The Belle Game, DTCV

The Belle Game

DTCV

Upright Man

Thu, March 9, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Pinhook

Durham, NC

$10.00

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The Belle Game
The Belle Game
The Belle Game´s debut album, Ritual Tradition Habit, begins with bashful guitars, a soft wave of cymbals, and a pair of ambiguous phrases. `Ritual´, a sweetly haunting soundscape, lasts only a few moments before fleshing out a procession of wild and witchy tunes, full of melancholy, mythology and symphonic power.

Led by the hypnotic vocals of Andrea Lo, The Belle Game take intricate guitar and keyboard lines, anchored by dark pop rhythms, and weave them into gorgeous, graceful melodies. . . the end result still retaining the rawness of a boozy confessional. Canadian indie authority Exclaim! describes their music as "…indie-rock at its best: texturally layered, with echoing guitars, infectious rhythms and horns, and lavished in hooks".

"Ritual Tradition Habit" was recorded by John Raham (The Be Good Tanya's, Frazey Ford). It's a journey through 12 beautifully layered tracks, interrupted by the occasional chant, hymn and instrumental rumbling. Among them the spooky blues ballad, 'River', a song Pitchfork Media referred to as a "showstopping, extroverted piece of musical theatre". The song is concerned with shedding the past, which builds into Lo's heartfelt salvo: "There's a place that I found / Full of sins that you've drowned / I'll be your river/ I've been your river since we were kids."

Over the last two years, the band has been quietly gathering acclaim around the world, starting with major festival appearances in support of their two independently released EPs, and subsequent signing with hometown label, Boompa Records. They followed this up by playing coveted opening slots for Gotye, Karkwa, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Born Ruffians, Bahamas, and more.

Recently, The Belle Game released the 'Wait Up For You/Wasted Light' 7″ through Bella Union (UK/EUR). Their full-length album, "Ritual Tradition Habit" was released in April, 2013 by Boompa Records.

The Belle Game is Andrea Lo, Adam Nanji, Katrina Jones, Alex Andrew and Rob Chursinoff
DTCV
DTCV
DTCV (PRONOUNCED "Detective") was born late at night at a party in the Hollywood Hills mansion of a film producer, where Lola G., French musician in the L.A. stoner/garage scene met novelist, screenwriter and guitarist James Greer. Uninterested in mingling with celebrities and bored with the dildo collection in the living room, Lola and James started a conversation about Super-Fuzz pedals and the imminent worldwide collapse of the capitalist paradigm and decided to form a band, named DTCV for willfully obscurantist reasons.

With both Lola and James as songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, DTCV quickly had enough songs to record several albums. A first EP, BASKET OF MASKS, was recorded in the Oakland warehouse of garage prodigy Greg Ashley (The Gris-Gris, King Khan), followed by the album HOWEVER STRANGE released on Burger Records in 2012.

After a year of touring, they released HILARIOUS HEAVEN (Xemu Records, 2013), an ambitious double album recorded by stoner legend Steve Kille of Dead Meadow. Later that year, a radical life change and desire to escape the domesticated world took them to the Mojave desert, where they settled in a Joshua Tree cabin and now live as desert hermits.

Desert life inspired the album UPTIME! which came out on Xemu and Lolipop Records (cassette) following THE EARLY YEAR, a comp of their early EPs/singles released by Mock Records in 2014.

In 2015, while listening to Clifton Chenier's French Zydeco and the Nouvelle-Vague-inspired Brian Jonestown Massacre album Musique de film imaginé, Lola felt an urge to write songs in her native tongue and the resulting album CONFUSION MODERNE was recorded with psych guru Joel Jerome. CONFUSION MODERNE is a mix of classic French pop, garage, 60s yé-yé, and DTCV's own signature post-punk inflections that the band likes to call "Françoise Hardy fronting Buzzcocks.".
Upright Man
Upright Man
Upright Man is a rising American rock group from New York consisting of Aidan Dolan (guitar, vocals), Nick Katz (bass, vocals), and Max Yassky (drums, background vocals, percussion), along with Ryan Slotnik on keys and background vocals.

Pulling carefully selected elements from alternative, psychedelic rock, and roots music, Upright Man has created a unique blend of styles, intertwining complex harmonies and times signatures with classic rock band influences. The band met while studying classical composition at NYU, first playing on and contributing to each others projects and ultimately forming Upright Man from their combined styles.
Venue Information:
The Pinhook
117 W. Main St.
Durham, NC, 27701
http://thepinhook.com/