Converse City Carnage featuring The Kills
Black Bananas, Viva Viva
Sat, August 18, 2012
Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm
Hudson River Park's Pier 63
New York, NY
This event is all ages
Although this is a free show, you must have a physical ticket in order to enter the venue. Physical tickets can be ordered for free via Ticketmaster. 2 ticket limit per person.
Standing Room Only
Rain or Shine
There will also be a limited amount of physical tickets available at the following Converse retail stores as of July 13th at 12:000 PM EST. All tickets are subject to availability.
Converse SOHO 560 Broadway New York, NY 10012
Converse GARDEN STATE Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall 1 Garden State Plaza Paramus, NJ 07652 http://www.bowerypresents.com/event/134453/
Alison was so convinced that this was the creative partner she'd always been searching for that she decamped from Florida to Jamie's flat in South London. Inspired by a mutual obsession with The Velvet Underground, '70s London and New York punk, they formed a duo called The Kills, rejected everything they'd begun to hate about being in a rock band, got themselves signed to Domino Records and made a spectacularly sexy garage-punk album called 'Keep On Your Mean Side' in 2003.
Buoyed by the deserved critical acclaim for this and their incendiary early live shows, but also nonplussed by the fact that they were, once again, in a proper band with a record deal, they made a completely different, yet equally spectacular second album in 2005 called 'No Wow.'
The Kills' most recent album 'Blood Pressures,' was released in 2011 on Domino Records. The album saw Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart deliver their vivid and uniquely gritty post-blues, but with a new level of thoughtfulness and depth not yet explored by the duo. Tinged with wistfulness and vulnerability, 'Blood Pressures' has an enduring sense of intricacy and richness that intensely blends with their ever-compelling songwriting.
Recently, the band have been busy exploring their other passion -- visual arts. Jamie opened "Echo Home," an exhibit of his photographic work at the Morrison Hotel Gallery spaces in New York and Los Angeles Alison's original paintings on paper, canvas and fabric art have been exhibited at group and solo shows in NYC and at Art Basel in Miami.
After two years of festival shows and special guest appearances at arena shows with Queens of The Stone Age, Jack White and The Black Keys, and following on from a third album release from The Dead Weather, Alison's band with White, Jack Lawrence and Dean Fertita, 2016 will see The Kills releasing their fifth album, hitting the road once more, and scaling new creative and commercial heights. A long way from south London!
After three albums under the name RTX, Jennifer Herrema and her bunch decided to flip the script, to kick open the doors of perception a little bit . See,RTX was not Royal Trux, not a metal band,not a 70's bar band and not a toxic substance; RTX was something, all of those things and none of them and way more, including Black Bananas bubbling in a witchy cauldron of their own herbaceousbrew. The tit le of a song on their RaTX album detailed a bit of the recipe, taking elements often tossed aside or thrown all the way out and combining them into something new and worthwhile...a new strain of the almighty green - to feed and elevate the hungry ones.
"I'm your garbage collector
I'll turn your trash to gold
What you cast off is what I hold,
End loafs of bread, black bananas and broken crackers
Scratched records, too dark pictures and torn jeans
All the shit that rips at the seams"
Black Bananas is set for the next all-inclusive rock and roll crusade, the one that includes even and especially all the shit you don't like, woven into all the shit you can't live without. This has been the name of Jennifer's game from day one; she owns the blueprints and if you don't know by now, don't even bother to Google it, cuz understanding is an investment not an action. Jennifer Herrema is not schizophrenic nor does she don many hats. She is simply a singer and simultaneously, a pioneer of comprehensive non-exclusive opposition rock, and Black Bananas is the latest addition to the oeuvre.
Brian Mckinley, Kurt Midness, Jaimo Welch , and Nadav Eisenman have been ripping and running with Jennifer since 2002, when one by one, they gathered serendipitously, borne by curiosity and the courage to be part of something new. Each passing RTX record saw them wrapped ever tighter in the burgeoning tongue of their own creation. Now, uttering their twisted slang fluently as a unified dialect, they emerge as Black Bananas.
If you wanna hedge (-fund) your bets its best to get out in front of this new natio nal currency they are creating with Black Bananas. These are the notes of the future; with Jennifer at the helm their worth will grow exponentially. Invest!
Black Bananas first album Rad Times Xpress IV runs the gamut from gnarly odes to reality TV in songs like "My House" to future electric metallic GoGo sounds all conceived with scraps of influence from Jennifer's childhood passions zig-zagged with other currents out there, creating a sound that will take you to a specific place that only Black Bananas know how to find.
Most of all, Black Bananas is the new band in town - and they're fucking righteous.
In 2005, when Dave Vicini (lead singer, formerly of The Lot Six) moved into an apartment in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, MA, with Chris Warren (singer/guitarist, formerly of Officer May), the friends already had an idea that they should be in a band together. Their previous bands had shared bills and even covered each other's songs. Before long, six Chuck Taylor boxes full of 4-tracks were recorded in their apartment. Then they decided they should find a band and make a record.
Viva Viva's reputation has grown steadily over the years, from those apartment recording sessions to the music hall-shaking, band they are today. Dan Burke (bass, formerly of The Lot Six), Fumika Kato (keyboard) and Dominic Mariano (drums), complete the sound that is causing a stir in the Boston music scene.
The Boston Phoenix Music Editor, Michael Marotta wrote, "the legend of Viva Viva has grown exponentially on the shoulders of explosive live performances" in his Fall Arts Preview article. Their unbridled energy can be heard on their debut self-titled album, out on Fort Port Recordings. "Basically we're the second greatest band in the world," says Vicini. "Yeah, second to the Rolling Stones circa '72," adds Warren. "We're not trying to re-invent the wheel, just keep it rolling," says Warren.
Hudson River Park's Pier 63
W. 23rd St & 11th Ave
New York, NY, 10011