Thank to everyone for coming out all last week, Edgefest was a blast!
Thank you to all of our sponsors, Coyote Grille for hosting us, the bands that came out and performed, all of our staff and students, and the public for making this event possible! Stay tuned for more great events coming up!
As many of you may have heard, Mumford and Sons played a soldout show in Madison a little over a week back. I was luckily one of the 10,000 fans that were able to score the coveted tickets. For a bit of backstory, I have been trying to get tickets to a show since I was in 8th grade. As many frustrated fans know, the old system of emailing in and crossing your fingers was a pain and next to impossible to have a positive outcome. So, getting to see the Gentlemen of the Road’s ‘An Arrow through the Heartland’ tour made me more excited than ever.
The line to get in stretched across the parking lot that night and there was a lot of excitement in the air. I was able to secure a spot in the middle of the floor section, and as short as I am, was still able to see the stage. Blake Mills opened that night and boy can he play a slide guitar! I really enjoyed the set that he performed and everyone around me thought that he was great. He also just recently released some new music, which he played as well. With much anticipation, Mumford and Sons came out and began to play with lots of energy.
They played a variety of old favorites and new music which had everyone singing along. In fact that night they dropped part of a new album that is coming out this May. It was special because they played a couple of songs off the album they never have played live before! The show was memorable, not for the fancy lights or the pyrotechnics, but because of Marcus Mumford and the rest of the guys. During a song, Marcus ran around the entire stadium while singing, which was exciting to watch him get to interact with many people. They also pulled out members of Blake Mills’ band to perform with the band for several songs. It was like a big group of friends making music together onstage! During the five song encore, the group sang around one microphone behind the sound engineers. It was like they were singing campfire songs to us. It was really amazing to hear all 10,000 people silent while they sang those several songs. Overall the show was amazing, they are great musicians, with a high-budget tour, and it showed.
Coming to Town:
When: Tuesday, April 26
Where: High Noon Saloon – Madison
Tickets: $10 adv/ $12 door
Hometown: New York City
RIYL: Kimya Dawson, lo-fi, earnest lyrics
Stripped down lo-fi earnesty has always been at the core of Frankie Cosmos’ music, and Next Thing expands that sound to a full band setting for the first time. What began as simply a girl, a guitar, and a computer microphone is now a far more polished and rounded out arrangement; however, the higher production value does not blot out the emotional intimacy that makes Frankie Cosmos so special.
The record features revamped versions of old Bandcamp releases (“On the Lips”) as well as a new, more biting lyrical tone on some tracks (“Sinister”, “Is It Possible/ Sleep Song”). “Embody” is a highlight of the album, as it explores the parallel emotions of self-doubt and total faith in those close to you.
Next Thing marks Frankie Cosmos’ next step in the treacherous journey of carrying DIY lo-fi into the realm of small label indie. And this album accomplished that without surrendering any of the magic.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Greta Kline, the lead singer and guitarist, about the process of writing and recording this album, life on the road, and Arthur Russell. -Amy
Amy: So your most recent album, Next Thing, just came out and it’s a little different than a lot of the music that you’ve self-released because you’re working in more of a full-band setting now. How does that compare to the way you’ve made music in the past?
Greta: Yeah, I mean, this is like the first time that I was working with like a four-part project, versus the first studio record which was just a two-piece and now it’s a four piece, so that’s really different. I think it’s really special because all the original four members of the band, like, you can hear everyone’s influence on the sound and the way it turned out.
Amy: Production-wise, the new album is a lot more polished that a lot of things that you’ve previously released but you didn’t lose any of the intimacy or earnestness of the earlier stuff. How did you preserve the magic, so to speak?
Greta: Ah, I don’t know. The magic is just within me! I’m just kidding. I mean, all the writing process is pretty much the same, except for the fact that we were arranging for a full band and, you know, recording in a studio. But it’s all the same writing process and that’s why they’re the same vibe.
Amy: Right now, you’re right in the middle of a tour and you touch on the subject of touring in your song “Tour Good.” So what are some of the ups and downs of life on the road?
Greta: There’s a lot of emotional ups and downs of tour! It’s both really social and really isolating. So coming home can be tough because you miss your friends but want to crash and be alone too. Also we got a flat tire the other day in the middle of a 12 hour drive which kinda sucked. So we made do and slept somewhere unexpected. It was both an “up” and a “down”–it sucked to not end up where we wanted, but we got some much needed rest and finished the drive the next morning and still got to have the day we wanted.
Amy: Let’s talk about Arthur Russell. Some of my favorite lyrics of yours mention him. He’s such an amazing musician. What do you love about his music?
Greta: I love that he took a lot of risks and wasn’t afraid of experimenting. He also has such a unique voice, which I just love.
Edgefest begins tonight at Jitters Coffeehouse in Wells East @ 8pm! Come see Eppen perform! If you cannot come tonight be sure to come on down to Coyote Grill for the remainder of the week to see our amazing lineup!