Roadkill Ghost Choir

Roadkill Ghost Choir

The Artisanals, Paige Calico

Mon · November 13, 2017

8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Roadkill Ghost Choir
Roadkill Ghost Choir
It’s been two years since Roadkill Ghost Choir has taken listeners on a ride. Last trip, brothers Andrew and Zach Shepard packed the car with high aspirations, a top-notch crew of musicians and the profound swelter of the South. With the upcoming arrival of False Youth Etcetera, the brothers have outgrown their roots in a supersonic fashion – exchanging their broken-down vehicles for an electrified magic carpet ride that soars through the night sky.

Amidst the surprise success of the band’s first record, primary songwriter Andrew was hardened by his experiences on the road, and under pressure to deliver new songs that outshined previous releases. It’s no surprise False Youth Etcetera feels like a turn towards the fantastical, an anthemic escape compared to past output. It’s immediately felt on the band’s first single, “Classics (Die Young),” which bends beautifully and purposefully in the direction of synth-pop, and sets the tone for the entire record.

“Going into [the band’s first major release] In Tongues, I was terrified because I had never written under such a time crunch, and I struggled with writer’s block,” notes Shepard. “For False Youth Etcetera, it ended up being the first time I didn’t have a timeline. I was able to navigate what I really wanted to do musically and lyrically. This record is more textural, with more synth and more interesting experimentation within our sound and genre.”

Shepard is pointed in the departure from their familiar Americana sound, confirming “there is no banjo” on False Youth Etcetera. This desire to explore new musical terrain was only bolstered by Shepard’s adoration for similar sonic explorations and artists transcending their genre to create a unique sound – rooted in influences such as The War On Drugs, Neu! and Bruce Springsteen. The result is an album that clearly and beautifully delivers the group to a whole new infectious, cosmic terrain.
The Artisanals
The Artisanals
Paige Calico
Paige Calico
Imagine if Brian Wilson and Joni Mitchell wrote and recorded together. The resulting music might sound a lot like Paige Calico, lyrically elegant songs with sweet melodics and rich, lush harmonies.

Here on her first solo collection after time with the duo The Dwells, comes an EP of six delicately crafted songs, all rendered with resplendent Paige-sung harmonies.

Like Joni and Brian and few others, Paige excels at singing layers of vocals, evoking that spirit of peace and harmony, a timelessly intimate sound that forever sings of Laurel Canyon. Her music is both reminiscent of the past but also bravely new, creating a poignant hybrid of mystic alternative Americana.

Born and raised in West Milford, New Jersey, just a car drive from the lights of Broadway, she sang and danced as soon as she could walk. Recognizing her talent and love of music, her parents gave her a solid musical education from the start. West Milford was chosen because it had one of the best music programs in the region; she studied music from the age of eight to seventeen with Doug Heyburn. She studied voice as well as piano, guitar, sang in multiple choirs, and starred in many musicals. Inspired by great singers of the past, she absorbed the grace and greatness of timeless sirens such as Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. The haunting soulfulness of their voices, and the way they delivered a lyric, forever impacted her own music.

Paige spent weekends at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). On Saturdays she would be there learning theory and standards. She lived and breathed music non-stop. “I was busy from when I woke up at 7 am to 8 pm at night,” she said, “with all the lessons and plays and dance I did. But I loved it. It was my passion. And it still is.”

She enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston at 18, where she studied voice as well as songwriting, poetry and the music business. She formed a duo with fellow Berklee student Matthew Bean called The Dwells. They wrote and self released two full length albums, gigged frequently in and around Boston, and on breaks toured along the East and West coast. Upon graduating, The Dwells embarked on a cross country tour in an old Chevy Coachman that the two of them and her father refinished.
Paige first fell in love with the Golden State while visiting Los Angeles at 14 for a singing and acting showcase. But it wasn’t until she was living in Maine after a long cold winter of reclusion and writing that she decided to pack her bags and drive across country solo for an extreme change.

It was on that drive that she wrote some of the songs that comprise this, her first solo album. “The Hard Way” was the first she wrote soon upon leaving the East Coast, while “Haunting Me” emerged after a sleep full of nightmares while crashing at a friends place. With deep colors of bluegrass, folk and Americana intertwining, she knew they were ripe for rich harmonies.

Soon a crop of six songs were polished and ready to record. Co-producing with Devon Geyer (of the band Decorations), they spent six months crafting the record. Unlike the two previous albums she recorded quickly, this one was allowed to slowly simmer and grow. “This was my first album sort of on my own,” she said, “and I knew it had to be right. So I took the process really slow. Nothing was rushed …it’s what I needed. I am taking that lesson for my life too, not to rush things, especially self discovery.” 

In addition to singing all the lead and harmony vocals, Paige plays acoustic guitar. Geyer covers electric guitars and bass, with Mike Brown & Burleigh McDowell on drums, Dylan Zmed on mandolin, and Brad Snow on keyboards. The beautiful photography throughout is by the legendary Henry Diltz. The album was engineered by Geyer, mixed by Mario Borgatta, and mastered by Gentry Studer.

Venue Information:
Moroccan Lounge
901 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA, 90012