The Chills

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

The Chills

Cotillon, RAYS

Wed · March 6, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$28 adv / $32 door

This event is all ages

The Chills
The Chills
The Chills are a band from Dunedin, New Zealand fronted by the rare talent of Martin Phillipps.

Martin has a single-minded determination to take quality, original NZ-sounding, melodic rock music global. His requirement of band members has been to meet a standard of musicianship, which is necessary to deliver The Chills songs with essential consistent energy. This determination stems from the punk rock ethics of Martin’s musical awakening and from the subsequent proximity to people like Chris Knox who drove home how crucial it was to deliver music always with intensity and conviction.

This live energy is the central reason why The Chills are remembered fondly in all of the thirty-nine countries that they have thus far visited. It’s the combination of this AND the consistent quality of their songs which have established The Chills as one of the most well-known New Zealand groups to date - particularly in the US, UK and Europe.

The band have many faithful friends around the world and a new generation (Peter Bjorn and John, Songs, The Go Find, Panda Bear, The Shins et al) are now covering or attempting to emulate The Chills unique sound.
Cotillon
Cotillon
Cotillon is the moniker of Jordan Corso, a New York City based artist with ties to both San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Cotillon story began In the fall of 2013, when Corso accepted an invitation from Chet "JR" White to move into his spare bedroom in San Francisco and develop his debut LP. Under White's guidance, Corso wrote and recorded his first album, and signed with the great California indie label Burger Records.

After the release of his critically acclaimed debut, who Spin Magazine (among others) honed one of 2015's best, and extensive touring, Corso sold everything he had but a bag full of clothes and his music gear and boarded a plane for New York. "the time was right for me to make a New York based album ", say's Corso. "I moved into a small apartment, and began getting to know the city that is responsible for most of my taste ". So the story goes, Corso wrote everyday relentlessly taking inspiration from the french new wave, japanese literature, uppers, downers, big city culture, and a romantic relationship.

After Corso recorded a large collection of demos in his apartment, it began time to figure out how to craft LP number two. The first person he showed them to was Shane Butler of New York via Boston's Quilt, who's work Corso strongly admires. "When I got the demos I felt like they were a pretty good metaphor for Jordan as I knew him. One of the things I really like about Jordan is that he is caught in this interstice between high-culture & low-culture; between the cleaner aspects of life and the grittier. I heard both these sides of him in the demos he showed me. Jordan also seemed really into this idea of making a 'New York' record. As someone who grew up partly in New York City, the prospect of making a 'New York' record in 2015/16 is a very complicated thing. That concept wrestles with some of the ideas that I saw in Jordan's personality. It is something of the high & the low; the grime & the glitter; the superficial & the genuine. All of which were attributes I saw in the song-writing at the time and heard from Jordan when he talked about what he wanted from a new record."" said Butler.

Butler called his friend Al Carlson (who produced artists such as St. Vincent, Onheaotrix Point Never, Wild Nothing, Ariel Pink, and Butler's own Quilt) and booked time at Greenpoint's classic Gary's Electric Studio which Carlson calls home, and together they began crafting Cotillon's sophomore effort, " The Afternoons " over the span of the summer. "The Afternoons" also features Jon Nellen (Ginla) on drums and synthesizer and guest piano from John Andrews (Quilt, Woods).

Corso's third album " Cruiser " (written/recorded between Tokyo/Brooklyn) is due in the Spring of 2019.

- Mark Deming, AllMusic
RAYS
RAYS
There's a certain excitement that hits you when a band seemingly comes out of nowhere to blow you away, a tingle that starts behind the ears & moves down your spine forcing your feet to move. Oakland, CA's RAYS didn’t come out of nowhere, but they’re sure to make your body herk & jerk. Calling RAYS a “supergroup” might be misleading, but not entirely inaccurate; comprised of four Bay-area music veterans; Stanley Martinez, Eva Hannan, Troy Hewitt & Alexa Pantalone whose current & past musical projects include local bands-of-note like The World, Life Stinks, Violent Change, & Dadfag.

On RAYS’ debut album the band spins eleven tunes of wiry, urgent post-punk, one foot planted firmly in the nihilistic apathy of 70 & 80’s punk (Wire, Electric Eels, Pere Ubu, Eno, Television The Fall), Australian punk past & present (UV Race, Terry, Victims, Babeez), and the addictive strum of 80’s & 90’s New Zealand/Flying Nun pop; all of whom have found their own way to meld the ferocity & thuggery of punk with a singular melodic voice. RAYS are no different; the swirling jangle of “Attic” starts the album off, sardonically extolling the joy of ‘attic life’ with Hannan’s monotone conveying an underlying sense of dread & isolation. “Dead Man’s Curve”, with it’s hook-filled, organ-laden chorus plays like a lost teenage tragedy song, celebrating the desperation & angst of reckless youth. ”Elsewhere, tunes like “Theatre of Lunacy”, “Made of Shadows” & “Drop Dead” rage with a desperate fire, speaking to the absurdities of everyday life, but with a wry smile. Shit is fucked, but the members of RAYS seem intent on finding humor within the world’s everyday desperation, because sometimes that’s the only way to stay sane. “Pain & Sorrow”, “Back Downtown” all speak to these truths. The album ends with Hannan’s “Over and Over”, it’s sweet melody belying a derisive outlook on the necessity of modern life & the repetition it requires. Throughout it all, RAYS’ debut never feels angry, Recorded by Bay-area stalwart Kelley Stoltz & mastered by Australian tone-genius Mikey Young (Total Control/ Eddy Current Suppression Ring) RAYS is a joyous album packed with weird new- wave swirls and sugar-sticky hooks.
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
http://www.thechapelsf.com