madelife is excited to announce an upcoming show with Breathe Owl Breathe and Ark Life!
Sunday March 23rd
Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm
Tickets $10 in advance/$12 at the door
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About Breathe Owl Breathe:
“As Breathe Owl Breathe, Michigan trio Micah Middaugh, Andréa Moreno-Beals and Trevor Hobbs sound as intimately familiar with woods and wild as their band name suggests, but there’s an air of cosmopolitan sophistication, too. Their forest-paced, guitar-and cello-grounded “Playing Dead” has the careful, modern approach to folk production of rustic post-rock ensemble Califone, and Middaugh’s weary vocal also braves Palace Brothers’ Southern haints. “I got you, didn’t I,” Middaugh repeats in harmony with Moreno-Beals, as cymbals splash across some delicate acoustic plucking. The verses reflect nostalgically on playing dead as a child by the swing set, so this chorus comes to tell everyone they’re just fooling. At the same time, the joke may be getting played on us, too: “When I was alive…” Middaugh begins one line. What, is he dead? Still, like North Carolina’s similarly verdant Bowerbirds, Breathe Owl Breathe keep their lyrics earnest and un-showy (“Your hair is gray…the light is black”) and then bask in organic splendor. They got me, didn’t they?”
— Pitchfork Forkcast review of Playing Dead
About Ark Life:
From 2007 to 2012, songwriter Jesse Elliott led rock&roll band These United States through 5 studio albums and nearly 1,000 live performances in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, appearing everywhere from Glastonbury to SXSW, Daytrotter to Lollapalooza, and garnering praise from NPR, The New York Times, SPIN, KEXP, and others.
In early 2013, Elliott was stopping over for a month in Denver on his way to a new life in New York. But as the members of Ark Life met each other, journeyed into the mountains, and started playing music together, it became clear he’d have to stick around a little longer. The 3-part harmonies of pianist Lindsay Giles, bassist Anna Morsett (also of TUS), and guitarist Natalie Tate blended too perfectly with veteran Denver drummer Ben Desoto (Nathaniel Rateliff, The Czars). Elliott was smitten, and the result is a mile high ocean of uplift, equal parts mischief and heartthrob, that pulls as much from contemporaries like The Mynabirds, Cotton Jones, and Sallie Ford as from the band’s enduring loves for CCR, Motown, Tom Petty, and the classic campfire singalong.
Now 1 year old and 120 shows in, Ark Life has shared coast-to-coast stages with Ringo Starr, PHOX, The Moondoggies, Gregory Alan Isakov, The Head & the Heart, Mount Moriah, Ryan Bingham, Ivan & Alyosha, and more. The band spent fall 2013 recording its debut album with Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats in the producer’s seat, with an eye towards spring 2014 release.