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Vita and The Woolf

Wed, March 1, 2017

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

The Chapel

San Francisco, CA

$20 adv / $22 door

This event is all ages

Bell X1
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We started this particular ride in the summer of 2014. Me crossing Dublin city by bicycle most days, to Dave’s studio in Raheny. Take the coast road or the Malahide road after Fairview? I’ll have to check the app that tells me which way the wind is blowing (God forbid I might actually feel it in my face)…pleasant as it is, the coast road’s a bitch with the wind against you. Cycling to and from, my head’s a whirl with tuneage…I don’t notice the city being squeezed by Luas works, until I’m being funnelled around College Green at rush hour on the narrowest of roadways, sandwiched between a barrier and a bus. For non-Irish folks, the Luas is our light rail network – known, in a way that reminds me why I love this city and it’s people, as the Daniel Day…

There was the morning coffee and talk of the issues of the day. There was a morning session, luncheon of hang sangwidges froofified with jalapeño peppers and chilli mayonnaise, then afternoon session. There were songs, both country and western, as is our wont. Noisy ones, gentle ones, krautrock, slow jams…not sure what we’re doing, just go with it. We took them to the wilds of Donegal, to Attica Audio and recorded with Tommy McGloughlin…again, circling, flinging paint – show yourself, you devil! A bunch of songs that had their moments, but still felt uneasy in each other’s company. Back to Raheny for honing, plain hacking and dumping…and still more songs. Getting closer.

Into the arms of Glenn Keating for some sweet sounds, coming down, on the nightshift… He played some keyboards and helped punch out some of the grooves we were going for, and his help was invaluable in getting the record to check its delinquent self. He said of what we presented him that he was particularly drawn to the sex vibes… the what now? That there was a sex-vibe going on with some of the tunes and that that was a good thing. Well, sweet Jesus and the Orphans, we didn’t know where to look… If that’s the case, then that is a good thing. Not that there are songs about just sex, but in all the circling and exploring we did talk about soulful grooves and feel being more important than narrative, and tried to gather the songs we settled on under this awning.

We came across the work of artist Mirjam Dijkema when in Donegal – she had made posters for Villagers, with whom Tommy had played. We got in touch and she made a poster for the acoustic-ish tour at the end of last year. She came over to see us play and we got talking about how to represent the new music visually. We used word like “shonky”, “scratchy”, “dayglo”. She rolled her eyes (maybe?), nodded and went about creating a sunburst metallic intergalactic collage and we thank her for it…

This has been the most difficult record we’ve made, in terms of feeling like it was good enough to share, to let it go and no longer be just ours. That we’d made something different to what’s come before. I know we’ve been crazed with doubt, occasional bum steers & misguided conviction along and we say thank you to those who’ve calmed the waters…

As the world feels like it’s becoming a harsher place (maybe there’s just more damn noise?), we seek out the comfort of the familiar and familial…arms – Paul.

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Vita and The Woolf
Vita and The Woolf
Vita and the Woolf is the sound of operatic vocals meeting neo-soul synth pop. Driven by the anthemic voice of front woman, Jennifer Pague and supported by the dynamic drumming of Adam Shumski, Vita and the Woolf has been melding cross-genre influences in their powerhouse electronic style since their first EP Fang Song came out in 2014.

The band’s head-turning live show has since grown to reflect both the range of Pague’s vocals and the music’s shape shifting energy.

Originally inspired by the love relationship between novelists Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, the name “Vita and the Woolf” was chosen while Pague was studying abroad in Europe in 2012. Upon returning to the states and going through a variety of line-up changes, the band has since solidified as a collaboration between Pague and Shumski. In the past year this configuration of Vita and the Woolf has been featured on the Urban Outfitters Music Blog, NYLON Magazine, and other regional and national media outlets as the band gears up for their upcoming album release in 2017.
Stay tuned for more info about “TUNNELS”, the band’s new full length record.

Vita and the Woolf recently toured as direct support for Rasputina on a 17-date cross country tour. In addition they have performed at XPoNential Music Festival in 2015 on the same lineup as St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket, and Courtney Barnett. And have opened up for Milk & Bone, Christine Perri & Colbie Caillat, Hamilton Leithauser, and The Parlour Tricks.
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110