The Ruby Suns

Radio 1190 Presents

The Ruby Suns

Painted Palms, Tommy Metz 'Album Release'

Wed, February 20, 2013

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


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This event is 18 and over

The Ruby Suns
The Ruby Suns
Travel through the desert of pop long enough and, no matter the odds, eventually you’ll find an oasis. And it just might be frozen.

When The Ruby Suns’ main mover Ryan McPhun alighted in Oslo, Norway in the winter of 2010, he knew he’d found an artistic haven. Recently split from his long-term girlfriend and bandmate, on holiday from his adopted home of New Zealand, McPhun was ready for something new.

He’d always been a musical wayfarer, collecting sounds and styles from his travels around the globe, depositing influences and ephemera into three knockout Ruby Suns albums (2006’s The Ruby Suns, 2008’s Sea Lion and 2010’s Fight Softly). In Scandinavia—amidst its icy architecture and sky-high fjords, not to mention the indomitable gloss-pop that’s the region’s leading export—he discovered the inspiration for the album you’re now holding in your hands.

Christopher is an album about starting over, but not necessarily moving forward. It’s a breakup album, but as one listen will tell you, not necessarily a sad one. It’s McPhun’s fourth record for Memphis Industries, third for Sub Pop and first mixed by an A-list engineer: Chris Coady of Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Gang Gang Dance and a zillion more. McPhun spent two weeks at Coady’s studio in New York. Together they polished Christopher to an opalescent sheen, yielding the kind of expensive-sounding, future-leaning ear candy typically in the province of Top 40 radio.
Painted Palms
Painted Palms
Canopy is the debut EP from duo Painted Palms. With its echoes of Brill Building pop, buoyant electronics, and encompassing textural experimentation, the EP exudes something ebullient as well as meditative. Canopy is a modern psych-pop collage with an affinity for fluidity and the exotic.

Cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme are the creative force behind Painted Palms -- a duo in the studio that expands to a five-piece band for live shows. The two grew up together on the same block in Lafayette, Louisiana. After Donohue moved to the Bay Area in California for school, they spent several years exchanging music they had made by themselves--hypnotic sound experiments and song fragments. However, it wasn't until they both returned home for the winter break in 2009, that they began playing music together. They tried to make a song together for the first time. Two days later, they had completed "Falling Asleep," the only track on Canopy that was made while they were in the same room.

Soon thereafter, Donohue returned to the Bay Area and Prudhomme remained in Louisiana to complete his college education. Even after making "Falling Asleep", they never legitimately considered pursuing a musical collaboration because of their distance--until the possibility of collaborating over the internet came up in a phone call weeks later.

After several months of exchanging tracks and building songs, Canopy was finished. Soon after, of Montreal's Kevin Barnes heard Canopy and invited Painted Palms to act as main support for of Montreal on their 26-date North American tour.

Secretly Canadian Records
Tommy Metz 'Album Release'
Tommy Metz 'Album Release'
Growing up in Fort Collins and later moving to Denver, Electronic artist Tommy Metz, aka iuengliss (pronounced "eye-wen-gliss"), is heavily involved in the Denver and Fort Collins DIY/Indie music scenes, running Bocumast Records and releasing music with Plastic Sound Supply and Laserpalace. He is also one half of the Drill-n-Bass experimental duo Yawn Tron with drummer Shane Zweygardt.

Iuengliss has performed alongside Ulrich Schnauss, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Max Tundra, Phantogram, Deastro, Starfucker and many other local/national acts.

Press Quotes:
"Undergone quite the effort to craft his brand of constantly moving electro beats" - XLR8R

"Strafes jittery breakbeats with arcade firings and 8-bit melodies" - Textura

"The dark of space, warping and interrupting interstellar radio signals" - Westword

"manic day-glo glitchout" - The Onion

"blissful pop candy...'80s synth, club banger drums and positive energy mantra lyrics" - Westword

“Iuengliss’ Tom Metz crafts a melodic concoction of ambience, sighing vocals, and epic meloncholy." - The Onion

“The feeling of rising on a sunny day in early spring, after the snows have subsided and the burning heat of the summer is still weeks away...captivates the imagination while simultaneously refreshing the mind and rejuvenating the spirit with its meticulously crafted, gently cascading rhythms...effectively recalls Sigur Rós’s most beautiful moments...” - Westword
Venue Information:
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209