JONATHAN BREE - ROBBING MILLIONS
Extra informationEarly Bird tickets available until 04.04
An unusual pop night from melancholic orchestral strings to italian prog rock influences
WhenMon. 4 May, 2020
The self-proclaimed master of misery performs behind masks and leans on pantomime and 1960s nostalgia. This is where lounge and mod cultures hook-up in a dance hall and bond over melancholic orchestral strings
Jonathan Bree is a musician from New Zealand, known for melodic compositions where he croons about modern life and love, over string parts that slide precariously between notes and dulcitones chimes. The end result is a musical palette one could describe as dark Disney. These elements are present in his breakthrough viral hit, ‘You’re So Cool,’ which currently has over 12 million views on YouTube.
His live shows have also gained him a cult following across the world. Masked band members in pioneering clothing are set against a backdrop of cinematic projections created specifically for each song. Unusual for an indie act, he also has two dancers who perform other-worldly choreographed routines along with the music. These performances have seen Jonathan Bree tour extensively across the globe. A reviewer from Time Out Australia was "mesmerized" by his "surreal and filmic" show at the Sydney Arts Festival.
His latest single ‘Waiting on the Moment’ is a break-up song you can dance to. It expresses the pain of revisiting places where a love you once knew had significance. In this case a karaoke bar. Rather than presented within a tearjerker ballad, the music gives another angle, one of celebration. There is an optimism in moving on, confronting and acting on your sense of loss. Many of Bree’s signature sounds are present - bendy strings, clicky bass, dulcitone and arpeggiated synth, but it's perhaps his most pop focused track to date.
Robbing Millions is back! After the release of a critically acclaimed eponymous debut album in late 2016 and appearances on many prestigious venues (Pitchfork Paris, Pukkelpop, Dour Festival, Eurosonic, Paleo Festival,etc) Lucien Fraipont's avant-pop has known a lull. The different members of the band each went their own way and Lucien went alone to Los Angeles where he found an ideal collaborator in Shags Chamberlain, cult ﬁgure of the indie scene known for his work with Ariel Pink, Drugdealer and Mac Demarco. Between these sessions, Lucien collaborated with Aksak Maboul as a sideman and produced the first EP of the surprising Judith Kiddo that he accompanies on stage. The duo worked on the album for eighteen months during different sessions in Brussels and Los Angeles. The result is a journey of 18 songs with surprising inﬂuences including Brazilian MPB, Wally Badarou, Italian progressive rock efﬂuves, video game music and the weirdo pop of Ariel Pink and Gary Wilson. Scheduled for release in 2020!