Big Thief

Big Thief


Tue, November 5, 2019

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

$22.00 - $24.00

This event is all ages

Big Thief have partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold will go to support Little Kids Rock and their work transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in schools and Youth Speaks; creating safe spaces that challenge young people to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of societal change.

Big Thief
Big Thief
Can we welcome an unknown that stretches, terrified, into every direction? Is it safe
to grab the shrivelled, mysterious hand that reaches out to us from darkness? A
trembling voice speaks the answer clearly. The Celestial Twin. U.F.O.F.
U.F.O.F., F standing for ‘Friend’, is the name of the highly anticipated third record by
Big Thief, set to be released by 4AD later this year. The New York-based band,
featuring Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar), Max Oleartchik
(bass), and James Krivchenia (drums), has spent the last 4 years on an incessant
world tour, winning the devotion of an enthusiastic and rapidly expanding
audience.  Their songs represent an emotional bravery and realness that weaves
intimate relationships with the listener, a phenomenon that has made them one of
the most widely-respected bands of the current era. Their first two back-to-back
releases, Masterpiece (2016) and Capacity (2017), have been analysed, wept to,
danced to, critically applauded, imitated, hummed idly, and shouted out loud. They
have soundtracked crowded restaurants, difficult conversations, cowboy bars, yoga
classes, night drives, and lonely bedrooms.
In 2019, the members of Big Thief are more deeply bonded than ever before. Their
lives have become completely intertwined. Perpetual motion, nightly performance
and struggles of the road have led them to develop their own connective language.
They wake up and run together each morning; they intuit songs only sung for each
other. Perhaps the best Big Thief tune you will never hear is the backstage classic, “I
know what you mean. It’s a beautiful thing.” The spirit has never been stronger
and U.F.O.F. feels, to Big Thief, like their first record as a fully realized band.
U.F.O.F. was recorded in rural western Washington at Bear Creek Studios. In a large
cabin-like room, the band set up their gear to track live with engineer Dom Monks
and producer Andrew Sarlo, who was also behind their previous albums.  Having
already lived these songs on tour, they were relaxed and ready to experiment. The
raw material came quickly. Some songs, like ‘Cattails’—written only hours before
recording—stretched out instantly, first take, vocals and all. Others were explored in
search of perfected moments of dynamic feedback and spiritual, rhythmic
togetherness. A careful New Age sprinkle of mystical textures and stabs was added
and kept in the mix only when all agreed that each element had become absolutely
crucial to the tune. The completed palette feels classic, upfront and honest, with an
occasional, welcome glimpse into the magic box.
U.F.O.F. lifts the listener, slowly, into a delicate, celestial mystery, each member of
the band adding their own visceral mastery to its skyscape. Adrianne Lenker’s voice
finds new resting places, layered like a cloud above itself on album opener ‘Contact’
or crooning low through thick grass on ‘Betsy’. Her finger-picked guitar chords evolve
and extend into warming harmony. Her leads beam passion and pain. Buck Meek’s
exploratory notes and avant-garde textures slither to the song’s subconscious
narrative, while James Krivchenia’s relaxed tempo and snare drum ghost notes
possess your head into a steady bob. Max Oleartchik’s bass guitar playing is elusive
and rhythmic, either crouching undetected or ripping a quick one for the
people.  When his bass goes missing from the song ‘Cattails,’ imagine him levitating
above the tune in quiet meditation, waiting for that perfect moment to slide back into
the mix. The moment doesn’t come till halfway through the next song. 

Lyrically, U.F.O.F. is a dream in the dark. Characters and scenery interact outside of
time. Names of mystery women appear, then disappear. Cruelties flash. Pronouns
meld. There is a darkness here, but it’s not one to be feared. “Making friends with the
unknown… All my songs are about this,” says Lenker; “If the nature of life is change
and impermanence, I’d rather be uncomfortably awake in that truth than lost in
denial.” Every song here casts a shadow, and the direction of this shadow reflects its
light source. On ‘Orange,’ we see a woman lost in despair, but it is in recognition of
this despair that she is truly loved. In ‘Terminal Paradise,’ death is imminent. Death
is a flower; death is beautiful. On ‘Century,’ all of the confusion of a moment leads to
a simple truth that “We have the same power”. If song writers are spelunkers of the
unrevealed, then Lenker is one of the bravest working today. This is courageous
When the album’s final number drifts away into droning, alien invitations, the power
to look within our own selves has been fully transmuted. The dreamer awakes and
sees for a moment a vibrating figure disappear from the corner of the bedroom. The
door is open and future music awaits. It’s morning. Goodbye alien.
Boston’s Palehound, lead by fierce vocalist and prolific creative force Ellen Kempner, has announced the sophomore album "A Place I'll Always Go", to be released June 16 on Polyvinyl Record Co. The collection is a frank look at love and loss, cushioned by indelible hooks and gently propulsive, fuzzed-out rock. As Kempner explains, "A lot of it is about loss and learning how to let yourself evolve past the pain and the weird guilt that comes along with grief."

Since forming in 2014, Palehound—Kempner, drummer Jesse Weiss (Spook The Herd), and new bassist Larz Brogan—have taken their plainspoken, technique-heavy indie rock from the basements of Boston to festivals around the world. A Place I'll Always Go builds on the promise of Palehound's critically acclaimed 2015 album Dry Food with songs that breathe Kempner’s evolved maturity, while asserting her core artistic fire.

A Place I'll Always Go, which channels feelings of anxiety — heart-racing moments both exhilarating and crushing — into songs that feel well-worn and comforting. The album was recorded at Brooklyn’s Thump Studios with the assistance of Gabe Wax, who also recorded Dry Food.
Venue Information:
2709 Elm Street
Dallas, TX, 75226