with Run River North
Fri Oct 18
with Run River North
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The mesmerizing folk singer-songwriter trio are headed back to Belly Up with new music! Look out for the sisters' newest single "Fighter" from their upcoming album, "Good Luck, Kid" out September 13th!Buy Tickets
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Genre: alternative / indie
Ticket Price: $28 advanced & day of show / $48 reserved loft seating (loft seating is available over the phone or in person at our box office)/ $99 Meet Jo VIP Meet & Greet Package (available online only)
Every ticket purchased includes an album!
Meet Jo - VIP Meet & Greet
One general admission ticket with early entry to see Joseph live
Meet & greet / photo opportunity with Joseph
Invitation to a special pre-show experience, featuring:
Private 2-song performance
Q&A session with Joseph
Access to a cash bar*
An autographed merchandise gift custom designed by the band
Early merchandise shopping opportunity before general doors
*Local liquor laws apply
The sophomore effort from Oregon-bred trio Joseph, Good Luck, Kid is a road movie in album form, an odyssey at turns emotional, existential, and entirely literal. With their intimate storytelling and restless intensity, Natalie Schepman and her sisters Allison and Meegan Closner detail that journey in songs that careen and sprawl and often soar, ultimately spinning a narrative of life-changing transformation.
“The through-line of the album is this idea of moving into the driver’s seat of your own life—recognizing that you’re the adult now, and everything’s up to you from this moment on,” says Natalie. “You’re not completely sure of how to get where you need to go, and you don’t have any kind of a map to help you. It’s just the universe looking down on you like, ‘Good luck, kid.’”
In the making of Good Luck, Kid, Joseph deliberately strayed from the dreamy folk of their 2016 debut I’m Alone, No You’re Not, giving way to a far grittier and more dynamic sound. Produced by Christian “Leggy” Langdon (Meg Myers, Charlotte OC), the result is a nuanced breed of pop/rock built on thick drums and lustrous guitars, heavy grooves and radiant melodies. Despite that bolder sonic palette, Good Luck, Kid remains centered on the band’s crystalline vocal work, including the otherworldly harmonies that suggest a near-telepathic connection among sisters.
Kicking off Good Luck, Kid with the sweeping lead single “Fighter,” Joseph immediately prove the transcendent power of that connection, even as their lyrics speak to a nearly disastrous discord. “That song’s about how our band almost broke up,” explains Natalie. “It’s the story of the three of us wanting different things and dealing with that conflict, and eventually deciding to just keep going.” Driven by a heady momentum, Good Luck, Kid then takes on the breakneck pace of the title track, a gloriously dizzying anthem that channels the raw urgency of desire. But on “Green Eyes,” Joseph shift into a torchy poignancy, echoing the album’s undercurrent of romantic devastation. “‘Green Eyes’ is about wanting to stay with someone but giving them the freedom to walk away, and feeling the pain of realizing that they’re no longer in this with you,” Meegan points out.
On “Revolving Door”—the gorgeously sorrowful centerpiece to Good Luck, Kid—that pain reaches a heart-crushing crescendo. “As we were putting the record together, the arc that emerged was ‘Hope, Betrayal, Rebirth,’” says Meegan. “We put ‘Revolving Door’ at the middle because it’s about that moment of finally realizing ‘Okay, you don’t choose this—you don’t choose me.’ It’s the pinnacle of betrayal, and it’s the turning point for the whole album.”
With the remainder of Good Luck, Kid documenting what Natalie describes as “a rising-up out of the ashes,” Joseph grace every song with the captivating chemistry they first discovered upon forming in 2014. Spontaneously choosing their name on a trip to visit their grandfather in the Oregon town of Joseph, the band got their start playing backyard parties, and gradually amassed a devoted fanbase. Following the release of I’m Alone, No You’re Not—an album made with Mike Mogis (First Aid Kit, Jenny Lewis)—Joseph soon began taking the stage at major festivals like Bonnaroo and touring with such artists as James Bay and Amos Lee. As they brought Good Luck, Kid to life, the Closner sisters expanded on the elegant synergy of elements initially glimpsed on their debut: Meegan’s sharp melodic skills, Allison’s gift for uncovering the emotional heart of each track, and Natalie’s extraordinary songwriting instincts. “Making this album, there were 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’s like she’s some kind of magician.”
In reflecting on the quiet metamorphosis chronicled within Good Luck, Kid, Joseph hope that the album might spark a similar evolution in listeners. “For me this record is about stepping out of being a victim, and I’d love for it to help people feel like they have the power to change their own lives too,” says Meegan. In the spirit of that well-wishing, Good Luck, Kid closes out with a starkly arranged but unforgettably tender benediction called “Room for You.” “My best friend recently had a baby, and as I was holding him I had this feeling like, ‘I never want you to hurt, ever,’” says Natalie. “I love the idea of ending the record by sending people off with that message: ‘I hope the world makes room for you and your dreams.’ I know that an album can’t ever fix anything, but I hope it can be a balm whatever’s hurting, and helps people feel like they’re truly believed in.”
Run River North
Having ushered in a new era of the band with the release of Monsters Calling Home, Vol. 1 earlier this spring, the alternative Los Angeles-based group Run River North are 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), Daniel Chae (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 and feeling-driven instincts. And with lead single “Wake Up” paving their way, it’s clear 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 to write, 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 Radio co-founder Dave Sitek resulted in a total re-thinking of their process. “What he had to say about writing and being an 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 and Christian Zucconi of Grouplove, Chris Chu of POP ETC, and Nick Anderson of The 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 their biggest 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 to date.
“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 song and 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 got no money but we got lots of time” and “set heaven on fire” reveal where Hwang and the 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, it gets an immediate response. Our songs sometimes take so much emotion to perform but this one feels effortless. It allows us 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 Pinups that is propelled by a frenetic energy and anthemic chorus. “OK Cool” is a fun, poppy jam that stems from a Michael Jackson-inspired beat 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. 2 is produced by engineer Miro 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 of the EP and 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 to finally reach the musical heights to which they have always aspired. With the collaborative, communal effort of Monsters 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. “That contagious, genuine sense of joy is 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.”