1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Royal Canoe

Royal Canoe

Vincent John, Selfhelpme

Wed, November 2, 2016

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


This event is 21 and over

Royal Canoe
Royal Canoe
Almost three years have passed since the release of Royal Canoe’s sophomore album Today We Are Believers (2013). Those years were full. The band played 200 shows, which included tours with the likes of Alt J and Bombay Bicycle Club, and stops at major festivals like Bonaroo, Iceland Airwaves, and Osheaga. The hard work paid off: Today We Are Believers received critical acclaim, was nominated for Alternative Album of the Year at the Junos, and won Best Independent Album at Western Canadian Music Awards.

After two years of writing and recording between tours, Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit surfaced with a unique and intensified voice. It was co-produced and mixed by Ben Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter), who concentrated their sound-crafting attention on two fundamental elements: drums and vocals. Royal Canoe has always had an intensively rhythmic heart and that is more the case than ever. Their lyrics grow organically out of an addictive percussive flow and the unique topography of each track. Reinforcing their vocal and percussive core allowed them to be more adventurous with experimentation; more determined in their ongoing pursuit of the elusive musicality that can be found in collisions between digital and analogue worlds. In addition to their their usual buffet of synthesizers, effects pedals and homemade samples, late nights lead to to rabbit-holes of attaching contact mics to water bottles to play them like percussion instruments and convoluting synths through beluga whale field recordings.

In addition to a renewed sonic focus, Something Got Lost brings an emotional clarity. But it’s a particular kind of clarity: one you experience when what’s most clear is that you’re really unsure about what’s happening with your life or, unsure about what happened to the life you once took for granted, while you were off experiencing stuff, being busy, accomplishing things. Life, and especially the life of musicians, tends to be shaped by an ebb and flow of leaving and returning, cycling between an extroverted, transient mode of being and one of introversion and staying put. Within the broader cycles, even our most important relationships can shift, morph and drift, no matter how much we try to hold them steady.

Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit is out Sept 16 on Nevado, Embassy of Music and Moorworks.
Vincent John
Philadelphia born-and-raised Artist & Producer, Vincent John, introduces himself to the world with his debut EP 'Never Go Back'. He showcases unique and beautiful works in the vein of classic pop with his own production reminiscent of golden 1980s AM radio, as echoes of American R&B ring throughout.

Honest looks at longing, loss, drugs and darkness juxtapose sweet arrangements with soulful hooks and driving beats.

Known for his work with soul artists Aaradhna (Universal), Lee Fields, Nicole Wray (Truth & Soul) and more, Vincent John's keen sense of songwriting and arrangements have provided the backdrop for some of today's legendary artists.

'Never Go Back', influenced by timeless Pop and New Wave artists such as Hall & Oates, The Cars, New Order, & Pet Shop Boys, is a one-two punch of modern electro pop perfection.
selfhelpme is the studio project from guitarist, JD Perry. JD is performing in support of his debut acoustic album, the road, which was released on June3rd,2016 by Know Hope Records, JD’s independent record label. Prior to SHM, JD was a member of the I-Surrender Records and Columbia Records band, Valencia, who toured and promoted across the States and overseas(Japan,Aus.,U.K.)for a decade.

Using a single microphone,"the road" was written and recorded by JD in a Nashville house during the Winter and Spring of 2016. It is a concept album that focuses its arrangements,production,and performance on simplicity
and timelessness; which lends to a unique,old-meets-new
sound that can be heard from song to song.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147