BRAHMS with LETTERCAMP and JAVELINS at the Pike Room

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 12, 2011
doors at 8PM
tickets: $8 in advance / $10 day of (buy tickets)

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Two weeks. That’s all BRAHMS had to come up with a support slot set for a sold-out Passion Pit show at Terminal 5. Never mind the fact that the Brooklyn-based trio officially formed a month prior, when rehearsals for Cale Parks’ solo project turned into another band entirely—one that was destined to soundtrack dimly-lit dance floors and bad decisions that seem oh-so-right.

“We had no idea what was gonna happen at the Passion Pit show,” says Parks, the band’s beat conductor and singer. “We just did it.”

And they haven’t looked back since, as guitarist/singer/synth-slinger Drew Robinson and bassist/cleanup keyboardist/singer Eric Lodwick joined Parks in the pursuit of the perfect pop song. With a twist or two, of course, whether we’re talking about the stuttering loops of “Subtext Is Deadly,” the sly New Order sample of “Toward the Ghost,” or the clanging chords of “Another Time.” (All of which are available as part of a self-produced demo at www.brahmsband.com) And then there are the songs that’ll eventually end up on BRAHMS debut LP. Believe it or not, they incorporate everything from manic piano house melodies to speaker-crushing dubstep loops.

“It’s pop, but it’s still grounded,” explains Robinson. “The beats and rhythms of the recordings are getting fiercer for one thing—just blowing out of the speakers.”

“Yep,” adds Parks, “We’re like Scott Walker plus an Electribe drum machine.”

Which kinda makes sense when you consider where everyone’s coming from. While Parks explored rich soundscapes with his solo records, Robinson is a Baltimore transplant who’s really into Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly—songs you’ll actually remember the next morning—and Lodwick prefers heady hooks and sounds that’ll make you smile up in the club…or basement show. Whatever works, really. After all, one of the reasons BRAHMS are so excited about their new material is that suffocating, intoxicating sense that anything can happen every time they step in the studio or on stage.

With LETTERCAMP and JAVELINS.

 

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