Blitzen Trapper with Jesse Malin

Funtime Presents

Blitzen Trapper with Jesse Malin

The Domestics, Matthew Ryan

Sat, October 10, 2015

Doors: 7:00 pm

Town Ballroom

Buffalo, NY

$16.00 - $19.00

This event is all ages

Minors under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Government issued identification required for entry. No exceptions.

Blitzen Trapper
Blitzen Trapper
VII is the seventh record from Blitzen Trapper and their first release for Vagrant Records. Its twelve tracks teem with vivid tales of longing, flight, desperation and redemption, all set in a sonic landscape at once familiar, but also strange and new, like a dream. Without a doubt the culmination of all the group's best work, VII sounds a lot like America.

Blitzen Trapper was founded in Portland, Oregon in 2000 by a group of native Pacific Northwesterners, who played around town endlessly to skeleton crowds and gave away an impressive stream of garage recordings on CDR for years. Then came the Blitzen Trapper record in 2003, and Field Rexx in 2005. But it wasn't until 2007's self-released Wild Mountain Nation made a big splash that they finally hit the road, setting the stage for Furr's release the following year. Powered by its title track and by the G-funk-inflected "Black River Killer" that record became an unlikely hit and the group suddenly found itself on network television and in glossy magazines and astride colossal festival stages. So they released more music, toured the Western world incessantly, got to work with the likes of Wilco, Stephen Malkmus, Guided By Voices and Belle & Sebastian, and slowly became the band they'd always dreamed they would be. Blitzen Trapper are frontman and songwriter Eric Earley, Marty Marquis, Brian Adrian Koch, Michael Van Pelt and Erik Menteer.

VII opens with "Feel The Chill," a southern adventure complete with a woman in her underwear, deer hunting, and of course drowning at the local bar. Earley takes us down a crooked bend so dark and gloomy you can smell the heat and feel the humidity oppress you. "Each song starts from a small place, a headwater like remembrance and then widens into a song. For instance, that old wreck of a shack buried in evergreen and murky darkness at the bend in the road up on Jackson Hill where we used to drink, never failed to give me a chill driving by in the old Impala for it's implacable mystery," Earley notes.

Tracks like "Thirsty Man" speak of love in a Dylan-esque fashion where Earley reveals "love like rain falls in the wasteland and slips thru the fingers – for love is a thing that cannot be held, only felt and released." "Drive On Up" is a soulful, almost bluesy rendition of small town tales of quirkiness. "It seems you're always driving on up to something," Earley amuses, "into the mountains to see a girlfriend above the reservoir where she lives in a single wide with her mom and a cougar stalks us at fifty yards through the brush, she says to bang sticks but never look it in the eye."

VII moves effortlessly from track to track, allowing Earley to paint the colorful pictures that play in our head while singing along. "...There are those songs I keep writing over and over again, Ever Loved Once with all its regrets and tragic lost love, Don't be a Stranger its hopeful cousin but they all still point to the same worn out place in the heart of old E. Earley. And hey, we all have that place, that worn spot on the heart like the chew canister circle on the back pocket of blue jeans, or that one shred in the green felt of the table where you ground the stick in too hard... May these songs minister in ways mysterious and eternal, or at least maybe make you shake a hip."
Jesse Malin
Jesse Malin
Fresh off the heels of New York Before The War (March 2015), Jesse Malin returns with his latest album, Outsiders, due out October 9th on One Little Indian / Velvet Elk Records.
Born from late night recording sessions in the Pennsylvania woods with producer Don DiLego, far from any expectations, this new record presents Jesse Malin in his rawest form yet. Malin describes Outsiders as "a record built out of optimism and disgust - one for the leavers, the believers, the hustlers and the chicken hawks who could never catch us."

Malin began playing live the age of twelve years old in the seminal hardcore band Heart Attack, after which Jesse and his childhood pals formed the rock and roll band D Generation and released three albums, touring the globe several times over before parting ways. Following several in-between bridge bands, Jesse Malin embarked on a solo career and has released six critically acclaimed records, starting with 2002's The Fine Art of Self Destruction, produced by Ryan Adams. Followed by 2004's The Heat, 2007's Glitter in the Gutter and 2010's Love It To Life, Jesse Malin has been nominated for the Shortlist Music Prize, received four star reviews in Rolling Stone, Uncut and more, and collaborated with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Green Day, and Wayne Kramer along the way.
The Domestics
What separates The Domestics from the escapism of so many other indie pop acts is the fearlessness with which Michael Finn and Leo London confront their own pain. London's birth parents both struggled with drug addiction in his early childhood before he was adopted by his grandparents at the age of two. Finn's trials started later on, struggling with depression and dependency in his early adult years. Writing in the aftermath of infidelity, mental illness, substance abuse and child abuse, Finn and London have wrought songs as moving as they are catchy and as honest as they are loud. What The Domestics provide that so many other bands do not is something which all listeners can relate to: vulnerability.
Long before they decided to join forces as The Domestics, Finn and London each spent years honing their craft as individual songwriters. After moving to Portland in the summer of 2013 after over a decade of writing and performing under his own name in Eugene, London found himself tracking piano for Finn at Flora Recording and Playback, studio of Grammy-Nominated producer Tucker Martine where Finn works as an assistant engineer alongside artists like My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Modest Mouse, Neko Case, and Sufjan Stevens. This first studio collaboration began a relationship which would eventually lead to the combination of Finn and London's respective solo projects and to the recording of their first record over 15 days in the spring of 2014.
Less than a year after assembling a live band, The Domestics have triumphantly emerged as one of Portland's most promising new acts. Their energetic live shows, as well as the strength of their debut record (set to be released July 17th via Tender Loving Empire) have garnered them a dedicated fan base and maelstrom of critical attention.

The Domestics are: Michael Finn, Leo London, Kyle Moderhak, Matt Moore, and Brad Norton.
Matthew Ryan
Matthew Ryan
"BOXERS is many things—a protest, a rallying cry, a kind of Rust Belt film noir peopled with workers, bosses, lovers, and palookas—but it is first and foremost a rock and roll record."

From the silvery burst of feedback that opens the record, to the dissolving vérité of the last notes of the final song, BOXERS is Matthew Ryan's growling missive in the modern wilderness, a defiant howl against complacency, despair and greed.

Over a career that spans nearly two decades, the prolific Matthew Ryan has refined the raucous poetry of his songwriting, creating his own working class aesthetic where beauty and darkness often trade punches from line to line—Intelligent, minimalist, and unapologetic; it's music for humans. Along the way he has built a group of ardent fans and supporters including the American treasure that is Lucinda Williams and authors Joe Hill, Michael Koryta and Jim Shepard. His 1997 A&M Records debut, May Day, has become revered as a seminal alt-country record, with subsequent releases including East Autumn Grin, Vs The Silver State, In The Dusk of Everything and the notable "folk-tronica" (Michael Berick, allmusic.com) innovations on From a Late Night High Rise and Dear Lover cementing his place as a respected songwriter and performer.

Last winter, Ryan set up shop at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, New York with a small team: producer and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Salem, The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon on guitar, longtime Ryan collaborator Brian Bequette on bass, Joe Magistro (The Black Crowes, Rich Robinson) on drums, and Ryan himself on vocals and guitars. They hunkered down to do the work of making a loud, rattling rock album. Nearly everything was live to "tape," though Tracy Bonham later added violin to "Then She Threw Me Like a Hand Grenade."

"It was a beautiful brotherhood," Ryan says. "In my mind, the record sounds like Crazy Horse meets early Replacements with nods to more recent bands I love like the National." From the explosive force of the title track through the hollering gang vocals of "This One's for You, Frankie," to the woozy, heart-rending "Anthem for the Broken," this is a record of big ideas and big sounds—massive blocks of distortion, machine gun drums, and lyrics like "All our heroes/Had no choice/Some busted chords/And a broken voice."

BOXERS features the working poor in "Suffer No More," the ruthless ethos of pure capitalists in "We Are Libertines," and the two together in "Heaven's Hill." Ryan finds the humanity, scars and sneers and all, in each character. A native of Chester, PA, Ryan spent over a decade in Nashville before settling in a small town just outside Pittsburgh. All these locales are evident in his sound in their purest, finest senses—the gritty bluster of the rough side of a major metropolis, the literate but plainspoken lyrics honed in a town of songwriters, and the wintry, spacious, frustrated air of the cradle of American industry.

The sound of BOXERS is directly related to its content; a lyrically driven story exploring the collisions of hope and frustration. A story that speaks directly to the listener, armed with a resolute anger that somehow comforts, eliciting chills and fists in the air.
Venue Information:
Town Ballroom
681 Main Street
Buffalo, NY, 14203
http://www.townballroom.com/