Felix Culpa Tour
Family and Friends
Brook and the Bluff, Casey Harper
Fri · August 24, 2018
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
$15.00 - $20.00
This event is 18 and overhttp://www.georgiatheatre.com/event/1718511/
Whereas Family And Friends’ first EP focused heavily on love, and the second on nostalgia, Felix Culpa is caught somewhere between adolescence and adulthood and finds Family And Friends at a pivotal moment in their maturation both as artists and individuals. With a classic coming-of-age narrative, the album’s theme focuses on a precipice of life’s journey, as we begin the quest for existential meaning and come to terms with the fact that people, relationships, and seemingly universal truths are more complicated than we perhaps realize. Balancing scintillating textures with bright guitars and beautiful vocal harmonies, Family And Friends’ sharply observant lyrics are cloaked in the band’s contagiously upbeat instrumentation, leaving the listener with a sense of hope by album’s end.
Family And Friends’ collaborative concept extends well beyond the members of the band. With a live show that begs audiences to feel as much a part of the experience as the musicians onstage, their fiery performances have been turning casual viewers into full-on believers all over the southeast. The band’s infectious, dynamic anthems become even more intoxicating in a live setting, with epic builds that crash over the roar of two dueling drummers, who perform facing each other and feed off one another’s energy. A Family And Friends show is pure, unadulterated fun with a lightning bolt of enthusiasm and a familiarity that is immediately endearing and undeniably gratifying.
Family And Friends includes Mike MacDonald (guitar, vocals), Casey Harper (vocals), David “Tuna” Fortuna (bass), Ryan Houchens (drums, vocals), Alejandro Rios (drums), and JP McKenzie (electric guitar). The forthcoming album title, which loosely translates to “blessed mistake”, illustrates the notion that while we may continue to search for some semblance of meaning, the fact that we are here at all deserves to be celebrated, and Family And Friends intends to do just that.
The guys have quickly become recognized for their evocative blend of instrumental talent and vocal harmony. These elements are readily apparent in the band's first single, “Masks.” Released in September of 2016, the song has helped spur the band forward in their musical pursuits.
The group's first year as a full band has been widely successful. From charting on Spotify's US and Canada Viral 50 Playlists, performing at the NAMM shows in both Nashville and Anaheim, and selling out shows in Atlanta, Birmingham and Nashville, the band has had an exhilarating 2017. The band will be releasing a variety of new music in 2018!
Originally an acoustic duo, Alec and Joseph started turning heads in local venues with clean vocals and expert guitar work. In the spring of 2016, John noticed the talent and potential of the duo and offered to play drums and sing with the guys. Soon after, he officially joined the group, expanding their sound with driving rhythm and an added voice. The trio instantly locked in and have been playing together ever since. With their new bassist Fred Lankford, The Brook and The Bluff relocated to Nashville at the start of 2018.
Casey Harper is an Atlanta-based artist specializing in potent lyrical storytelling. Although talented in several different mediums, Harper chooses music as her most direct form of creative expression. Through her music, Harper marries the human experience with the human desire for connection and fun. She communicates a serious depth of feeling and a flame-refined strength with colorful and animated melodies (think pastel pink cartoon flowers spilling out of the mouth of the Mona Lisa.) Harper has created music for a culture and community of her peers that craves and thrives off of juxtaposition: connection and solitude, depth and light-heartedness, philosophy and memes.
The themes of Harper’s music pull from own very personal experiences with death, love, depression, anxiety, and abandonment. The magic of her music is that it simultaneously communicates sorrow and authentic hope. Harper is one of many in our human family that has experienced pain, but is not defined by it. Her music subtly teaches us to feel our own sadness while dancing to the rhythm of it. Her tasteful and soothing voice tells relatable stories of sadness masked by a major chord and in turn, shows us that we can still find pockets of happiness even in our most stormy hours.
Harper’s tunes teach us that it is ok to feel, but it’s equally ok, imperative, even, to dance, to laugh, and to refrain from taking ourselves too seriously. “I especially love this new direction I’m going in with this album. I’m able to put the very real aches of my life to light-hearted melodies,” Harper says. And it’s true; Harper brings a melodic ray of light to what could otherwise be a dismal personal reality. “This record represents my choice to live despite the pain that has threatened to take me out,” Harper says of her newest material. This album gives her listeners a chance to relate to Harper’s intimate stories of sadness, and an opportunity to both commiserate and celebrate the curious magic of our human experience.
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