Union Transfer

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

James Vincent McMorrow

James Vincent McMorrow

Aidan Knight

Sat, April 5, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

$20.00

This event is all ages

James Vincent McMorrow
James Vincent McMorrow
We Move marks a breathtaking and radical push forward for Irish artist James Vincent McMorrow, in what is his most expansive and ambitious work to date. Unlike his previous releases, We Move was written in constant transition. In early 2015 McMorrow decamped to Los Angeles for 4 surreal months, wanting to experience something totally alien to any way he’d ever worked before. McMorrow explains “Making this album was about changing so many things. Physically changing where I was, mentally changing how I think about life, about myself, how I think about making music. Every time I’ve made a record in the past, I’ve walked to the edge of where I’ve wanted to be, I’ve gotten scared, and I’ve walked back to a safe distance.”

It was in those 4 months that the new songs began to crystallize and come squarely into view, among other revelations (like that hiking is just walking, but in a canyon). James described this newly discovered clarity, “I just stopped worrying, stopped caring about things that simply didn’t matter. Nothing in particular happened to cause that change. It just dawned on me that I was walking around trying to predict the future, and I was dulling my edges in the hopes I would fit in easier. But I wasn’t happy. At all. So I changed. My instincts pushed me through this album. I started putting all of myself out there in everything I wrote.”

The album’s backbone was formed by three key producers that McMorrow met during his travels who fully understood what he was trying to achieve, geographically, mentally, and emotionally - Nineteen85 (Drake, dvsn), Two Inch Punch (Sam Smith, Years & Years), and Frank Dukes (Kanye West, Rihanna). Mixing came from the legendary Jimmy Douglass (Donny Hathaway, Timbaland), John O’Mahony (Metric, Coldplay), and Ross Dowling. Collaborating with this talented team was an extension of this new found freedom, “I started working with my friends who inspired me; I let them take control of certain things away from me. And I ended up with an album that sounds like how I see life and how I live my life.”

Earlier this year, his songs surpassed 100 million streams, his cover of “Wicked Games” was used in HBO’s Game of Thrones season 6 trailer, he wrote and featured on “I’m In Love” which was included on Kygo’s debut LP Cloud Nine, co wrote ‘Angela’ from the debut album by DVSN, and had his vocals included on the Drake song ‘Hype’ taken from the album Views. As a dare one night he also wrote an incredibly bad, thankfully as yet unreleased Christmas song.

Also known for his visually captivating videos, “Cavalier” has over 2 million views on YouTube alongside the stunning videos for “Red Dust” and “Glacier,” which were constructed by Northern Irish director Aoife McArdle as a trilogy to be played together.

The Dublin-born singer/songwriter rose to fame upon the release of his platinum selling debut album Early In The Morning, reaching #1 in his home country of Ireland, silver status in the UK, and earning a Choice Music Prize and EBBA award nomination in the process. In addition there was an appearance on Later... With Jools Holland. Sophomore album Post Tropical secured his place as a globally recognized musician, garnering a second nomination for the Choice Music Prize, among other accolades. It also led to multiple sold out tours across the world, in the biggest venues of his career including two nights at The Sydney Opera House, London’s Barbican and Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 4 nights in Dublin's National Concert Hall, and 1 particularly epic late night tour bus jam through the entire Hall and Oates back catalog. Apparently his mom prefers his 1st record, his Dad prefers his 2nd.

While touring for Post Tropical, McMorrow appeared at Coachella, Electric Picnic, Edmonton Folk Festival, Gentleman of the Road (Mumford & Sons), Latitude, and Lowlands Festival, among others.
Aidan Knight
Two years can go by in the blink of an eye, or can stretch into a prolonged series of cross-country tours, weddings, funerals, rehearsals, odd jobs and getting your drivers license. Just ask Aidan Knight, the 25 year old songwriter and namesake of the Victoria-based band who unveil their second album Small Reveal on October 23rd.

The roots of Small Reveal began in early 2012, in a similar rustic surrounding to that of their critically acclaimed debut album “Versicolour”: A cabin without running water on in rural British Columbia. Armed with hundreds of pounds of recording equipment; Olivier Clements, Julia Wakal, David Barry, Colin Nealis and Knight (via many wheelbarrows) set up in a gorgeous forest location with a cast iron stove and nearby swimming hole. After a week tucked away from society, armed with 15 brand new
song ideas, they loaded the mountain of preamps and compressors back onto the ferry, returned home to Victoria, and spent the next 5 months quietly reworking the music.

Finally, in May of 2012, the band, joined up with producer and engineer Jonathan Anderson who was at the helm of Versicolour. Using the natural reverberant sounds of hanging guitars in a empty music store and the echoing distance of hallways in family homes, Knight and his collaborators created the swirling cinematics of Small Reveal in a whirlwind 10 days in 10 different recording spaces. The comraderie and the contributions of the band were integral to the process, Aidan explains; “Everything from horn arrangements to drum fills, they're things that I could never make up on my own. They're impossible; Only happening because of those 5 people in that certain space. I think the most powerful ideas are the ones that we never could have expected. As someone who's worked primarily on his own up until this point, I'm so glad that my best friends are the ones I can share and learn from now”.

Small Reveal presents the themes of inward thought and creativity, escapism, longing for success, and belonging. The result is an exciting yet dreamy, lushly-arranged record that swells and ebbs around the captivating focal point of Aidan’s voice. “The first time I was able to listen to the songs roughly put together...discovering what we had all made together. We had created something personal but omniscient, something ragged but polished, something that was reflective of what it means to spend a year crafting something that isn't revealed until the weeks. Unhurried. This is an album of music about creating music, the escapism in it and the uncomfortably honesty that hopefully shows itself.”
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123