Mother Falcon

Holy Carp / Production Simple Presents

Mother Falcon

The Family Crest

Mon, June 9, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 11:59 pm)

Zanzabar

Louisville, KY

$12.00 - $14.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Mother Falcon
Mother Falcon
Mother Falcon is an orchestral indie band born in Austin, Texas that has quickly become an award winning recording act and a top concert draw, performing in rock clubs while maintaining a presence in the performing arts scene scoring plays and films. The group began to coalesce around multi-instrumentalist and composer Nick Gregg while the members were still teenagers, coming together via orchestral and chamber music classes. Composing as a collective, the 18 piece ensemble includes several multi-instrumentalists and most of the players contribute vocals. Guitarist/pianist Claire Puckett, accordionist/pianist Tamir Khalifa and percussionist/saxophonist Issac Winburne form the creative core along with Nick Gregg, though all members contribute musically.

Still Life, the debut EP, was released in early 2010 and spawned the local hit "Marigold." Mother Falcon's first full length, Alhambra, was released in February 2011 and gained immediate raves and heavy spins on the influential public radio station KUT, charted in the top ten on several college stations and hi #61 on the CMJ chart.
The Family Crest
The Family Crest
It's fitting that The Family Crest was born in San Francisco, a city known for its rich history of experimentation, innovation and progressive thinking. In 2009, two young musicians -- Liam McCormick (lead vocals, guitar) and John Seeterlin (bass) -- settled in San Francisco to record a cycle of songs that McCormick had written. For McCormick, there was explicit intent to include as many people as possible in the music-making, based on his belief that everyone is inherently musical when given the opportunity.

Throughout the course of a year, McCormick and Seeterlin reached out into the city and proceeded to record people of all ages and musical backgrounds performing their songs. The project took the duo from churches to living rooms to cafes, even up the coast to Oregon and Washington, all in its mission to build community through music.

The resulting album, The Village, inspired the band to develop into a proper performing entity, adding four classically trained instrumentalists to the lineup. Its musical diversity is reflected in the range of bands that The Family Crest has opened for, including The Head and the Heart, Train and OK Go.

This growth also inspired a continued mission of musical inclusiveness. At live shows and in the studio, The Family Crest set out to play with as many musicians as possible. Whether a fan took the stage to be part of a group chorus, or contributed an instrumental part to a recording, they were considered a part of "the extended family," which now boasts over 300 members. "While vying to collect more musicians onstage than the Decemberists or Arcade Fire," remarked The San Francisco Chronicle, "The Family Crest harbors an affection for Burt Bacharach-style swingin' romanticism that is sure to impress lovers of classical pop."

Once the band saw its vision taking hold, even beyond its hometown, it looked back to the city that supported the family for new musical inspiration. Over the course of a week, The Family Crest, in its usual fashion, recorded a plethora of instruments in various homes and churches, as well as John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone recording studio, to create The Headwinds EP.

The Headwinds EP introduces the grand sounds of band's new full-length album, Beneath the Brine, a sweeping soundscape befitting the oceanic theme of the title. Beneath the Brine showcases an expansive breadth of arrangements – from dark, classical romanticism to brass-laden sounds reminiscent of the Roaring 20s.

The result is nothing short of epic, as The Family Crest has seamlessly wielded classical chamber sounds and pop music elements. It's the sonic representation of what McCormick, and many pioneers before him, saw from the edge of the West Coast: the enormity of the sea, with its depths, dangers and possibilities.
Venue Information:
Zanzabar
2100 South Preston Street
Louisville, KY, 40217
http://www.zanzabarlouisville.com/