Commoner

Sons of Old Town Collect presents

Commoner

Square Peg Round Hole, Night Idea, Pamphlet, Michigander

Fri · March 10, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$5.00 - $7.00

This event is 18 and over

Commoner
Commoner
Nashville-bred instrumental dune tunes.
Soundtracks for your personal apocalypse.
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Square Peg Round Hole
Square Peg Round Hole
Elegant, articulate, and expansive, Juniper, the new record from instrumental percussion trio Square Peg Round Hole manages to convey – and evoke – an entire range of human emotions despite its lack of a single sung word. “Because we are an instrumental group, our hope is that people connect with the songs and assign their own meanings to them,” says Evan Chapman. ”Without lyrics telling the listener how to feel, it leaves the music as an open-ended question.” A sonic mirror reflecting the listener’s subconscious emotional state back at themselves, Juniper engages with the fundamental and primeval.

When it came time to write Juniper, the follow up to 2013’s Corners, the group made a conscious effort to compose together as an ensemble. Evan Chapman, Sean M. Gill, and Carlos Pacheco-Perez split writing sessions between a cabin in rural western Maryland and a remote area of Wisconsin called Egg Harbor at farm-turned-music center Birch Creek. “There is a large, resonant space where we performed at Birch Creek called Juniper Hall,” explains Chapman, “which is actually where we came up with the name for the album.”

To put the new songs to tape, the band teamed up with Evan’s brother Justin Chapman. With a battalion’s worth of gear in tow they converted their shared house in Manayunk, PA into a proper, modern recording studio. Listening to Juniper it’s almost impossible to imagine that the bulk of the recording was done live in full takes.

In the years prior to Juniper, the band spent time honing their instrumentation and specific roles within the band. As a result, Juniper feels like it was written holistically, by a cohesive creative unit; drum set, vibes, and Rhodes being the primary sound palette. The band also dove deeper into sampling and analog synthesizers with Juniper, adding further dimensionality and nuance to their work. Together Gill, Pacheco-Perez, the brothers Chapman, and mix engineer Bryan Laurenson (Copeland) created a record that speaks without words, taking listeners on a journey through the self.

The ultimate headphone record, luxurious with the energy of unison drums, or the serenity of bowed vibraphone, and the fascinating timbres of found objects/scrap metals, Juniper is a bold artist statement from a fearless creative force, at once expansive and intimate. “This is a dynamic record, with moments that are heavier, grittier, and faster than we've ever written, and others delicate, fragile and introspective,” says Chapman. “We strive to make our music stimulating and intelligent. At the same time, we’ve found that people connect with percussion on a very primitive level, and therefore we think that there is something for all types of listeners on this record.”

Square Peg Round Hole formed in 2011 while studying music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, in Bloomington, Indiana. The band has shared bills with Built To Spill, The Album Leaf, Mae, This Will Destroy You, and The Joy Formidable, and has been featured at major venues across the country including the Electric Factory, Le Poisson Rouge, Old National Centre, and the World Café Live.
Night Idea
Night Idea
Richmond, Virginia
Pamphlet
Pamphlet
Pamphlet is a band formed by native Nashvillians Tyler Bennett (guitar) and Preston Warfield (drums) to explore their eclectic musical styles and force their absurdist sense of humor on unsuspecting audiences. With the addition of Peyton Rodeffer on bass the trio now pushes music to its furthest recesses and lyrical content not much further than poorly crafted puns.
Michigander
Michigander
Michigander is an indie rock act from west Michigan that has been gaining a lot of momentum after the release of our debut single “Nineties”. The song is in regular rotation on dozens of college radio stations around the country, and has been featured on official Spotify playlists including "Indie All Stars" and "Viral Hits" accumulating well over 300,000 plays in less than 9 months.

In the past year, we've performed with such acts as Ra Ra Riot, JR JR, Tokyo Police Club, Boy & Bear, and Steve Moakler. .

Around all of our accomplishments at home, Michigander hit the road this fall for their first round of extended touring, playing 30+ shows out of state across most of the eastern half of the United States, mostly in support of Mike Mains. We've also released sessions with Daytrotter, SoFar Sounds, and Real Feels.
Venue Information:
The High Watt
One Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203
http://thehighwatt.com/