Mr. Elevator, Camera

Mr. Elevator

Camera

Sat, October 21, 2017

9:00 pm

$10.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Mr. Elevator
Mr. Elevator
Formed in Southern California in 2012 by Thomas Dolas and Justin Martinez (and their mutual love of Donovan) – eschews guitars for vintage synthesizers, organs, and electric pianos, distinguishing themselves within the fuzzy, distorted contemporary Psych-Pop scene.
Under the original name Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel, the band began playing shows as a three-piece with bassist Wyatt Blair, and a short-while later, in 2013, relocated to Los Angeles where they released their first album, 'Nico & her Psychedelic Subconscious,' with Burger Records. After a few years of live shows, perfecting their sound alongside acts like Thee Oh Sees, The Fresh & Onlys, The Black Lips, Allah-Las, and more, Mr. Elevator recently completed their second album, 'When the Morning Greets You'.
On 'When the Morning Greets You,' the bands’ love for vintage keyboard sounds, concept albums, and 70s pop remains intact, furnishing an album that entrances listeners and evolves over the course of its run-time into an array of bright, complex patterns and shapes. The upbeat, colorful pop feel of Side A, for example, is slowly engulfed in the lush, synth-heavy soundscape of Side B (pointing in at least two distinct directions in regards to the sound of the next album).
With the addition of a fourth member to the performing band, Mr. Elevator will be supporting the release of 'When the Morning Greets You' with national and international live dates.
Camera
Camera
Camera -
The beat hammers like the pulse of a pair of lovers on the run from a gang of racist thugs –
the sound is manic, but from it speaks a seemingly insurmountable inner strength. This arch
of tension is home to Camera.
The Berlin band is rightly compared with icons of seventies Krautrock such as Neu! and La
Düsseldorf, with a tight and driving sound, yet they are still somehow unpredictable. Hardly
any other band understands how to mutate tiny musical nuances into volcanic eruptions like
they do. Camera is a motor running at full throttle, where an explosion could occur at any
second. Once you have embarked on this crazy journey, you will be fascinated by the
alternating current somewhere between a flash flood and roller coaster running off the rails.
The cascades of sound convey a blurry image of a boundless desire to revolt, with each blink
of an eye threatening to end in purgatory, yet it is damned near indestructible.
Michael Drummer is the ethereal Indian paleface who pummels his drums at every show as if
we're in the midst of a 17th Century incarnational ritual. In Steffen Kahles, who hails from the
world of film music, he has found the musical partner he needed to enrich the tribal kraut beat
with diverse motifs and bold sounds. On the third Camera album "Phantom of Liberty", we
hear the clever use of playful sounds such as synths that beam us back into the Commodore
64 computer games of 1984; or slightly cranky keyboard pads, as if created by deliberately
manipulating the speed of an old tape machine. With "Phantom of Liberty" Camera show that
they have become more mature and complex without losing any of their tremendous energy.
Venue Information:
Highline
210 Broadway Ave E
Seattle, WA, 98122
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