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Oh Land

Oh Land

Midi Matilda

Mon, April 9, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$13 ADV - $15 DOOR

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Oh Land
Oh Land
“What does it sound like? What does it smell like? What does it look like? How does it feel? I always ask myself these questions when I’m writing,” says singer and producer Nanna Øland Fabricius. “I think that Oh Land has a unique landscape all on its own. I strive to make the possibilities endless and to have all the senses collide in to a language on their own.”

Her multi-sensory approach to songwriting has been present from the beginning. Before Oh Land had a name, or even songs, she was a restless child on the outskirts of Copenhagen, where she wove together imaginary languages, characters, and magazines. Though she didn’t know it then, this sense of play would develop naturally into the skewed and rich aesthetic of Oh Land’s music and performance style.

She is the product of extremes. A disciplined ballet dancer who was educated with the Royal Danish and Royal Swedish Ballet schools coupled with a “circus-like” upbringing courtesy of a family of creative souls. Their unique and individual talents have left deep imprints on how Oh Land experiences and interprets the world around her.

Performance has always been a part of her personal expression as nurtured by the performances of those closest to her. Whether she was learning to see from a sister who designs clothing, to hear from her opera singer mother, or to touch from her church organist father; the mixture of this unique upbringing has contributed to the multi-faceted layers of an ever evolving Oh Land.

Oh Land’s music bears the fruit of this incredibly stimulating childhood. She has created a soundscape that dreams as hard as it dances. Her performance style confronts the audience with elements as sonically and visually diverse as drum pads, an omnichord, and a front projector system that broadcasts homemade visuals across balloons.

“I want my music to feel like 2050 meets something really classic, like meeting a stranger that feels as familiar as an old friend.” says Oh Land.
Midi Matilda
Midi Matilda
When Logan Grime’s great, great, great grandmother, Mini Matilda, migrated from France to Virginia City, Nevada, to open a gold mine many moons ago, she never could have guessed that her future progeny would take her name and take the stage – pumping out jewel-like tunes to packed venues across the country with bandmate Skyler Kilborn. But – and we’re just guessing here – she’d be damn proud.

“When I was a kid, my dad did a drawing of a robot that played music and named it ‘Midi Matilda,’ after Mini,” Grime says. “It’s framed and up on my wall. I’ve had it for about 20 years now.” And, just a few years ago, it inspired the name of Grime and Kilborn’s newly formed band – an apt moniker, as the music they create has an electronic framework brimming with soul, making Midi Matilda a name you need to know… right now.

The indie electro-pop duo released its first single (and video) in December 2011, and it didn’t take long for the critics to take note. Within a few weeks, “Day Dreams” was featured on tastemaker music blog, Neon Gold Records, and San Francisco commercial radio titan, Live 105, crowned Midi Matilda their “Favorite New Band of 2012”. A few months later, a HuffPo feature placed them in “the ranks of the Bay Area’s indie pop guard.” Not bad for a pair of DIY dreamers.

Singer Skyler Kilborn and drummer Logan Grimé met while studying sound engineering at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts in 2008. Drawn to each other’s obsessive work ethic and shared pop sensibilities, they started playing music together. Their campus was a cradle of sorts. It’s where they practiced, recorded demos, and where Logan perfected the production skills behind the band’s videos.

Marked by Skyler’s soaring falsetto, Logan’s driving rhythms, and a fresh mix of guitars, bass and synthesizers, the band sounds like Tears for Fears meets Frank Sinatra and Calvin Harris. They craft the kind of catchy indie-flavoured pop gems that worm their way into your brain and stay there for days on end. And lucky for anyone who has ever seen them play, it’s a sound that translates into superlative live performances.

The result is a mix between electro and old-school rock ‘n’ roll, with Grime on drums and Kilborn on guitar and an instrument called a "Misa Tri Bass;” an experimental digital music interface that looks like an iPad made love to a guitar. “It's a fairly new instrument that only a few people are currently using,” Kilborn says. “I wanted to be one of the very first people to use the Tri Bass and by doing so make it a part of a consistent image for the band.” The company even created a custom model for Kilborn.

The best part of the Midi Matilda story: despite their sudden success and swift critical acclaim, Logan and Skyler are the kinds of artists who treat fans like friends. They’re accessible. They’re down to earth. They want the same thing you want… for everyone to have a great time. And in a time when pop music tends to feel so impersonal and hermetically sealed, Midi Matilda is a blast of fresh air.
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