Live Concert Photography: Pavo Pavo with Purr and Starchild and the New Romantic at Baby’s All 5/12/18
Over the past couple of years, I’ve written quite a bit about the Brooklyn-based pop at Pavo Pavo, and as you may recall the band, which derives its name from the southern constellation Pavo (Latin for “peacock”) can trace its origins back to when its founding trio Eliza Bagg (vocals, violin and synths), Oliver Hill (vocals, guitar, synths) and Ian Romer (bass) met while studying at Yale University. And since their formation back in 2015, individual members of the band have collaborated with the likes of Here We Go Magic, John Zorn, Dave Longstreth, Porches, Olga Bell, Lucius, Roomful of Teeth and San Fermin among others — and despite the lineup changes, the band has received attention from this site and across the blogosphere for a retro-futuristic sound that drew from 60s psych pop, synth pop, prog rock and New Age and just below the whimsical air and glimmering surface, is a subtle hint at dysfunction, unease, anxiety and rot.
The Brooklyn JOVM mainstays critically applauded full-length debut Young Narrator in the Breakers featured material that the members of the band explained in press notes, describes both the magic and panic of adult life, suggesting that metaphorically speaking adulthood is much like getting caught in a vicious breaker; at some point, you have to learn the stop fighting so hard and ride the storminess and shittiness out until you can get to shore safely. Interestingly, their headlining set at Baby’s All Right back in May was centered around their latest single “Statue Is A Man Inside” and unreleased yet lush and gorgeous material that will appear on the band’s highly-anticipated sophomore follow up. The night featured local indie act Purr and synth pop solo project Starchild and the New Romantic. Check out photos from the night below.
Comprised of founding members and longtime friends and collaborators Eliza Callahan (guitar, vocals) and Jack Staffen (guitar, vocals) with Sam Glick (bass) and Max Freedberg (drums), the New York-based indie rock act Purr can trace its origins to when Callahan, who was attending Columbia and Staffen, who had been attending NYU had sought to expand the sound of their side project Jack and Eliza, which featured vocals and guitars. During the summer, between their junior and senior years of college, they had enlisted Callahan’s college friend Glick to record what would become Purr’s first songs. Click brought along his childhood friend Freedberg, who had been playing with Plums. As a newly constituted quartet, the band released their first two singles “Bad Advice” and “Painted Memory” earlier this year. Sonically, those two songs and the rest of the material they play live takes it clues from dual-lead vocalist bands from the 60s and 70s, primarily centered around boy/girl harmonizing.
Bryndon Cook is a New York-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer who is perhaps best known as a hired gun and sideman for the likes of Solange Knowles, Chairlift and Blood Orange and so on. And sonically speaking, his solo recording project Starchild and the New Romantic while clearly indebted to the likes of Boulevards, Blood Orange and others, the sound also draws from classic synth pop and synth pop and funk from the likes of Al Green, Heatwave, France and others others.