BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Braids

Braids

David, The National Rifle

Sat, September 28, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Braids
Braids
Braids are a three-piece experimental pop band from Montreal.

To record their third album, Deep In The Iris, Braids decamped to a series of retreats in the mountains of Arizona, Vermont, and upstate New York. Surrounded by nature in all its warm vitality, the longtime bandmates strove to shed the fabric of their day to day relationships, being bare and vulnerable before one another. What resulted is Deep In The Iris, their strongest record to date – powerful, yet fragile; immaculately sculpted, but deeply human.

Driven by roomy acoustic instrumentation and tasteful electronics, Deep In The Iris is easily Braids’ sunniest and most immediate record. While the icy, airless production of their second album Flourish // Perish suited the songs’ inward gaze, the widescreen warmth and full-bodied punch of Deep In The Iris are the perfect complement to its unflinching lyricism.

Raphaelle Standell has always had a formidable voice but rarely has it sounded as vital, focused, and powerful as it does here. True to the process that birthed it, the record explores a number of heavy subjects, including pornography, abuse, and slutshaming. Standell’s emotional vulnerability becomes a triumphant weapon in its own right: scything through wrongdoing and shame with equal aplomb, and clearing the way for the many others who will find resonance in the bravery of these lyrics. Written from a place of inspiring strength and unblinking lucidity, the lyricism of this record is a cathartic gift.

Longtime friends, Braids was formed in 2007 in Calgary, AB. After relocating to Montreal, the band released their critically acclaimed debut Native Speaker in 2011, and its 2013 follow-up Flourish // Perish. Consisting of Raphaelle Standell, Austin Tufts, and Taylor Smith, Braids are a collaborative whole, emphasizing a collective creative experience.
The National Rifle
The National Rifle
The National Rifle is a Philadelphia band formed in 2006 that has released 4 EP's prior to the 2013 full length album Almost Endless.

Recorded in the spring and summer of 2012 with producers Brian McTear (Sharon Van Etten) and Jon Low (Twin Sister) Almost Endless comes a long way from the indie punk of the first few EPs. The dance-ready bass, the energy and the restlessness are still there but they've reached a point in which their influences blend to create a sound of their own. It's electro rock, future punk, space pop. Covered in analog synths and amp noise, it's a headphones album. The beat's as loud as ever but the tone is even more dynamic. Reaching huge choruses and big finishes the vocals stay clean and emotive.

With this album The National Rifle keep up with their favorite bands who crafted a sound with both guitars AND synths. Referencing Berlin-era Bowie, Gary Numan, and New Order while keeping 21st century influences like the work of Johnny Jewel and Crystal Castles.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com