Ramona Falls – Tickets – Glasslands Gallery – Brooklyn, NY – February 2nd, 2013

Ramona Falls

Ramona Falls

Mitten

Sat, February 2, 2013

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)

Glasslands Gallery

Brooklyn, NY

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Ramona Falls
Ramona Falls
Like most of us, Brent Knopf watches a lot of YouTube videos, only he's not watching kittens playing piano. Rather, his tastes err on the more experimental side of things—like people who attempt perpetual motion machines using magnets. "I love that they're trying to harness an endless supply of energy," says the Ramona Falls frontman, "and that they go against conventional wisdom in the hopes of true discovery."

Which is exactly what Knopf did last year, when he decided to quit the acclaimed art rock trio Menomena and devote his time to one epic, personal vision. Prophet, the second Ramona Falls album, is sonically, lyrically and thematically brighter. It's also more organic and personal than anything he ever contributed to Menomena, or as the singer/multi-instrumentalist explains, "it's more of a rapid transit line between my sleeve and my heart."

"With Ramona Falls I am exploring what I stand for which makes it more personal to me," Knopf admits. "I'm less worried now about being made fun of, than I was before. I can now say things I believe in, and some people may think it's stupid or cheesy…but that's kind of fun. I would much rather speak from the heart than hide behind impenetrable obfuscation."

Recorded with bandmates Paul Alcott (drums, and also, ironically, Knopf's replacement in Menomena), Matt Sheehy (guitar), and Dave Lowensohn (bass) and featuring guest appearances by four other friends, the stunning album begins with "Bodies of Water," an emotive and rousing anthem about how intimacy bundles together both nourishment and peril. "Spore," a heartfelt highlight of Prophetbears a substantive core: "I like the idea of someone refusing to feel lonely, despite how utterly alone they might actually be," Knopf explains. "It's a form of rebellion." But the 11 tracks are not all exercises in introspective fragility; "Brevony" is Knopf's most unleashed moment with gnarling guitars ambushing the listener at the chorus on all sides.

Prophet, the album's title, is an homage to Knopf's religious upbringing, a titular reference to a worldview that reveres exalted seers who assert meaning despite the chaos. But as the newly empowered songwriter has discovered with Ramona Falls, it's a better strategy to embrace the chaos. And then refashion it into a beautiful noise.
Mitten
Mitten
After applying for the same Craigslist job five years ago, singer Maia Macdonald and producer Joanna Katcher bonded over whiskey and salt bagels.

In late 2009, the pair began emailing each other song ideas and soon began writing music together as Mitten. Written entirely over email, the duo completed a shimmering collection of songs, writing lyrics on buses and at rest stops between Brooklyn and Boston. See You Bye was produced, recorded, and mixed in Katcher’s Manhattan office, rising to #24 on Hype Machine’s “Most Popular” list.

Joined on-stage by percussionist Ryan Fitch (Son Lux), Mitten has performed their energetic live set with touring bands including DEVO, Psychedelic Furs, Tom Tom Club, MEN, Sick of Sarah and The Shondes and plays to packed venues all over the east coast. Mitten has been interviewed by a plethora of press including MTV and Out Magazine and their music is currently playing in stores including GAP, Forever 21, Victoria's Secret, Pinkberry, Vans and Puma and has been placed in various commercials and films.
Venue Information:
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.theglasslands.com/