The Bowery Ballroom
Body Language, AVAN LAVA

Body Language

AVAN LAVA

Computer Magic

Thu, August 1, 2013

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

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

$13 advance / $15 day of show

This event is 18 and over

Body Language
Body Language
Fresh off the success of last year’s Social Studies LP—which earned the approval of everyone from NPR to The New York Times to The Guardian, who compared the breakout release to early Madonna, the indie disco of Prelude Records and “CSS doing an impression of Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band”—Body Language have returned with a new album; Grammar, due out through OM’s Lavish Habits imprint on September 10th. Grammar streamlines the Brooklyn quartet’s restless pop experiments with a future-shocked blend of soul and R&B.

Or as multi-instrumentalist/producer Grant Wheeler puts it, “Our world still exists in an indie-disco bubble; we’re just pushing the limits of every genre to a point where the bubble’s about to pop.”

That’s certainly the case with “Lose My Head”—a floor-filler that’s driven by late ‘70s funk licks and diamond-encrusted keys—and the rest of Grammar for that matter, from the soaring harmonies and glitter ball grooves of “The First” to the wobbly synth lines and Motown-schooled choruses of “I’m a Mess.” The latter is a perfect example of Body Language’s creative process, which often starts in the home studio Grant shares with singer/fellow producer Matt Young, only to be fleshed out even further with drummer Ian Young and singer/glockenspiel player Angelica Bess.

“Everyone has their part,” insists Matt. “In fact, certain people come to our shows to see different performers. I kinda like to think of it as a circus.”

Body Language’s outside projects make that circus even more interesting, from Ian’s live drumming for Matthew Dear and Angelica’s vocals on Sepalcure’s “Outside the Lines”, which was featured in the critically acclaimed film 'Black Swan' to Grant and Matt’s co-production/writing credits for such rising artists as Passion Pit, Machinedrum and Vacationer; a recurring collaborator Matt Young describes as “like Body Language if you stripped the R&B and soul parts out, took it down 30 BPM, and gave it a Mai Tai on the beach.”

And if that isn’t enough evidence of just how versatile the group’s sound is, consider this: their genre-jumping tour mates (Janelle Monae, Matt & Kim, Sia), and a run of blog-bait remixes that includes such diverse artists as Toro Y Moi, Nikki and the Dove, and Savoir Adore...

“Depending on the day, we’re either producing indie music, DJing house, disco and Detroit techno, or writing pop songs on the piano,” explains Grant. “We get the same joy and satisfaction out of losing our shit behind a pair of turntables as we do singing four-part harmonies.”
AVAN LAVA
AVAN LAVA
AVAN LAVA have staked their claim as one of New York’s most vibrant pop acts—a kind of natural bridge between late night club culture and kaleidoscopic pop theatricality. In doing so, the trio of Ian Pai (producer/drummer), Le Chev (producer/keyboard/guitar) and TC Milan (vocals) have earned a fervent fanbase and managed to bring their raucous live show to points all over the globe. Since forming, the band have released three EPs to increasing acclaim. The group’s latest EP —Flex Fantasy —proved to be a commercial breakthrough, fine-tuning the trio’s penchant for marrying soulful vocals and sanguine beats. The release led the production of multiple videos as well as a long-standing collaboration with famed fashion photographers Inez & Vinoodh. The trio also contributed music to fashion campaigns for the likes of Dior, Viktor & Rolf, Calvin Klein, and Miu Miu. The band’s current EP—2015’s Make It Real—(out 3/31/15 via Atlas Chair) is comprised of six tracks (including the powerhouse singles “Leave It All Behind” and "Wanna Live") that serve as a kind of euphoric pop blueprint for their increasingly dynamic live show: an communal party experience characterized by nonstop dancing, the occasional blast of confetti, and a profound sense of joy. This year will find AVAN LAVA embarking on a North American tour, SXSW Festival and much more.
Computer Magic
Computer Magic
An enigma of individuality, Danielle “Danz” Johnson is her own sound. Fueled by an obsession with music stemming back to growing up in the Catskills of New York, music has always been her mainstay.

Danz joined the NYC music scene at 18 as a DJ and Promoter whilst going to Hunter College. After a few years in NYC, Danz relocated to Tampa, Florida where she began teaching herself to create music in Ableton. The result was Computer Magic – a solid mesh of space-like dance beats and personable lyrics.

Danz returned to New York and with drummer Chris Egan, who’s played with Solange Knowles, Adam Green, and Turing Machine among others – started performing live.

Two years later and Computer Magic has just finished a tour in Japan, while simultaneously releasing Scientific Experience, a compilation CD on Japan’s P-vine & Tugboat Records, and will be releasing a debut full length album this year.
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/