Liz Cooper & The Stampede

Liz Cooper & The Stampede

Airpark, The Dawn Drapes

Tue, June 27, 2017

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

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Liz Cooper & The Stampede
Liz Cooper & The Stampede
“It started with golf clubs and country clubs but now it’s all rock clubs,” Liz says,
Liz Cooper spent the early years of her life developing her golf skills, only to drop her
full college scholarship to move to Nashville to pursue music.
“Writing songs and playing songs came as naturally to me as golf did. But music tickled
my brain in a way that nothing else ever could.”
Liz didn’t know a soul in Nashville when she moved there, so she went and got a job at
a familiar place, a country club.
“Liz may not have known anyone when she moved here,” says Stampede low-end
provider, Grant, “but now, I feel like she knows pretty much every person she walks
“She just never stops smiling, and people keep smiling back.’
Coincidentally --or not so coincidentally, well, this is Nashville --some fellow co-workers
at the country club also had a band. They called themselves Future Thieves, and they
offered to record Liz’s first EP, Monsters.
After that, Liz began writing songs as frequently as she smiles.
She formed a band with Ky Baker on drums and Grant Prettyman on the long weird
guitar, and they recorded Live At The Silent Planet EP.
And now Liz has a great batch of songs to record as a full-length album.
“The record we’re working on is a combination of Liz’s darkly-lit, reclusive songwriting
habits and Grant’s and my Rolling-Rock-induced rock and roll,” chimes Ky.
“It’s about bringing our different styles together to create something that makes us all
question what kind of music we like, anyway.”
Airpark makes deconstructed pop music. Inspired by minimalism, melody and groove-heavy percussion, bandmates Michael Ford, Jr. and Ben Ford launched the group in 2016, one year after their previous project, The Apache Relay, quietly called it quits. The Apache Relay had been a large band, staffed with six members and armed with a thick, wall-of-sound approach. With Airpark, the Ford brothers sharpen their focus and scale back their arrangements, focusing on songs that pack a punch with bold, basic ingre-dients. Raised in New Orleans, the Fords grew up surrounded by music, from the Crescent City's jazz to the soul of Irma Thomas and Allen Touissant. Later while living in Nashville, the two rekindled the music connection they'd kick-started back home, finding popularity — first in Tennessee, then across the country - as The Apache Relay performed alongside the likes of Jenny Lewis, Mumford & Sons and more. It was a whirlwind period that found the brothers constantly touring, forever moving and steadily swelling their sound to new heights. Michael and Ben move at a deliberately different speed with Airpark, thus finding new musical territory to explore. Taking their cues from a wide set of influences — the rhythmic world music of Tinariwen and Lijadu Sisters; the production of Air, Damon Albarn, and Fiona Apple's The Idler Wheel; the ten-or vocal range of Big Star's Alex Chilton and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, with the occasional pop crooner delivery of Harry Nilsson — the two unveil their new direction with Air-park's debut EP, Early Works, Volume 1. On opening track "All The Time," Michael spins the autobiographical story of a musician who's starting over and swinging for the fences, finally coming to terms with his own ambition. "Now I know I need ittobe ocean-sized," he sings, backed by propulsive percussion, syncopated electric guitar and his brother's harmonies. Else-where, the two ride an abstract, atmospheric groove on "Even If," get nostalgic with "Black Light Blue," and reset the clock during the New Year's Eve breakup anthem "Plenty to Pine For." It's a sound that targets the feet and the head. It's pop music for thinkers. It's dance music for wallflowers. And with the brothers pulling triple-duty as songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and co-producers, Early Works, Volume 1 — whose March 3, 2017 release arrives courtesy of the Fords' own label, Eugenia Hall Records — is their most forward-thinking project to date, pairing the band's growing ambition with musical chops to match.
The Dawn Drapes
The Dawn Drapes
Soulful. Groovy. Rock. Sportful. Gravy. Stone.
Venue Information:
Kung Fu Necktie
1250 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122

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