Pearl Street Warehouse Presents



Sat · September 14, 2019

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


This event is 21 and over

This show is G.A.

Seating is first come first served.

Tables are meant to be shared.

“We went through a pretty dramatic shift with this record,” says Seratones
frontwoman AJ Haynes. “The band lineup, the creative process, the sound: all of it
changed in ways that really reflected our growth and evolution.”
One listen to ‘Power,’ Seratones’ spectacular sophomore album, and it’s clear just
how much of an evolution has taken place. Produced by Cage The Elephant guitarist
Brad Shultz, the record finds the Shreveport five-piece trading in the brash proto-punk
of their critically acclaimed debut for a timeless brand of gritty soul, one that takes
its cues from vintage Motown and Stax even as it flirts with modern synthesizers and
experimental arrangements. Haynes’ captivating voice remains front and center here,
but her delivery this time around is more measured and self-assured than ever before,
a beacon of confidence and clarity amidst a sea of social and political turmoil. Perhaps
even more marked than the any sonic development on the record, though, is Haynes’
lyrical turn, which points her gaze inwards for the first time as she grapples with race,
gender, and justice, writing with an unfiltered honesty that at once exudes strength
and vulnerability, hope and despair, beauty and pain.
“I learned to tap more into my own stories with these songs,” says Haynes. “I came to
recognize that I have this lineage and these inherited experiences that are beautiful
and worthy of exploration. The more personal my writing got, the more deeply I was
able to connect with people.”
Seratones have been chasing those kinds of deep connections since 2016, when they
first rocketed into the national spotlight with their breakout debut, ‘Get Gone.’
Rolling Stone called the album a “fitful collision of punk, soul and jazz echoing out of
a shed strewn with whiskey bottles,” while Pitchfork praised the collection’s “soulful
grease and punky grit,” and NPR hailed it as “lean and compact, with an impressive
assortment of anthemic stompers.” The music earned the band dates on the road with
artists as varied as St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, The
Dandy Warhols, and Drive-By Truckers, along with festival slots from Hangout to
Newport Folk and invitations to perform on national television and at NPR’s Tiny Desk.
Hanorah grew up to the sound of the classic rock and soul music her parents were fond of. Early on, she developed a passion for powerful vocalists, such as Etta James, Amy Winehouse and Joss Stone (to whom she has been compared many times). Following a sexual assault in 2012, she plunged into a state of deep distress. After seeking psychological help and reading testimonies of other survivors, she decided to dive head
first into songwriting. Her chance meeting with guitarist Paul De Rita (who became her partner and closest collaborator) marked a creative turning point. After reaching quarterfinals on Season 5 of hit Quebec reality show La Voix, Hanorah signed with Dare
to Care Records. In 2019, the young artist toured nationally as an opening act for Coeur de Pirate; won the FEQ (Festival d’Été de Québec) contest and grant; and has secured slots at Ottawa Bluesfest, POP Montreal (with Mavis Staples), International Jazz Fest of Montreal, and more. Her debut EP entitled “For the Good Guys and the Bad Guys” has amassed half a million streams and counting, with a full-length album coming soon.
Venue Information:
Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC, 20024