Sarah Shook & The Disarmers w/ Travel Lanes
Presented By Point Entertainment

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers w/ Travel Lanes

Performers:
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
Travel Lanes
$20.79 - $23.88
Ages 21+
"Sarah Shook entered the spotlight as one of the most important new voices in new country music." - Tidal

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers

When Sidelong, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers’ debut album, was released in early 2017, it quickly earned kudos for its blast of fresh, fierce honesty and sly wit. It was a welcome new voice in a genre too often mired in the staid and conventional. And while that record may have come to many as a surprise, Years solidifies the point: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers have moved from getting people’s attention to commanding it. The album–with its sharpened songwriting, unique perspective, deepened sound and roll-up-your-sleeves attitude–will grab you by the collar and put a defiant finger to your chest. It is resolute, blunt, and unflinching.

Inspired by artists such as the Sex Pistols, Elliott Smith and Hank Williams, Sarah sings with confidence, control, and, at times, a hint of menace. The Disarmers match her on every track, coloring the tales of resilience and empathy with as much urgency as ever as well as a broader sonic sweep. It’s easy to hear Sarah as a close cousin to artists like Hurray for the Riff Raff and Margo Price on the title track, or in the country-‘60s mod vibe on “Lesson.” “Good as Gold,” sporting a kiss-off line for the ages, “You’re as good as gold/ I’m as good as gone,” is both vulnerable and defiant, soaring with pop-inflected harmonies. And with an expansiveness evoking the wide-open West, “What it Takes” speaks to the truth of the record, to her life, and to the universe.

At its pounding heart, Years crackles with a pointedly contemporary and relevant take on the outlaw spirit. Built around the buoyant pedal steel of Phil Sullivan, and the post-punk rattle and Live at San Quentin hum of Eric Peterson’s guitar, there are echoes of Nikki Lane and Merle Haggard as much as Ty Segall. Its home is the ragged-but-real honky tonk, not the bro-country “honky tonk.” The barroom singalong “New Ways to Fail” is classic, smile-through-the-pain country. “Damned If I Do” could be the “Drivin’ Nails in My Coffin” of the 21st century, if we let it; a perfect song for rolling in the wry and sneaking in a quick two-step. The sinister “The Bottle Never Lets Me Down” will get anyone who’s ever been wronged righteously flipping the bird as they knock back the next shot. Therapy in the face of personal devastation takes many forms, after all.

As Sarah herself tells it...

This record is about finding a way. A way through exhaustion, depression, betrayal, hangover after hangover, upper after downer after upper, fight after never-ending fight. It’s about picking yourself up and dusting yourself off after years of being trampled and beaten down, jutting your chin out, head high, after they’ve done their worst, and saying, “Still here.”

This record is shouting “f**k you, I do want I want” from the rooftops to the mother******g cosmos.

Travel Lanes

Travel Lanes was created on a whim.....or a series of whims. Answering, or commenting to a Craigslist ad, led to the formation of the group. Four guys deciding to meet in a room to play music was an accomplishment in itself. A well received EP was quickly recorded over the space of a year. A series of gigs were played before things eventually went south for any number of reasons.

With literally no reason for them to continue, the band decided to do some recording. Taking over the bottom level of the Cojocariu split level, the band began to record some new songs as a three piece. Learning the ins and outs of the recording process, in addition to out of tune guitars and noisy amplifiers, took a bit of time. Though, I must note, John's drumming was solid throughout. The return of guitarist Derek Feinberg to the fray brought a new focus to the project. The band felt a sense of momentum as the sessions began to bear fruit.

Let's Begin to Start Again is an emotional, personal, passionate record, and the songs have attached themselves to each of us in their own special ways. We hope that the words, melodies, harmonies and the energy we’ve put into these songs will attach themselves to you in some way too.

Come see a show, buy the record, and stop and say hello.

Travel Lanes is, was and will continue to be:

Frank Brown-Vocals/Guitar

Mitch Cojocariu-Bass/Backing Vocals

Derek Feinberg-Guitar/Backing Vocals

John Bicer-Drums

Venue Information:
MilkBoy
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107