Eleanor Friedberger

Pill

at Meow Wolf
1352 Rufina Circle
Santa Fe NM 87507
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Time: 8:00pm     Day: Friday     Doors: 7:00pm     Ages: All Ages    
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Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251.

Eleanor Friedberger on her new album Rebound:

"I spent most of 2016 on the road, and I needed to keep that momentum going. I had always wanted to spend more time in Greece; take Greek lessons and get to know Athens better while hopefully writing some music. After November 8, 2016 I set that loose plan into motion. While friends back home were suddenly becoming politically activated for the first time, it was exciting to be living in a city where protest marches occur on a weekly, or sometimes daily basis. I assembled a band of Greek musicians, played a few shows, learned a few more Greek words, but didn't get much writing done. It turned out to be more of a reconnaissance mission.

"After a month in Athens I asked my friend, the Greek musician Σtella, 'What's one thing I have to do before I leave?' After some long and careful consideration she smiled and said, 'you have to go to Rebound. It's a time warp; kind of an 80s goth disco where everyone does the chicken dance; you'll love it... but it's only open on Saturdays after 3 AM.'

"Rebound proved to be a revelation in terms of finding the sound and energy for my fourth album. The club was very dark and despite the no smoking signs, like everywhere in Athens, it was very smoky. The 'chicken dance' Stella mentioned was a solitary one. I copied the slouchy strut, moving back and forth in line, swinging my arms in time to the music that at first sounded like Joy Division or maybe The Cure, but never revealed itself—one could only assume it to be knock-off by an unknown Baltic band. It was alienating and exhilarating. 'In Between Stars' is an attempt at a song you could hear at Rebound. It’s a dark and disorienting; my warped version of 80s goth disco."

Soft Hell, Pill's second full-length album, is a raucous, splintering dispatch from New York City, animated by the madcap ingenuity of a foursome finding a palpable sense of joy and play in expressions of caustic, black humor. Like the contradiction of the album title, which references our acceptance of everyday miseries, it's a slew of dichotomies, a frenzied cutup. It's bleeding saxophone and lustrous feedback sounding somehow pastoral, and winking hooks subtly infused with venom.

Pill's lyrics are severe and funny, cryptic and straightforward, but never didactic. They reliably interrogate power. Vocalist and bassist Veronica Torres, a poet and visual artist, has cited as influences J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Ian Svenonius, apt references for her wildly expressive range.


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