the course of several years, several world tours and several separate bands.
Painted Palms - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Painted Palms
Canopy is the debut EP from duo Painted Palms. Joyous pop and buoyant electronics lay the foundation for its lush soundscapes, which range from tropical celebration to gauzy envelopes of noise.

Cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme are the creative force behind Painted Palms. The two grew up together on the same block in Lafayette, Louisiana. After Donohue moved to the Bay Area in California for school, they spent several years exchanging music they had made by themselves--hypnotic sound experiments and song fragments. However, it wasn't until they both returned home for a winter vacation in 2009 that they began playing music together. Two days later, they had completed "Falling Asleep," the only track on Canopy that was made while they were in the same room.

Donohue returned to the Bay Area and Prudhomme remained in Louisiana to complete his college education. The possibility of collaborating over the internet came up in a phone call a few weeks later, and the two decided to continue working on the project. After several months of exchanging tracks and building songs, Canopy was finished. After the duo self-released the EP, of Montreal's Kevin Barnes heard Canopy and invited Painted Palms to act as main support for their spring 2011 tour.

Painted Palms are supporting Montreal's BRAIDS on a North American tour during the fall of 2011 and will continue working on an as yet unnamed debut LP to be released in 2012.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125