Deerhoof – Tickets – Space Ballroom. – Hamden, CT – January 20th, 2018


Manic Presents:


Palm, Olivia Neutron-John

Sat, January 20, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

This is no time for the tortured artist. Right now, we’re living in two worlds at once. The first is a death-driven monoculture: cutthroat, cynical, exploitative, literally deranged. This is the dominant, unlistening world, the unmoved mountain. Then there’s the other world: the still-breathing, idealistic, and wholly life-affirming underground. Mountain Moves is a celebration of the under-sung communities that have nourished us with their joy, their energy, their individualism, their "pointless" beauty. Starring the singing, playing, and songwriting of guests whose musical and political voices we admire, Mountain Moves is partly an ecstatic snapshot of a would-be utopia.Fragmentation is more than an aesthetic. One moment your head’s exploding over the stupidity and sadism of our leaders and systems, the next your favorite singer has just emailed you a vocal track recorded in their hotel room on tour. Mountain Moves explores the extremes of despair and hope that make up so much of our minute-to-minute experience.We met a lot of crowds this year, at Brazilian music festivals, arena shows, protests. The power and potential of a crowd is like music itself – inspiring, healing, urgent. We made Mountain Moves fast, in hopes of capturing some of that communal energy. Please dance and sing along.
Palm plays rock music backwards. Eve Alpert and Kasra Kurt’s guitars occupy themselves most often with the pace-keeping work typical of a rhythm section. Meanwhile, Gerasimos Livitsanos’ bass and Hugo Stanley’s drums perform commentary and reportage from their deeply embedded positions at the front. The band is firmly attached to the physicality of rock, but not as much its tone; their instruments tend to sound like any number of things at any given time.
None of the members of Palm are formally trained on their instruments. The band formed in 2011 at college in Upstate New York, when high school friends Eve and Kasra met Gerasimos and Hugo. In those early days, the band was just beginning to forge its collective musical identity through experiments in recording and performing live.

Their first album, Trading Basics (2015), was written in Hudson, NY, a riverside outpost where the group could clarify its intentions outside the direct influence of nearby cultural capitals. That year, the members of Palm relocated to Philadelphia, where they continue to live only a few blocks apart from one another. This proximity has facilitated a level of collaboration necessary for a sound so slippery to remain in the firm grasp of its players.

On 2017’s Shadow Expert EP, they made use of the steady hand granted by a tireless touring schedule, cutting their songs to efficiencies of pop confection without sacrificing the avant-adventurism at the center. The effort was met with praise from such outlets as Pitchfork, Stereogum, Spin, and Tiny Mix Tapes, who likened the sound variously to Stereolab, Slint, Sonic Youth and Broadcast. With Rock Island (2018), Palm excuses the company of these myriad influences with a sly brush of a hand, ushering the listener into a new domain, thrillingly strange for all its familiarity.
Olivia Neutron-John
Olivia Neutron-John
OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN, newly based in PHILADELPHIA, PA (previously WASHINGTON, DC), began in PHOENIX, ARIZONA in 2013 - the result of ANNA NASTY suffering a concussion. The music which emerged may be difficult to categorize, other than as experimental electronic, but it is self-described as post-bro. A new categorization that challenges the idea that we live in a “post-feminist” society. If you open your eyes to it, you will see that OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN transcends genre and gender altogether.

OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN is not a one-woman act. It’s something you can move to. Something that can move you.

OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN has played concerts with acts as diverse as ESG, Mykki Blanco, CocoRosie, Flipper w/ David Yow, and Chandra in a wide range of venues - from Bowery Ballroom (NY) to institutions like the Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC) and the WFMU Record Fair (NY). They have toured extensively across the United States and Europe and has been tour support for The Julie Ruin, Rainer Maria and Priests.
Venue Information:
Space Ballroom.
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden, CT, 06514