Rich Aucoin

PopGun Presents

Rich Aucoin

Psymon Spine, Matthew Danger Lippman

Feb 27

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Elsewhere - Zone One

Brooklyn, NY

$10 / $12

This event is 16 and over

Rich Aucoin
Rich Aucoin
This heart
This heart
Is all that keeps us up
Is all that keeps us up
This heart
This heart
Is beating
Is beating
The night begins (with instruction) and ends (sweatily) the same way. And in between
there is nothing but love.But what happens before and after each one of these
events—art, the music theory, the travel, the sacrifice, the lonely, the video rendering—goes unseen. Now is the time for it to be heard.

On Ephemeral, Rich Aucoin takes his past three years of relentless worldwide touring—
pick a town in France, a festival in Europe, heck, even pick a beach party in Madagascar,
he’s been there and you were up front—and distills all of the big ideas philosophy
majors like him love to ruminate on into 10 sharp dance-pop songs all pointed toward
the same goal: to gather the things that keep us afraid and apart, and use them to pull us together.

“After 45 minutes of the most intense singing and dancing and butt-touching of your life
and you're in the middle, screaming, ‘We won't leave it all in our heads’ in a voice so
wild and unabashed you normally wouldn't even let your shower hear it. It's the kind of
fun where you turn to your friend in the middle of it and go ‘Is this real?!’ And it is,” as
Neil Fridd, leader of frequent Aucoin tour/bandmates Terror Pigeon, puts it.
Everything Aucoin does feeds into another thing, his whole life an endless connected
mass of roots, needing air and water and a light show to really be seen—there are songs that match videos that stop in time for the parachute to unfurl—there are so many
devoted and curious fans getting under them now, that Aucoin has to custom- order
them for size. “He's already holding stadium-calibre, interactive live spectacles in the
confines of clubs,” marvelled CBC Radio 3’s Grant Lawrence in 2012. “Imagine what this
Halifax electro-imagineer could do in a hockey arena?”

“The power of his music that makes people want to dance, is that it’s a combination of
the music, and what he’s doing on stage,” says comedian and ex-roommate Mark Little.
“It’s not a plea for people to dance, but it’s kind of a persistent ‘Dance, dance, don’t
forget to dance.’ I’ve never seen it work before. He gets people to dance when they
wouldn’t normally dance—it’s the same quality that makes you not-annoyed with his

“In times like this/I wanna be a believer!” Aucoin shouts on the driving, dynamic “Want
to Believe,” an exuberant anthem mixed by Grammy Award winner Mick Guzauski (Daft
Punk)—and it’s not surprising that he means all times. “I want to believe,” he says, “and
am on a quest to try to have as many experiences as I can to illicit belief.”
Despite his seemingly superhuman abilities—“I think he has it in his head that he wants
to do one memorable thing every day,” says Little, “which I think is insane”—Aucoin has
experienced the same loss and doubt as any other person. On the deceptively upbeat
“Four More Years,” he lays out the toll an outsized life can take on the heart beneath it:
“I’m alone so much/what good are friends you cannot touch...I fuckin’ miss my friends.”
Lastly and most importantly, Ephemeral was inspired by the story of The Little Prince. (It
runs in synchronization with the 1979 claymation version.) “This album was written to
explore the same concepts and theme contained in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s densely
filled children's novella; themes of the ephemerality of human existence, the absurdity
of life, the values placed upon the pursuit of power, wealth and knowledge,” says
Aucoin. “Isolation and relationships are a big focus in the book and the record and the
realization that our relationships are the most important part of our short existence.”

Repeat after me:

This heart is all that keeps us up.
This heart is beating.
Psymon Spine
In January 2013, Psymon Spine members Peter Spears and Noah Prebish embarked on a headlining European tour under Prebish's other band, Karate. The band's first single, 'Eric's Basement & Secret Tunnels'', was written while in transit through Paris, and it was after their London show that Enfer Records first heard the song and signed Psymon Spine on the spot. Soon after Kitsuné invited PsymonSpine to remix Is Tropical's 'Dancing Anymore' – and declared it their favorite mix of the track. Psymon Spine's sound is an unapologetically colorful brew of punk, psychedelica, and dance music, both beautiful and abrasive, both soothing and biting. Their dynamic and shape-shifting live show features afro-pop and punk guitar lines, synths and samples, polyrhythmic percussion, and even occasional orchestral accompaniment. They are currently living in Brooklyn and recording their first LP for Axis Mundi Records (Is Tropical, Dave Ellis Group, etc.), which is being produced by Graham Dickson of Crystal Fighters.
Matthew Danger Lippman
Matthew Danger Lippman
Matthew Danger Lippman is a multi-instrumentalist glam musician based in NYC. MDL describes his music as "slacker glam soul & hiphop punkrock." Born in Buffalo, NY, MDL spent his teenage years fronting notorious garage rockers Brimstone Blondes. The band released one EP and one album, Age of Consent, before calling it quits in 2015. Since then, MDL has focused his efforts on his solo act, combining his love of production auteurs like Prince & Trent Reznor with a wacky, immersive stage show. Shows typically feature everything from punk to cabaret to hip-hop, all tied together with a manic stage presence. He has opened for such acts as Foxygen, Shonen Knife, & Active Bird Community. MDL is prepping his first LP, ILL., for a 2018 release.
Venue Information:
Elsewhere - Zone One
599 Johnson Ave.
Brooklyn, NY, 11237