Live Concert Photography: YouTooCanWoo Launch Party at Rough Trade 6/30/17 feat. French Horn Rebellion and Friends and Violet Sands
YouTooCanWoo is a Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based artist-owned music and audio production company and record label founded by French Horn Rebellion’s David Perlick-Molinari, his brother Robert, both of whom have collaborated with St. Lucia, The Knocks, JD Samson and the Granmy Award-winning pop artist Jody Watley; and Deidre Muro, who’s best known as the founder and frontwoman of critically applauded indie electro pop acts Savoir Adore and Deidre & The Dark. As a self-described family of dreamers and trailblazers, the collective is “inspired by the human experience and the limitless potential that comes with embracing your unique voice,” and that involves mustering the courage to tap into what they’ve called “woo.”
As a production and songwriting duo the trio are incredibly accomplished — they’ve been responsible for the production and mixing of MGMT‘s debut effort Time to Pretend, creating the sound identities of Spotify, MTV and NBCUniversal, the original score for AAA video game Just Cuase 3 and the Cinema Eye-nominated score for official SXSW Film Festival selection Mateo. And in each case, their approach to audio blurs the lines between the conventional roles of music and sound design, blending genres, influences and historical context to create truly immersive experiences. The record label arm currently features a small but growing roster that includes the aforementioned French Horn Rebellion and Deidre & The Dark, along with Violet Sands and Pink Flamingo Rhythm Revue.
The new studio, production company and label officially celebrated their launch with a boisterous party and label showcase at Rough Trade that featured one of this site’s earliest mainstays French Horn Rebellion, performing with a bevy of friends and collaborators and up-and-coming electro pop trio Violet Sands. Check out photos after the (proverbial) jump.
The aforementioned French Horn Rebellion is comprised of Wisconsin-born, Brooklyn-based sibling duo David Perlick-Molinari and Robert Perlick-Molinari, and the act can trace its origins back to 2007. At the time David Perlick-Molinari was studying music production at my alma mater NYU while his brother Robert was playing French horn in the Chicago Civic Orchestra — but Robert found himself becoming increasingly restless. After informing his conductor that playing Mahler just wasn’t fun anymore, Robert approached his older, former bassoon-playing older brother if he’d like to collaborate on something together and the result was a slickly produced sound that owes a great debt to 80s synth pop, synth funk and classic house with a mischievous, goofy and buoyant air. Although it’s been a while since I’ve personally written about the renowned electronic music sibling duo, they’ve been busy releasing a series of singles and EPs, and their Rough Trade set was filled with their blogosphere dominating hits.
Comprised of Deidre Muro (vocals), best known for forming and fronting Savoir Adore and her post-Savoir Adore project Deidre and the Dark; David Perlick-Molinari (production) of French Horn Rebellion; and Derek Muro (guitar), best known for his work as a member of Love Like Deloreans and Mighty Five, the Brooklyn-based indie electro pop trio Violet Sands have received attention across the blogosphere for a sound that draws from 80s synth pop, New Wave, indie rock and contemporary electro pop — and while being clearly nostalgic, the trio gives it a subtle yet decided modern take on a familiar and beloved sound as you’d hear on singles like “Hello, I’m Free” and “Drive” off their recently released full-length debut Hotel, which to my knowledge is the first full-length release through the new label.