Union Transfer

1026 SPRING GARDEN STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19123 Ι 215-232-2100

Marian Hill

WXPN 88.5 Welcomes : Act One Tour

Marian Hill

VÉRITÉ, SHAED

Fri, October 14, 2016

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

$20.00

This event is all ages

Marian Hill
Marian Hill
Act One, the debut full-length from songwriting duo Marian Hill, was written and produced in its entirety by Jeremy Lloyd (music/lyrics/production) and Samantha Gongol (music/lyrics/vocals). The multi- talented duo, who have been collaborating in one form or another since high school, have shifted the classic paradigm of a woman on a stage and a man with a piano to a woman on a mic and a man with a laptop -- and the results are seductive and vivid. Tempting paradox with a blend of blues and bass, acoustic and digital, classic and modern, Marian Hill have arrived.

Two years ago Sam and Jeremy wrote and recorded “Whisky” over spring break in Jeremy’s parents’ basement. When they released it for free on Soundcloud later that summer it was the only song they’d written for the project, and in a little over a year’s time they had recorded their first EP in a bedroom, amassed millions of plays on various platforms, sold out shows across the country and featured in high profile commercials. They signed to Republic Records in early 2015, released the Sway EP, and settled in to write and record their debut album over the course of the following year with a plan to push their unique sound to its fullest potential.

For the first 50 seconds of “Down” you might think you’re at a supper club in the 1920s, but when the bass drops out of nowhere you couldn’t be anywhere but 2016. Act One then takes you on a journey through the complexities of modern relationships, with each song inhabiting a specific and charged relationship lyrically, melodically, and sonically. “I Know Why” constantly transforms and reinvents itself as the vocals grapple with a secret while “Mistaken” is the hardest of sax trap with a classic songwriting backbone. “Same Thing” is the saddest part of the album, a haunting ballad depicting serene resignation of a doomed relationship, but castanets rise from the ashes as “I Want You” closes out the night in a pure moment of optimistic electricity, a glance across a crowded room that changes everything.

Marian Hill’s one of a kind sound is present throughout — blues harmonies blend with sparse hip hop drums, horns blast under classic vocal melodies, and soloistic vocal chops sit side by side with clear, intimate lyrics. You’ve never heard this before, yet it’s surprisingly familiar. And it’s only the beginning.
VÉRITÉ
VÉRITÉ
On her full-length debut Somewhere in Between, VÉRITÉ shows a self-possessed intensity shaped by years of working as a decidedly independent artist. In creating the album, Byrne collaborated with producers in New York and London and L.A. and immersed herself in a more experimental process than she'd ever attempted before. "I threw myself into all these different and uncomfortable situations with people I'd never worked with, and said yes to new sounds and collaborations without worrying about how it would all come together," she says. As executive producer of the album, VÉRITÉ blended organic and electronic elements into a rhythm-driven sound that's ornately arranged but charged with raw feeling.

At the heart of Somewhere in Between is a selection of songs that "dissect fragments of my experience as a human and twist them in unusual ways," according to Byrne. "I like playing with the sentiment of human relationships" she adds, "but the lyrics are more about my relationship with the world, and dealing with things like apathy and boredom." On lead single "Phase Me Out," she delivers a beautifully moody slow-burner that shows the full force of her delivery, her vocals gracefully shifting from delicate to devastating. Embodying the beat-heavy dynamic of Somewhere in Between, "When You're Gone" builds a powerful backdrop for her piercing lyrics ("I don't mind you leaving when the damage is done/I don't mind how I feel the same when you're gone"). And on "Saint," VÉRITÉ offsets her brutal self-awareness ("Maybe you're too innocent/And I'm a crack in your glass") with a growling bassline and hugely anthemic chorus.

Byrne starting singing at age 8 and soon took up piano. At 13 she joined an all-girl punk band that covered the Breeders, and -- several years later -- co-founded a seven-piece alt-rock act complete with a full horn section. Soon after moving to New York City at age 20, she began creating as VÉRITÉ and balanced her musical pursuits with working up to 70 hours a week at Applebee's in Times Square, sometimes starting her shift at 6 a.m. and then heading straight from work to sound check.

Her debut as VÉRITÉ, the independently released and entirely self-promoted 2014 single "Heartbeat" quickly drew major buzz online. Though record labels were soon courting VÉRITÉ, she chose to continue waitressing and fund the release of her debut EP Echo with her Applebee's tips. "I decided that I didn't want to answer to anybody or change anything to appease someone else," says Byrne. In 2015, the same year she released her sophomore EP Sentiment, Byrne quit her waitressing job to pursue music full-time just before heading out on her first-ever tour. Since then she has completed two North American headline tours and released her highly acclaimed third EP, 2016's Living. She's also opened for such artists as Tove Lo and BØRNS and appeared at major festivals like Lollapalooza and Firefly, plus made her television debut on the TODAY Show. To date, her total streams on Spotify alone have reached over 100 million.

Now gearing up for a spring tour, Byrne brings a certain questioning spirit to the making of Somewhere in Between, whose title is taken from the album's most ballad-like moment. "The first lyric is 'Somewhere in between living and dying,' which is a perfect summary of where I was at during the making of the album," says Byrne. "It was really born from this place of asking myself, 'What the fuck are we doing here?,' and facing all the ups and downs that come with that." In that questioning, Byrne discovered a greater sense of purpose for VÉRITÉ. "I don't necessarily care how people interpret what I write -- the most important thing is that the songs make them feel something," she says. "Especially at this moment in time when there's so many distractions and it's so easy to get hyper-focused on what's happening in your own head, sharing music with people feels more important than ever."
SHAED
SHAED
SHAED is a Washington, DC-based head-bobbing pop project comprised of multi-instrumentalist twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst and powerhouse vocalist Chelsea Lee. Lee's vocals weave divinely through the Ernst twins' pop-sensible production that can make anyone move. Their debut single, "Just Wanna See," is a genre-bending slow jam that has received international praise and favorable comparisons to bands like Florence & The Machine, Sia, Justin Timberlake, and Sylvan Esso.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123