MAN WITHOUT COUNTRY, BEAR MOUNTAIN

NOISE POP + POPSCENE PRESENT

MAN WITHOUT COUNTRY

BEAR MOUNTAIN

SIR SLY, plus popscene DJs

Thu, February 28, 2013

9:00 pm

Rickshaw Stop

$12-14

This event is 18 and over

ADVANCE TIX $12

MAN WITHOUT COUNTRY
MAN WITHOUT COUNTRY
MWC are a thrilling modern duo with tour de force dynamics yet a lingering afterburn in both sound and vision. Their intensely atmospheric sonic palette combines manic and eerie synth pulses, glacial guitar ripples, heavy bass and haunting vocals that describe a relentlessly compelling world view - uneasy, heavy, confrontational. As MWC's Tomas Greenhalf says, "You don't know whether to dance to us or just listen to it, and wallow in it."

Greenhalf and Ryan James don't think they're alone in presenting the dark/uplifting paradox; they namecheck a handful of Scandinavian artists, such as The Knife, When Saints Go Machine and The Field. But none of them place such an emphasis on lyrics as MWC, and certainly none of them grew up in Wales. The way Man Without Country don't belong in any one camp begins with their name, chosen because of a shared, "sense of not belonging." Coming from remote parts of South Wales Greenhalf and James felt isolated and alienated by small-town life, and it was only after meeting on a popular music degree in 2006 that they discovered they weren't alone. In fact, both admit the reason they were taking the course, they say, was, "to find other musicians."

For months, they exchanged emails of "audio snippets," and with common ground established, the duo rented a rehearsal space to take one step further. "We were new to electronics so spent a lot of time experimenting with sounds" confesses Greenhalf, who was playing piano and saxophone at the time. A major fan of Eno and Stockhausen, and inheriting his parents' love of Pink Floyd - "it's that sheer epic and moody nature of the music" – Greenhalf was then writing more instrumental music, but after meeting James, he found a partner who could turn his music into structured songs.
BEAR MOUNTAIN
BEAR MOUNTAIN
Bear Mountain's electro/dance style blends syncopated bass lines and arpeggiated synth chords with live instrumentation and soaring vocals to produce a style all their own. Their approach to the traditional "indie-pop" genre is unmistakably fresh, and powerfully captivating.
SIR SLY
SIR SLY
"We’re noticing the same vibes that ring true with our person when we listen to Empire Of The Sun, Foster The People, Work Drugs and The Neighbourhood." --Killing Moon

"The three tracks on their debut EP are slow, downbeat but commercial ballads underpinned by pummeling bass, embellished with guitars and propelled by synths. They make us think of a chillwave Coldplay, while the singer's tone recalls Chris Martin and his delivery suggests a rhythmic affinity with the cadences of rap – he even goes "yeee-ah", all blase, like, at the start of one song, just like hip-hoppers do. There are shades, too, of Adam Levine of Maroon 5, probably why there have been a lot of comparisons between Sir Sly and the Neighbourhood." -- Guardian UK

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Venue Information:
Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
http://rickshawstop.com