BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Young Fathers

Young Fathers

Mas Ysa, Yikes The Zero with Radio Ghost

Sat, April 11, 2015

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is 21 and over

Young Fathers
Young Fathers
Young Fathers were christened in 2008, named after the fact that all three members were named for their fathers.

They are: ‘G’ Hastings from Drylaw, Edinburgh, Alloysious Massaquoi--originally from Liberia via Ghana and Kayus Bankole, born in Edinburgh to Nigerian parents but partially raised in Maryland in the USA, all 27 years old. Their live shows are complimented with Steven Morrison (drums & DJ) and Lauren Holt (AKA LAWholt - vocals).

The group formed after meeting at an under-16s hiphop night at the infamous Bongo Club in Edinburgh when they were all 14 years old. Almost immediately they started writing and recording together, initially on an old karoake machine plugged into a cheap cassette recorderat G’s parents house.

After going through various guises over several years and after hooking up with a local production company, they eventually settled on the name Young Fathers and recorded their first album with Tim Brinkhurst (AKA London) as producer. The recordings included their first single, “Straight Back On It,” which was given a limited release in 2009 and was received well enough to get them a couple of TV appearances, plays on BBC radio, some festival dates and the support slots with Simian Mobile Disco and Esser on UK tours.

“Straight Back On It,” a bang-on-the-money pop song built around Afrika Bambaataa’s reworking of Kraftwerk, was indicative of the rest of the album, Inconceivable Child… Conceived, in as much as the album was a state of the art teenage pop collection. Unfortunately the album was never released; however, another single, separately recorded, “Automatic,” was given a limited online release but failed to have much impact.

In 2011 and after writing and recording yet another unreleased album, the group decided a radical change was necessary and they finally disconnected themselves from the local production company and took control of their destiny. Recording mini-album (or ‘mixtape’ as it was called) TAPE ONE in just over a week, finishing a track a day and having it available for download within two weeks of recording gave them renewed vigor. They quickly followed this up by recording TAPE TWO in a similar fashion. Los Angeles based alt-hiphop label Anticon discovered them online and within a few months had signed them up for a short deal that saw both TAPEs officially released in 2013.

The group, meanwhile, continued to tour, gathering an impressive reputation as a fierce live act. They played all over Europe and made their U.S. debut at SXSW in March 2013.

Following support from the BBC’s Zane Lowe and Lauren Laverne, and an appearance on influential USA talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2014, TAPE TWO won Scottish Album Of The Year (‘The SAY Award’) and this was followed by their latest album DEAD, released this time on Anticon in the USA and Big Dada in the UK and Europe, receiving the Mercury Award for best album of 2014. They won as the underdogs and there was a minor controversy because they didn’t look particularly joyful at the presentation and because they refused to speak to some of the more right wing press covering the event.

Immediately after winning the Mercury, YFs travelled to Berlin where they continued making their new album in a freezing basement in a building near the railway yards. Returning to the more familiar (and warmer) basement studio in Edinburgh where most of their recordings were made, to finish the album, they ended 2014 by playing a home town show at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay New year’s Eve festival in front of several thousand people.

The new album, White Men Are Black Men Too, has been recorded at various places around the world, including Melbourne and London as well as Berlin and Edinburgh and features the Leith Congregational Choir on a couple of tracks.

Young Fathers played over 140 shows during 2014, including On Blackheath Festival, curated by Massive Attack. They toured the UK, large swathes of Europe and did a six-week stint in the USA. The New Year already has them booked to play even more.

White Men Are Black Men Too is due for release in April.
Mas Ysa
Mas Ysa
Mas Ysa, the project of nomadic composer Thomas Arsenault, combines love songs, unabashed ecstatic pop, prayer, field recordings and techno into triumphant, danceable, melancholy folk music that pummels the heart rather than dances around it.

Born in Montreal with formative years spent in San Paolo at hard-techno raves, Arsenault's life is one of human and musical experience rather than eye-searing laptop screens. After studying composition at Oberlin Conservatory, where he was part of the Ohio-based Shinkoyo art collective, Arsenault headed west for San Francisco to assist kindred-spirit cult artist Warner Jepson.

Eventually, Arsenault landed on Kent Avenue in Brooklyn, occupying a sprawling loft complex connected to the underground venues 285 Kent and Glasslands. There, he built a studio that yielded records by everyone from Cass McCombs to Laurel Halo, getting out of bed in the dead of night to write songs and record sonic fragments. During the day, Arsenault explored the other side of modern composition by collaborating with Rashaun Mitchell of the storied Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Born as a live experience in early 2012, Mas Ysa hoists this voracious music history and crashes it head-on with blunt emotional trauma. Early shows vacillated between dancefloor catharsis and inner pain, emphasizing both ritualistic transcendence and the universal bond of folk music.

And with no public songs, marketing, Internet hype or silent brand backing, Mas Ysa was quickly tapped to tour with art-rock icons Deerhunter in between opening big shows for everyone from Purity Ring and Delorean to RZA.

In early 2013, Arsenault made perhaps his most important move in the face of an eviction notice from the City Of New York: He packed-up his gear – including two TR-909s, a homemade analog chaos-weaver and a Kurzweil K2000 borrowed from Oberlin and never returned – and drove north, eventually landing at a house for rent in Woodstock. No stranger to musical mysticism, the secluded compound (with requisite bear encounters) serves as the backdrop for Mas Ysa's initial recordings.

Encompassing bangers, ballads and textured experimental arcs, the debut Mas Ysa EP marks the arrival of a unique cvoice. "Why," a futuristic arms-to-the-sky "Thunder Road," is motorik shock therapy, while "Shame" is a gigantic crescendo of emotional despair and aural exultation. "Mountain Cave" is serene, windy desolation, and the stark forestry of wide-eyed songwriters like Will Oldham is channeled on "Years."

Look for Mas Ysa's debut EP in January 2014 with a full-length to follow via Downtown Records.
Yikes The Zero with Radio Ghost
Is an artist,lyricist, producer and writer based in Philadelphia.

Lyrically Yikes is a chameleon often displaying a rapid fire unorthodox flow to adapt to the atmosphere of his own outlandish production.

There is something nostalgic and progressive about his sonic approach from static transitions to mutated breaks he always seems to find a way to implant his own filthy signature on a twisted labyrinth of ghostly sound bites, tropical rhythms and classical theatrics as displayed on his last two releases 2014's "Yikey The Giant Slayer" and 2012's "A Kid And His Monsters".
Yikes is currently finishing up production on a group project called Radio Ghost which includes fellow emcees Osevere, E Grizzly, and Tommy Tucker. The name of the album is called "The Delux".It will be released in 2015 along with a 2 volume collection of early and unreleased Yikes The Zero demos , forgotten tracks, remixes and interludes from the past 12 years.

A collaboration with abstract producer Adamjeez recorded from 2006 to 2008 will be released on cassette.

If that's not enough the building blocks have been put in place for a graphic novel and soundtrack called The Bent Circle, written ,produced, and illustrated by Yikes The Zero.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com