Live Concert Photography: Rich Aucoin with Ellevator Terror Pigeon and Cutters at The Knitting Factory 6/29/18
Throughout the year, I’ve written quite a bit about the Halifax, Nova Scotia-born and based electronic music artist and indie rock artist Rich Aucoin, and as you may recall, Aucoin has spent time collaborating as a guest musician in his older brother Paul’s band Hylozoists before developing a reputation as a solo artist in his own right. Aucoin’s attention grabbing 2007 debut EP Personal Publication was a concept album written as an alternative soundtrack to How the Grinch Stole Christmas and it was the first of a long series of collaborations with charitable foundations, as he supported the effort with a cross Canada tour made entirely by bicycle to raise money for Childhood Cancer Canada. After completing that tour, he joined his brothers band and toured with them but during the Hylozoists tour, Aucoin suffered through a debilitating iron deficiency; however, once he recuperated, Aucoin went on the road again and ran partial marathons between stops to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. During both of those early tours, the Halifax-born and-based singer/songwriter and pop artist spent time writing his 2011 full-length debut We’re All Dying to Live, an album that featured over 500 guest musicians, including Sloan‘s Jay Ferguson, You Say Party‘s Becky Ninkovic, The Meligrove Band‘s Michael Small and Rae Spoon. The album was long-listed as a nominee for 2012’s Polaris Music Prize — and the video for “Brian Wilson is A.L.I.V.E.” won a Prism Prize in 2013.
Building up on a growing profile, the Nova Scotian producer and electronic music artist released his critically applauded Ephemeral back in 2014. Hold EP, which was released earlier this year, was the Halifax-born and-based singer/songwriter and pop artist’s first batch of new recorded material in over four years. And from EP singles like the sprawling and propulsive “Release”, the swooning M83-like “The Middle” and the jangling guitar pop meets synth pop “The Fear.” and the slow-burning and wistful “The Dream,” the EP further cemented Aucoin’s reputation for crafting infectious and thoughtful pop.
Now, as you know throughout the bulk of this site’s history, I’ve maintained serious full-time jobs at a couple of companies and as a result of a very busy schedule, it sometimes means that I’m ridiculously behind on things like photo editing or other things. Such is the life, right? Back in June, I caught the JOVM mainstay on a return trip to Brooklyn — this time he headlining an incredibly eclectic night at The Knitting Factory that featured the Hamilton, Ontario-based indie rock at Ellevator, the Nashville, TN-based pop act Terror Pigeon and the New York-based punk act CUTTERS. Check out photos from the show below.
Comprised of Nabi Sue Bersche, Elliot Gwynne, Michael Boyd, and Tyler Bersche, the Hamilton, Ontario-based indie act Elleavtor specializes in a muscular yet meticulous pop centered around Nabi Sue Bersche’s raw lyricism and a cinematic sound.
Terror Pigeon is the solo electro pop recording project of Nashville, TN-based singer/songwriter and producer Neil Finn. Aesthetically and sonically, Finn’s solo work bears an uncanny resemblance to Rich Aucoin’s work — defiantly upbeat and life-affirming; however, Finn’s take on it is a bit more unhinged and far sweatier.
Opening the night was the Brooklyn-based punk act CUTTERS. Comprised of Pierce Lightning, Brian Deodat, John Luther and Michael Strianese, the band specializes
in a strident, urgent punk; the sort of punk that seems to come from a group of people desperately trying to survive at all costs. Within about a year of their formation, they band self-recorded and self-released their debut EP Trying Not to Die to little fanfare. But their full-length debut 2014’s We Are The Quarry was released on cassette through Lost State Records and on CD through Waybridge Records. Building upon a growing profile, the band released the both//neither EP in 2015 — and according to their Facebook fan page, the band is currently working on their sophomore album.