TEEN

TEEN

Jenny loves Joni, Miles Francis

Thu, March 7, 2019

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

The Pinhook

Durham, NC

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is all ages

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TEEN
TEEN
The band TEEN came together at the turn of the decade, but its members have known each other their whole lives. Teeny, Lizzie, and Katherine Lieberson are sisters. Although they grew up in a musically vibrant Halifax home—their father was the esteemed composer Peter Lieberson—their first band jelled once they all lived in New York.

Teeny officially conceived TEEN in 2010 while on break from touring as part of renowned band Here We Go Magic. Following her self-recorded 2011 release Little Doods, she invited her sisters to join the project, transforming TEEN into a full-blown band. Carpark records caught wind of Teeny’s work, and TEEN signed to the label for its proper debut album, 2012’s In Limbo. The sisters’ unsurprising, inevitable chemistry manifests across the record’s sprawling, lo-fi psychedelia; the familial bonds that formed it gave it a strength that resulted in acclaim from publications including Rolling Stone, which claimed, “the matter-of-fact beauty of [Teeny’s] sweetly somber voice and the album’s unapologetically fat synths…proves highly evocative.”

It was with their 2014 follow-up The Way and Color, though, that the sisters solidified their accessible but complex, psychedelia- and synth-informed pop lens through which they explore romance, womanhood, and social constructs. Of the album’s more outré, electronic-influenced sounds, The New York Times raved: “The band’s new songs bloom with vocal harmonies and double down on intricate counterpoint…. TEEN’s music never [loses its balance].”

Good Fruit, the band’s fourth and newest album, is its sharpest thesis yet. A meditation on life after love, it’s thematically the opposite of its predecessor, 2016’s Love Yes, which The Guardian praised as “reminiscent of…inventive late-70s to mid-80s pop groups.” Musically, though, Good Fruit is the logical evolution of Love Yes’ massive uptick in synth use and sticky-hot choruses. The album boasts self-assured, skyrocketing synthpop anthems including “Only Water” and “Runner,” which betray the crucial lessons the sisters took from experiencing the distinct, enlivening ways that their myriad Love Yes tourmates employed synths. As with all TEEN albums, there are haunting ballads, most notably “Pretend,” which swells into a roaring synthetic climax as it details a relationship’s failure. A precise analysis of life after love, it’s an ideal note on which to end Good Fruit, a bold statement on moving forward and letting go of the past.
Miles Francis
Miles Francis
For many, Miles Francis’ 2018 debut EP, Swimmers, was a first introduction - but he had already been around for years, keeping time for some of the most dynamic performers in the world. Some might have seen him on Late Show with David Letterman drumming with Arcade Fire’s Will Butler, or on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as the kit drummer for Antibalas; in South Africa onstage with Angelique Kidjo, in Hollywood playing with Amber Mark, or at the Apollo Theater backing up the late Sharon Jones. Born and raised in New York City, Francis grew up seeing his father play trumpet at local jazz clubs, playing raucous rock shows in high school, and leading underground afrobeat parties in college. At home, he studied his wide range of influences with intensity, plucking elements that appealed to him from any direction - Bowie’s lyrical delivery, Sly Stone’s melodies, J Dilla’s rhythm, Talking Heads’ orchestration, D’Angelo’s feel, Paul McCartney’s bass lines, Fela Kuti’s guitar parts, Prince’s drum patterns. All of these influences and years of experiences coalesced into Swimmers, which also featured a companion short film and NYC gallery show. It was an impressive display by a young artist who had obviously been immersed in music his whole life. Critics agreed: Swimmers was covered by The FADER, Stereogum, Mass Appeal, Blackbook, amongst others, and radio across the country took note, including KCRW and KUTX.

Now, it is clear that Swimmers was only the beginning, as Miles Francis presents his second EP, Doves. Doves presents 6 songs just as emotive and catchy as his first effort, yet with a wider palette of expression. As is the case with Swimmers, each song on Doves has its own sound, yet they cohesively live under the umbrella of Francis’ musicality. Recording himself in his Greenwich Village basement studio, Miles plays each instrument live, without any quantization, looping or autotune. The result is organic modern pop music: contemporary indie intuition with the untampered purity of the classics.

The visual imagery of Doves debuted with two video singles released at the tail end of 2018, "Sophomore Slump" and "Adult Life" - and continues with the release of the vibrant new video for “I Could Use Your Love”. Francis’ second collaboration with artist Charles Billot, the videos and companion album art center around masked figures in bodysuits wearing white feather boas, following Francis wherever he goes. “I call those the ‘Doves’ - they are the inner voices that begin to accompany us as we move further away from childhood. In general, doves can symbolize both life and death - but within those grand notions, there are countless everyday inner dialogues bringing you up and down.” With each song, Francis dives into one of those dialogues - “I Could Use Your Love” confronts loneliness, while “Insecurity” focuses on confidence (or lack thereof) - embodying and humanizing each state of mind. “We go through life carrying these private worlds inside, which can be isolating - I write music to make people feel like they are not alone.”
Venue Information:
The Pinhook
117 W. Main St.
Durham, NC, 27701
http://thepinhook.com/