Kingsley Flood

Pearl Street Warehouse Presents

Kingsley Flood

Glenn Yoder and The Western States, Humble Fire

Sat · June 9, 2018

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

$15.00

This event is 21 and over

Kingsley Flood
Kingsley Flood
"Kingsley Flood's live show could thrill Folsom prison in '68. Or CBGB in '76. Or the Cavern Club in '57." - Boston Herald


Kingsley Flood is a Boston and Washington, DC - based band with a "Billy Bragg-like folk-punk sound" (Washington Post) and "signature high energy" (Rolling Stone). They have played the main stage at the Newport Folk Festival, have been featured on the History Channel and Lifetime Network, opened for Josh Ritter, Grace Potter, Lucius, Langhorne Slim and have been been covered by NPR, New York Times, Esquire Magazine, Wall Street Journal, American Songwriter, among others. They released three EP's in 2015 and their third full length, Another Other, was released in October 2016. Their latest full-length will be released in early 2018.

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“One of those bands that matters.” - PopMatters

“A band that seems to understand where inspiration can lead” - NPR

"The kind of hard-rocking folk-punk band that makes you want to dance with the person next to you and then punch them in the face. In a totally good way." - Esquire

“In the marriage of loose garage rock energy, catchy melodies and meaningful songwriting.” - Music City Roots
Glenn Yoder and The Western States
Glenn Yoder and The Western States
Like Neil Young and Alejandro Escovedo, Glenn Yoder glides between churning guitar-driven rock and folk-tinged acoustic balladry. Infusing the hallowed Texas songwriter tradition with modern jangly pop (think Wilco and the Jayhawks), other songs beckon to a darker place: swampy blues in the vein of Ray Wylie Hubbard and Morphine.

Glenn Yoder & the Western States' latest record, "Javelina," released in January 2013, rolls these influences into a powerful, 13-song punch. Eargazms called it "one of the finest alt-country albums of 2013," adding "this creepy backwoods beast of a record is full of huge pop hooks and muscular Drive-By Truckers-style rock." The Boston Globe and Patriot Ledger praised Yoder's skill for songcraft, while the Phoenix named "Javelina" one of "10 records that will set the tone in 2013."

The album, which was produced by Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T. Jones, Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck) and engineered by David Minehan (The Neighborhoods), opens with the dark "Everything You Want," which has been compared to Roky Erickson's band 13th Floor Elevators, before charging into the first single "Just Want You to Love Me," an "A.M."-era Wilco singalong. While "Younger Brother" gives the record a lighthearted, mid-90s chorus, things get swampy with the barnburner "Pretty Little Girl" and the Morphine-type blues groove of "Messing with My Head."

Raised just north of Dallas, Yoder settled in Boston in 2003 and formed the award-winning folk-rock group Cassavettes with several longtime friends and fellow Texans. Over a five-year period, the band released four albums, toured the country (including bills with the Allman Brothers and Kings of Leon), and collected a wall's worth of awards and accolades.

But as Cassavettes moved increasingly toward a pop-rock sound, Yoder's prolific pen continued writing roots music. In search of a home for these orphan songs, Yoder teamed up with producer Todd Thibaud and released "Okono Road" in 2009 under his own name.

Calling upon a veritable all-star cast of fellow musicians for the recording sessions, including members of the Low Anthem and Girls Guns & Glory, Yoder and Thibaud carefully crafted a record where the "song comes first." Folks took note, as one publication noted that "Yoder pays homage ... to the great American song." Critics were quick to label Yoder a "young Paul Westerberg" while drawing comparisons to Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, Ryan Adams, and the Lemonheads.

Cassavettes broke up in December 2010, clearing the way for Yoder’s full-time pursuit of the sound most comfortable to him. He enlisted a first-rate backing band, including Jeff Katz, Cilla Bonnie, and Josh Kiggans and hit the road, playing shows between New York City and Los Angeles.

Now, Yoder is defining himself as a fast-rising singer and songwriter while garnering a devoted following.
Humble Fire
Humble Fire
Humble Fire’s album Builder explores physical and emotional experiences around loss and reconstruction, from family deaths and failed romances to the shocks andstresses they have navigated as a band. Through those experiences, they’ve come to appreciate that reconstruction isn’t something you can tackle on your own: it requires an entire crew. “Builder,” then, is as much about that process of putting yourself back together, as it is about the relationships that can help or hinder that process. Since Humble Fire’s members have known each other over the past five or so years, they’ve all shown up for each other in different ways as part of that reconstruction crew. They’re lucky to have found family in each other in that way.

Somewhat accidentally, the album also ended up being about working out questions of identity. ‘Who am I now, in this world without my parents in it’, for example? ‘How can I take care of others without losing myself?’ When the band first listened back to the fully assembled album, they realized it had become a sort of therapy in working out some of those questions. More broadly, Humble Fire’s collective identity is also something they try to be very intentional about. As a DC-based band, they’re immersed in and identify with the tradition of DIY independence and social awareness typically associated with the politics of hardcore punk (despite not working in the genre). They strive to embody those values as a band as much as in their personal lives.

Humble Fire owes its origins to Craigslist, which first brought guitarist Dave and singer Nefra together through another project and later recruited Xaq, bassist, who responded to Dave’s ad with a purposeful manifesto that will forever go down in band history. While not the band’s original drummer, Jason had long been a friend and active musician in the DC DIY music circuit before signing on in 2016. In its current form, the band celebrates the musical influences that each member draws from--from bluegrass and classical, to punk and hip hop-weaving addictive rhythms and vulnerable vocals through tightly wound guitar and bass melodies.
Venue Information:
Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC, 20024
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