Live Concert Photography: Minor Poet at The Knitting Factory 5/23/19
Andrew Carter is a Richmond, VA-born and-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who has spent the past few years writing and recording music by himself in various bedrooms and basements with his solo recording project Minor Poet. His full-length debut, 2017’s And How combined Carter’s love of carefully crafted pop with a loose, fun, off-the-cuff production that eventually received press from American Songwriter, Magnet, The Wild Honey Pie, Impose and others, while helping Carter develop a small but devoted fanbase. Naturally, this has allowed Minor Poet to grow from a labor of love into a nationally touring band.
Released last week through Sub Pop Records, Carter’s sophomore Minor Poet album The Good News was recored over the course of four days at Montrose Recording — and the album finds Carter expanding upon the boundaries of his project’s sound. While previous Minor Poet releases featured Carter playing all the instruments and handling production duties, the material on The Good News was written with the understanding that the Richmond, VA-born and -based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist had to reach outside himself to do justice to the songs. “I couldn’t capture the sounds I heard in my head,” Carter explains. “I wanted something that was vast and expansive but that at the same time could hit you immediately in the gut.”
Paying homage to the classic “wall of sound: techniques made famous by Brian Wilson and Phil Spector, Carter and co-producer, Adrian Olsen overdubbed layer after layer of Carter playing an array of guitars, pianos, organs, synths, and percussion, as well as Carter singing harmonies. The members of the touring band were brought in to perform the core rhythm section parts with handpicked local musicians stopping by to add crucial flourishes to the material. Interestingly, at the center of the album’s material is Carter’s vocals, singing lyrics that mix allusions to religion, mythology, art and philosophy, as each song’s narrator questions himself, his place in the world around him, what he owes to his relationships, and in turn, what he needs to ask others to stay healthy.
Carter and his backing band are currently on a North American tour with Aussie synth pop act Cub Sport. (You can check out the remaining tour dates below.) And as you may know, I caught the Richmond, VA-based multi-instrumentalist and his band open for the Aussie synth pop act at The Knitting Factory. earlier this week. Check out some photos.
May 25 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Underground
May 28 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at The Fillmore
May 29 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd
May 31 – Atlanta, GA – Purgatory at The Masquerade
Jun. 02 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Indoor
Jun. 03 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)
Jun. 05 – Dallas, TX – Three Links
Jun. 07 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
For these photos and more, check out the Flickr set here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmDLcRBk