JAVELIN with DOC WAFFLES and IMITATION at PJ's Lager House

FRIDAY JULY 12, 2013
doors at 9pm (18+ with valid ID)
tickets: $10 ADV / $12 DOS (buy tickets)

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JAVELIN with DOC WAFFLES and IMITATION at PJ's Lager House

PJ's Lager House is located at 1254 Michigan Avenue Detroit, MI 48226



JAVELIN


The new record is called Hi Beams. It represents a more holistic approach to writing and recording than previously attempted by the band. Lyrics and vocal harmonies for the first time are foregrounded in decidedly songlike forms. Songs made to be performed in concert rather than as a patchwork of fragmented if glittery shards.

The songs cover a broad range of territories: homage to the strangeness of being a performer; encountering beauty & the void in the natural world; how mundane aspects of work/life distract and alienate us from our desires; advice to internet-based musicians; an assurance to someone who has isolated themselves; light, sky, stars, moon; gravity, delivered with levity…

Hi Beams was recorded and mixed at Machines With Magnets (Pawtucket, RI) using proper microphones, vintage mixing desk, an array of amplifiers, real plate reverb — in the traditional sense a “studio album.” Previous work had been cobbled together in home studios and mixed on computer. On this record, Javelin aimed for a sound they could not have achieved by themselves.

Of note, “Light Out” was written with samples from “Hey” by Moss of Aura, aka Gerritt Welmers (keyboardist in Future Islands). “Drummachines” came from a track recorded by Javelin with Travis Murphy on guitar, of the now defunct Killer Whales.

In performance, the beaten down tower of boomboxes will make their reappearance in mutated form — like a phoenix rising from the ashes — as the visual backdrop for the new stage show. A large wall sculpture of dozens of boxes stitched together with industrial velcro and lit up with LEDs will provide a taste of the old show flavor, and will make any room feel slightly more like home (or like an eccentric stereo repair shop, who knows). Changes to the sonic and light show setup are expected as well.

 

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