COCOROSIE with DIANE CLUCK at the Crofoot Ballroom

THURSDAY JUNE 17, 2010
doors at 8PM
tickets: $15 (buy tickets)

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COCOROSIE is the sisterly duo of Sierra Rose Casady and Bianca Leilani Casady.

Being born only a few years apart from one another, they spent most of their adolescence apart due to complexities with their parents’ separation. The estranged sisters reunited as adults and formed the band. Their raw sound is created by incorporating all the innocence of a child’s toy with the sophistication of an opera singer. Sharing the stage and touring with the likes of TV on the Radio, Bright Eyes, Devendra Banhart, and many more. Bianca has her own record label under the moniker, Voodoo Eros Records. Sierra started another band called Metallic Falcons which signed with her sister’s label. CocoRosie addresses the complexities of defining innocence in a changing world like our own. As a listener you may feel as though your very life is flashing before your eyes with the emotion that CocoRosie achieves. They’ve just got a sweet sound and are masterful at putting to use your own emotion to draw you in a way that is unmatched.

CocoRosie on 'Grey Oceans,' their new Sub Pop album (released May 2010):

"Although we sensed potential during our recordings for The Adventures of Ghost Horse and Stillborn, it wasn’t until the sessions at Panda that our spritely new band member, Gael Rakotondrabe, became our kindred, musical spirit and creative partner in so many of the songs on this album. A pianist from Reunion Island who grew up playing Creole music, Gael went to Paris to make his career in jazz. His eclectic background has lent itself to such projects as: writing and arranging classical works for the Royal Dutch Orchestra, winning the first prize at the Montreux solo piano competition, as well as collaborating with CocoRosie onstage and in the studio. Gael’s willingness to try anything in the realm of sound has allowed for an explosive alchemy in collaborative song writing.

The first session at Panda was amazing. We were bursting with music, too many ideas to document at one time. We stayed up for five nights straight and recorded almost seven songs. Everything at that point was based on improvisation and experimenting with old analog gear. The first song we recorded was “God Has a Voice, She Speaks Through Me,” a dance song about suicide, spiritual ecstasy and life under the veil. This tune was the beginning of a long and varied path eventually leading to the completion of our new album with little trace of the ocean disco from which we embarked.

At our second session in Buenos Aires, we met Bolsa—a legendary rock drummer and drum doctor from Argentina with awesome hair. Bolsa happened to be next door tearing it up when we were working on the song “Hopscotch.” We had laid down the vocals and asked Bolsa to pump it up with some jungle style beats: “jungle” as in “drum and bass” from the early ’90s. “Hopscotch” became our most playful and schizophrenic song on the record.

Between our two vocal stylings we have pushed our differences even further, and played with this dualism to show an inner and outer world expression in the characters of our songs."

With DIANE CLUCK.

 

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