Branches – Tickets – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL – April 30th, 2017


Kickstand Productions Presents!


Cousins, Sedgewick

Sun, April 30, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$12.00 - $14.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 17 and over

...the lady and gentlemen of Branches are a fun-folk-force to be reckoned with. Birthed in a living room in the suburbs of Los Angeles in 2010, Branches spent their first year together making friends, playing shows, and writing and recording the songs for their EPs (“O, Light!”, “Cabin”, “Songs For Christmas”) and their full-length (“Thou Art The Dream”, released 2/12.)

Through both singalong celebration and solitary longing, their recordings provide the full spectrum of what this band is capable of: Indie-folk-rock-family-fun in a style that has been compared to the likes of Death Cab For Cutie, The Lumineers, Mumford and Sons, and The Head and The Heart. Pouring as much creativity and imagination into every live experience as they have into their studio recordings, they have been honored to sing in such notable California venues like the Hotel Cafe (Hollywood), The Independent (San Francisco), & the Glass House (Pomona), as well as touring nationally in the college circuit and enjoying their first venture into the crazy world of SXSW. Along the way, Branches has been honored to share the stage with such acts as MUTEMATH, Ivan and Alyosha, Twin Forks, Milo Greene, Charlie Peacock, Tyrone Wells, Family of The Year, and so many other wonderful friends and musicians.

Branches has also seen great success in the world of television and trailer licensing, including spots on Cougar Town (TBS), One Tree Hill (CW), and The X Factor (FOX), among others. Branches was also recently listed as one of “12 California Acts You Should Listen to Now” by Paste Magazine.

Currently, Branches are gearing up to enjoy another fun year of traveling, singing, and making friends in the wake of the release of their single, "Darlin'", also debuted on Paste Magazine. Under the watchful eye of Producer Andy Freeman (Eisley, Manchester Orchestra), this folk-pop-confessional came to life within the four walls of The Fortress (LA), and as Branches continue to take "Darlin'" beyond those four walls, this little love anthem is certain to leave an impression.

When they’re not on the road or in the studio, the band spends most of their time laughing at each other, frequenting local Mexican cuisine, and loving their lives. Join them for a night of singing and see for yourself what their music is all about.
Finding a groove carved by gospel and hymnal roots, Cousins focuses on group vocals combined with folk rock waves. The rawness in their sound is a testament of their humble and honest attitudes towards life. Nothing gimmicky here, just 6 friends close enough to call each other family.
Hear: a steady upright bass singing low—over the sounds of kids laughing and playing; soft, intricate vocal harmonies that melt together like cream; the hum of strings like a soft swarm of bees; a gratifying rhythmic shift. Take these elements (among others), add lyrics that feel almost-familiar, not because you've heard them but because you've felt them before, and you have Chicago-based group Sedgewick.

The multi-dimensional songs of Sedgewick's debut EP "Gardens" offer gentle arcs and motion (both moving forward and pulling back, in semblance to the tide) and call forth history, a bittersweet nostalgia (as if there is any other kind of nostalgia). Members sing of nostalgia that it is an act of "grasping at vines." At times, the listener is situated in a park-like public space, or perhaps by a river. At other times, more organic sounds are infiltrated by the buzz of something mechanical like a heart monitor in a hospital, or the glitch of a subtle malfunction of one of the many devices on which most of our daily lives rely.

These tunes echo a circular trajectory, evoking present, past and future. This uncanny comfort doesn't occur just because the artists who comprise Sedgewick have been making music together for many years now or because this music sounds like the craft of old friends—but because the many layers of each song guide listeners through an experience of time on a loop. And because this experience of time is, in fact, a reflection of life, there is joy and relief to be found in these songs, a kind of sonic sympathy.

It's as though the young, talented musicians, artists who come from the west, east, and very center of this diverse country, are making some kind of map key together. Their directory speaks of the novice of walking, paving a new path beside an old road that is sometimes buckling, sometimes regrettably sturdy.
Venue Information:
Beat Kitchen
2100 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60618

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