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Gruff Rhys

Gruff Rhys

Tim Kinsella, Lorkin O'Reilly

Sun · October 14, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


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Gruff Rhys
Gruff Rhys
Where or what is Babelsberg?

There’s a version that exists in the real world. It sits an hour or so drive to the south of Berlin and is famous as the place where Stalin, Truman and Churchill met for the Allied Forces’ Potsdam Conference that effectively signalled the end of the Second World War. Home to the oldest film studio in the world, it’s a place that’s unromantically referred to as ‘Hollywood without the glamour’.

The Babelsberg of the mind is more a fever dream, a dystopian alternate reality (perfectly captured by Russian artist Uno Moralez). At the heart is a tower – a teetering symbol of opulence, bad taste and misguided aspiration. Topped by a series of destiny lofts that house patriarchy HQ, this is Ballard’s High Rise brought to life in the brand new, poorly constructed Trump Tower Moscow. Here, Jesus Christ walks a pet dinosaur on a lead and silent drones circle like birds of prey. The view from the top is very much of the people at the bottom. This Babelsberg might just be the perfect allegory for our hopelessly off-course world.

Babelsberg is also the title of Gruff Rhys’ fifth album. His version exists somewhere between the other two. Having glimpsed the name of the real place from the window of a moving tour van cruising across Europe endless, the idea of the place had been stuck in the back of Gruff’s head for years – a dormant thought waiting for the right time.
Tim Kinsella
Tim Kinsella
Chicago-based vocalist for a number of indie and experimental bands, most notably Cap'n Jazz and Joan Of Arc.
Lorkin O'Reilly
Lorkin O'Reilly
Since immigrating to the United States from Scotland in
2014, Lorkin O’Reilly has been making a name for himself
as a commanding new songwriting talent. His unique
transatlantic approach blends old-country inspired open
tunings similar to that of Bert Jansch, Nike Drake and Dick
Gaughan with direct and personal reflections and poetry.
His writing portrays not only his own reality, but
experiences faced by most of us: the purgatory between
childhood and adulthood, between new home and old
home and finally the overarching struggle of finding a new
Born in Edinburgh in 1994, Lorkin’s early musical
education was heavily steeped in the sounds of his
mother’s native Ireland. Those early influences are heard
throughout his work on tracks like "Alba," "When The Days
Cool Down,”and “Tuttle's Reel."
In 2014 Lorkin moved to upstate New York to work on a
farm. In the basement of the farmhouse he found an old
acoustic guitar and began writing, resulting in his first E.P.,
After The Thaw. Recorded in a single day on two-inch
tape, After The Thaw is a small body of work that tastefully
sets the stage for what would become his debut album,
Heaven Depends.
Heaven Depends is the result of late night-writing sessions
in the kitchen after long days working construction in
Poughkeepsie N.Y. With songs that range from traditional
reels to twanging Townes-esque imagery, the album is a
musical representation of an immigrant’s journey. Using a
multitude of instruments set against a backdrop of
alternative tunings and fingerpicking Heaven Depends
invites the listener on a complicated, yet ultimately
beautiful journey.
On August 24, 2018, Team Love will release the debut
album by Lorkin O'Reilly, Heaven Depends (TL-114).
Venue Information:
Chop Shop.
2033 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL, 60647