Misterwives: Connect The Dots Tour
Smallpools, Vinyl Theatre
46 N Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL, 32801
This event is 12 and over
Watch & Listen
Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album 'Our Own House,' touring internationally, and performing at some of the biggest music festivals around the globe, MisterWives begins a new chapter in 2017. The band, consisting of Mandy Lee [vocals], Etienne Bowler [drums], William Hehir [bass], Marc Campbell [guitar], Jesse Blum [keys, trumpet, accordion] and Mike Murphy [Saxophone] will release their highly anticipated 2nd album 'Connect the Dots' worldwide through Photo Finish/Republic Records this spring. Born and raised in the creative crucible of New York City, MisterWives are the latest in a long line of genre defying bands to break out of the city that never sleeps and gain recognition on a global stage.
After renovating their long-time basement studio, the band spent a couple of months, in what they called Band Camp. Band Camp was their summer getaway to focus all their energy on writing and recording the album. They were able to create in an environment with no limits, no time constraints, nightly poker games, bbq's, some hysterical relay races and an atmosphere that solely promoted creativity. Having the opportunity to work in this way left the band wanting more so when the studio's proprietors -- Etienne's parents -- returned from their summer vacation, the MisterWives packed up their gear and moved to a house outside Woodstock, NY where they converted the living room of the house into a makeshift studio to finish writing the second-half of the album.
The final piece of the puzzle fell into place when the band flew to LA and met with producer Butch Walker. "Working with Butch aka the legend-jedi-ninja-warrior-producer was the answer to our prayers" says lead singer Mandy Lee. "Butch is by far one of the nicest most talented humble dudes in the business who continuously inspired us throughout the recording process. It was so refreshing getting to work with a producer who believed in humans making music, not computers. We had such a blast getting to record our parts in a few takes rather than comping/slapping parts to the grid/auto-tuning and other techniques that typically suck the soul out of music. Besides being a musical genius Butch is also the sweetest guy who somehow doesn't eat any sugar...riddle me that."
MisterWives' first single "Machine" was released on February 17th and showcases the next step in the band's musical direction. Influenced by many disparate genres yet beholden to none, the song demonstrates a tremendous self-assuredness and furthers the band's commitment to always being true to themselves even in the face of the music industry's constant pressure to conform. Songwriter Mandy Lee says, "'Machine' is a rallying cry to stand against a world that suppresses individuality and diversity. This song embodies the movement of celebrating our differences, staying true to yourself and to always stick it to the Sith Empire."
Just as the band's musical stylings know no bounds, the same can be said for Mandy's lyrical subject matter. "Oh Love" and "Revolution" paint a portrait of today's tumultuous political and social climate, inspiring audiences to reflect on what we can do to better live in harmony. "My Brother" highlights the enduring strength of familial bonds while grappling with mental illness, "Chasing This" explores the continuing weird and wonderful journey they've been on together and of course that simple and wonderful sickness that is LOVE with songs like "Coloring Outside the Lines" and "Drummer Boy."
Says drummer and co-producer Etienne Bowler, "We worked out of my parents' basement, DB Studios, and pieced together the demos one day at a time, constantly revisiting and pushing the songs to the outmost bounds, rhythmically and harmonically."
Mandy Lee adds, "I will say this till the day I die but music is medicinal and I'm so fortunate to have an outlet that helps me overcome any tragedy or celebrate any triumph thrown my way. This record lyrically and sonically goes in so many different directions, which is how the concept "Connect The Dots" came to fruition. Our existence is made up of so many different variables that we are constantly trying to piece together and make sense of. At times it might just look like a jumbled nonsensical mess of numbers and dots but in actuality each piece is crucial to completing the picture."
"The last few years have definitely been the best kind of whirlwind you could ask for!" says bassist Will Hehir. "We've been so lucky to get to play live for amazing audiences all around the world, develop musically as a band and grow even tighter then any of us ever thought possible. We're humbled by the people who have supported our music over the last few years and can't wait to see what the next part of the journey has in store for us!"
In addition to releasing 'Connect the Dots,' MisterWives will be touring around the country with Panic! at the Disco on a sold out arena tour this spring, to be followed soon after by nationwide headline dates, festival appearances and general world domination.
The members of Vinyl Theatre know firsthand that music has the power to bring people together because it happened to them. Music is how they met, it’s what they bonded over, and it’s what has transformed their lives. Since officially forming in 2012, the Milwaukee-based quartet has gone from being college students who revered bands like The Killers, Two Door Cinema Club, The Shins, and Death Cab For Cutie to coming into their own as artists themselves, building an impressive following for their buoyant synth-based alternative-pop sound. Vinyl Theatre’s use of social media, including uploading tracks from their independent EP Chromatic one by one over a period of months onto SoundCloud, proved to be a savvy tactical decision.
“Whenever we would tweet that a new song was uploaded to SoundCloud, our fans would play it non-stop, which pushed it to trend on the site,” explains drummer Nick Cesarz. “And once you’re trending, everyone sees it.” That led to attention from venerated indie label Fueled By Ramen (Fun., Young The Giant, Paramore), which signed them and will release their eight-song debut Electrogram later this year. Vinyl Theatre tell the story of having their lives changed through the songs on Electrogram, writing about being so inspired by music that it practically hurts (first single 'Breaking Up My Bones'), finding their passion in life and going after it ('Gold'), and persevering now that they’ve found that passion ('Shine On'). Sonically, the songs pulse with kinetic dance-friendly energy that is informed by their mutual camaraderie and sheer joy in the creative process.
“Our goal as a band is to share this experience,” says singer and guitarist Keegan Calmes. “We want to share what we have. It's hard to share a relationship, but we want to show people our bond, and hopefully they will form that bond with each other as fans and become friends. I met all of these guys through music. It brought us together and we want to do the same for others.”
Vinyl Theatre’s origins are rooted in a seven-year friendship between Calmes and keyboardist Chris Senner, athletes who met at a cross-country track meet during their junior year of high school. Senner approached Calmes, a star runner who would go on to win eight All-Americans and three national titles, and said, “So you’re Muskego’s best runner? I’m going to kick your ass today.” “He’s kind of a jokester and was trying to psych me out,” Calmes says. “I was kind of mad, like ‘Who the hell is this kid?’ and I beat him by two minutes. After the meet, the two got to talking and discovered that they were both were musicians. Calmes began playing guitar at age ten and singing at 15. Senner began taking piano lessons at age eight, eventually spending eight to ten hours a day practicing with the goal of being a classical pianist. It was hearing The Killers’ Hot Fuss that changed everything for them. “That was when I completely fell in love with pop music,” Senner says. “That album was my rock,” Calmes says. “It’s what I return to whenever I want a refresher about the craft of songwriting.”
The first time Calmes and Senner hung out, they wrote two songs right away. “I had never really written with anyone else, and I was kind of guarding all my music like, ‘I don't trust anyone,’ but immediately, the chemistry was there,” Calmes says. “I’m very structured in how I write, but what impressed me about Chris is that he’s kind of off-the-wall. He brought that missing factor for me.” Says Senner: “Keegan is just super-talented when it comes to structuring ideas, writing hooks, and seeing the full picture of a song and what direction it needs to go in.”
To complete the band, Calmes and Senner recruited two friends of Senner’s, his childhood buddy Josh Pothier, who took up the bass in middle school and spent hours jamming with Chris from the age of 12, and Nick Cesarz, who began playing drums in fourth grade. He met Senner in a music theory class. “Nick has always been the prodigy,” Calmes says. “He could have gone on to do anything with music, been a classical percussionist. What I love about him is that he wanted to be in this band.” Says Nick, “I studied percussion performance in college and I got sick of reading notes on a page. It just wasn’t for me. You can only interpret something so many ways. But with these guys, I get to create something.”
Despite the fact that Calmes was attending college in Colorado, the four began exchanging ideas over Skype and practicing whenever Calmes was back in town. “One night after a show, Nick said, ‘I don't think that you should go to school so far away.’ He'd never spoken up like that. And I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ And he said, ‘I just think it's foolish. I think that we have something big here.’"
Turns out Cesarz was right. Calmes transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and “that’s how this thing got serious,” he says. Since then, Vinyl Theatre has released two independent EPs, performed many local headlining shows, and supported such national acts as Royal Teeth, Parade of Lights, Five Knives, and twenty-one pilots, whom they got to open for after winning a battle of the bands at Marquette University last year. “After the show, the singer Tyler [Joseph] gave me a big hug, and said, ‘Just keep going, man. Keep doing what you're doing.’ They’re one of my favorite bands, and that meant to the world to me.”
The infectious spirit of that encouragement is something Vinyl Theatre hopes to put out in the world themselves with their music. “Emitting a happy, energetic vibe is so key to us because this is what we love doing, and when we write, that's how we feel,” Pothier says. “And we just want that happiness to spread to other people because we love life and we love doing what we do.”
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