The Bowery Ballroom
Ultimate Painting

Ultimate Painting

Juan Waters, EZTV

Wed, December 7, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is 18 and over

Pre-Show (7pm-8pm) & Post-Show Happy Hour in the Lower Level Lounge

Ultimate Painting
Ultimate Painting
Ultimate Painting, the duo of Jack Cooper and James Hoare, are pleased to announce the release of their new album, Dusk, on September 30th via Trouble In Mind. Recorded to tape by James in his East London flat and home studio, Dusk is the third album from the London-based duo, a ten song set that expands the group's sound from their self-titled debut and their critically acclaimed sophomore effort, Green Lanes. The band's first single, "Bills," dives head-first into a crystalline pool of jangle.


Ultimate Painting are lucky enough to be comprised of two singular voices in Jack Cooper and James Hoare, who met when on tour together with their other bands Mazes and Veronica Falls. The pair's distinctive songwriting styles began to blur with Green Lanes, but on Dusk it 's hard to tell where Cooper ends and Hoare begins. Their tunes weave in and out of each other like the duo's respective six-strings, spiraling around each other in a laconic dance.


Album opener and first single "Bills" furthers the duo's reputation as purveyors of the Verlaine/Lloyd legacy, but despite the evident influence of American guitar pop both past and present, the group has recorded an album that feels decidedly English. Cooper's abstract poeticism balances perfectly alongside Hoare's alluring and universal pop leanings. The group has discovered a simple lushness in Dusk's arrangements, sometimes only with subtle additions like the recently acquired Wurlitzer piano that drives tunes like "Lead The Way" or washes underneath others like "Monday Morning, Somewhere Central." They've tapped into the subtle grace that infects the mood and emotions experienced at times like sunrise and dusk, hopefulness, resignation, ennui.


The casual setting during the album's recording allowed the sessions and songs to unfold naturally, with James and Jack accompanied by recent live drummer Melissa Rigby, who drums on the entirety of Dusk. Her skills lend a rhythmic elasticity to songs like "A Portrait of Jason" and "I Can't Run Anymore," with jazzy undertones that break from the band's previously unadorned 4/4 leanings. Dusk feels different and cements the group's presence in the modern world of guitar pop, finding voice in the allure of quietude.
EZTV
Ezra Tenenbaum reeled Michael Stasiak into the band when he told Michael that his new songs sounded a little bit like Teenage Fanclub, and that he needed a drummer that could play like Jody Stephens from Big Star--after a bit of flattery like that, how could he refuse? But even though Ezra, bassist Shane O'Connell, and Michael all share a deep love for Chilton and Bell, there are plenty of other wonderful bands and songwriters that echo from inside of Ezra's songs (which he writes and demos in his bedroom like you or I breathe). EZTV has a whole lot of affection for Midwest power poppers like Shoes and Dwight Twilley, but also a definite love for left-of-the-dial bands from across the pond like Orange Juice and The Go-Betweens. Ezra's chiming guitar riffs ring perfectly within classic pop song structures, while Shane and Michael provide groovy, dynamic rhythm and keep the sneaky hooks and riffs clicking like the gears of a fine watch.
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/