DOORS – 7:30pm
BLACK MIDI – 7:50pm
DRAHLA – 8:40pm
OUGHT – 9:30pm
On Room Inside the World — Ought’s third album and their first for Merge — growing up doesn’t mean mellowing out so much as it means learning to pay attention, listening carefully and openly, staying somewhere long enough to really understand where you are. Recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn with producer Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Silver Jews), Room Inside the World explores themes that have always concerned the band—identity, connection, survival in a precarious world — but with a bolder, more nuanced sound palette. Vibraphone, justly intonated synthesizers, drum machines, and a 70-piece choir suffuse the precise post-punk breakdowns that spangled Ought’s first two albums, giving rise to an emotional complexity that pushes their characteristically taut sound to greater depths.
In Room Inside the World, Ought gnaw at questions that have hovered around their music since they first began playing: How do you live in this world without destroying yourself? What is it that we can do for each other to make the lives we’ve been given easier? Room Inside the World steps away from the nervousness and irony that characterizes Ought’s previous records. Instead of winkingly asking you to open your textbooks, as on More Than Any Other Day, here they’re imploring you to look inside yourself and then around you, to tease out and melt away the barriers that keep people separated from one another.
Room Inside the World is out 16th February on Merge Records. Watch the video for lead track, ‘These 3 Things’
Formed in late 2015, Drahla quickly found their identity in Leeds’ fertile music scene with their minimal yet robust bass-heavy sound, while their reputation as a fervent live act saw them sharing stages with Parquet Courts, The Cribs, Buzzcocks, Dream Wife, Menace Beach and more. Produced by Hookworms’ MJ, Third Article documents Drahla’s progression from promising DIY outfit to a formidable and distinctive band who’ve built on the early support from the likes of BBC Radio 6 Music, DIY magazine and Loud and Quiet.
Black Midi – the experimental London duo and purveyors of the darkest dreamscapes.
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