Win a pair of tickets to see Chicago experimental rockers Califone in Whelan’s on 21st November.
“This is the only record I’ve made in my life where none of the work was done in Chicago,” says Califone’s Tim Rutili. The writing and recording began in Southern California, then continued in Arizona and Texas. “Those dry landscapes and beaches and hills and shopping malls all made it into the music,” he acknowledges. Uniquely homespun elements are interwoven into the songs, too, including sounds Rutili recorded in his backyard during rainfall and while driving in his car.
Brass, pedal steel, and strings color in the edges and outlines songs like “Frosted Tips,” “We Are A Payphone,” “Moonbath.brainsalt.a.holy.fool” and “Moses,” yet Stitches is no Ennio Morricone-meets-Cecil B. DeMille pastiche. Gritty electronics, the mesmerizing thrumming of tablas, and eerie keyboards also pepper these ten new selections. A cartographer could spend lifetimes mapping the terrain of Stitches.
Califone (Dead Oceans)
Tony Dekker (from Great Lake Swimmers)
8pm, Thursday 21st November
Whelan’s, Wexford Street
Tickets are €15 (+ 50c service charge for non-cash transactions) from WAV Tickets. Alternatively, send an email with CALIFONETICKETSPLEASE as its subject to email@example.com by midnight on Monday, 18th November to be in with a chance of winning a pair.