Those famous Freelance Whales are coming back to town – this time they’ll be at the Rickshaw Stop at 155 Fell along with Miniature Tigers and Pepper Rabbit Friday night.
Whales and Tigers and Rabbits – oh my, for just $12 a ticket. But sorry, it’s sold out.
The scalpers are having a field day with this one.
See you there (not).
Freelance Whales found one another in late 2008, in Queens, amidst a strange amalgam of unfamiliar instruments, and precariously arranged pop songs. Using whatever musical gadgets they happened upon (mostly harmonium, banjo, glockenspiel, synthesizers, guitars, bass, drums, waterphone), the five members worked at crafting songs with interlocking rhythmic patterns, lush textural layering, and an engaged group-vocal energy. The result is their debut LP, weathervanes, whose songs work at evoking a sense of dislocation, or sensory disorientation. “It’s awash with gentle, naive bliss, and if you’re the type that likes to observe hooks blossoming with the pace of an actual flower opening, then you might have just found a new favourite band.” –NME
Miniature Tigers “Not since Pinkerton has adolescent romantic anxiety sounded so tuneful and so utterly irresistible. … Brand’s penchant for bright, arresting melodies is on full display here, their sweetness tempered by the subtle sonic curveballs the band throws into the arrangements. Aside from the bread-and-butter combo of a tight rhythm section and jangly guitars, the Tigers include analog soft synths, distant slide guitars, and multi-layered sing-along chants as part of their arsenal of musical weapons. … Tell It to the Volcano is a triumph, evidence that pop music can sound familiar, foreign, enjoyable, uncomfortable, and altogether exciting at once.” –Urb.com
“Pepper Rabbit, an Echo Park psych-folk duo. The sound: Like Grizzly Bear and Mercury Rev taking drugs yet to be invented,the band’s music draws on the delicacy of chamber instruments (see: ‘Clarinet Song’) and Xander Singh’s guitar work, as well as the more emphatic energy of drummer Luc Laurent’s percussion and Singh’s powerful pipes.” –LA Times ”The recordings present a unique musical vision, with Xander Singh and Luc Laurent displaying an impressive mastery of their twisted but tasty pop. … A treat-filled introduction to a duo unafraid to pound around on a variety of instruments such as trumpet, banjo, and piano. … Singh and Laurent seamlessly blend their influences into a unified sound.” –UNDER THE RADAR