That Handsome Devil

That Handsome Devil

Smoota, Kendra Morris, Julia Haltigan

Wed, June 5, 2019

8:00 pm

Union Pool

Brooklyn, NY

$12.00 - $15.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

That Handsome Devil
That Handsome Devil
Take a ride with That Handsome Devil to the other side of town: a neighborhood where Charles Bukowski hung his hat at a juke joint; where the bartender knew Hunter Thompson’s single malt of choice and kept plenty in stock. This is the place where That Handsome Devil’s front man/songwriter Godforbid calls home, where Jeremy Page (producer/songwriter) bangs on a bullet-riddled piano, its beaten keys howling from a smoky corner. Their cracked-out, whiskey-cabaret punk jazz, echoing Outkast, Gogol Bordello and early Tom Waits, is the soundtrack to this bizarre scene.

Formed in late 2004, their inspiration was rebellion against the corporate format, and the general lack of passion and meaningful music: and in the past few years That Handsome Devil has fought that tedium tooth and nail, while receiving scores of positive reviews. Praised as "profoundly entertaining", "bizarre in a beautiful way" "a madcap musical frenzy; as dizzying as it is dazzling". That Handsome Devil increased their national visibility with placement in the Showtime hit, Weeds, and network shows Reaper, and Necessary Roughness as well as playable tracks in Guitar Hero II and Rock Band 2, establishing themselves as cult heroes among a new generation of disenfranchised youth.

Now with the release of the glorious new epic: Drugs & Guns For Everyone, they've mastered they're street-level satire. Conjuring up noir hood-anthems with The Cops! No Roots, and Goldfish Brain. Crooning heart-crushing tales with a tounge-in-cheek twist, in Junkies In Love, The Face for it, A Drink to Death, and $=♡. Parading the faults of a generation with a game show hosts detachment on Party Mom and Invisible Dad, Throwing Up, and 70's Tuxedos, and the howling science fiction odysseys of Time Machine and The Last Ones. If you feel a little tingle in your blood, or a race in your heart-beat, don't worry - you should.
Smoota
Smoota
Recorded almost entirely alone in his studio in Brooklyn, Smoota's second LP PHEROMONES continues his unique musical exploration of sexual desire and its complex intersection with love. The follow-up to his 2013 debut, FETISHES, the album extends his one-of-a-kind blend of honesty, humor and wordplay to shine a light on the beautiful and often mind-boggling displays of lust, devotion, happiness and pain we employ to both fall in love and get it on.

An in-demand musician in NYC, Smoota has toured for years with art rock legends TV On The Radio. He has also recorded and performed with a wide variety of artists, including hip hop sensations Run The Jewels, rock god Steven Tyler, EDM phenoms Pretty Lights and Griz, New Orleans superstar Aaron Neville, indie icon Sufjan Stevens, garage heroes Thee Oh Sees and soul queen Sharon Jones. He also appears in the house band of ABC’s revival of The Gong Show starring Mike Meyers.

For his own music, Smoota draws inspiration from his deep collection of soul, funk, disco and R&B. Filled with warm sounds from rare 70s and 80s synths and drum machines, his sensual and funky grooves are a fresh take on the slow jams & dance classics of sex crooners like Marvin Gaye, the Bee Gees, Serge Gainsbourg, Willie Hutch and Bryan Ferry. But while sonically the music pulls from the heyday of groovy music, lyrically Smoota writes from 2018 and beyond, addressing ideas more often examined in literature and European art films than in music. His new album addresses the polyamorous urge, happy S&M relationships, taboo lust, erotic intimacy, the complexity of the female orgasm, sexual biology, sensual angst, and more. It is a warm, funky, and risqué album focused on moving the hips with a sly smile.
Kendra Morris
Kendra Morris
Kendra Morris recalls singers who straddled soul and rock during the early '70s, such as Ruth Copeland and Chaka Khan, while her contemporaries include the likes of Mayer Hawthorne, Alice Russell, and Leela James. Morris's musical taste was developed through her parents' record collection, a library heavy on late-60s and early-70s soul and funk. During her childhood Morris's main companion was her karaoke machine, which she also used for the sake of recording. While enrolled in college in Tampa, FL, she became so involved in performing with bands that she decided to leave behind her studies and take on music full time. She took up the guitar, as well as songwriting, and eventually involved herself with a band, Pinktricity, which moved to New York in 2003 and split shortly thereafter. Morris took to recording songs on her own, and self-released a pair of EPs: This Won't Hurt a Bit (2007) and Milk and Cookies Never Lie (2008). Her first proper recording, a self-titled EP (2010), was recorded with producer and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Page (of That Handsome Devil). After touring with legendary guitarist Dennis Coffey and releasing a series of singles which included "Concrete Waves," whose b-side was remixed by DJ Premier, Morris released the album Banshee (2012) on Wax Poetics. In 2013, Morris returned with the covers album Mockingbird.

Both Banshee and Mockingbird received critical acclaim and a cult following, with several film + tv placements. The title track "Banshee" was used prominently in the Showtime hit series Ray Donovan, while her cover of Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" found itself in the trailer for major motion picture Dead Man Down.

In between extensive international touring and promotion for Banshee throughout 2013 and 2014, Morris worked on a small side project band with friends Scarlett Johansson, Julia Haltigan and Holly Miranda, releasing one single called "Candy." After taking some time to write and record her follow up EP titled Babble, Kendra Morris will return with its release scheduled for late spring of 2016.
Julia Haltigan
Julia Haltigan
Acclaimed bombshell songstress Julia Haltigan came up on the Lower East Side of New York City when it oozed a heady mix of danger, possibility and art. Julia emerged from it all a sensitive badass who rides vintage Triumph motorcycles and sings primal rock n’ roll with smoldering expressivity. Her signature artistry evokes Marianne Faithfull, Debbie Harry, and Lou Reed.

Her latest EP, Hot Tears, is a masterful collection, teeming with themes of heartache, images of broken bones, car chases, and nostalgia. Stunners in this set include the gritty swagger of the T. Rex-like “Money,” the 1960s James Bond ballad-esque “Burning Bridges & Breaking Hearts,” and the sleek and smoky “How To Make A Broken Heart,” co-written with songwriting legend Mike Scott of The Waterboys.

Outside of her solo career, she moonlights as the slinky Jessica Rabbit inspired jazz crooner ‘Vivian Fairchild’ in the off-Broadway hit “Sleep No More.” She also sings in the fizzy pop band Sugar For Sugar, alongside her buddies Scarlett Johansson, Kendra Morris, Holly Miranda and producer Dave Sitek. When not onstage or in the studio, Julia’s straddling a 1970 Triumph Bonneville.
Venue Information:
Union Pool
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.union-pool.com/