Stateside Presents

Mat Kearney - CRAZYTALK Fall 2018 Tour

Mat Kearney - CRAZYTALK Fall 2018 Tour

Atlas Genius, Juke Ross

Sat, October 6, 2018

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

The Van Buren

Phoenix, AZ

$28.50- $103.50

This event is 13 and over

MAT KEARNEY
MAT KEARNEY
American singer-songwriter born in Eugene, Oregon, on December 1, 1978), now based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Atlas Genius
Atlas Genius
For brothers Keith and Michael Jeffery, home holds a certain kind of magic. The coastal Australian city where they grew up is more than the cradle of their youth –it was the soil for their dreams and the birthplace of their success. Australia was where they forged their breakout hit, ”Trojans,” which earned them a gold record and took Atlas Genius from studio project to critically acclaimed international act.After a few months turned into two years on the road in support of their debut album, When It Was Now–after exploring distant towns in distant countries, pouring their souls out in theaters all over the world –home called. But back in Australia, the blank canvas the brothers faced reflected back two very different people from the ones who had crafted When It Was Now.In the time they had been away, they had created a new normal –built a new community, endured heartbreak, and seen the world."All of a sudden we're back in the same place but we're totally different people. We just couldn't stay if we wanted to challenge ourselves and take the next step.”Full of inspiration, Keith and Michael headed to Los Angeles to record new material in the city that had sparked undeniable creative energy for so many artists before them. Home, for now, would be here, and their experience within the bright Angeleno expanse juxtaposed against the darkness of the unknown, which quickly became the through-line that would tie togetherAtlas Genius’ second album, Inanimate Objects. The album is a foray into darker emotional realms of songwriter and vocalist, Keith Jeffery, as he explores relationships and experiences, past and present –a journey that maintains the catchiness and sense of melody that the band is known for while exploring the gamut of musical possibility. “It didn't make sense for me musically to write a bunch of happy, cheery pop songs. We were constantly being drawn to darker guitar and synths sounds, as well as some slower rhythms.”This new exploration afforded the brothers the courage to experiment recklessly with sounds, techniques and genres as they traded their indie sheen for a newfound dynamism. What emerged was something brand new -an amalgamation of ambient, driving pop, punctuated by kinetic electronic beats, guitar and grimy synths.The album’s underlying sonic current is wonderfully cohesive, but the diversity of influences and breadth of experimentation are everywhere. Current single “Stockholm” was written by Keith on a trip to Sweden, for example. “I had gone partly to write and partly to assess the state of a long distance relationship I was in. I really felt like I was drowning emotionally and needed to let myself breathe.” The musical out come was perhaps one of the first and clearest departures from their first record. The ultimate result is a song infused with a pulsating rhythm section that reflects the ardor of the human spirit in fight.On first single “Molecules,”their reconciliations with their own destinies are translated from swirling chaos and angst to pure danceability.“It’s a song about equality and our place in the universe. It's also about the relative scale of things. Do we really have as big of a say in our destiny as we like to think
we do? On a universal level, I would say that perhaps we don’t.”On the other end of the spectrum is the mesmerizing earworm, “Balladino,” which harnesses frustrated energy in darker, contemplative verses which release into soaring, cathartic choruses. Keith explains: “Sometimes there are these long, unrelenting periods of darkness that we go through in life. At times, it feels endless, yet it eventually passes. “Balladino” is about holding out hope.”“For me,” says Keith, “each song is a tiny little intimate moment that explodes.” And that’s what Inanimate Objectsis –a collection of moments that speaks to the heart of the human experience. It’s a search for hope, embrace of change, and, finding one’s home.
Juke Ross
Juke Ross
You can find Guyana on the Northern Mainland of South America. Despite its position on the continent, it’s often counted among the Caribbean region due to shared cultural touchstones. Actually situated below sea level, a giant retaining wall separates the land from the ocean. Beyond that wall exists a sovereign nation where residents take pride in art, music, and community. Juke Ross calls this place home.“It’s like no other place inthe world,” says the alternative folk singer and songwriter. “There’s a general happiness in being alive, facing the sun, and growing your own vegetables. It’s the little things. We’re very patriotic. We gather a lotin townand like to celebrate together.”That celebratory and life-affirming spirit remains an undercurrent of Juke’s own songwriting. The youngest of fourteen children, he can recall falling in love with music at a young age. The family radio played everything from Caribbean standards to Bob Dylan and Michael Jackson, and he would sit and listen for hours on end. Inspired by his nurse mom, he enrolled in medical school.In the midst of his studies, guitar beckoned to him.“In between classes, I was finding lots of new music and getting into artists and their stories,” he goes on. “I was listening to a lot of John Mayer.So, I picked up the guitar. It went really well. I was covering a lot of my favorites. I tried to write after that.”Juke feverishly began penning music. Among those early compositions, he created “Colour Me.” With its organic tones, breezy strumming, and soulful vocals, the track quietly transformed into an online sensation. In a few months’ time, it had already cracked 500K Spotify streams and earned the endorsement of Pigeons and Planes, Substream Magazine, The Source, and many more, cementing him as a bona fide artist to watch.“It was written at a great time,” he goes on. “I was really inspired, and the environment was very powerful. I was rediscovering this thing that I love called music. I wanted to be creative with it. I was compelled to express a specific feeling. ‘Colour Me’ is about losing someone, but not being angry about it. There are no feelings of bitterness or regret. There’s some anger and longing in there though. It’s about heartbreak, love, and being brought back to life. That was the beginning. A lot of great things happened after that song came together.”As “Colour Me” took off independently, Juke landed a major label deal with Republic Records in the States. He immediately hit the studio, compiling ideas for his forthcoming debut. Ultimately, he makes his home of Guyana very proud by bringing this music worldwide—just like those songs on his childhood radio so long ago...“When people hear my music, I just want them to feel,” he leaves off. “Music always spoke to me, and now I’m speaking through it.”
Venue Information:
The Van Buren
401 W. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ, 85003
http://thevanburenphx.com/