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Sunset

Sunset

Bestman

Fri · March 10, 2017

Doors: 10:00 pm / Show: 10:30 pm

$10.00 - $13.00

Off Sale

This event is 18 and over

Sunset
Sunset
Chris Broach is a lifelong musician in the truest sense. He started as a member of the influential indie act Braid as a teenager and for the past two decades he's released under the name The Firebird Band. In 2015 Broach and his longtime collaborator Steve Znavor launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising money for a new album for The Firebird Band – but Broach quickly realized that these songs demanded a new moniker. “The Firebird Band was just my thing for so long and SUNSET is really what Steve and I created together,” Broach explains. “It's a true collaboration in that sense.” The duo wrote the songs that would become Turn Out The Lights at each other's respective residences in Chicago and Los Angeles, but a true turning point occurred when producer Will Yip (Circa Survive, Pity Sex) stayed at Broach's house while he was producing Braid's No Coast. “One day we were in the car driving to the studio and I played Will some of the stuff I was working on with Steve and he was into the idea of recording us, which I thought was amazing because he’s been involved with so many different genres of music,” Broach explains. Although it took a few years to flesh it out, eventually the duo carefully crafted this batch of songs and recorded drums and vocals with Yip at his studio in Pennsylvania. (Additional instrumentation was subsequently added at Broach's home studio.) The result is an album that seamlessly blends electronic and organic instrumentation into a unique amalgam of music that's as apt to make you dance as it is to make you think. “Steve and I both approached this recording in terms of what's best for the song,” Broach explains. “We both have a similar aesthetic but we're coming from different places musically and I think that allows us to combine all of those ideas into something cohesive.” From the club-worthy, synth-driven groove of “Get Over
Yourself” to the stripped-down perfection of “'76 – '78” and angular
post-rock feel of “Running From The Girl,” Turn Out The Lights is album that's difficult to categorize because it doesn't have an allegiance to any one genre – and its strengths lie in the liberating nature of that freedom. However just because Turn Out The Lights is infectious that doesn't mean that it isn't intellectual and the duo tackle topics ranging from deeply personal to passionately political within the course of the album. “I felt like I was a little more free with what I wanted to sing about on this album,” Broach explains and songs like “National Monument” are evidence of that. “That song is about and what was happening in the United States pre-election and I felt like it was important to write about it because it was so upsetting to me.” Alternately “Don't Forget” was partially inspired by his two young children and the emotional bond that Broach shares with them. “A lot of these songs are just me experimenting with finding a different voice that I haven't expressed in the past.” Yip was integral to helping to finding that voice as the vocals were written and recorded with him over a twelve-day period. “I would just start making up words and then work with the melody with Will and then take it home that night and figure out how I would want to do it in the studio. It was a really freeing experience.” Broach explains, adding that Yip's attention to detail helped these songs become more fully developed than they would have been otherwise. “Will pushed us really hard and would make us try things over and over because he really cared about what we were making and wanted it to be the best that it could possibly be... and I think that's pretty evident when you listen to these songs.” In fact when you listen to a song like “Remember How It Ends,” which is about Broach’s sobriety, it’s clear that nothing was left out of the making of this album and that vulnerability anchors the album during its most experimental moments. Broach may be a professional musician with over two decades of experience but you wouldn't guess that judging by the childlike excitement that’s palpable when speaks about SUNSET. “What I love about this band is that Steve and I are able to do whatever we want, without trying to hold ourselves to someone else’s idea of what we ought to be doing. For example, I don't think we're going to have bongos on a Braid song anytime soon but there are on this album,” Broach admits with a laugh. “There's no limit to what we can do with this band and that makes it an important piece of my life,” he summarizes. “As an artist you don't often get a chance to express yourself in this way -- especially at this stage of your career, so I'm just so happy that this project finally came together the way it did.”
Bestman
Bestman
BESTMAN is warm digital, arranged to precision yet completely riotous, as if etched onto a wave; impassioned synthpop that blazes like an unruly bonfire on the beach. The single NEW BLOOD has been featured on worldwide outlets such as Kitsune Records Hot Stream playlist, France’s Ker Osène podcast, ‎and Australia’s Rock.current‎ Sounds Compilation. NEW BLOOD has been called, “nostalgic without pandering. BESTMAN creates electronic music that reminds me of an amazing spring break I never actually experienced… there is a complex weight to it compositionally as well as lyrically which gives this cut clout. It is beautifully ominous, like the ocean at night.”
Venue Information:
1st Ward at Chop Shop
2033 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL, 60647
http://www.1stwardevents.com