The Bowery Ballroom
VHS Collection

VHS Collection

Corbu

Sat, February 11, 2017

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

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

$15.00

This event is 18 and over

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

VHS Collection
VHS Collection
VHS Collection is a synth rock band from NYC formed in 2014 by three friends (Conor Cook, James Bohannon, and Nils Vanderlip) who have been making music in some for another since childhood. The band has gained a reputation for high energy live shows, having sold out Mercury Lounge several times in 2015. The band's sound has been compared to Passion Pit, LCD Soundsystem, MGMT, Talking Heads, and Phoenix. "Lean," the lead single off of their debut EP hit #8 on the Spotify US Viral Charts and #14 on the Spotify Global Viral Charts.

While the synth rock outfit itself has only been around for two years, the three members have been playing music together in New York City since their adolescence. This means they've shared many of the same growing pains and experiences, resulting in a unique sense of camaraderie.

It's no surprise that this idea would come to form in their music. Teaming up with producer Abe Seiferth (LCD Soundsystem, Yeasayer), the trio headed into the studio for a week and pulled 12 hour days to record their self-titled debut EP, out December 2015.

The lead single, "Lean," feels simultaneously like a mission statement and retrospective for the band. Over anthemic synthesizer loops and arpeggios, the group reminisces about the fleetingness of youth. These plunky sounds capture the coming-of-age feeling of a John Hughes film while maintaining a distinct currentness in the production. Each time frontman James Bohannon howls, "Oh, you're gonna lean on your friends," it's hard not to imagine the emotional freeze frame and the imaginary credits rolling across the screen.

"We wanted to write an anthem about childhood in the city and how much you rely on your friends as your coming up in the world," Bohannon tells Consequence of Sound. "Your family is always there for you, but it's your friends who are really forced to wade through the shit with you on a daily basis. The song contains tons of references to locations in the city, friends bands, childhood characters and more all strewn together in a celebratory chant which we call 'the Renaissance of these days'."

The band has several major festival dates booked for summer 2016 and is planning on releasing a full length album in the Spring of 2016.
Corbu
Corbu is a lucid dream you never want to wake up from. A memory of faded colors. Warm light behind a neon sculpture. The green hue of the sky before an afternoon storm. A game of hide and seek. The thoughts you have that don't make sense, moments before you fall asleep. All of these seemingly mundane yet beautifully ordinary everyday experiences exist inside the universe that is Corbu and their debut LP, 'Crayon Soul,' due for release in spring 2016.
At times hazy and psychedelic, and at others glittering and electronic, 'Crayon Soul' was mixed by Dave Fridmann (Neon Indian, The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala) and is littered with rising choruses that wash in and out over building bass lines like moving tides. The LP is the staggering follow up from two earlier EPs, 'We Are Sound' (2014), and 'Everything You Imagine Is Real' (2015) which drew attention from BBC Radio One's Zane Lowe, garnered a remix request from Jesse Ware, and hype from the likes of NYLON, Stereogum, The Guardian, NME and more.
Fronted by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Graves, accompanied by his creative partner Amanda, drummer Todd Hoellerman, and a rotating cast of musicians for a live experience, Corbu began when Jonathan started having lucid dreams at age 12. That, and when he heard 'Sgt. Pepper's' from the backseat of his parents' car. Together, Jonathan and Amanda create an all-encompassing synesthetic experience -- music to transport you somewhere else.
Crayon Soul is just that- a wild, internal journey through the darkest reaches of space and the vivid colors of a futuristic rebirth. "It's a journey through a series of 'gates,' or events that you pass through with the narrator," muses Graves of the album. "At each event, you change and shift into a new part of the story."
With each track on the record, the listener is one step closer to the narrator. Starting off with the transient and instrumental sounds of "Sirens" and easing into the funky bass lines of "Polygon Forest" and "Neon Hallway," Corbu guides us through a spiral galaxy of disjointed pop songs. As the album progresses into tracks like "Better Better Off" and "Battles," there's a more guitar driven aesthetic to the sound of 'Crayon Soul,' and eventually we catch up to the narrator with the perfectly placed blissful sounds of 'We Are Sound.' It's like you've arrived home after your journey, before the epilogue of "Dark Wave" -- an acoustic, hand-clapped-laden track with an impossibly infectious riff.
"There's something in there about the ability to see the 'colors and lines between the dots' -- the unseen connections between things," explains Jonathan. "Everyone has it when they're little. We have a tendency to become more closed off and lose that ability over time... like a superpower that wears off. I found myself writing about the struggle to remain vulnerable, to keep that way of seeing things." 'Crayon Soul' is an eye-opening trip -- the band has even put together an extensive coloring book for listeners to experience while they listen, and create the artwork for themselves.
A collection of fragmented pop songs, coated in a layer of audio aesthetics that crackle and glow like the movie "Tron" in 1982, 'Crayon Soul' is a dream that Corbu are helping you piece back together, bit by bit.
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/