Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Weak Signal

Wed, March 28, 2018

8:00 pm

Union Pool

Brooklyn, NY

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Growing is back to being just Kevin Doria and Joe DeNardo. “For now anyways,” they say. Their most recent album, Disorder, marked a few milestones for the band; it was their ninth full length release, in the fifteenth year of their band as well as their first record in almost six years. But Disorder was by no means a reunion record. “We never 'stopped' doing Growing; it's just that we work kinda slow so I think it took us a while to adjust to making music across country.” After moving back west in 2011, Doria built up his home studio in Olympia, and the record was finished in 2015.

With the continental US between them, Kevin has been focusing his energy on his solo projects, releasing a handful of recordings and touring with Fuck Buttons, GodSpeed You Black Emperor and a host of others. DeNardo has spent the last few years making various music-themed films and performing/releasing solo under the Ornament moniker.

At first listen one may be tempted to refer to Disorder as “return to form" for the band: sonically heavy side-long pastoral excursions being a hallmark of their earlier recordings. But the record stands more as a refinement of Growing’s evolving sonic palette, employing dissonance as liberally as harmony, delivering the listener’s ear to a rather unsettling ‘comfort zone’. The effect could be stated as one of submersion. “Kevin's TOTAL LIFE records and live set really inspired me to take a look at a much simpler setup.” DeNardo went on to suggest: “I don't think I succeeded necessarily, but the way he maximizes his sound sources really blew me away. And I think it affected what I was recording for Ornament, and so when we got to jamming for the record, it sort of evolved from that. We recorded to 4 track reel-to-reel, it was a pretty minimal setup. It seems like a heavy record to me, these slow, subtle shifts that feel like a bad trip sometimes.”

Over their fifteen year career Growing have issued records on Kranky, Troubleman Unlimited, The Social Registry, Vice, and Important Records; they’ve toured with the likes of Black Dice, Sunn ((O)), Hot Chip, Fuck Buttons, Animal Collective & Gang Gang Dance and have played on five of the seven continents. These yearly (or so) Union Pool shows have become a chance for the band to keep evolving and invite friends to share the stage. Its almost like a family gathering. Supporters Weak Signal and Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste are both old pals and inspirations for the band.
Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste
Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste is a Bessie-nominated composer, designer and performer, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His work, through the lens of precarious labor, complicates notions of industry, identity, and environment and the implications of the intersections of such phenomena. He is a founding member of performance collective, Wildcat!, and frequently collaborates with performers and fine artists, often under the alias CROWNS. He has presented at the Brooklyn Museum, Issue Project Room, Newark Museum, Under The Radar at The Public Theater, The Studio Museum In Harlem, National Sawdust, The Jam Handy (Detroit), Tanz Im August at Hau3 (Berlin), American Realness at Abrons, Knockdown Center, Gibney Dance, FringeArts (Philadelphia), Judson Church, Stoa Cultural Center (Helsinki), MIT, Arts East New York, JACK, Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia), University Settlement, Harlem Stage, as well as on Dazed Digital, Complex, and Boiler Room.
Venue Information:
Union Pool
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211