Vox Pop

Vox Pop

The French Kings, Grininning

Mon, January 14, 2013

8:00 pm


Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Vox Pop
Vox Pop
VOX POP'S BEGINNINGS can be traced to the most boring subsection of North London suburbia before they moved to Edinburgh, Scotland. After performing at the Glastonbury Festival in a previous musical incarnation, they migrated to a sleepy, fog-enveloped town just south of San Francisco called Pacifica, where they wrote a set of songs in a house with an outdoor shower and uninterrupted view of the Pacific Ocean.

Much of their soon-to-be-released debut album was then recorded in a small room in Oakland, CA before they ventured down to Los Angeles to mix their first EP, "French/Funeral", with Danny Kalb (Beck, Ben Harper).

En route, they lost one member (who must remain nameless) to the British Secret Service organization MI5, and felt obliged to tell another potential guitarist - after much deliberation and pangs of guilt - not to make the cross-country trip from rural Pennsylvania to San Francisco because they had neglected to mention to the talented but devout Quaker that their Californian drummer occasionally practiced Pagan ceremonial rituals.

After narrowly escaping vehicular death in Los Angeles, Jamie and Katherine fled to Hope Street in New York City, walked into the first venue on the Lower East Side that caught their eye and knew right away that they had to recruit both the quirky guitarist in tight white trousers and the tight drummer with a big smile and flowing locks playing behind him.

They have since joined forces in a purple Brooklyn basement bedecked with a disco ball.
The French Kings
The French Kings
Gravity Nash is proud to present the release of The French Kings' CALLAS at Glassands. The cousins Bonventre- Numerius, a Shakespeare critic, and Santino, a classically trained vocalist and Ratatat's former onstage afro, left Brooklyn for Berlin and eventually the Greek island of Ikaria to record what would become their second album. Born out of a mutual love of opera and drinking, CALLAS finds arrogantly played razor like guitars, heavy keyboard sounds, and crushing beats meeting orchestrated Freddie Mercury takes on Michael Jackson vocal approaches. The album ends up sounding like a club where geniuses want to do drugs with strippers and everyone knows how to play guitar.

From the first words of the opening song (also called CALLAS): "Less than kind and less than wise..." it is apparent that the band does not have a very optimistic view of society, that the album was conceived as a place where people actually do what they want, dictate rather than be dictated to. A place where if actions had consequences, one could kill themselves for say, a political motive. But since it doesn't, you might as well stamp out the hindrance, create the future, and drink your way to death while reaching for a girls hips.

-Mischa Perez, www.theblackcomputer.com
Venue Information:
Cameo Gallery
93 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11211