People Get Ready, Rich Aucoin

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PopGun Presents

People Get Ready

Rich Aucoin

Landlady, Raccoon Fighter

Jan 18

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Glasslands Gallery

Brooklyn, NY


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People Get Ready
People Get Ready
People Get Ready ramps up their fierce, joyful, heedless interplay, and devotion to PLEASURE with their new album Physiques. A post-punk ethos mingles with a tender sensibility towards movement and performance within this grip of new songs. Physiques, produced by Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, was recorded at the Clocktower Gallery — one of the first entrants in New York’s “alternative art space” movement in the 1970s. PGR has performed everywhere from DIY clubs to opera halls, adding auxiliary performers and homemade instruments (e.g. a “circumstantial guitar,” which is strapped to its wearer’s back and dragged on the ground by its headstock) or simply attacking their songs as a four-piece. Nurtured by and connected to several generations of America’s hyper-creative bleeding edge of musicians/artists/makers, People Get Ready challenge what it means to be a band.
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.
Landlady is the Brooklyn-born brainchild of Adam Schatz, a vision completed by Mikey Freedom Hart, Ian Chang, Ian Davis, and Booker Stardrum. A band quietly built upon one self-released record and a history of heart-pounding hometown live shows, Landlady has turned up the volume on its own evolved sound with the creation of Upright Behavior, the new album out this Spring on Hometapes (Bear In Heaven, Matthew E. White, Celestial Shore, Megafaun, Leverage Models, Pattern Is Movement). Setting ablaze melodic territories mapped by the likes of Paul McCartney, Jeff Lynne, and Randy Newman – and measuring their rhythmic pulse by by Can, Os Mutantes, and contemporary time-colliders Flaming Lips – Landlady defy and redefine rock music, all while you sing along.

Photo credit: Sasha Arutyunova
Raccoon Fighter
Raccoon Fighter
Named one of Turn Up the Sound's "favorite new artists," and described by Philadelphia Weekly as a band that "...makes you wanna shake, rattle and roll," they have successfully caught the ear of Brooklyn music scene regulars as well as a host of concertgoers who discovered the band at one of their infectious live shows. Whether it be the crunch of Ciancaglini's guitar, the energy of Gavigans's vocals, the rawness of their sound, or some a combination of the three, their music appeals to many.

Drawing on influences including Iggie Pop, the Pretty Things, and the Rolling Stones, Raccoon Fighter has created a unique sound and secured its place in the burgeoning New York City indie music scene. It's no wonder prominent music blog, Brooklyn Ski Club, confidently declares, "Mark my will be a fan of this band in the very near

"Brooklyn's latest top-shelf indie export" - Chaos Magazine

"Pleasantly seductive, slinky style of raw rock" - the Deli Magazine

"The supple sonic waves hark back cross the pond to Brit Invasion trailblazers the Troggs and Hollies, before their antecedents locked themselves in the garage and turned that soulful R&B rock sound raw."
- Philadelphia Weekly

"Kurt may have passed on, but his style lives on in bands like Raccoon Fighter that blend hard-edged lyrics and melodies with a really emotive lead singer. Same goes for other pioneer bands that had similar-sounds, like The Pixies. One review called Raccoon Fighter "great, raw rock;" that's damn right."
- Bits and Watts

Guilt Free Pleasures "particularly tantalizing"

"Its hotter in Bushwick, Brooklyn during the summer than most places in America. Under a small atmospheric layer of smog: fire hydrants burst open and shower neighborhoods, Italian Ice push-carts litter the streets, and the $1 bags of sliced mango boil under the Myrtle Ave/ Broadway J Train tracks. Exhausted from a night of sweat-induced tossing and turning you comprimisingly hit your Bodega; now complete with your newly acquired $4 Deli Sandwich, $1 Arizona, and your $1 Chips you sit at your computer (complete with stolen wireless). Oh, what's this? What an incredible surprise! Raccoon Fighter released two FREE albums: Liars Feet & Terrified (respectively)? FANTASTIC. GLORIOUS. GUAVALICIOUS. What? Two completely different records with one similarity: real, honest Rock and Roll."
- TK421 Music

Turn Up The Sound "raw rock and roll"

"Mark my words, you hear it here first, etc: You will be a fan of this band in the very near future"
- Brooklyn Ski Club
Venue Information:
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249