Hoodies For The Homeless - powered by PushMethod
PushMethod, with specials guests NoMBe & David Correy
Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmBrooklyn Bowl
Tickets at the Door
This event is 21 and over
Tickets available at the door, $10 cash only.
Hoodies for the homeless is a movement through music that gives the people of our city a way to keep the homeless warm. Hoodies are the most requested piece of clothing at NYC homeless shelters. We aim to put a clean warm hoodie on every pillow of every shelter in the 5 boroughs.
Please bring a hoodie to donate.
This event is 21+https://www.brooklynbowl.com/event/868179/
"It's the person, the humanoid...that's the very good bad thing."
For Ryan Guldemond, there is no denying the human condition in all its tragic, conflicting nature.
Two years after the Juno-nominated "The Sticks," the band's apocalyptic 2012 album steeped in isolation and dread, the Vancouver quintet returns with its fifth studio album, "Very Good Bad Thing": an edgy, synth-heavy, club-driven rock record filled with massive hooks.
But as is the band's trademark, behind the gauzy boy-girl vocal harmonies, angular guitar lines and infectious rhythms lies something deeper and darker.
"I think it's peppier and more of a party, but at the same time the torture is very apparent," singer/keyboardist Jasmin Parkin says.
"But there's not a lot of denial," Guldemond says. "There's a pride behind the confession. No one's denying anything."
Human "malfunctions" are cause for celebration on "Very Good Bad Thing."
Mother Mother come out swinging on "Get Out The Way," a super-charged call to arms Guldemond describes as not letting anyone to get in the way of your truth, whatever your truth may be. "I know I'm supposed to integrate," he snarls, "but how's about instead I inch away?"
"F -- - yeah, I'm a deviant," Guldemond proclaims on the proggy "Reaper Man," which pounds its way through your cerebellum like the giant walking hammers from Pink Floyd's "The Wall."
No subject is taboo for Mother Mother on "Very Good Bad Thing": male body image ("I Go Hungry"), morning-after self-loathing ("Have It Out"), bullying and suicide ("Kept Down," inspired in part by the death of Amanda Todd).
"Am I to die alone and sublime?" Guldemond asks before ending the album as if it had all been an illusion -- with a vanishing trick. "You may just watch me disappear," he sings against the silence.
"As I get older I feel more in touch with my flaws as something I can integrate, as opposed to something I suppress in order to spin some yarn of perfection," Guldemond says. "Never have I been so at peace with the imperfect side of myself."
Recorded with Juno-winning producer Gavin Brown (Metric, Billy Talent, Tragically Hip) at his Noble Street studio in Toronto, "Very Good Bad Thing" is the next logical step in Mother Mother's sonic evolution.
This isn't the same Mother Mother that gave us the cheeky "Touch Up" (2007) and "O My Heart" (2008), or even the adventurous "Eureka" (2011). It's a much different band than on the conceptual "The Sticks" (2012), an album that made Mother Mother the second most-played artist on Canadian alternative radio in 2012 and 2013.
The guitar hooks are bigger, the synths are louder, the vocal harmonies are more carefully crafted and the irony toned down, and the bass and drums are tighter.
"I've been really getting into James Blake, Little Dragon and EDM in general," Guldemond says. "As the songs were coming in, they were wearing a skin of electronics. It's easy to demo from that place. In doing that you get attached to that personality and it begins to define the shape of the song. It just made sense to continue down that path as opposed to uprooting the core and starting from scratch.
"It feels natural. There's a lot of fire in the band and its sentiment, and that seems accentuated through big, modern, tough sounds."
"Very Good Bad Thing" certainly pops out of the package with a resounding snap.
For a band whose approach has been to modernize itself at every turn and has never really been able to fit neatly into a box, Brown was the right fit for the job.
"He really brought an edge to our sound," Parkin says. "We've never done the same thing twice. Every album is a new chapter and a new beginning."
Close to 10 years after it formed, Mother Mother is embracing its true nature. And it speaks volumes.
"No matter what you do you'll be criticized for it," Guldemond says. "So it's better to be criticized for taking risks rather than being safe."
Fusing together essences of eclectic musical influences such as The Beatles, The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, and Rage Against the Machine, the band delivers a high-energy jolt, fueled by strategically plotted percussion and guitar riffs and symphonic stylings built to move your body and soul, with hip-hop infused vocals and socio-political lyrics.
The genre-bending band has released multiple albums including a single featuring Grammy-nominated vocalist Bright Lights, and their single “Scars and Stripes” was accompanied buy a jaw-dropping, award-winning video with incredible visual effects. They were the first musical act to partner with GOPRO cameras on a music video using their technology and was voted best hip hop act in NY by The Deli for 2013. They are currently in production on new singles with the #1 Spotify US Viral Artist NoMBe.
Hoodies For The Homeless is powered by PushMethod and is the brainchild of front man Tavis Sage Eaton. Hoodies For The Homeless was born out of his lifelong desire to make a measurable difference in the lives of those he’d witnessed struggling to survive on the streets of his city. On February 5th, 2015, over 200 guests braved the cold and snow to put their #HOODSUP at the first ever Hoodies For The Homeless charity event held at The Hoodie Shop on NYC’s Lower East Side. The event resulted in the collection of close to 500 hoodies. PushMethod teamed up with the #HashtagLunchbag movement and all hoodies were delivered to NYC shelters as part of their lunch distribution on Sunday, February 22nd.
PushMethod continues to challenge themselves and their audience to exceed expectations, defy limitations, and find a way to make a mark in this world. Hoodies For The Homeless is a perfect example of how an idea can grow into something real if you have the desire and hustle to back it up. How will you make a difference? How will you fight for your dreams? What’s your PushMethod? #HOODSUP
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