Live Concert Photography: Rich Aucoin with Psymon Spine and Matthew Danger Lippman at Elsewhere, Zone One 2/27/18
Over the early part of this 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 as a collaborator and guest musician inches older brother Paul’s band Hylozoists before developing a reputation as an attention grabbing solo artist; in fact, his 2007 debut Personal Publication EP was a concept album designed as an alternative soundtrack to How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He supported that effort by going on a cross-Canada tour entirely by bicycle to raise money for Childhood Cancer Canada. After he completed his solo tour, he rejoined Hylozoists on their town; however, because of a sudden shit from regular, strenuous exercise to virtually no exercise, Aucoin eventually suffered through an iron deficiency. Once he recuperated, he went on another solo tour, running partial marathons between stops to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society.
During both of his early solo tours, Aucoin spent time writing and recording the material, which would comprise his 2011 full-length effort, 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 the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, with the music video for “Brian Wilson is A.L.I.V.E.” winning a Prism Prize in 2013. Building upon a rapidly growing profile, Aucoin then released his critically applauded, 2014 effort Ephemeral.
Slated for a March 16, 2018 release, Hold EP is Aucoin’s first batch of new, recorded material in over 4 years, and the EP features the sprawling and propulsive club banger “Release”, the swooning M83-like “The Middle” and the jangling, club banging electro pop and indie rock amalgamation, “The Fear.” Aucoin’s PRESS ON tour to support Hold EP will feature him bicycling from city to city to raise awareness for mental health — with the Canadian artist raising awareness for mental health by bicycling from city to city and donating 100% of the tour proceeds to Mental Health America and The Canadian Mental Health Association.
Aucoin’s PRESS ON tour included a career spanning, anthemic and mischievous headlining set at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere Zone One that featured material off Hold EP, as well as random bits of 80s and 90s pop culture, a room spanning cipher, the use of a parachute and confetti guns. Yeah, seriously. The show also featured acclaimed Brooklyn-based indie electro pop/psych pop act Psymon Spine and the Buster Pointdexter meets T. Rex-like Matthew Danger Lippman as openers.
The Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada-born and-based electro pop artist is in the middle of his HOLD ON tour, so please check out the remaining tour dates below, and then check out photos from the show just after that.
3/26: Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot
4/6: Phoenix, AZ @ TBA
4/11: Flagstaff, NM @ The Hive
4/19: Albuquerque, NM @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
4/26: Amarillo, TX @ The 806
5/3: Oklahoma City, OK @ The Root
5/4: Norman, OK @ Opolis
5/11: Little Rock, AR @ TBA
5/16: Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
5/23: Nashville, TN @ TBA
5/31: Knoxville, TN @ Birdhouse
6/20: Washington, DC @ DC9
6/23: Baltimore, MD @ The Crown
6/26: Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
Currently comprised of founding members Peter Spears and Noah Prebish, along with Devon Kilbern, Nathaniel Coffey, “Brother Michael” Rudinski and rotating cast of friends and collaborators, the Brooklyn-based psych pop/indie electro pop act Pysmon Spine can trace their origins to its founding members serendipitously meeting and befriending each other in school — and then suddenly, they were off touring with the latter’s electronic music act Karate. While in Paris, Spears and Prebish decided to start a band together and wrote their first song, and in London they were suddenly offered a record deal. Upon their return to the states, Spears and Prebish recruited Kilbern, Coffey and fellow Karate member Rudinski to flesh out the band, and after four years of touring, writing and recording the band released their full-length debut You Are Coming to My Birthday, which was released last year.
Opening the night was the Buffalo, NY-born, New York-based Matthew Danger Lippman, who describes his sounds on his Facebook page as being “slacker glam soul and hip hop punk rock,” an apt description for an artist, who seems to be influenced by Buster Pointdexer, New York Dolls, T. Rex and early 80s hip-hop.