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MS MR, Jack Garratt & Tigertown
October 21, 2015
7 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Show | $25 ADV / $28.50 Doors | All Ages
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
In 2014, Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow came back to New York City to start work on their sophomore album as MS MR. Only three years had passed since the first time they’d met up in secret, former college classmates with day jobs, spinning musical fragments into private worlds in front of Max’s laptop in Brooklyn. They made their name on their early songs “Bones” and “Hurricane,” and since then, Lizzy and Max have amassed 30 million album streams, played festival main stages, become known and celebrated as an alt-pop duo with a wide magnetism, a contagious exuberance and a distinctly technicolor style. Far from the days when they would release their music anonymously on Tumblr, they came back to New York altered and focused-better lyricists, vocalists, producers and performers. They were after the complicated alchemy of subversion and directness that they saw defining the modern pop act; they were no longer aiming for serendipity but for control.
And yet, for all the exhilaration the past two years had brought them, the duo was dizzied, too. They had a thousand ideas and one album to make, and to do so, MS MR found themselves seeking out the feel of those early, nameless days-the visceral, bare-bones intimacy that had been their music’s genesis. Secondhand Rapture, the music they’d played in front of crowds tens of thousands deep–the album that they’d finished at the legendary Electric Lady Studios-had been recorded, after all, for $500 in spare rooms in Brooklyn. As they started to hammer out the ideas that would eventually result in the ecstatic, high-octane How Does It Feel, it wasn’t glamour but a certain DIY gravity that set their compass straight. Lizzy and Max rented a room in Bushwick and brought in MS MR’s drummer Zach Nicita to co-produce. For three months, they worked the way they had in the beginning: all day, all night, no engineers, no outside people, no special equipment. Just like he had in the beginning, Max strung up Lizzy’s makeshift vocal booth by thumbtacking heavy blankets to the walls.
22-year old singer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt introduced himself to the world with his UK garage-infused piano ballad ‘I Couldn’t Want You Anyway’ in February 2014 and since then has set the blogosphere alight. Successful appearances at multiple festivals have followed as well as his sold out debut London headline shows to coincide with the release of his debut EP ‘Remnants’ which was released on the 14th July.