Wed November 01, 2017
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
A celebration and performance of Winston C.W.'s (Office Culture, Ball of Flame Shoot Fire) new solo album, "Thirty," with special appearances by Gabriel Birnbaum (of Wilder Maker) and Pat Kelly.
“Thirty” is the new solo album from Winston Cook-Wilson, a New-York-based singer-songwriter and writer. He also leads the smooth-rock unit Office Culture, and is a former member of Ball of Flame Shoot Fire, an experimental rock band that was active in NYC and Pittsburgh for 10 years. Coming courtesy of Brooklyn's Ruination Record Co., “Thirty" is a short set of songs, written with only piano and voice in mind, which follows hot on the heels of Office Culture’s June LP “I Did the Best I Could.” Winston repurposed and rewrote some older unused material from years past that fit with the themes of newer, simpler compositions. After spending years writing and recording the Office Culture album, Winston was looking for a taut group of songs that could be recorded live in “three days, as opposed to three years.” After writing the short song “Thirty,” Winston decided to center the album around that track and release it on his thirtieth birthday. He partnered with Cuddle Magic’s Chris McDonald to record the entire album in a weekend at McDonald’s home studio in Philadelphia, the central feature of which is a luxurious grand piano. Complemented by some light string arrangements and synths, “Thirty” is a intimate, melancholic and darkly humroous song cycle to usher in fall, with arrangements and melodies reminiscent of Harry Nilsson, Scott Walker, and Paul Buchanan.
Gabriel Birnbaum (Wilder Maker)
Urban pastorals unfold in the music of Gabriel Birnbaum, the multi-instrumentalist, singer and writer behind the songs of Brooklyn’s Wilder Maker. Wilder Maker’s songs keenly observe landscapes of desire and abandon, filled with colorful characters and street revelations, in a musical setting as boldly diverse as their NYC home base.
Pat Kelly is a singer-songwriter living in Brooklyn. A former member of Ball of Flame Shoot Fire, he recently released his sophomore solo album of intimate, guitar-driven songs, Planet X, and also plays drums in the band Office Culture.