The Ballroom Thieves
Friday, April 24, 2020 8:00 PM
$15 adv / $18 day of show
7pm / Show:
19+ (minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian)
All tickets are general admission. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a seat.
In a society buoyed by lies, it takes strength to confront the truth. Unlovely
, the third full length album from Calin “Callie” Peters
(vocals, cello, bass), Martin Earley
(vocals, guitar), and Devin Mauch
(vocals, percussion), isn’t about the complete absence of beauty. Instead, the eleven tracks on The Ballroom Thieves
latest LP are a sonic encapsulation of emotional and political dissonance, the constant state of discomfort that’s enveloped the world for the past few years.
“We write about the things that are important to us and right now, it’s impossible to ignore the inadequate state of the world
,” says Earley. “We just wrote the songs that came out of us and they happened to be largely political.”
He continues, “In an ideal world, we would never write a political record—there’d be nothing extreme enough to warrant it.”
Tackling subjects as weighty as greed, inequality, privilege, and narcissism, and as light as fulfillment and adoration, Unlovely
offers a track for every occasion, whether you’re furious, depressed, exhausted, or hopeful. Songs like “Homme Run
” and the title track boil over with exasperation and disgust, rage and resentment running through every line in protest of today’s global status quo. Others like “Love is Easy
” and “Tenebrist
” turn the focus inward onto doubts of purpose and identity.
As their first album entirely co-written by Peters and Earley, save for Peters’ song “Pendulum
is a tangible reflection of their evolution from band members to life partners. “Figuring out how to write as a writing team has been something of an adventure
,” says Earley. “We used to create songs more separately but found that we complement each other well in almost every sense of the word, including songwriting. Most of the songs I brought to the table were inspired by our dreadful news cycle but tend to involve some sort of hopeful or romantic spin, whereas most of Callie's songs are about smashing the patriarchy and destroying evil forever."
Songs like “Begin Again
” and the Gilberto & Getz-influenced “Don’t Wanna Dance
” serve as a window into Peters’ perspective, someone who is, as she says, “smiling through
” regardless of how difficult and frustrating that facade is to maintain. “I began writing a few years ago, and when I started, it felt like I opened up this whole verbal world in my head
,” says Peters. “For a while, I thought that by writing all the time, I was perpetuating my pain, but over time, I’ve found a way to use words to help ease my mind.”
“I wrote a lot of the lines while sitting in the van and having a difficult time as we drove past nondescript highways
,” she says, adding that while some of her notes were unintelligible, others were crafted with more poetic intentions. “I hope that by getting some of my thoughts down, I could show someone lonely that there might be one other human in the world who feels like they do.”
Incorporating musical styles that range from Motown to classic rock and metal, Unlovely
maintains the recognizable, nostalgia-tinged sound of The Ballroom Thieves’ previous outputs while pushing a heightened brashness. Since the release of their first EP and debut full-length, A Wolf in the Doorway
, The Ballroom Thieves have consistently and skillfully crossed genres, joining artists like Caamp, Langhorne Slim and Shakey Graves to bridge the gap between folk, rock and soul. With Unlovely
, thanks in part to frequent collaborator Ariel Bernstein
, the trio took it a step further and grew their instrumental arsenal, amplifying their signature energy and eccentricity. "Ariel has been a great friend of ours for years now
," says Earley. "He's a talented musician, engineer, and unlicensed band therapist, so when we decided to expand our touring party, he was the unanimous first round draft pick."
Engineered and produced by Jerry Streeter
(Brandi Carlile, The Lumineers, Vance Joy), Unlovely
was recorded in and around the northeast, predominantly at HearStudios in Camden, Maine.
It’s their unique brand of powerful and harmonious music, while never shying away from topics and ideas they are passionate about that has charmed fans around the country. Their catalogue has amassed over 85 million streams and they’ve gained a loyal live following, selling out shows and earning festival spots at Boston Calling, Newport Folk, Moon River, Mountain Jam,
and Calgary Folk
. Ultimately, Unlovely
sets the stage for The Thieves to continue to impact listeners everywhere.
The Redstone Room at River Music Experience is a standing room only concert venue. All tickets are General Admission unless otherwise stated. For the comfort of our guests, a limited amount of seating is available on a first come first serve basis:
- Reserved Tables: a limited number of tables are for sale in advance, sold through our ticketing service. You will need to add both your General Admission tickets AND your Reserved Tables to the cart for purchase. Reserve Tables come with 4 seats to a table.
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- Disability: If you require handicap accessible seating, you will need to purchase your General Admission ticket first, and then call the box office to reserve up to 2 seats. Tables must be purchased separately.
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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Most shows in the Redstone Room are 19+, unless otherwise noted, but minors may attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
RME & The Redstone Room are in the heart of downtown Davenport, and accessible by public transportation or cabs & ride-share apps (Uber, Lyft). There is a paid parking garage right next to the RME that only costs a couple of dollars for an evening. When using the ramp, make sure that you prepay at the pay stations in the garage stairwell or on the Parkmobile app. Free street parking is available, but sometimes hard to find on concert nights.
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