Operator Music Band, Robert Earl Thomas, Miles Francis

/ Feb

Operator Music Band, Robert Earl Thomas, Miles Francis

Front Room
07:30 pm

Saturday Feb 10th

BSP Kingston  presents

Operator Music Band
Robert Earl Thomas (of WIDOWSPEAK, debut LP out 2.16)
Miles Francis (of EMEFE)

$10 / 18+ / 7:30 Doors / 8PM Show

With shades of art-pop experimentalism and electronic minimalism, New York’s Operator Music Band is a blend of the comforting analogue old and the kinetic digital new. Warbling synthesizers and waves of feedback noise wander over steady motorik beats, bringing krautrock into an exciting third wave of synthetic bliss. What ultimately defines their sound is an aesthetic and tonal malleability, never appearing too serious, or too silly.

There are a million songs dressed in white t-shirts and American denim, songs that drift through open spaces in some busted sedan, over lost highways that become tributaries to eventual static, crawling traffic and stifling density. There are a million more songs about being wild and green in the cities and outside them: a song about love for every person on this earth. Another Age, the debut album from Robert Earl Thomas, avoids inhabiting these clichés even as it embraces their personal influence, distilling plucky observations and reveries into something both universal and specific. This is an album about small moments with big emotional footprints, told humbly and honestly.

Miles Francis grew up in New York City. He has learned from the best, and it shows. Since he started playing – first the drums at 6, then guitar, bass, keyboards, other percussion, anything he could get his hands on – he’s been an eager and diligent student. He spent countless hours in his childhood basement dissecting Prince’s guitar parts, learning David Byrne’s vocal phrasing, recreating Dilla beats, meditating on Fela Kuti basslines, and studying Bowie’s chord progressions. As a working musician, Miles has collaborated and performed with tUnEyArDs, Sharon Jones, Mark Ronson, Amber Mark, Angelique Kidjo, Allen Toussaint, Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) and many others; toured the world with Will Butler (Arcade Fire), Antibalas and EMEFE; and appeared on shows like Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with David Letterman. All before the age of 26, too. He released his debut single, “You’re A Star,” in March 2017. Expect more soon.