Join us for a tour kick-off party with these baroque pop charmers.
8:30pm | $8.00 advance $8.00 day of show
Unconventional is probably the most succinct way of putting it. Obsessive, eccentric, indulgent: they're all equally fair. If Parenthetical Girls have learned anything over the course of their bewilderingly unorthodox discography, it's that they are--for richer or for poorer--a necessarily singular pop group. It's a peculiarity that they've learned to embrace--a single-minded conviction that pours itself over every corner of their latest album, Privilege*.
Having taken pop extravagance to its logical conclusion with their critically acclaimed, orchestral pop opus Entanglements, Privilege* finds a newly emboldened Parenthetical Girls giving the orchestra their leave--a brazen reinvention as immediate as it is inspired. Returning to its core membership of vocalist/creative director Zac Pennington and producer/arranger Jherek Bischoff (composer and collaborator with David Byrne, Amanda Palmer, Xiu Xiu, etc.), Privilege* retains the group's signature ambitions--visceral intimacy, camp austerity, lurid eloquence--while confidently embracing the perfect pop pastiche their previous records only alluded to. Anchored by Pennington's distinctively lilting vibrato, Privilege* is a cascade of grim particulars and gallows humor--an unflinching treatise on privilege, indiscretion, betrayal, sex and class politics, failure, and resignation. This is Parenthetical Girls in fighting trim: unbridled, unambiguous, and with a new creative candor that's felt in both its words and music.
Originally recorded and self-released as a sequence of five self-contained, extremely limited 12" EPs (each heroically hand-numbered in the blood of the group's members, and available only through direct mailorder) the ambitious Privilege series was a grand and unequivocally impractical achievement. Privilege* condenses the 21 recordings of the original series to a single, 12-track, remixed and remastered statement of purpose: a bold, strikingly cohesive pop clarion call that further solidifies Parenthetical Girls' place amongst the most surprising and uncompromising pop groups at work today.