LPR Presents: Erica Eso

LPR Presents: Erica Eso

Alexander F., Palm Springsteen

Sat, July 1, 2017

9:00 pm

Union Pool

Brooklyn, NY

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Erica Eso
Erica Eso
As “future-minded” music slogs along with its flighty, speculative agenda, Erica Eso places it distinctly within the human heart; the track professes an optimism that drives the creative will into the “unknown-known” of human closeness, like a warm human touch radiating with robotic energy. Such hybrid sentimentality is much needed, but it comes packaged alongside potentially subversive art-tactics. Yes, the group’s optimism reaches outward, but it’s decoy-persona of accessibility gives way to guitar-squall and mystery. The track’s willful submission to a sturdy pop format is coupled with genuine peculiarity — a compassionate experimentalism anticipating dystopia, without being turned cold by it.
Alexander F.
Alexander F.
Alexander F is an American new age punk band fronted by Alex Toth. While on an eleven-day silent meditation retreat in Quebec, a handful of Buddhist-themed experimental punk songs exploded into Alex's head. Writing and demoing the record took three weeks post-retreat and involved wearing nicotine patches, meditating daily, reading the Tao Te Ching and listening to Pixies and Fugazi.

The whole project was pretty unexpected as Alex comes from a background of jazz trumpet and leading the large new wave band, Rubblebucket. The need for intense meditation came a year into his recovery as a sober alcoholic after a couple musician acquaintances committed suicide. The aggressive songs that emerged quite surprisingly are about freedom from self and freedom from the illusion that we're separate entities. Freedom from being so lost in thought and in our egos that we hurt ourselves and those around us.

For four days in August of 2015, Alex and friend Steve Marion (guitar) went into Room 17 in Bushwick, Brooklyn to lay down the Alexander F songs with a bunch of friends including Dandy McDowell, Christian Peslak, and Noah Rubin who now comprise the touring band. Kimbra makes an appearance on the record and has been known to sit in with the band. The album was engineered by Joe Rogers and mostly mixed by John Congleton and Claudius Mittendorfer.

Alexander F has played with the likes of Speedy Ortiz, Perfect Pussy, Downtown Boys, Colin Stetson, Margaret Glaspy, Mac McCaughan, Delicate Steve and Reptar.
Palm Springsteen
Palm Springsteen
"Palm Springsteen is a band, a moniker, a portmanteau, a person, a place, a thing, and Bez from Happy Mondays. It's interchangeable with the word "grease", from the song Grease, from the movie Grease. It's Blow Pop in Space. It's the love child between Rick Deckard and Korben Dallas hanging ten on a glassy asteroid wave. It a feeling; a combination of ethereal synth, raw guitar, and driving rhythms for an explosive aural experience."
Venue Information:
Union Pool
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.union-pool.com/