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ARC IRIS with SUPERHUMAN HAPPINESS
The Lizard Lounge
Cambridge, MA
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ARC IRIS with SUPERHUMAN HAPPINESS
Thursday 10/13
ARC IRIS
SUPERHUMAN HAPPINESS
$12 advance / $15 at the door
8:30 doors / 9:00 show
website: arcirismusic.com
website: superhumanhappiness.com

"Magicians in dynamics and sonic textures...Arc Iris fuse the sounds of classical strings, psychedelic percussive rolls, electronics, timeless guitar tones, and enchanting harmonics to create a sound far larger and more encompassing than its singular elements." - Consequence of Sound

Superhuman Happiness create music for a dance party inhabited by the emotionally complicated. Led by Stuart Bogiea perpetually in-demand songwriter, arranger and performer whose resume includes stints with Arcade Fire, David Byrne, Iron & Wine, TV On The Radio and Antibalasthe Brooklyn-based ensemble construct instantly infectious and relentlessly rhythmic records that makes bodies move.

ARC IRIS
Arc Iris broke musical ground with the release of their acclaimed self-titled debut in 2014. The Providence, Rhode Island-based band quickly won over audiences in the US and Europe, supporting artists such as St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The group performed at the London Palladium and festivals including Bonnaroo, End of the Road and the Rolling Stone Weekender.

Released on Bella Union in Europe and ANTI Records in the US and, Arc Iris drew admiration for its innovative style and distinctive sound. Its hypnotic, said the Boston Globe. The New York Times wrote of songs that seesawed between the elfin delicacy of Joanna Newsom and some brassy raucousness. The Guardian talked of a shape-shifting treat while new music site The Line of Best Fit proclaimed, Arc Iris is traditional music thrillingly positioned at the nexus of the old and new."

Moon Saloon, due to be released on Bella Union in August 2016, constitutes a natural progression from the first albums whimsical explorations and energetic diversity. Produced by the group and mixed by electronica producer David Wrench of FKA Twigs and Jamie xx fame, the album showcases beat-heavy melodies and textural, groove-riding rhythms. It developed from the bands distillations of musical influences, combining traditional elements with percussive structures and dense, beguiling harmonies.

In many ways this second album captures Arc Iris musical odyssey as a band. It has a heavier sound, more intense, says Arc Iris keyboardist Zach Tenorio-Miller, who makes liberal use of sampling in many of the songs. The group matches an unusual array of organic acoustic instruments with layered electronic sounds.

Lead singer and lyricist Jocie Adams, Tenorio-Miller, and drummer Ray Belli form the core of Arc Iris, all virtuosic musicians in their own right. Adams spent eight years as a key member of indie darlings The Low Anthem, effortlessly zipping from hammer dulcimer to clarinet to bass to vocals, sometimes barely pausing to take a breath. Her 2011 solodebut, Bed of Notions, sparked a musical beginning that became Arc Iris. Joining Adams on Bed of Notions was cellist Robin Ryczek, a conservatory-trained musician who toured with Jethro Tull and founded a rock school in Afghanistan.

To help launch Arc Iris in 2012, Adams teamed with Ryczek and the musically agile Tenorio-Miller, an established indie-rock keyboardist for well-known talents from Gene Ween to the New Pornographers A.C Newman. Later that year Tenorio-Miller brought in his longtime friend Belli. The two toured with Jon Anderson of Yes when they were just 16.

Arc Iris has attracted numerous fans around the world as the groups stage performances become storied events themselves. Space domes reveal giant golden wings in flight while montages light up the backdrop with evocative images. Above all, the groups love of music is a shared passion that comes alive with each song. As diverse as their musical interests and influences have been, the band members find avenues for producing a blend of soul-satisfying sounds that are truly their own.  

PRESS: (plus forthcoming press via NPR & SPIN in August 2016)
"Though they are only a three-piece they have a large arsenal of sounds and sensibilities to work with, and they use every bit of it to make beautifully textured soundscapes difficult to box into any genre. They're set to drop their new album Moon Saloon later this summer and it's a wonderfully far-flung melange of sonics." -Stereogum

"Magicians in dynamics and sonic textures...Arc Iris fuse the sounds of classical strings, psychedelic percussive rolls, electronics, timeless guitar tones, and enchanting harmonics to create a sound far larger and more encompassing than its singular elements." - Consequence of Sound

SUPERHUMAN HAPPINESS -
Superhuman Happiness create music for a dance party inhabited by the emotionally complicated. Led by Stuart Bogiea perpetually in-demand songwriter, arranger and performer whose resume includes stints with Arcade Fire, David Byrne, Iron & Wine, TV On The Radio and Antibalasthe Brooklyn-based ensemble construct instantly infectious and relentlessly rhythmic records that makes bodies move. Underlying the groove, however, are lyrical concepts that take a long look at the human condition. Their latest LP, Escape Velocity, is a seven-track effort that explores how human made technologies inversely shape our internal emotional landscapes. Songs like VHS and Super 8 merge broad influences like 80s dance pop and 70s prog, while lyrically examining how various media used in storytelling and communication impact how we see our own memories and derive a sense of meaning as people. The damaged art disco of Date & Time addresses the addictive aspects of social media with the refrain were going nowhere clicking on those pretty pictures. If this sounds overly heady, the albums soaring vocal harmonies, celebratory handclaps, lush synths and crisp rhythms let it be known that joy and contemplation can be mutually inclusive.

In the writing and recording of Escape Velocity, Bogie and founding member Eric Biondo reconstructed the band to feature vocalist Andrea Diaz, whose vocal approach take the songs to new heights of expression. They also called upon old friends saxophonist Colin Stetson, violinist Sarah Neufeld and drummer Joe Russo to contribute. Once described as physical cinematic dance rock, Superhuman Happiness push the proclamation even further on these seven songs.  In physics, escape velocity is the speed at which the sum of an object's kinetic energy and its gravitational potential energy is equal to zero. It is the speed needed to "break free" from the gravitational attraction of a massive body. Superhuman Happiness subscribe to the idea that music and art, when brought into our hearts, minds and bodies can provide human lives this same propulsive force.

Superhuman Happiness' latest releases are a series of extraordinary singles the band has been unveiling, once a month, since the beginning of summer, including Well, Well, Well, PowerMasters and a reworking of The Shins New Slang.

PRESS:
"Designed to drive an audience to dance, the music of Superhuman Happiness is loose, spontaneous alternative to the rigidity of computer-generated electronic dance music." -Wall Street Journal

"One of the best rising acts." -Relix

Location

The Lizard Lounge (View)
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Categories

Music > Experimental
Music > Folk
Music > Rock
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!

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