Johnny Aries, Radical Dads, Spirit Plate

Johnny Aries

Radical Dads

Spirit Plate

Thu, April 16, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Rough Trade NYC

Brooklyn, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Johnny Aries
Johnny Aries
Johnny Aries barely recognizes himself these days. A year after the 26-year old picked up and moved from his native England to New York, he's feeling more upbeat than ever. Of course, listening to Aries' debut solo album, Unbloomed, you wouldn't know it.

"It's something a parting shot towards England and my old life," Aries says of the 10- song collection. "Some of the songs are me lamenting things I've done, but some are also about letting go and looking toward greener pastures."

If Aries was melancholy, however, he wore it well. The collection of songs on Unbloomed have a soulful spark to them; they're downhearted but danceable and while Aries cites influences including Roy Orbison and Morrissey, each of the tracks on the album feels charged with the energy of something entirely new.

"All of these songs were written as soon as I got to New York," he explains. "I felt like I had a fresh start and I should make something unhinged from anything people expected from me. It was a clean page for me to start something exciting."

Unbloomed, which was recorded in Brooklyn, wasn't the only thing Aries was beginning. He moved to the States to join the Drums, the indie pop band who recruited Aries after his previous outfit, Two Wounded Birds, played with them on a U.K. tour. In September, Aries' first record with the group, Encyclopedia, will be released, but he says his solo project—while certainly something that will appeal to Drums fans—is altogether different.

"I wanted to make a record, and it felt like the best chance to do that would be when I came to America," he explains. "I wanted to take the upheaval of my old band breaking up and moving here, and all the changes that came with that, and push them into this."

Unbloomed isn't all about feeling blue, though. "I'm just looking for happiness, really; I'm trying to make sense of everything going on around me," Aries explains, stressing that it's not a process without its charms. "The best thing to come out of that is the lyrical quality of the songs—it's romantic, I suppose."

Indeed, tracks like "This Grave Is My Bed Tonight" and "We're Just Girls And Boys" do smack of romance. They wouldn't out of place playing on an all-night drive or playing at the prom in a John Hughes film. And things for Aries only seem to be getting better. "I've already started writing my next solo record and I'm really excited for it," he shares. "It already feels really different, it's more upbeat. I feel like with this one, I got all the sadness out."
Radical Dads
Radical Dads
Radical Dads is a band that sounds like standing next to a body of water and noticing that something is moving just underneath the surface and then realizing that actually nothing is moving, it’s just that your glasses are broken and you have no idea how it happened. Also your elbow is scraped up and you think something just caught on fire in the distance — you can see the glow and smell it a little. There is a junkyard nearby, where something is about to happen, or is already happening.

Radical Dads features Lindsay Baker on guitar #1 and vocals. Chris Diken plays guitar #2. Robbie Guertin plays the drums and also sings. They’ve been friends for 15 years and started Radical Dads in 2008.

The band’s first album, Mega Rama, was released by Uninhabitable Mansions in June of 2011. Some people have said some nice things about Radical Dads’ music, including people who work for The New York Times, SPIN, the Village Voice, the AV Club, and Brooklyn Vegan.

Radical Dads live in Brooklyn, practice in Gowanus, and currently concern themselves with amplification and the anthropomorphism of marine life.
Spirit Plate
Spirit Plate
Spirit Plate is a pride of lions drifting to sleep under the Tanzanian sunset. Spirit Plate is a group of Flatbush teens about to tag-up some subway cars. Spirit Plate is the new exhibit at the Galactic Museum of Art.
Venue Information:
Rough Trade NYC
64 N 9th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11249