Tim Kasher

Kickstand Productions Presents

Tim Kasher

John Bradley (of Dads), Campdogzz

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Beat Kitchen

Chicago, IL

$15.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 17 and over

Tim Kasher
Tim Kasher
Tim Kasher, with his bands Cursive and The Good Life or as a solo artist, has continuously pushed musical boundaries over his career, which has produced 17 LPs and EPs over 20 years. His fearless attitude is easily evident: he’s known for switching up sounds between his bands or his solo work (even switching up sounds on each project’s albums), crafting intricate concept albums (two of which – Cursive’s 2003 LP The Ugly Organ and 2012 LP I Am Gemini – featured play-like stage directions), and transforming songs originally conceived as a soundtrack for his self-penned screenplay into a standalone album (The Good Life’s 2007 release Help Wanted Nights).

Kasher’s forthcoming third solo album No Resolution (which will also be the first release from 15 Passenger, the new label founded and run by Cursive) is no exception, delivering what is arguably his most ambitious and intrepid work to date.

No Resolution is the natural continuation of Tim Kasher’s constantly evolving body of work. It is his most cinematic creation, a moving and cathartic collection of soundscapes that feels more like a suite of movements than a standard pop album, complete with instrumental breaks conjoining the nine songs. Fittingly, the 15 pieces will be featured in Kasher’s directorial debut film of the same name, which he also wrote, to be released later this year. Across the album’s strong story the characters – an engaged couple on the brink of a break up – grapple with the specific and the broad, including the restlessness of adulthood and smothering external pressures; relationships in various states of transition and the walls built within them; distrust, indecision, and despair; and the existential anxiety that drives a deep need to leave a mark on the world.

Filled with lush arrangements, No Resolution is some of the most beautiful and finely orchestral music from Kasher, yet it is also his most subdued and understated work. The string arrangements that dominate the album don’t simply hang in the background or accent the pretty melodies, they move the songs forward and force out the melodies as guitars do in traditional hard rock music. There is also a warm sophistication to No Resolution, with its fluid vibraphone tones, and also exhibits Kasher’s deft pop hand, with sudden horn blasts and dynamic shifts.

Kasher recorded the album at The Hobby Shop (with Andrew ‘mudrock’ Murdock) and at home in Los Angeles, CA, the Shape Shoppe in Chicago, IL (with Nick Broste), and at ARC Studios in Omaha, NE (with Ben Brodin), with additional arrangements by Patrick Newbery (Cursive, Oquoa) and percussion arrangements by Dylan Ryan (Sand, Rainbow Arabia).
John Bradley (of Dads)
John Bradley (of Dads)
It's been a long couple of years for John Bradley. His band, Dads, went through an abrupt split in the Spring of 2015, but even more jarring was all the personal turmoil that soon followed, including family and health concerns. Throughout these ordeals, he wasn't sure how music would play a role in his life or even if it would be in it at all. Fortunately, the inspiration gradually came back as things began to look up, fueled by an entirely fresh perspective and plenty of songwriting fodder.

Bradley's long-time collaborators 6131 Records released the first sampling of these new songs in March 2017 with the appropriately titled "Demo" EP. Featuring five songs recorded at home by Bradley himself, these demos bridge the gap between where Dads was headed and the new-found, more mature approach afforded to a musician seeing the world in a renewed way.
Campdogzz
Campdogzz
The duo of Jess Price and Mike Russell operate out of the eternally corrupt city of Chicago, where native Russell has been playing for over a decade. While his nationally-recognized acts Wedding Dress, Suns and Wax on Radio featured his presence on the mic, Campdogzz is fronted by Price, an Oklahoma emigrant with a voice that hits listeners like a dust storm. The pantheon of female singers with rootsy, radiant voices has been waiting for its next inductee, and with sharp melodic hooks bolstering Price's delivery, the spot is hers for the taking.

Sharing guitar duties with Price is multi-instrumentalist Russell, whose past critical acclaim is represented in the quality of the music. Blending elements of Townes Van Zandt, Songs: Ohia, Cat Power, and Sonic Youth, Campdogzz have created a sound that's bright and immediate at times, somber and resonant at others, while always remaining lively and weighty with the promise of becoming classics.
Venue Information:
Beat Kitchen
2100 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.beatkitchen.com/