CALEXICO

105.5 The Colorado Sound Presents

CALEXICO

Julia Jacklin

Tue Jun 12

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

Boulder Theater

$25.00

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Calexico
Calexico
The ninth studio album from Calexico, The Thread That Keeps Us is a timely snapshot of the Arizona-bred band: a family portrait capturing their stylistic variety and unpredictability while still finding solace in limitless creativity. In bringing the album to life, vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino found a spiritual home in unusual surroundings—not in Arizona, but on the Northern California coast in a home-turned-studio called the Panoramic House. Built from debris and shipyard-salvaged timber—and dubbed “The Phantom Ship” by the band—the grandiose house and its edge-of-the-world-like ambience soon made their way into the songs. The specter of California also had a powerful effect: as both dream state and nightmare, its infinite duality is mirrored in the music, giving Calexico a new direction and new edge. With less polish and more grit than ever before, The Thread That Keeps Us both honors enduring traditions and reveals Calexico’s confidence in songwriting, ultimately setting a whole new standard for the band.

As heard on the album’s lead single and opening track, the drama of the landscape directly impacted the making of The Thread That Keeps Us. Driven by sing-song melody and galloping rhythms, “End of the World with You” discovers an unlikely romanticism in volatile times. With its lyrics illuminating “Love in the age of the extremes,” the track is the perfect intro to an album that endlessly explores the contrast between bright and dark, hope and fear.

Working with their longtime engineer Craig Schumacher, Calexico co-produced The Thread That Keeps Us, gathering musicians from across the globe to dream up an earthy yet expansive sound spiked with jagged guitar tones and flashes of distortion. “There’s a little more chaos and noise in the mix than what we’ve done in the past,” Burns points out. Although that chaos has much to do with “where we’re at right now as a planet,” it also echoes Calexico’s dedication to constant experimentation. “Whenever we’re writing and we come up with something that feels too familiar, someone will end up saying, ‘That feels good, but let’s keep going and see what else we can uncover,’” Burns says. “It’s been really important to the arc of this band’s evolution for us to always keep on trying new things.”
Julia Jacklin
Julia Jacklin
Julia Jacklin grew up in the Blue Mountains, NSW. As a kid, she sang. First classical music, then pop-punk tunes in a high-school covers band. By the time she moved to Sydney in her early 20s, she’d cobbled together sketches of her own – observational folk songs laced with a melancholic ache, but buoyed with a wry humour and Jacklin’s rich, distinctive voice.

Fleshing them out at sporadic DIY shows and songwriter nights around Sydney, Jacklin collected a band of friends and headed to New Zealand to record with Ben Edwards (Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding, Nadia Reid). Three weeks later, she returned home with her debut album Don’t Let The Kids Win.

“I thought it was going to be a heartbreak record”, says Jacklin. “But in hindsight I see it was about hitting 24 and being like 'wait, this isn't what I imagined this part of my life to look like'. I thought I was going to be a lot more impressive. This record came from the mad rush to make something before any more time passed me by.”

Don’t Let The Kids Win was released in October, 2016. And something happened: Jacklin’s conviction was realised. This album, so concerned with the rush of passing time, slowed the clock.

“I’m finally feeling my age,” says Jacklin. “When you feel like you’ve done something worthwhile, you relax a bit. That’s a nice feeling I have now, that I definitely didn’t have when I made the record.” Another new occurrence - Jacklin’s trajectory has soared. In the wake of the album’s release she has toured the world and been invited to perform at many of the world's biggest festivals including Glastonbury, Primavera, Roskilde, FYF, Newport Folk, Splendour In The Grass, Latitude, Laneway and more.

Don’t Let The Kids Win has been a critics favourite, featuring on numerous end of year lists in 2016, and Jacklin has enjoyed milestone moments like nominations for APRA Australian Song of the Year, Album of the Year at the Triple J Awards, featuring on NPR’s Tiny Desk Series, and selling out the Metro Theatre in Sydney, performing to 1200 hometown fans singing back every word.

While the anxieties, which fueled her debut album, have settled, Jacklin is showing little sign of slowing down. A new 7” release is planned for September, written and recorded in one of her few scheduled touring breaks this year. The first single Eastwick, was inspired by a night in front of the TV watching Dancing With The Stars, and is accompanied by another superb self-directed music video, co-starring Jacklin’s bass player Harrison Fuller.

Jacklin has also relocated to Barcelona for the time being, with plans to recapture the Spanish she learned while living in Costa Rica at 19.

It’s a relentless level of ambition to live with, but after a life-changing year of touring the world, it at least comes with a level of satisfaction for what has been achieved.

“I’m quite proud of myself,” she says. “I still have a lot to prove, but I’m happy where I am right now. It’s important to recognize those moments in your life. Not let any kind of anxieties creep in. Push them out and think, ‘No, I’m going to enjoy this right now.’
Venue Information:
Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO, 80302
http://www.bouldertheater.com/