Baby's NYE 2018 ~+ DIIV

Baby's NYE 2018 ~+ DIIV

Hoops, Clairo, Chorizo

Sun, December 31, 2017

7:00 pm

Baby's All Right

Brooklyn, NY

$40.00 - $45.00

This event is 21 and over

DIIV
DIIV
DIIV is the nom-de-plume of Z. Cole Smith, musical provocateur and front-man of an atmospheric and autumnally-charged new Brooklyn four-piece.
Recently inked to the uber-reliable Captured Tracks imprint, DIIV created instant vibrations in the blog-world with their impressionistic debut Sometime; finding it’s way onto the esteemed pages of Pitchfork and Altered Zones a mere matter of weeks after the group’s formation.
Enlisting the aid of NYC indie-scene-luminary, Devin Ruben Perez, former Smith Westerns drummer Colby Hewitt, and Mr. Smith’s childhood friend Andrew Bailey, DIIV craft a sound that is at once familial and frost-bitten. Indebted to classic kraut, dreamy Creation-records psychedelia, and the primitive-crunch of late-80’s Seattle, the band walk a divisive yet perfectly fused patch of classic-underground influence.
One part THC and two parts MDMA; the first offering from DIIV chemically fuses the reminiscent with the half-remembered building a musical world out of old-air and new breeze. These are songs that remind us of love in all it’s earthly perfections and perversions.
A lot of DIIV’s magnetism was birthed in the process Mr. Smith went through to discover these initial compositions. After returning from a US tour with Beach Fossils, Cole made a bold creative choice, settling into the window-facing corner of a painter’s studio in Bushwick, sans running water, holing up to craft his music.
In this AC-less wooden room, throughout the thick of the summer, Cole surrounded himself with cassettes and LP’s, the likes of Lucinda Williams, Arthur Russell, Faust, Nirvana, and Jandek; writings of N. Scott Momaday, James Welsh, Hart Crane, Marianne Moore, and James Baldwin; and dreams of aliens, affection, spirits, and the distant natural world (as he imagined it from his window facing the Morgan L train).
The resulting music is as cavernous as it is enveloping, asking you to get lost in it’s tangles in an era that demands your attention be focused into 140 characters.
“Sometime” hit stores on October 11th with a second single to follow November 29, culminating in an early March EP release.
Hoops
Hoops
Hoops thrive in the in-between. The Indiana quartet craft hyper-melodic songs, built around power-pop chords, deceptively complex drum patterns, and rock-anthem sentiments that hide some tellingly dark thoughts. Their full-length debut, Routines, sound both warmly familiar and jarringly distinctive. A kernel of
ache lies at the heart of each verse and chorus: nothing cynical or pessimistic, just bittersweet and honest. Not knowing the right way to do things, they came up with their own way—a solid DIY philosophy. “We had an idea of how we wanted our music to sound, but we didn’t always know how to achieve it,” says
Drew Auscherman, who plays guitars and keyboards, writes and sings. “There was always some exploring and figuring things out, so it took some time to get to what we wanted to sound like.”

Hoops are a self-taught band that started in Auscherman’s teenage bedroom, where he obsessed over Oneohtrix Point Never’s landmark 2011 album Replica, to the extent that he started making his own beatdriven music. He named the project Hoops after the hoop houses at the nursery where he worked (not for his home state’s mania for basketball). Eventually he corralled a few of his friends to flesh out his songs, and the music inevitably shifted toward something new: more melodic, more guitar-driven, more
extroverted. The high schoolers played basement shows for their friends, mostly cover songs with a few originals thrown into the setlists. “We really sucked,” says Auscherman with a laugh.

“It was completely amateur, but so much fun,” adds Kevin Krauter, who plays bass and guitar and is one of Hoops’ three songwriters and singers. “We were writing songs here and there, even though none of us even knew how to write songs.” Crammed onto makeshift stages, memorizing others’ songs while developing their own, the musicians developed a buzzy chemistry that would draw them inexorably together even after they had grown up. “It was just a natural thing that we all ended up doing this together,” says James Harris, who plays drums. “We’ve always been each others’ go-to’s for band members.”

Hoops remained only a loosely defined band, with members coming and going—some lasting only one show. Eventually the current line-up settled in: Auscherman and Krauter, Harris and Keagan Beresford. (Jack Andrews, of the Bloomington band Daguerrotype, counts as an occasional touring member.) Three of
the four members write and sing, each a frontman and a sideman simultaneously. The setup isn’t democratic so much as it is simply adaptable and committed: doing what the song demands, getting the sound just right.

Their first releases—three cassettes and one EP—were recorded on four-track tape machines in living rooms and basements (their own and their parents’), with the band piecing everything together with determination and resourcefulness. Those tapes became popular well outside the Hoosier music scene, even attracting the attention of Fat Possum Records, which signed the band in 2016. “There’s a lot of trial and error and frustration,” says Beresford. “If there’s a song or even just a part of a song that you really like, then pick a vibe and shoot for it. You try to get as close as you can to what you have in mind, but you invariably fuck up along the way. But sometimes the fuck-ups are what make the songs.”

Routines marks the band’s first sessions in an actual studio—namely, Rear House Recording in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Working in that environment with Jarvis Taveniere—who co-founded the influential indie band Woods and produced albums by Widowspeak and Quilt—was initially a rocky experience, but they quickly
adapted to the new environment, the new procedures and perspectives, and most of all the new possibilities.

Those sessions, however, were just one step in the band’s careful creative process. After a few months of touring, they returned to Indiana to set up their gear in Krauter’s parents’ basement and began experimenting with the studio-recorded tracks. Some they only tinkered with, emphasizing different sounds or recording different parts. Other songs they scrapped completely and rebuilt from the ground up. They were determined to make a record that sounded like Hoops: to ensure the music sounds as rich and
nuanced on tape as it did in their heads and, as Auscherman explains, “to make sure everything catered to the song rather than the song catering to the production.”

“We’re all in the same headspace,” says Krauter. “We all have a hand in devising a sound and arranging the songs, whether we wrote them or not. First and foremost, we’re just trying to get a song to sound right, because that’s how the emotional message is going to get through.” The curiosity and perfectionism motivating those sessions in New York and especially in the Hoosier State make Routines the sharpest and clearest delineation of the Hoops sound thus far, drawing from and emphasizing each members’ distinctive influences and personal styles: four guys making music that is larger than themselves.
Chorizo
Chorizo (members OCDPP /Xray eyeballs/ Roya / Triple Hex/ DOM )
Venue Information:
Baby's All Right
146 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://babysallright.com/