PLAYBACK:stl @ Cicero’s | 09.09.08

cicerosSeptember 9: PLAYBACK:stl presents Celia’s Big Rock Band, KaiserCartel, Wolf Cub


at CICERO’s | 8:30 p.m.
6691 DELMAR | $5 ($8 for minors) | 16+


Celia’s Big Rock Band | "The reason to love Celia is that she can make a record that, on paper, incorporates a few chafing indie-rock cliches and still makes it feel fresh, new and listenable. Live, she also has a pitch-perfect sense of humor led by an unrestrained improvisational sense that leads to interpretations that are provocative and unique. Expect Celia and her Big Rock Band to deliver a perfectly concise musical statement from an artist whose auspicious moment has finally arrived."

KaiserCartel | Courtney Kaiser and Benjamin Cartel have logged thousands of miles, lost continents, parted ways with rock stars, formed and broken up bands-all for you to hear March Forth, the Bluhammock Records debut from the duo. They live in Brooklyn, the part of Brooklyn where melody reigns, whistling is compulsory and anything (like a milk frother) could be considered an instrument. Rather than conjure the twee miasma that those ingredients could create, KaiserCartel have constructed a gorgeous album of songs about living and loving, something they know about, as their musical and romantic lives are so entangled, it’s difficult to say where one starts and the other begins.

"We go back and forth between writing on our own and writing together. But I feel like we’re so influenced at this point, even if [Ben] wasn’t there, you’d be able to feel the song is-something about the song is very ‘us’ together," explains Kaiser.

That something is the confluence of the two, apparent on March Forth. Honed in the home they share, Kaiser’s dulcet tones ring out like clarion calls against Cartel’s solid timbre. And while it’s only the two of them throughout their recordings and on stage, they give the impression several more people are involved in each song. "What is ‘us’ is being able to make something very simple sound very big," Cartel explains. "When you close your eyes, you assume it’s a whole band of people. You look up, and it’s just the two of us."

Recorded in Los Angeles over eight days with producer Matt Hales (aka aqualung) and mixed by Hales and Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros), March Forth is the marriage of the band’s inventive instrumentation to the subjects closest to their hearts.

Wolf Cub | As it goes…I started playing guitar when I was about knee high to a grasshopper. I bought a two-string acoutic guitar from my friend Aaron for $5. I messed around on that a bit while listening to the radio, trying to figure out what sounded right and where. My pops bought me my first set of strings and we went to the local public library, where I rented a video which taught me the basic chords and such, strum patterns and what hae you. I took the video back and evolved from there.

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