Cains & Abels

Cains & Abels

Holcombe Waller, MICHAEL ALBERT (Thin Hymns Solo)

Thu, April 5, 2012

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$8.00 - $10.00

Tickets at the Door

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Cains & Abels
Cains & Abels
Although they’ve regularly been compared to certain lovesick folksingers, Cains & Abels lack any of the helplessness so often present in the classic folk rock oeuvre. Sampson writes songs that are indeed heartbroken—for lack of money, love, communication—but they’re also hopeful and aware of their own strength. Like the ballads born out of the mountains in the Appalachians, Cains & Abels songs tell stories using rich imagery and narrative. Sampson, however, doesn’t tell his tale over an acoustic guitar. This is rock and roll that recalls the sounds that lived inside Sampson’s teenage boom box: from classic soul and Elvis to more modern players like Neutral Milk Hotel and Will Oldham.
Sampson has a galloping, powerful voice, and it glides over the rich, warm guitar chords and spare drum beats of the bands emotive songs like a sermon and, sometimes, like a plea. The songs themselves present that opposition at times. They can be quiet and introspective, and then, at the next turn, booming and bursting with universal themes. Their new album, My Life Is Easy, begins with a soft harmony and a nearly tribal beat, with Sampson’s big voice filling the space with a plea for communication. On paper, this need is simple, something solved by a tiny phone call, but for a Cains & Abels song, the tiny call becomes a battle cry.
Holcombe Waller
Holcombe Waller
Holcombe Waller is a singer-songwriter and performance artist from Portland, OR. His most recent release "Into the Dark Unknown," is a stunning collection of songs taken from his 2008-10 touring theatrical concert by the same name, and has been praised by the New York Times, Paste Magazine, NPR and many others. A busy interdisciplinary artist, he has authored four albums and two touring concerts, and is currently in works to premiere his third music concert, "Surfacing." His his music has been featured editorially on iTunes Indie Spotlight as well as an upcoming Starbucks Pick of the Week. He has worked with and/or performed with The National, Feist, Mia Doi Todd, Bob Mould, China Forbes, Storm Large, The Oregon Symphony, Laura Veirs, Mirah, John Kelly, Justin Bond, Taylor Mac, and many others
MICHAEL ALBERT (Thin Hymns Solo)
MICHAEL ALBERT (Thin Hymns Solo)
Started by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Michael Hilger, as a solo endeavor, THIN HYMNS has rolled through an impressive evolution that landed neatly in the current formation with Distractions band mate, Justin Fernandez, accompanying Hilger on bass, keys and vocals, Seth Vanek, (Roommate) on drums and Ben Babbit of Pillars and Tongues and This is Cinema, lending his talents on synth and guitar to this evolving sound experiment. The band is currently at work on their debut full length record.
Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com