Adam Franklin & Bolts Of Melody

Late Show

Adam Franklin & Bolts Of Melody

Hopewell

Fri, September 30, 2011

Doors: 10:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Adam Franklin & Bolts Of Melody - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
Adam Franklin & Bolts Of Melody
From 1990 to 1998 Adam Franklin was the singer, guitarist and main songwriter for London-based Swervedriver; contemporaries of and label mates with My Bloody Valentine and Ride but with a more adrenalized rock 'n' roll sound, showing flashes of Husker Du and Sonic Youth. Then from 1999 to 2006 Adam recorded and toured as Toshack Highway, a gentler but no less inventive folky/electronic/film-soundtracky hybrid, releasing a full album and flurry of EPs, split releases, seven inch singles and the like. In 2007 an album that had started out as the next Toshack Highway release became the first album to be released under the moniker Adam Franklin and was titled Bolts of Melody - which also became the name of Adam's adaptable, forever-changing and quite formidable live group. Sometimes a rock 'n' roll four-piece and at times expanding to take in pedal steel and piano, the live band and album showcased a return of sorts to the searing, guitar-constructed songwriting style Franklin's followers were familar with from Swervedriver days, but also with an air of the musical experimentation more redolent of the Toshack era. In 2008 Franklin found time not only to tour once again with the re-ignited Swervedriver as they were raptuously received on their first tour for a decade, but also to tour and record the debut album of Magnetic Morning, his new collaboration with Sam Fogarino of Interpol, and record - with the Bolts of Melody band - the second Adam Franklin release, Spent Bullets. Bullets walks beyond the ground broken on Bolts and is a more direct, varied and satisfying album than ever before. The power and melody that has always coursed through the veins of Adam's electric songs is in full effect on tunes such as Surge, Teardops Keep Fallin' Out My Head and Autumn Leaf. And then in the likes of Big Sur, Champs or End Credits, there are all sorts of other unexpected and intriguing sonic fingerprints - smudged evocations of Scott Walker soundtracking a French spy movie or The Temptations refracted through side three of Electric Ladyland perhaps. In short, some of the most sonicly beautiful songs of Franklin's career converge on one disc that aims straight for the heart.
Hopewell - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Hopewell
"The first time I heard Hopewell was years ago, performing at an artist loft in South Williamsburg. I was a newcomer to New York City and a friend had tipped me off to the band because two of their members were also playing in Mercury Rev, who were a favorite of mine. All that I really recall is my first impression of the group: dark, raw, and wonderfully psychedelic. Since then, we've seen a lot of different music phenomena sweep through this town and the world at large, from dance punk to new weird America; all the while Hopewell have continued to make music on their own terms, with slight reinventions and occasional member changes, but at their essence still a band who could be just as at home rocking out in an old loft space as on a big stage warming the crowd for My Bloody Valentine -- as they did in Chicago last year. One thing that has been missing in their recordings, however, is the spontaneous energy of their live shows, something that the band's newest album rectifies. Opener "Preamble (pt. II)" winds up from a sun-kissed chorus of voices and lands into an acid bath of fuzzed-out guitars and the smell of burning tube amps. I swear the next track, "Island," could be Hopewell's answer to Jane's Addiction's "Mountain Song," as Jason Russo's voice echoes and soars above the tribal stomp of the drums and wailing guitars. In contrast, "10,000 Black Masses" is stripped down to a slow, bass-led repetition that conjures images of desert sunsets and peyote, and nicely sets the stage for the third-eye opening freak-out of "Stranger," driving the point home that space rock is back, if it ever left." OTHER MUSIC

"...breathtaking, soulful psychedelic rock with a dark turbulence at its heart: the two elements tugging at each other until a music that is both disquietingly beautiful and emotionally powerful is all that remains." Stevie Chick, NME

"Hopewell has achieved the feat of retaining the hallmarks of great psychedelic music without any of the meandering – there’s never a wasted second in their dynamic, solid, and intelligent compositions – and that very deliberateness is never at the expense of their soulfulness and poetry." NEW YORK NIGHT TRAIN

"When Hopewell add some hangover-hazy honky-tonk grit to their spacey sprawl (The Notbirds, closer Square Peg Teeth), the results are uniquely out of this world."; Timothy Gunatilaka, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com