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Stars with Leisure Cruise

Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR

March 4, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

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Stars

Stars have announced their fall North American tour in support of their sixth full-length album, The North, which will be released on September 4th via ATO Records. Fans who purchase tickets for any of the US headlining shows will receive a digital copy of the album on release day and an instant download of “The Theory of Relativity”. Tickets go on sale Friday July 13 and can be purchased on www.youarestars.com.

The North was recorded in Montreal’s historic RCA Victor Studios and was produced by Stars, Graham Lessard and Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire). Stars shared the first album track “The Theory of Relativity” last month, and is still available as a free download via www.youarestars.com and can be streamed at http://soundcloud.com/youarestars/the-theory-of-relativity.

Leisure Cruise

Leisure Cruise is Dave Hodge and Leah Siegel. Hodge—the Canada-born musician (Broken Social Scene & Bran Van 3000..who has also performed with Macy Gray, Feist, Brazilian Girls, and Basement Jaxx), arranger (Janet Jackson/Neptunes, Carly Simon), and composer; and singer and songwriter Leah Siegel (a fixture on the New York scene known for her solo project Firehorse and for performing with The Citizens Band) were brought together to do a tv spot in ’09. Four years later, they ran into each other on the street. Dave was working on a record, his own, “finally” he said, after years of making them for other people. He invited Leah to participate. His vision was to have his friends each co-write a track and end up with a beautiful monster of a record. Leah was happy to take part. It was a wonder that they even recognized each other at the time.

It took all of one studio day in April 2013 for them to know they should just keep writing. Two months later they had written half an album. Siegel says, “Dave was really modest regarding the ‘friends’ he had slated to write and perform on the record. They were all busy on tour doing the major festival circuit. I was embarrassingly available at the time. We worked so well together in the studio, it just made sense to keep going back every day, keep writing, even though we had no real reason to, no deadline.” Hodge realized that his plans for his record were changing and over the course of the next several months, the two created their band Leisure Cruise—and their self titled debut album of darkly hypnotic, danceable synth-based anthems.

The band name: During the early days of their writing together, astronomers had discovered three new planets in the Lyra constellation that appeared capable of supporting human life. What if we had to leave earth and colonize a new planet? They imagined “a final leisure cruise for the human race,”—and the fledgling musical project as a sort of soundtrack for it. “We’re sort of living our lives in a state of leisure,” Dave says, “with regards to using up resources and knowing what’s happening and not really doing much about it.” Not that Leisure Cruise is all doom and gloom (or that it could be, with a name like that). “It’s not this apocalyptic thing,” says Siegel, of the concept. “We’d elect to make a purposeful and exciting exit. Try something new. In my head, I see it as a natural progression in the hopefully delayed inevitable.”

So what would play on this spaceship’s sound system? Something sounding like the future as imagined in the past—yet rooted in the now. Imagine the music of a John Hughes film if it had been written by Bowie, remixed by Johnny Jewel, and fronted by a female Prince, and you’ll start to get the idea. Rounding out the sound is an impressive roster of guests (Metric’s Jimmy Shaw, Blondie’s Tommy Kessler, Liam O’Neil from the Stills, Justin Peroff of Broken Social Scene, and Drake’s Adrian Eccleston). It’s at once dark and light, serious and fun, melancholic and euphoric. Ask Hodge and Siegel about their sound and process, and the answer sounds a lot like what happiness researchers call flow. “We weren’t trying to emulate anything,” Hodge says. “We were just making music.”

In fact, Hodge and Siegel see Leisure Cruise as the product of two musical soul mates meeting at just the right moment in their careers to truly savor it. “I’ve worked with some great singers, but it’s really very effortless with Leah,” says Hodge. Chimes in Siegel: “This is just the truest collaboration I’ve ever experienced—it’s a rare pairing.”

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Date:
March 4, 2015
Time:
8:00 pm
Cost:
$20
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Website:
http://www.aladdin-theater.com/event/670121-stars-portland/

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Aladdin Theater
Phone:
(503) 234-9694
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/aladdintheaterPDX

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Minors under 21 with parent or legal guardian

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Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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Phone:
(503) 234-9694

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