HigherGround Music


Bleach Day

Monday, August 07, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Higher Ground Ballroom

South Burlington, VT

$24 advance + $1 charity | $29 day of show + $1 charity | $78 VIP

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This event is all ages

On Three, Phantogram’s third studio album, the duo of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel take their sound in an intriguing, darkly shaded direction, adding new textures to their signature style.

Three represents a new creative peak that Phantogram has been building towards for nearly a decade. Carter and Barthel first broke out in 2009 with the cinematic Eyelid Movies (Barsuk) – recorded in a barn in Saratoga Springs, NY (a stone’s throw from their hometown of Greenwich) – and after a buzz-building EP (Nightlife, Barsuk) and much touring, Phantogram opted for a change of scenery by recording their expansive second LP, 2014’s Voices (Republic), in Los Angeles with co-producer John Hill (M.I.A., Santigold).

Along with exploring new emotional territory, Three also finds Phantogram breaking new sonic ground. The album’s eclectic, bold songs swerve from pop-inflected bangers (like lead single “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” and album-closer “Calling All”) to the skipping melancholia of “Answer,” which strikes a perfect balance between loping hip-hop rhythms, understated balladry, and gauzy indie-rock. Meanwhile, more experimental, psych-influenced pieces like “Run Run Blood,” the harrowing Steve Reich-sample-driven “Barking Dog,” and “Funeral Pyre” (a re-working of longtime live staple “Intro” that, fittingly, opens the album) somehow are perfectly at ease alongside the darkly beautiful, cathartic ballad “Destroyer,” all capturing themes of heartbreak, anguish and perseverance; second single “Same Old Blues,” the smoky, menacing duet “You’re Mine,” and the icy determination of “Cruel World” bring listeners back to the sample-heavy, synth-driven Phantogram sound that has found them an extensive, dedicated fan base.

An iridescent record that glows with warmth even as it explores the desolation of personal pain, Three is the latest chapter in Phantogram’s impressive ascent to the forefront of alternative pop—as well as proof that nothing, at this point, can hold them back.

This show includes a $1 fee per ticket to charity. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP, www.afsp.org) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has been at the forefront of a variety of suicide prevention initiatives, including groundbreaking research, new educational campaigns, innovative demonstration projects and critical policy work. In October 2015, AFSP developed and launched Project 2025, a high-impact, collaborative initiative to reduce the annual suicide rate in America by 20% by 2025. 
Bleach Day
Bleach Day is the pet project of Burlington, VT locals Vinny Marksohn and Louie Kiley, making warped lo-fi tape recordings in their frequently flooded home. Jon Kraus and Mitch Manacek join them live to bring their warm and warbly sound to the stage.

Seven Days calls Bleach Day’s debut album, Where to Dream, “… an eight-song sonic tapestry of analog whirrs, screwy samples and, at its core, beautiful, sun-bleached lo-fi pop.” Since the album’s release last summer, they have shared the stage with some favorites of the weird-pop fanbase including Homeshake and Joey Agresta (fka Joey Pizza Slice).
Venue Information:
Higher Ground Ballroom
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT, 05403