Andy Jenkins @ Lo-Fi

The Crocodile Presents:

Andy Jenkins @ Lo-Fi

Mega Bog, The Blooms

Sat, June 30, 2018

8:00 pm

Lofi - Seattle

Seattle, WA

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

Andy Jenkins
Andy Jenkins
From the front porches, alleys, and rivers of Richmond, Virginia, comes Andy Jenkins carrying a crisp, newly cut album, Sweet Bunch. Hatched in the tradition of Southern culture–unhurried in his art, unworried by external demands, yet weirdly ahead of the curve by the time he arrives–Andy is a distinctive and joyously idiosyncratic songwriting talent developed for years in obscurity. Sweet Bunch springs into the world fully-formed, the work of a confident, timeless as well as contemporary singer-songwriter, offering beautiful and basic melodies with lyrics exploring the fluidity between the banal and the sublime. His work feels natural, complete within itself, untrained musically but adherent to its own forms and intricate in its own ways. Spring peepers line the path; the author feeds her peacocks strutting among vines and ruins; a photographer waits for the right light and color in frame. Each song presents a rich, new tableau of sound, glowing worlds to discover, rooted in an unnamed sense of place.

Andy could have found no better seedbed for this sensibility to flower than Spacebomb, a label known for offering high musicianship outside of the predictabilities of New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles. Produced by Matthew E. White, Sweet Bunch was recorded in three magical days of flow-state, the drums, bass, keys, and guitars all live and nothing to regret. The source of this musical surety lies above all with Jenkins’ songwriting–natural and effortless as the glide of a swan or sailboat–matched in spirit and strength by the sweet bunch in the studio. The Spacebomb crew ran hard into midnight with a few ringers along for the ride, and a very full chorus of voices shining bright behind Andy’s relaxed, self-assured singing, gently insistent as it dips and soars at every measure. Contentment in life and patience with craft is announced, almost as credo, on the opening track “Hazel Woods”:

Man, I would love to finish the book but I still have pages and pages of lines. Time sends out a withering look, but I pay it no mind. God, it’s a drag to figure it out, but what else can I do? Nothing whatever, but to read for my pleasure, as the light passes through…

Jenkins sends his warm words buoyed on cool streams of melody, to tell the greater world that Virginia has become, once again, a musical frontier. He sits at a crossroads of modernism, sensitivity and decision, with the expansiveness and musical drawl of Big Star, the bounce of Warren Zevon, and the curly, perfectly-carved melodies of Kevin Ayers. His lyrics have a tendency to stick in the mind, not straightforward storytelling, but always delivering a kind of payoff or reward. Their surrealism, closer to the origin of that term, sees the world in dualities, layered images and dreams. On the topic of love, he is soul-bearing yet light, focused outward, singing conversationally as if from driver to passenger remarking on the passing views. In a way, all of his songs are outdoor songs. Each paints a wide and wild landscape, the mood of a sun setting on a damn good day spent among friends and favored creatures. Sitting high on the hog, like a bump on a log, getting lost in the goodness of the earth.
Mega Bog
Mega Bog
Mega Bog is the moniker of song-dribbler Erin Birgy, a Pacific Northwest rodeo child with an unmistakable laugh who was allegedly cursed upon conception.
Over the past 8 years the band has stretched and wandered in a crescendo towards musical freedom. Now based in New Mexico, Birgy has adopted a band of wiggly jazz cartoons lifted from bands like Big Thief, iji, Big Eater, Pillwonder, Causings, Hand Habits, Heatwarmer, Little Angry and others.

Melodies always lush, erotic, and free. Chords always dissonant, abstract and evolutionary. Dizzying fusion of lounge, pop and bouncing rocks under poetic tantrums of love gone all the way wrong. Listen closer.
The Blooms
The Blooms
We are The Blooms; a 3-piece alt-rock band out of Seattle, Washington that packs an absolutely massive sound. With influences like The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Killing Joke, U2, The Cure, Queens of the Stone Age, and Foo Fighters, we bring a lot of energy to a show but have a high range of versatility and the ability to bring an intimate, yet exciting show to whoever wants to listen.
Formed in the Summer of 2017, The Blooms feature Garrett Fogg, lead guitarist/vocalist, formerly of The Inverted (a Florida-based alt-rock band), as well as former members of the Seattle rock band, Ghost Pains: drummer Jamie Rizzo and Bassist/vocalist Rob Van Oss. Our music hits that sweet spot between bad-ass rock and a pop sensibility that makes it accessible to almost any fan of rock music. Our style has been described as a mix of Post-punk and alternative dance rock with elements of pop, hard rock, and blues fused together in a cohesive vibe that juxtaposes dark lyrics with contagious hooks that will linger in your brain for days. Check out our EP and Social Media…links below.
Venue Information:
Lofi - Seattle
429 Eastlake Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98109
http://thelofi.net/