Upstate w/ The Chordaes & Handsome Hound at The Loft (Standing Room Ticket) - 7/18Thursday, July 18 2019 6:30pm Doors / 7:30pm Start
Upstate w/ The Chordaes & Handsome Hound at The Loft (Standing Room Ticket) - 7/18
at The Loft at City Winery
Tickets will be $20 Day of Show
For Upstate, the last few years have been a time of profound exploration and self-discovery. As the band knocked off milestone after milestone on the road, their sound, their lineup, and even their name all underwent dramatic metamorphoses. Challenging and thrilling all at once, those changes have finally culminated in the band’s dazzling new album, a collection that showcases both their remarkable growth and their adventurous blend of folk, R&B, jazz, gospel, and rock and roll.
Recorded primarily over six days at the Clubhouse studio in Rhinebeck, NY, ‘Healing’ is Upstate’s first release with new member Allison Olender, their first with four contributing songwriters, and their first since shortening their name from Upstate Rubdown. It’s also their first project to be produced by Wood Brothers percussionist Jano Rix, who helped the group embrace their transformation and lean in to their unique lineup without sacrificing any of the gorgeous harmonies, eclectic arrangements, and unforgettable performances that have defined the band since their earliest days.
Upstate first emerged from New York’s Hudson Valley in 2015 with their critically acclaimed debut, ‘A Remedy.’ The Poughkeepsie Journal raved that the group “need[s] nothing more than their voices to channel rhythm and stoke your emotions,” while Chronogram hailed their “infectiously sunny organic stew,” and The Alt called them “toe-tapping, contagious, and fun.” The album earned the band festival performances from Mountain Jam to FreshGrass, as well as a slew of national headline dates and support slots with everyone from The Felice Brothers and Phox to Marco Benevento and Cory Henry.
There's a reason Handsome Hound has been called the "musical version of 60 mg of Prozac." With its energetic, lyric-driven music, the group turns quiet rooms into spirited dance halls, in their home city and beyond. The group sets meaningful lyrics to ear-worm melodies buoyed by guitars, drums, and horns, blending musical styles and influences including folk, rock, pop, Americana, and country.
Handsome Hound was formed in Washington, DC in 2015 by partners Cuchulain Kelly and Claire Daviss, who met through music communities. Collaborating with top musicians in the DC area, the band released their debut EP, I Guess We're Doing Alright, in 2016, featuring the crowd favorite "Hannah."
Since then, the band has rapidly developed a devoted following. They perform in intimate house shows up and down the East Coast, and have headlined some of the DC’s historic music venues and festivals, including the Black Cat, Rock and Roll Hotel, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Millennium Stage. The group has come to be known as a dynamic live band, experimenting with acoustic and electric instrumentation, horns, and strings.
In 2018, Handsome Hound self-released its ten-song debut LP, Mountain on Fire. Engineered by Beat Baby Studios (Wye Oak, Lower Dens) and mastered by Sarah Register (Big Thief, The Shins), the highly anticipated album captures the band’s energetic live sound while elevating carefully crafted lyrics. Written over the course of several years, the album draws heavily on Claire’s and Cuchulain’s experiences as “weekend warriors” - musicians who work full-time jobs while committing their weekends to writing and performing, a balance typical for artists living in DC. While retaining tongue-in-cheek playfulness, the songs grapple with loneliness, feeling out of place, anxiety, and growing up.
Claire and Cuchulain now live in Palo Alto, CA and call the Bay Area their musical home.