Radio 1190 Presents


Young Prisms, South of France

Mon, October 29, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


Off Sale

This event is 18 and over

Following a spate of EPs and singles comes the debut album by Tamaryn, entitled The Waves. "

After collaborating with producer Rex John Shelverton (ex-Vue/the Audience/Portraits of Past), Tamaryn left New York and settled in Rex's home of San Francisco to record their first full-length. "[Rex and I] met in New York City when I was living there in the early '00s, and he was still playing with Vue," says Tamaryn. We became close friends and stayed in touch, then after a while we started sharing ideas for songs, then collaborated across country, traveling back and forth between the coasts." These activities culminated in Led Astray, Washed Ashore, Tamaryn's first EP, "a collection of my favorite music that we made during that period."

But where Tamaryn's earlier material was rooted in traditional goth-psych overtones, The Waves represents an incredible step forward in terms of her approach. These nine songs combine driving pop and lush balladry with layered, guitar-driven atmospheres, against which Tamaryn's voice, languid and restrained, melts against its surfaces. "In Rex, I felt I had met someone who was the right sort of player, and that we had the right chemistry to make something as good as I'd wanted. I knew that if I wanted to make an album I could really be proud of, I'd have to move to San Francisco, and focus more intently on the music we were making."

Rex's thoughts on the making of The Waves dovetail with Tamaryn's presence and drive to create something timeless for the present day. "I've been thinking of the voice as fog, wind and smoke flowing above and through the waves of strings and rhythm," he says about the plangent, ethereal qualities of The Waves: "I've really been into the idea of a 'minimalist wall of sound' and using the most sparse arrangement possible, all the while creating a semi-translucent, mysterious dreamscape [which] keeps the dynamics of the playing subtle enough so the listener never wakes from the dream or is jarred from the story."

On the construction of these tracks, Rex resorted to a pure, unfiltered approach. "I wanted to invoke an orchestra with little more than an electric bass guitar and multiple tape delays; to mimic the sound of a rain shower using tambourines fastened to other cymbals. There are no more than a few guitar/bass within each song on The Waves, and no pedal boards, no digital effects processors, no keyboards, synths or piano. The wall of sound we create comes from multiple tube powered spring reverbs, assorted tape delay machines, and room mic-ing." This workmanlike approach has simultaneously freed the artists from technology's trappings, and helped them to focus on what they can bring to the record. "I'd like to think that, at first listen, the simple arrangements of these songs set the mood, tell the story, and keep the spell unbroken," he says of their creative process. "After further listens, the hidden complexities within reveal themselves, without resorting to flashy embellishments or accompaniment."

That approach is reflected in the nature of their work together, which finds the two artists working in tandem with one another until the right mood has been located, then committed to tape. The Waves was recorded entirely in Tamaryn's and Rex's practice space, yet shares none of the lo-fi trappings with most current, self-produced efforts on the indie frontier. "We're inspired by a wide range of bands and images, but we have tried to create our own sound by processing the spectrum of our influences and melding it with what we have to say musically. These songs are mostly bittersweet," states Tamaryn, "but it's not just sad music. I'm more interested in duality, exploring feelings of loss and loneliness but with a positive resonance in them somewhere."

From the outset of this collaboration, Tamaryn's work has carried with it a strong visual component, be it elaborate photography and record artwork, or extravagant videos, shot to accompany singles pressed in minute quantities. "I've been experimenting with projecting certain images from the outset. For The Waves, I've pulled back from my earlier dalliances with more dramatic projections. It's left things a bit more vague and impressionistic. I'd like to try and keep things a bit mysterious if I can. I've always come at this work wanting the imagery to reflect that the music is heartfelt and has depth and emotion." The artwork and videos supporting The Waves lend themselves to these notions. "For this album, I shot all the press photos in Nevada and Utah, in places like the Valley of Fire. I'm interested in emotional landscapes coming across in our music, inside and out. But most of all, we just wanted to make something really beautiful that people could experience over and over again, and find themselves lost within."
Young Prisms
Young Prisms
If 'slacker' means 'purveyor of angst-ridden badass psychedelic rock,' then the Young Prisms qualify. Five such slackers comprise this band: Jason Hendardy, Jordan Silbert, Matt Allen, Stef Hodapp, and Gio Betteo. Silbert is the old man, at twenty-four, and all five recently dropped out of various unsatisfying academic situations—Hendardy from a media arts program at California College of the Arts, Jordan from a behavior analysis master's track in Fresno, and Stef, Matt, and Gio from a Bay Area community college.

What they did instead is they moved into a roach infested apartment in San Francisco's Mission District and started pumping out dark, driving rhythms overlaid with melodies that pulse and build and then break over you. It's some of the best stuff coming out of a city exploding with brilliant new music. The group's lyrics are laced with a kind of nonchalance (I'm thinking of one song off the new LP called "If You Want To," as in "whatevs") that devolves quickly into a grim, passionate poetry part My Bloody Valentine, part Sonic Youth, part Charles Bukowski, part some kind of uncategorizable sparkly ecstasy. Whoa.

So consider this a warning issued with an inviting grin: this music will make you want to drop acid and become a recluse. Or it will make you even less excited to work your shitty day job. Or it will make you jump up and down in a dark crowded room while your eardrums bleed. Or it will make you feel something secret like happiness, minus any sentimental whimsicality. Or it will make you want to read Sarte, or graphic comic books, or maybe Hunter Thompson. And in one hundred years when people want to know what it felt like to be young on the West Coast in the early new millennium, they might just put on this record, by these rising kings (and queen) of Psychedelic Slackerdom.
South of France
South of France
“Sunny vocals floating atop guitar melodies paired with quick, concise drumming, South of France nails that timeless beach-party-grab-your-surfboard-and-Clubmasters vibe. Frontman Jeff Cormack anchors the sound with precise guitar & vocal melodies, while inserting guitar riffs that unobtrusively pluck at your heartstrings and invoke nostalgia. Combine that with Lueke’s breathy vocals and key parts, and ultimately SOF pushes out positive, bright vibes. South Of France has an infectious energy and a tight punchiness to their instrumentation that pairs well (like a nice cheddar and a fine Bordeaux)”. - Radio1190 Review of Live Performance

South Of France is an indie-pop band that was initially started by multi-intstrumentalist/producer/songwriter Jeff Cormack in 2011. Inspired by his love for retro guitar-pop, it began as a bedroom-recording project created during Jeff’s spare time away from writing/producing for film, television, and/or other recording artists. As the songs developed, Jeff realized that the addition of a female vocalist would bring a great new element to the sound. So… Jeff was lucky enough to meet singer and songwriter Kelly Lueke in Los Angeles. They quickly realized they had astonishingly similar taste in music and decided to join forces.

South of France's first release "Kings", a 3 song EP was released in November of 2011and landed them features in Filter Magazine, Under The Radar Magazine, and earned great reviews from several influential music blogs around the world.

Their debut full-length album "Another Boring Sunrise" was listed on several major music blog's "Most Anticipated Albums of 2012" lists and was self-released on Sept. 18th 2012. This album again landed them features in Under The Radar magazine, Filter Magazine, Band of the Day, and has earned several excellent reviews from numerous influential music critics around the world. Another Boring Sunrise has also spent 5 weeks on Bandcamp's "Best-Selling Digital Releases", and continues to grow world-wide as several songs from the album have been placed in numerous major motion pictures, national commercials and can be heard on the radio.

South Of France has shared the stage with major acts including Two Door Cinema Club, Divine Fits, Sea Wolf, Tamaryn, Youngblood Hawke and many more. With several scheduled showcases, they will be a staple at many of this year's festivals, they will continue to support other larger acts, and they will continue to pack venues as they headline their own shows around the country.

South of France's sound has been compared to: Peter Bjorn and John, Beach Fossils, Youth Lagoon, Belle and Sebastian, Real Estate, Tennis, Cults, Blondes, Ravonettes, Beach House.. etc.
Venue Information:
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209