Wednesday, March 21, 8pm, $5
Chamber-pop indie singer-songwriter from Rochester
Opening, from Dresden, Germany
Jake Bellissimo is a young singer-songwriter from upstate New York, who started his career as Gay Angel and released an EP in 2016 (Piece Of Ivy, on his Drunk With Love Records). He has released his first full-length, which already shows great maturity. Try to imagine some elegant orchestral-pop that connects Andrew Bird’s poetry with Bright Eyes’ urgency, managing to extend into sumptuous arrangements reminiscent of Belle & Sebastian or Jens Lekman. Jake’s background in classical music preciously influences their sound, both in the fired-up and engaging moments (i.e. the single “Independence Day”), in the delicate and idyllic ones (“In Weston”); in stripped acoustic songs like “Noise War,” and when their sound gets as colorful as a musical, such as in the title track “The Good We’ve Sewn.” This is a captivating album that whispers in your ears, a debut that is saturated with feelings of pure amazement and marvel. The Good We’ve Sewn is out now in two very limited edition 12″ vinyl, pink and clear, and it’s also available on jewel case CD and digital.
“…a bold artistic statement, an unflinching portrait of a rich, messy and confusing life. It sounds like Bellissimo’s every single thought and dream translated into music and committed to tape, mixing moments of gentle beauty with grating ugliness and frank confessions too obscene for the radio. It’s not going to be for everyone, but to me that’s just another reason to admire it.” — Wake the Deaf
“Rochester singer-songwriter Jake Bellissimo specializes in lo-fi, bedroom indie music that is earnest, charming, and unassuming. With chamber pop orchestration added to the mix, what you’ve got is damn-near irresistible.” – Rochester City Newspaper
Here’s some video from Jake: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaMDHL9ExD0
You’ll also have the chance to catch a rare performance from the enigmatic Hussalonia, who recently emerged from a four-year hibernation. Largely the work of a multi-instrumentalist known only as The Hussalonia Founder, since 1997 Hussalonia is a “pop music cult” and claims to be owned by Nefarico™, a fictional soap company.
The Hussalonia Founder lives and works in Buffalo, New York. He’s produced some of the best pop music in America that you’ve likely never heard over the past two decades…
Germany’s Lord Bishop has lifted this stylistic template to new stratospheric levels, with Sabbath’s heaviness, James Brown’s funk, and Beatlesque – or perhaps Rutles-esque – melodies, all rolled into one. Everything about Lord Bishop is just slightly over the top, from the clothes to the solos to the lyrics. This will be a rare unplugged acoustic performance from Lord Bishop who will be in Buffalo visiting family…
“Lord Bishop Rocks is an experience every hardened gig-goer should indulge in at least once. The self-proclaimed purveyor of ‘Sex Rock’, the Bishop is as much performance artist as musician. The clothes – possibly stolen from a 70s lounge or games room (tiger prints and felt galore), the rock swagger and smirk, the hats, and the extreme dance manoeuvres together inspire you to lose your shit at times, then stand back in awe at others – “ never before have I seen someone play the electric guitar with their tongue. He dives off the stage and into the audience, whipping them into a frenzy from the get go and somehow sustains this intensity for the entire set. This is a decent enough live show that certainly does rock – “ in that primitive way that hits the pit of your stomach and makes you go Grrrr!” – The Skinny
“It’s the spirit of ’69, baby, and for one album only this trio is fronted by the black Austin Powers mixed with George Clinton – or Superfly-in-waiting.” – TeamRock.com
Here’s a video of Lord Bishop unplugged with over 20,000 views: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GZ4pLLmBX0
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