Joseph

The Rialto Theatre Presents

Joseph

Run River North

Oct 16 Wed

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Rialto Theatre

$27.75 - $99

This event is all ages

Joseph
Joseph
Joseph, the band got theirstart playing backyard parties, and gradually amasseda devoted fanbase. Followingthe release of I’m Alone, No You’re Not—an album madewithMike Mogis(First Aid Kit, Jenny Lewis)—Joseph soon begantaking the stage at major festivals like Bonnaroo and touring with such artists as James Bay and Amos Lee. As they broughtGood Luck, Kid to life, the Closner sisters expanded on the elegantsynergyof elementsinitiallyglimpsed on their debut: Meegan’s sharp melodic skills, Allison’s gift for uncovering the emotional heart of eachtrack, and Natalie’s extraordinarysongwriting instincts. “Making this album, therewere so many times when we’d be trying to come up with the next verse to a song, and Natalie would pull together something amazing completely out of nowhere,” Allison recalls. “It’slike she’s some kind of magician.”In reflecting on the quiet metamorphosischronicled within Good Luck, Kid, Joseph hope that the album might spark a similar evolutionin listeners.“For me this recordis about stepping out of being avictim, and I’d love for it to helppeople feel like they havethe power to change their own lives too,” says Meegan. Inthe spirit of that well-wishing, Good Luck, Kid closes out with a starkly arranged butunforgettablytenderbenedictioncalled “Room for You.”“My best friend recently had a baby, and asI was holding him I had this feeling like, ‘I never want you to hurt, ever,’” says Natalie. “I love the idea of ending the recordby sending people off with that message: ‘I hope theworld makes room for youand your dreams.’ I know that an album can’t ever fixanything, but I hope it can be abalm whatever’s hurting, and helps peoplefeel like they’retrulybelieved in.”
Run River North
Run River North
Having ushered in a new era of the band with the release ofMonsters Calling Home, Vol. 1earlier this spring, the alternativeLos Angeles-based group Run River Northare set to embark on yet another exciting chapter with the second half of that EP collection,Monsters Calling Home, Vol. 2.With a fistful of their most ebullient, catchy, and radio-friendly songs to date, the trio-Alex Hwang(guitar/vocals), DanielChae(guitars/vocals), and Sally Kang(keys/vocals)—have completed their journey into the light, focused fully on a fresh, joyful sound while embracing their true communal identity andfeeling-driven instincts. And with lead single “Wake Up” paving their way, it’sclear that 2019 will be looked upon as the year Run River North truly began.Fully functioning as a three-piece since the departure of three founding members of the band in 2016, Hwang, Chae, and Kang have come into their own as a unit, forging a complementary axis from which towrite, record, and play. Their bond is made even stronger by the level of trust and respect they share for one another. “We have a really nice perspective of what it means to be a band now,” Hwang says. “Whether in songwriting or being a good tour mate, everyone wants to help each other out and knows how to do that within the group. It’s made for the perfect environment to make songs.”Seeking to expand not only their scope and reach but their methods of creation as well, the trio met with a number of other established musicians for songwriting sessions and discussions about their art. One such meeting with noted producer and TV on the Radioco-founder Dave Sitekresulted in a total re-thinking of their process. “What he had tosay about writing and beingan artist was a lot about feeling rather than thinking: ‘Once you start over-thinking things, you’ve lost the feeling involved’ is how he put it,” Hwang says. “And for me, so much of songwriting or being a musician had been in my head. What Dave said put us on a path of trying to write stuff that simply feels good, first and foremost.”Taking that fresh feeling-driven mentality into other sessions with artists like Hannah Hooper andChristian Zucconiof Grouplove, Chris Chu ofPOPETC, andNick Anderson ofThe Wrecks, Run River North began to settle into their own comfort zone. Comforted by learning that all artists share those early feelings of anxiety or doubt when beginning something new, the band were encouraged to follow theirbiggest visions and highest hopes for building a sound that reflects who they are and where they want to go. During the session with Anderson in particular, they realized that not only could they follow their hearts to whatever musical corner of the map they desired, but something golden was waiting for them there as a reward. This time, it came in the form of “Wake Up,” their biggest, boldest, and best song todate.
“We’ve always wanted to write bigger pop songs,but we were unsure of what our voice would be like in that world,” Hwang says. “This feels like the right time for ‘Wake Up.’ It doesn’t need any explanation to tell you why it’s a good song. We’ve always been chasing after that. It almost felt like we were being led by the song, and every time we went in a new direction we weren’t comfortable with, we just said ‘yes.’ That was the difference: ‘Why not do what we haven’t done before?’ That shaped the songand is the message of the song as well.”Guided by Anderson’s propensity to challenge the band with sonic left turns, the song maintains a playful, free-spirited vibe and explores another new avenue for Run River North’s lyrical themes: joy. Lines like “We ain’t gotno money but we got lots of time” and “set heaven on fire” reveal where Hwangandthe others are coming from in their new 2019 skin, and that feeling has already started being transmitted to their live audiences. “Every time we play it, itgets an immediate response. Our songs sometimes take so much emotion to perform but this one feels effortless. It allowsus to stay present and just have a lot more fun while playing.We all can feel it: this is the song.”While that sentiment will undoubtedly hold true, “Wake Up” is followed by four other songs that complement its epic scope with similar vibes and feel. “Monsters” is a supremely catchy banger co-written with the husband-and-wife pop duo Vinyl Pinupsthat is propelled by a frenetic energy and anthemic chorus. “OK Cool” is a fun, poppy jam that stems from a Michael Jackson-inspiredbeat created by Chae, and “I’m Amazing,” co-written with POP ETC’s Chu, maintains the EP’s level of bravado, confidence, and exuberant enthusiasm. The closing piano ballad “Let Me Down” was co-written with producer Derek Fuhrmann(Andrew McMahon, KYGO, O.A.R.) and ends the record on a sentimental yet sweet note. Vol. 2is produced by engineerMiro Mackie, who worked as the drum tech on the band’s previous full-length,Drinking from a Salt Pond. With Miro’s assist,the beat-driven sound oftheEPand its attention to sonic details serves as an extension of the joyful, feeling-based songwriting.For Run River North, that sensibility serves as their guiding principle and has allowed them tofinally reach the musical heights to which they have always aspired.With the collaborative, communaleffort ofMonsters Calling Home, Vol. 2, the band will surely see themselves atop the airwaves for many years to come.“To us, the record feels new and youthful and at the same time very pure and happy,” Hwang says. “Thatcontagious, genuine sense ofjoyis something we’ve been wanting to get to, and it’s been really fun to discover while working with other musicians we respect and looking inside ourselves as well.”
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