In the 1980 documentary “Philip Guston: A Life Lived,” the famed neo-expressionist talks about a painting he keeps starting over. “It looked alright-but it felt to me as if it were additions-this and that and that,” he says. “What I’m always seeking is some great simplicity where the whole thing is just there.”
“That, to me, is the ideal feeling of existing,” says John Rossiter, singer and guitarist of the LA-based art rock quartet Young Jesus. “That feeling you pursue when you’re creating, when the world is opening up and things are on the cusp of beauty and revelation, but it’s just out of reach. To maintain that in the face of depressing or difficult stuff is what I’d like to be able to do.” This pursuit is what drives Young Jesus, and it’s documented on their upcoming record The Whole Thing Is Just There.
On The Whole Thing, which takes its name from the late painter’s words, Young Jesus combines a palette of indie rock instrumentation with a spirit of unhindered spontaneity to construct-and deconstruct-emotionally potent and inventive sonic landscapes.
The quartet spent the years crafting a unique style of indie rock improvisation by emphasizing openness and vulnerability in their rehearsals and live shows-the first fruits of which are catalogued on the group’s Saddle Creek debut S/T. The period of creative outpouring that followed is where The Whole Thing was conceived.
With soaring melodies, spiraling polyrhythms, free-wheeling improvisation, and a raw, stirring vocal performance from Rossiter, The Whole Thing Is Just There is both prismatic and resolute-the sound of four individuals in pursuit of a common goal: to glimpse what’s just beyond.
General Admission: USD 16.41,
General Admission – Day of Show: USD 18.83,
General Admission – Doors: USD 18.83
Artist: Young Jesus
Saturday May 04, 2019
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Various Cover: 16.41 - 18.83
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