Milo Greene

WXRV 92.5 the River presents

Milo Greene

Savoir Adore, Parks

Fri, March 1, 2013

8:00 pm

The Sinclair

Cambridge, MA

$15

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Milo Greene
Milo Greene
Milo Greene represents an impressive evolution in many ways. What began as a collection of friends is now a four-year musical partnership about to release their second album. In 2009, Andrew Heringer, Robbie Arnett and Marlana Sheetz began making music together and added Graham Fink into the mix after moving to Los Angeles shortly thereafter. As the group made their cinematic debut album, released in 2012, Milo Greene shifted into a fully tangible being, a force created by four distinct songwriters and musicians whose collaboration consistently remains its center.

Last summer, after touring extensively and playing festivals like Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Outside Lands in support of Milo Greene, the musicians came home and began writing new music. The band wrote separately, each constructing their own ideas, bringing in varied, individual influences, putting the pieces together as a collective. There was a unified focus on percussion and on creating more up-tempo tracks, specifically ones with rhythmic, dance-inducing grooves.

“The sound has evolved, but this band is the four of us as writers and singers,” Graham notes. “It’s very centered both on our vocal presences and our identities as writers. We come from different perspectives so that cross-section is what makes us distinct from what we would be as individuals. It’s the sum of the parts thing.”

The four songwriters came in with a wealth of material, eventually whittling 17 songs down to the 13 that appear on Control. There was an unintentional through line in the songs as many of the band members were grappling with the end of relationships and with what it means to come of age in a band on the road. The dark, angst-tinged subject matter is juxtaposed with the buoyant sensibility in the music itself, building a dynamic tension between what is said and how it is conveyed. The title of the album represents a spectrum of ideas, reflecting the give and take of control and the shared sense of control within Milo Greene itself.

“The title speaks to the idea of the individual getting out more on this record, whether it’s playing or singing,” Robbie says. “It’s about how we trade and share that control.”

“Control is not specific to one thing,” Marlana adds. “To some, it’s about authority or domination. To others, it’s about having control over your own emotions. The title means something different to each of us.”

Throughout the writing process Milo Greene collaborated with several mentors, including drummer Joey Waronker who has worked with Beck and Thom Yorke. Waronker played drums on several tracks on Control and helped guide the rhythms that thread through the songs. The band’s longtime live drummer Curtis Marrero also helped define the rhythmic sounds. The final album was recorded in the spring of 2014 with producer Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Foster The People, Ellie Goulding) at his home studio in Highland Park over the course of two months. “Jesse comes from a pop and hip-hop background so he was a good person to help play with what we wanted to do with this music,” Graham says. “He had a very calming, exploratory effect on us. He really helped balance the four of us and make this record flow.”

“With this album there was a conscious choice to push the sound of Milo Greene in new directions,” Andrew notes. “Four years had gone by since we’d started writing the first album and naturally the music we were drawn toward had shifted as well. We ended up putting a lot of emphasis on the rhythmic foundation of the drums as well as exploring new instruments like synthesizers to fill out the sonic landscape.”

In the studio, the musicians wanted to ensure that each singer’s individual voice had its moment. Where the four voices had always combined on Milo Greene, Control reveals each musician alone and how they all come together as one. “On The Fence,” the album’s debut single, reflects this aesthetic as the singers play off each other over the soaring, propulsive indie pop melody. “White Lies” relies on a soulful groove, its surging chorus driven by the song’s percussive elements, while “Lie To Me” balances a thumping beat with a lush, orchestral melody. These songs represent a more recent facet of Milo Greene’s ongoing evolution: Control combines the haunting, cinematic expanse of their debut with new, energized elements, urging a more upbeat tone overall. Milo Greene has become something else entirely.

“This feels like a new beginning in some ways,” Robbie says. “We learned so much on the first album – about how to tour, about songwriting, about being a band. Now we’ve had these experiences and everything feels like it’s aligning more completely. We’ve grown with our experiences. We’re at a place right now where it feels new and it’s exciting to see the next stage of Milo Greene.”
Savoir Adore
Savoir Adore
On "Dreamers," the dance-laden lullaby and lead single from Savoir Adore's new album Our Nature, Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro invite listeners into a magical dream world. Such worlds are nothing new to the fantasy pop duo, who inadvertently became a fixture of Brooklyn's indie scene as the result of a dare. In 2007, as disheartened solo artists, they whimsically retreated out of the city to a rura l studio with two rules: "48 hours. No acoustic guitars." They returned with The Adventures of Mr. Pumpernickel and The Girl with Animals in Her Throat (Cantora), a concept-driven EP set in a fairy tale land that narrates the tragedy of Gloria and her unrequited love. On 2009's full length In The Wooded Forest (Cantora), they expounded on the EP's mythical landscape. But where Savoir Adore's previous releases have surveyed these worlds at a distance, Our Nature zooms in, putting our inner landscapes and relationships at the core of every track. In that vein, the recordings themselves are intentionally more crisp, aurally expansive and intriguing.

After recording the 2007 EP, Muro and Hammer hastily forged the grammatically faulty French moniker Savoir Adore for a MySpace page in order to share their experiments with friends. There was no turning back. The tracks caught on and made their way to Cantora Records, which released the EP as the duo began to work on a full length record. With the release of 2009's In The Wooded Forest, the New York music press embraced Savoir Adore and set them on a path to expand their audience nationally and internationally. NME hailed Savoir Adore's sound "musically and lyrically brave," and Nylon praised it as "irresistibly melodic indie pop." In 2009 and 2010, The L Magazine and The New York Post both named the band to their top bands to watch lists. Adding band members Tim McCoy (drums), Gary Atturio (bass) and Alex Foote (guitar), who took part in the Our Nature's recording process, the band shared the stage with
MGMT, Los Campesinos, Oh Land, and Toro Y Moi.

In late 2011, Savoir Adore offered a sneak peak of Our Nature, releasing "Dreamers" as a 7" on Neon Gold Records. With the release of the full album in 2012, Savoir Adore will hit the road to promote Our Nature and invite listeners, if only for a night, into their magical realm.
Parks
Parks
Described as "a crisp & precise take on garage pop" (Boston Globe), Parks distinguishes itself with lush instrumentation, rich three-part harmonies and sonics somewhere between fizzy Shins twists and fiery Strokes-esque turns. Audiences have noticed: American Songwriter magazine premiered the band's winter beach party-themed video for "Sweater Weather," their debut single which recently won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. In addition to appearing on two official CMJ 2013 showcases, the band has shared the stage with The Lumineers, Hospitality, Milo Greene, & Fountains of Wayne, and their music has been used on NBC, MTV, & Vh1. Their debut album will be released in 2014 via Pledge Music and will be mixed by Grammy award-winning engineer, Ducky Carlisle.
Venue Information:
The Sinclair
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138