Tracy Bonham, Kaiser Cartel, The New Perennials

Tracy Bonham

Kaiser Cartel

The New Perennials

Thu · June 2, 2016

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Tracy Bonham
Tracy Bonham
A native of Eugene, OR, Bonham began singing at age five, playing the violin at nine and piano at age 14. After earning a violin scholarship at University of Southern California, she transferred to Berklee College of Music to study voice and began writing and recording her own material. On her 1996 debut The Burdens of Being Upright, Bonham established herself as a brash rocker with ironic nods to the emerging music of punk grrrrl bands. With blunt, direct observations on love and loss, the album went gold and earned the singer Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Music Performance and Best Female Vocalist.
Kaiser Cartel
Kaiser Cartel
The Brooklyn-based duo Kaiser Cartel, made up of Courtney Kaiser and Benjamin Cartel, have been creating luscious harmonies and infectious melodies together since 2004. Both write, sing, and play multiple instruments on the albums and on-stage. Courtney a former member of John Mellencamp's band and classically trained vocalist; Benjamin a DIY, self-taught musician. Each had their own solo projects well underway when they met, but the pairing was an unmistakable success.

Warming hearts and bones with their delicate and sensual but nonetheless punchy folk-pop, Kaiser Cartel has been going nearly non-stop since the release of their debut record March Forth in 2008. They left their day jobs and began touring the US in a silver Prius named Gertie. The duo's national following quickly spread, aided by key performances at festivals and in support of Margot and the Nuclear So and So's, aqualung and Carrie Rodriguez. They've enjoyed playing the Monolith Festival at Red Rocks, the 80-35 Festival in Des Moines, dozens of SXSW showcases and a Daytrotter Session recorded as the EP Rock Island. Critics have touted their charming and intimate live shows as "not to be missed."

Secret Transit, their sophomore effort produced by Matt Hales (aqualung) and Ben Hales, carries the same intimate feel that attracted listeners to March Forth, but with an expanded notion of home. Secret Transit is an invitation to a universe of experience - akin to attending a family dinner or sharing a long road trip - one of those moments that allows you to see what really makes someone who they are. The new music has a cyclical feel to it, alternating between dark and light. Benjamin and Courtney feel that the new album reflects the way they each have grown as individuals in the time since the last album came out.

The new record was recorded in the middle of the night in Blackheath, London, in an old church built in 1839. The church is surrounded by a green meadow that no one is allowed to build on or dig into because legend has it that many black plague victims were buried there. The echoes of the church, the subtle genius of Matt & Ben Hales production techniques and experiments with ambient sounds never compete with the souls of the songs, but rather complement the mood and add depth.

Secret Transit shows the maturity of two artists who are constantly working on their craft and inspired by new experiences. The new album has a more ethereal mood, with more complex, layered sounds than the last one, but the best loved aspects of Kaiser Cartel remain, with unforgettable harmonies, charming melodies and songs so catchy you'll find yourself singing along even if you don't know the words.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215