John Bradley, Campdogzz
1940 9th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is all ages
Whereas The Game Of Monogamy was an orchestral album filled with theatrical arrangements, Adult Film favors less ornate, equally impactful instrumentation across its 10 affecting tracks. The album is filled with variations of Kasher's signature blend of ruminative rock/pop, ranging from raucous and barreling ("American Lit," "Truly Freaking Out") to uneasy and undulating ("Where's Your Heart Lie," the dreamy "Lay Down Your Weapons"), from deceptively bright and poppy ("The Willing Cuckold," "A Raincloud is a Raincloud") to tempered and cascading ("You Scare Me To Death," "A Lullaby, sort of"). Lyrically, Kasher is at his incisive best, thematically elastic and touching on aging (self-reflection and taking stock), mortality (one's own and others'), and relationships of all kinds.
Kasher is joined on Adult Film by Sara Bertuldo (bass, vocals), Patrick Newbery (organ, keys, synths, horns), and Dylan Ryan (drums) – who backed him while touring around The Game Of Monogamy – as well as additional artists including Nate Kinsella (drums; of Make Believe and Birthmark) and Laura Stevenson (vocals; of Laura Stevenson and the Cans), among others. The album was mixed by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Wye Oak, Explosions In The Sky) at Elmwood Recording in Dallas, TX.
It's been a long couple of years for John Bradley. His band, Dads, went through an abrupt split in the Spring of 2015, but even more jarring was all the personal turmoil that soon followed, including family and health concerns. Throughout these ordeals, he wasn't sure how music would play a role in his life or even if it would be in it at all. Fortunately, the inspiration gradually came back as things began to look up, fueled by an entirely fresh perspective and plenty of songwriting fodder.
Bradley's long-time collaborators 6131 Records released the first sampling of these new songs in March 2017 with the appropriately titled "Demo" EP. Featuring five songs recorded at home by Bradley himself, these demos bridge the gap between where Dads was headed and the new-found, more mature approach afforded to a musician seeing the world in a renewed way.
The duo of Jess Price and Mike Russell operate out of the eternally corrupt city of Chicago, where native Russell has been playing for over a decade. While his nationally-recognized acts Wedding Dress, Suns and Wax on Radio featured his presence on the mic, Campdogzz is fronted by Price, an Oklahoma emigrant with a voice that hits listeners like a dust storm. The pantheon of female singers with rootsy, radiant voices has been waiting for its next inductee, and with sharp melodic hooks bolstering Price's delivery, the spot is hers for the taking.
Sharing guitar duties with Price is multi-instrumentalist Russell, whose past critical acclaim is represented in the quality of the music. Blending elements of Townes Van Zandt, Songs: Ohia, Cat Power, and Sonic Youth, Campdogzz have created a sound that's bright and immediate at times, somber and resonant at others, while always remaining lively and weighty with the promise of becoming classics.
Written by: Sara Enderle