Sunday, April 23, 7pm doors/8pm show, $10 advance/$12 day of show
Japanese Breakfast www.facebook.com/japanesebreakfast https://michellezauner.bandcamp.com
Rebecca Ryskalczyk www.facebook.com/becca.ryskalczyk
Bethlehem Steel www.facebook.com/bsteelmybleedingfart https://bethlehemsteel.bandcamp.com
The Leones www.facebook.com/TheLeonesBand https://theleones.bandcamp.com http://theleonesband.com
A side project from her work as front woman of Philadelphia indie punk band Little Big League, Michelle Zauner released a tape in June 2013 under the solo moniker Japanese Breakfast. The tape was titled June and boasted thirty tracks written and recorded every day of the month. A stark deviation from Little Big League’s guitar- based indie rock, it showcased Zauner’s dark lyrics, unique vocals and inherent knack for pop melody.
Two bedroom pop cassettes later, Japanese Breakfast returns with its first full- fledged LP and vinyl release, Psychopomp. The album explores Zauner’s experimental interests and hosts a wide range of sound: jarring anime samples, minimalist ballads, rhythms and synths reminiscent of Tango in the Night-era Fleetwood Mac paired with the moody intimacy of Mount Eerie. After the foundation of the album was built, Zauner enlisted Ned Eisenberg to coproduce and embellish the record. Eisenberg helped with the mixing and production of the album. Psychopomp revisits and revamps lo-fi tracks and adds chilling new songs to fall in love with.
“The side project of Little Big League leader Michelle Zauner began as an exercise in discipline when, during the summer of 2013, she set out to record one song a day during the entirety of June. The project soon evolved into an act of survival when Zauner put her life on Philadelphia on hold and moved to Oregon to care for her mother, who had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She passed away six months later. In the ensuing months Zauner poured her grief (and several of those modified song-a-day recordings) into what would become a stunning debut, Psychopomp. Its taut, gossamer pop songs leave behind any trace of the emo-tinged indie rock Zauner played in her past life, while still giving her a chance to flex her talents as a deft and emotive songwriter.” – Rolling Stone
“Michelle Zauner finds the sweet spot between emotionally forward songwriting and instrumentally rich indie pop…” – Consequence of Sound
Here’s a nice piece from NPR: http://www.npr.org/2016/05/17/477797144/songs-we-love-japanese-breakfast-in-heaven
Here they are live: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjopZEtED9Y
Event page: www.facebook.com/events/597969063736154