Noise Pop 2018 Festival Presents:
Alex Cameron at The Chapel
with Roy Molloy on Horn, Molly Burch, Half Stack, False Priest
Saturday, February 24, 2018
7pm Doors / 8pm Show / All Ages
Join us for the 26th annual Noise Pop Festival! The final lineup is here:
Tune-Yards • Built To Spill performs Keep It Like A Secret • Ty Dolla $ign • Real Estate • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club • Madlib (DJ Set) • Jay Electronica • Parquet Courts • San Fermin with The Magik*Magik Orchestra • WHY? • Superchunk • Toro Y Moi (DJ Set) • Doug Martsch (Solo Acoustic) • Waxahatchee (Solo) • Thao & The Get Down Stay Down • Bahamas • Rostam • Shabazz Palaces • Japanese Breakfast • Geographer • The Album Leaf • Langhorne Slim • Jay Som • Tei Shi • Bully • Alex Cameron • Girlpool • Sevdaliza • Dengue Fever • Jessy Lanza (DJ Set) • Amy Shark • No Age • Shamir • Bruno Major • Mount Eerie • Cuco • The Coathangers • Jeff Rosenstock • Caleborate • Ben UFO • Enter Shikari • The Hotelier • Carla Dal Forno • The Fresh & Onlys • G Perico • Tiny Moving Parts • Bedouine • William Tyler • Racquet Club • Gerd Janson • Sean Rowe • Grails • Crooked Colours • Mister Heavenly • Inara George (of The Bird and The Bee) • Shallou • Palehound • Weaves • Night Beats • Miya Folick • Sudan Archives • Florist • 24hrs • Slim Cessna's Auto Club • Ha Ha Tonka • Wildling • Lo-Fang • Dick Stusso • NILBOG • Covet • Meg Baird • MILCK • Mom Jeans. • Spiral Stairs • The Weather Station • Molly Burch • Ian Sweet (Solo) • Mary Lattimore • Summer Twins • Alex Edelman • Death Valley Girls • Single Mothers • Sam Coomes • Lemuria • Running Touch • Milk Teeth • Chulita Vinyl Club • Lia Ices • Gilligan Moss (DJ Set) • Twain • Andrew St. James • Emily Afton • Melkbelly • Oso Oso • Hand Habits • Joy Again • Chasms • Angelo De Augustine • The World • Field Medic • Pardoner • Flesh World • August Eve & Jasper Bones • Iman Europe • Special Explosion • Club Night • The Y Axes • Still Woozy • SOAR • Bat Fangs • The Peacers • George Cessna • Boy Scouts • The Total Bettys • DJ Aaron Axelsen • DJ Omar Perez • Mozhgan • Yeek • Rose Droll • Mall Walk • Sweet Chariot • High Sunn • Cocktails • Long Knives • ROAR • Winter • The Flytraps • Dagmar • Cash Campain • Josiah Johnson • Fake Your Own Death • Feels • Hazey Eyes • Patsy's Rats • GDJYB • Soundtube • Sun Valley Gun Club • Ghost & the City • The Band Ice Cream • Tino Drima • Vákoum • Indy Nyles • Grace Sings Sludge • Derek Ted • Evan Myall • Preening • Chuck Johnson • The Genie • Azuah • awakebutstillinbed • HUMID • Magic Magic Roses • Gray Tolhurst • False Priest • Blue Oaks • Screaming • Lapel • Aish • Remember Karen • Zelma Stone • Love Jerks • Half Stack • Well • Outer Embassy • BLXCK • Lisa Azzolino • Topographies • Host Bodies • Banzai Cliff • Chaki • Agouti • Touchless • Moon Daze • Bear Call • Friendless Summer • COKE • Bruh From Last Night • Same Girls • DJs Layne and Justin Anastasi
Since the Noise Pop debut in 1993, the Festival has featured many emerging performers who have gone on to wide acclaim, including The White Stripes, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, and Bright Eyes.
— ALEX CAMERON
Bearing witness to the baroque clusterf*ckery of the world is no longer voluntary. We are all forced to watch. Every possible catastrophe vibrates in our pockets, demanding to be witnessed. In his second album, Forced Witness, out September 8th on Secretly Canadian, Alex Cameron's solution to the difficulties we face is a danceable and dangerous earnestness, a sense of honesty that heals and relieves even as it cleaves us or makes us laugh in self-defense. He's offering us vivid portraits of misfits who look at the world without illusion.
Recorded in Berlin, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas and produced by Cameron along withFoxygen's Jonathan Rado, these tracks at first seem shamelessly entertaining, the driving rhythms and rousing melodies embellished at every turn by Roy Molloy's warm hornwork. But the love songs and anthems of personal resilience contain as much raw humanity as they do a savvy grasp of the impossible loneliness of the times, especially apparent in the song, «Stranger's Kiss» — Cameron's affecting duet with Angel Olsen (who also sings backup on lead single, «Candy May»). The defiantly bloody knuckles in «Runnin' Outta Luck,» co-written by and featuring Brandon Flowers, and the grime of wet dreams in «Country Figs»occupy the same space as the great sadness of the internet in the catchy and contemplative song «True Lies,» in which Cameron sings about that buzzing hive of randomized sexuality where we can either submit to the stirrings in our own laps or let our fragile hopes catfish us. Penultimate track «Marlon Brando,» is, as Cameron describes it, «a study of a man in the hopeless pursuit of a woman. He is a familiar character in the world, a self-assured jock, a dullard, a low grade human who uses a specific kind of language when he finds a situation outside of his control. The song's lyrics present a damning indictment of homophobia and misogyny and their genesis in toxic masculinity.»
If there is darkness in these songs, it is not because taboos can titillate but because Cameron knows that confession has a redeeming power and that people are often at their most startlingly beautiful when their skies have fallen. These songs are alive with the rich detail of life lived and the radical distinctiveness of the stories they tell feel universal. In these chaotic times when we aren't able to look away, Cameron is offering us a pure account of the world as he's seen it.
Half Stack is a five-piece band from Oakland. The Band’s sound blends Cosmic American Music with the harsher sounds of the East Bay Area music scene. Following the release of its 2016 EP, Half Stack has been hard at work touring and recording its first full-length album. Formed from a desire to combine the psychedelic and outlaw country of the late 1960’s with modern indie and garage rock sounds, Half Stack has developed its
own undeniably modern fusion. While drawing on influences such as The Byrds and The Grateful Dead, the band blends this with the sounds of the Oakland music scene. From dually trucks to remote country drinking outposts, the lyrical content of Half Stack’s music contains a hardworking spirit that is matched only by the wholesome and warm tones of the three guitars. Their relentless yet refined riffage defines the songs and produces a digestible and relatable catalogue. In the past year, the band has been playing up and down the west coast and got the nod from NPR with musical features in its national broadcasts. Set for release in early 2018, Half Stack has been recording a full-length album and a preparing for a tour through time and space.
False Priest is a modern rock band from the San Francisco Bay Area. Once, they sold a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos for $50. They released their first official album, Driving In Circles on September 22nd, 2017. It's an energetic rock album about the catharsis of empty promises and the unique brand of confusion that comes from self-deception. They are currently at work on the follow up to Driving In Circles, which is on track to come out in 2018.