The New Up, Romantic Comedy, Kevin McWhaSteele

The New Up

Romantic Comedy

Kevin McWhaSteele

Thu, May 18, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Hall - Brooklyn

Brooklyn, NY

$8 Advance / $10 Day of Show

This event is 21 and over

The New Up
The New Up
The New Up’s Tiny Mirrors was released in the US on February 3, 2017 and is slated for release in the UK/EU on March 31st, 2017. Get your copy here!
http://thenewup.com/store/

Politically charged yet intensely introspective, raw in emotion yet cinematic in scope, San Francisco’s The New Up formed soon after Noah Reid and ES Pitcher serendipitously met at a music festival. Since then, the band has turned out three self-released EPs (Gold, Better Off, Broken Machine) and one full-length (Palace of Industrial Hope). The New Up’s sophomore album,Tiny Mirrors, came to life in three distinctly charmed spaces: a self-built studio in the group’s San Francisco “band house,” an intimate Marin home surrounded by redwoods, and a secluded barn in a seaside Mendocino town. The New Up channeled their DIY spirit and sonic ingenuity into infusing gritty garage rock with lush textures and lavish atmospherics. Equally the result of an exacting, metamorphic songwriting process, Tiny Mirrors reveals itself as a gorgeous paradox: a collection of songs that give a bracing glimpse at the state of the world but still feels fiercely intimate; an album that’s supremely life-affirming despite all its apocalyptic overtones.

With its buzzing synths and serpentine riffs, indelible melodies and sprawling arrangements, the album explores the notion of overcoming disconnection by “looking at our own reflection first and seeing more than just tiny, disjointed fragments,” according to Pitcher. “It also reflects the fragmentation of our society and how, more and more, our differences are portrayed as a negative thing rather than a symbiosis of these ‘tiny mirrors’—like a mosaic.”
Romantic Comedy
Romantic Comedy
Rising from the ashes of beloved Brooklyn drunk-rockers The Great American Novel, The Romantic Comedy is the brainchild of James Layne, Pete Kilpin, Aidan Shepard and Max Miller. Mixing nineties power pop sensibility and crushing eighties arena rock production from former Passion Pit member Ayad Al Adhamy, The Romantic Comedy is delighting audiences across the five boroughs of NYC, and sometimes other places too.
Kevin McWhaSteele
Kevin McWhaSteele
Kevin McWha Steele was born in St. Cloud, MN and raised in Baltimore, MD. After formally studying music and poetry in Paris and La Rochelle, France for four years, he relocated to New York City in 1999, as a fellow to Bard College's writing program (MFA candidate, poetry). Subsequently, Kevin has been writing songs and poems in many different styles in both French and English under his real name and several pseudonyms. He has received songwriting accolades from Sting, Pink, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, among others.

His professional music credits range from session vocalist for Virgin U.K. to performing/recording with a variety of musicians, performance artists and songwriters in New York and Los Angeles, including The Southwing, The Thunderbirds, Rachel Rosenthal Company, Empire of Teeth, Magnetic Laboritorium, Puma Pearl's Pandemonium, Gary Lucas, flezaDoza, Glassworks, Stephanie McKay, Haale Gafori, Adam Matta, The Devyl Nellys, Nimesh Gandhi, The Nightly Howl, Safety First, Pete List, Djinn, Bellyqueen, Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble, Akim Funk Buddha, Swiss Chris, Rob Mastrianni, Vin Scialla, Andrew Potenza, Ravish Momin, Patrick Tully, Jennifer Zimmerman, Lauren Piquon, and his brother, the director/actor Kameron Steele.

As a producer, Kevin curated the variety show, "McWha at Café Wha?" at World Famous Café Wha? in Greenwich Village, and the performance art piece "Up in the Air," at BRIC Studios in Brooklyn, NY.

To date, he has released five studio albums (3 LPs, 2 EPs) and two written works: a collection of poems and song lyrics entitled, "Medawin," and a book Tanka-inspired poetry,"The 12 Alchemists & Other Poems" - written in honor of Yoko Ono and performed at the 2007 LongHouse Gala. His poems have appeared in Lungfull, Glimmertrain, Lit, and Fence Magazine, among others. He is currently at work on his sixth studio release, "The Nightly Howl!".
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/