Mar Caribe, Paul Fonfara (Painted Saints), The Pillowhammer

Mar Caribe

Paul Fonfara (Painted Saints)

The Pillowhammer

Thu, July 19, 2018

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$8.00

Tickets at the Door

Mar Caribe
Mar Caribe
Mar Caribe's influences originate from myriad time zones and geographies, stretching from the deserts of the southwestern United States to the coasts of Argentina. Channeling everyone from Calexico to the Dirty Three to South American street musicians, the instrumental sextet straddles the line between dusty spaghetti Westerns and jauntier maritime numbers.
Paul Fonfara (Painted Saints)
Paul Fonfara (Painted Saints)
Painted Saints is centered around the songwriting of Paul Fonfara. With odd cinematic twists, and a transparent sense of sincerity they tackle a Spaghetti Western, Heroin Klezmer, Experimental Sad Bastard Chamber Folk, Psychadelic Shoegaze Dirge Motown, Andrew Bird if he was from Twin Peaks sound.

A transplant to Minneapolis from Denver, where after finishing a degree in music studying Clarinet, Fonfara got his start in DeVotchKa, then moved on to record and tour internationally with 16 Horsepower/Woven Hand and with Jim White on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label. When Fonfara settled in Minneapolis 9 years ago, his well-honed and exploratory talents were immediately recognized as he became a member of local favorites Spaghetti Western String Co., balancing the precision and delicacy of that band with the raucous playfulness of the Brass Messengers, and silent movie film scores of Dreamland Faces. To fill out Painted Saints, Fonfara recruited many of Minnepolis’ finest players including members of The Poor Nobodys, and Dark Dark Dark.

Throughout all of his time working with other bands and collaborators, Painted Saints has remained Fonfara’s outlet for his own songwriting. A talented painter, his songs become sprawling sonic landscapes of visually imagistic lyrics, often as melancholic and forceful as they are shimmering and lovely. Lyrically, the songs are populated by escapist dreamers, flailing underdogs, and children’s imagined civil wars. Songs find inspirations in Henry Darger paintings, a boxer comtemplating his life between the moment he takes a hit on the chin to hitting the canvas, children watching the world below from the tallest Pine tree in small town Wyoming, and bike rides through blizzards.

Painted Saints 2006’s Company Town and 2007’s The Bricks Might Breathe Again, share much in common with his work with other bands, with more focus on Slavic-style orchestrations, building on a chamber-folk sound. No Match For Greater Minds, from 2011, takes a turn for more aggression, with a seething, sometimes tense wall of sound. Paul began his work in film writing music for an English documentary about Slava Polunin, made my the same film makers who did the cult favorite Searching For the Wrong Eyed Jesus. While the film was struggling to finish itself, Paul won a MN Artist Initiative grant using the film's musical sketches. We was then able to record his first mostly instrumental orchestral album and create a series of 8 original films: Seven Secrets of Snow which was released in December of 2015, and received a 4 star review in Downbeat magazine.
The Pillowhammer
The Pillowhammer
The Pillowhammer " They're still our favorite local weirdos—especially since morphing into a warped, maudlin lounge act. Singer Jim Dorling croaks lyrics about coke dick and divorcees with "paper-clip eyes," occasionally firing up an air-raid siren to signal his distress. The Pillowhammer's shambling songs radiate enough bathos to turn any venue into the world's saddest airport bar." J. R. Nelson - Chicago Reader

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com