Milky Chance: Blossom Tour – Tickets – College Street Music Hall. – New Haven, CT – January 21st, 2018

Milky Chance: Blossom Tour

MOD 102.3 Presents:

Milky Chance: Blossom Tour

Lewis Capaldi

Sun, January 21, 2018

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

$30.00

This event is all ages

This event is General Admission Standing Room on the Floor and Reserved Seated in the Balcony.

Milky Chance
Milky Chance
Before it can burst into flame, every fire needs an initial spark. For Milky Chance, that flickering introduction came a little over three years ago when they released their now infamous debut track “Stolen Dance”. After its release, Milky Chance ascended to the coveted number one spot in several countries, became the “most blogged about act” on the Hype Machine, and released the successful follow-up singles “Down By The River” and “Flashed Junk Mind” off of their self-produced album ‘Sadnecessary.’

As a result, the duo left their small hometown for multiple tours that took them across
several continents, to the fields of Glastonbury, the desert of Coachella, and the stage of Lollapalooza. It’s this journey, replete with the push and pull of emotion that comes from being uprooted that forms the basis of their new album ‘Blossom’.

Comprised of childhood friends Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch, Milky Chance emerged from Kassel, Germany. It’s an average sized town slap bang in the center of the country, the sort of place where everyone knows one another. But it’s also a breeding ground for creativity. “It feels easier to concentrate on what you really want to do if you’re not distracted by big city life”, says Philipp.

When the pair finished school, they had plans to travel through Europe on a bus with their friends. The release of “Stolen Dance” and their debut album ‘Sadnecessary’ made this dream a reality, as Milky Chance spent the better part of 350 days taking their music from The United States and Europe to South Africa and Australia. But therein lays the problem. “It was like we finished with school, then we were thrown into a big industry”, says Clemens. “It was great. Every day was an adventure. But everyone who goes on that journey of adventure after school gets to return home.”

Home, and the feeling of being entrenched in the foundation of one place,
isn’t just an important necessity - it’s a human need. And for Milky Chance,
it’s also a feeling that’s tied up in a multitude of emotion. “As an artist you
fuel a lot of creativity by jumping into the bus and going somewhere new,
but it’s also about being rooted somewhere”, says Clemens. Perhaps even
more pertinent though is this: in the years between the release of ‘Sadnecessary’
and this new album, Clemens welcomed someone new into his life - his
daughter.

“You want to hold it all together. You want to be a musician, but you also want to be a good father”, he says. One specific track on the album, the title track, is about his “view changing in life” since his daughter was born. Ultimately, it is things like this that have fueled the conception of this latest collection of tracks. As the band themselves tell it, “it’s about the experience we had in the last two years and the two different worlds we’ve jumped into: touring, then being home in our private life with family and friends and trying to keep the balance”.

The first single to rise from this period of reflection is “Cocoon”, a track that’s “about being in a certain situation, trying to work with it, figure out what you’ve done and why you did so”. As its name and sound implies, the track also brings forth a palpable sense of returning to a place of serenity. Or in Clemens own words “trying to find a place where you can be yourself and not be distracted; to slow down and reflect on yourself”.

Across the rest of ‘Blossom’, we’re introduced to a vigorous, secure Milky Chance. With that extended period of adventure and personal development now built into their roots, there’s a renewed sense of depth to the band’s serenely alluring jams. It’s a sound that pops and bursts into life, but running through its bedrock is a sense of learning and reflection.

Like their previous album ‘Sadnecessary’, there’s no doubt that ‘Blossom’ will enter the ears of the music world with an unrelenting force - and their hearts. Ultimately though, this is a record that belongs to Milky Chance. If we think of music as a learning experience, something to help us make sense of our life, then this is a record that’s helped Milky Chance to do that. It is a process, an experience, a chapter in life – and it’s all burnt onto one record that captures those feelings in detail.
Lewis Capaldi
Lewis Capaldi
When Lewis Capaldi’s debut single Bruises exploded at the start of 2017 it seemed from an outside perspective to have all the hallmarks of an overnight sensation. How could this 20-year-old with a soul-wrenching voice that sounded like it had been hewn from granite seemingly emerge from nowhere with a song of such emotional depth?

A stripped-back and almost painfully raw meditation on love and loss from a writer who seemed like he’d already lived several lives and had the scars to prove it, within weeks it had racked up an astonishing 15 million Spotify plays and topped streaming charts around the world.

“Once we got to 10 million, I was like, ‘Right, I’m going to stop looking at this because I’m happy with that,’” laughs Capaldi, sat in a Soho coffee shop in a rare bit of down time. “People ask me, ‘How do you feel about everything?’ I’m confused, I’m like, ‘How the hell has this happened?’ I was happy to release something and then to just see it explode. People are telling me that they’ve heard it in shops in Thailand, they’ve been in Zante and Magaluf and Ibiza and they’ve heard remixes of it in clubs. It’s absolutely mental. I’m kind of always thinking that someone’s going to turn around and tell me, ‘Oh lad, we’re only joking!’”

Have a listen to any of the other tunes Capaldi has been stockpiling into a goldmine of songs and it seem very, very unlikely that anyone will be saying that. Capaldi is that rare thing: a writer who can take his own experiences and pain and craft them into deeply effecting, heart-bruised truths that resonate with anyone who hears them.

If Capaldi seems to have a maturity as an artist and a performer that goes beyond his years then that might be down to the fact that he’s had a bit of a head start. In fact, given the years of graft the West Lothian native has put in, he’d probably take umbrage at the notion that it was an “overnight” success.

“I picked the guitar up at nine, started writing songs at eleven and then was gigging from 12 onwards,” he states matter-of-factly, before delivering a bit of customary self-deprecation. “I mean, they were awful songs, but it was fun. I was always trying to get in places, playing at pubs. I’d show up and try and blag my way in. I’d have to hide in the toilets and then jump out and do my set as quickly as possible before anyone knew there was a 12-year-old in the pub.”

From then on in Capaldi devoted every spare moment he had to writing and performing. Playing gigs in Glasgow, Edinburgh and anywhere he could find a receptive audience, he was constantly working on songs, finding his voice as a songwriter and honing his craft with unwavering dedication. All the while developing the rough-around-the-edges vocals that would make those songs soar.

“I’m constantly writing. Even now, if I’m not doing a gig or in rehearsals, I’m writing. It’s constant because you’re only as good as your next song,” he says, perhaps forgetting for a moment that he’s got one of the most acclaimed debut releases this year already under his belt. “A lot of my pals laugh because they’re roofers and electricians and they’ve got real jobs, and I’ll go, ‘Oh man, I’m so stressed out trying to write songs,” They’re like, “Shut the hell up.” I get it, but it’s a slog, man. It can be proper difficult at times.”

It’s a slog that has paid off in spades. With “hundreds of songs” crafted in the last year alone, Lewis Capaldi is already shaping up to be one of the British Isles’ most gifted songwriters. Preposterously, when it comes to the daunting process of picking a dozen for a debut album in the future, he feels that Bruises might not even make the cut.

“An album has to sound cohesive. So if Bruises still to me feels like it should be on the album at that point, then I don’t see why not,” he ponders. “I’m constantly writing, but then it’s the hope that every song will be better than the last one. It’s just constantly trying to better yourself.”

Not a bad position to find yourself in, but if he feels the success of his first offering might be fading he’s sorely mistaken.

“Yesterday I phoned up the bank and the girl was like, “I’ll phone you back in ten minutes…” She phoned back in ten minutes and said, “Oh, I recognised your name, I really like your song”.’ He recalls with disbelief. “Things like that are just like ‘… Oh shit, that’s weird.’”

Much as he might currently find it strange, Capaldi’s success is only going to grow from here. He’d better get used to it.
Venue Information:
College Street Music Hall.
238 College Street
New Haven, CT, 06510
http://www.collegestreetmusichall.com

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