A Spacebomb Revue in London: A Look Back
At the Spacebomb Revue in London earlier this month, we invited artists from across the United States, UK, and France to take part in a grand scale performance with the Spacebomb House Band complete with strings, horns, and singers. Helming the ship on stage and off – alongside the host of the evening, Matthew E. White – was music director and Spacebomb’s in-house producer and arranger Trey Pollard.
Trey Pollard on his experience at the Revue:
Getting to share the stage with all these artists that we’ve worked with over the last few years, revisiting the music and in most cases performing the songs in a way that had never been done live, was very special. Seeing everyone come together and put on a show for the audience and ourselves, it felt like we were finishing a chapter of the Spacebomb Story.
Spacebomb House Band’s Pinson Chanselle (drums) and Cameron Ralston (bass) rehearse on the day before the show
Trey Pollard, Pinson Chanselle, and Matthew E. White tape sheet music parts together in the hotel lobby
Cocoon performs his duet with Natalie Prass, “Retreat”
Bedouine stuns the audience with her song “Solitary Daughter”
Foxygen’s Sam France and Jackie Rado
Charlie Fink leaves the stage after performing two songs from his latest album, Cover My Tracks
The Spacebomb House Band takes a bow: Pinson Chanselle, Cameron Ralston, Alan Parker, Matthew E. White, and Trey Pollard
Relive the Revue with this Spotify playlist of all of the songs performed there:
photos by Nick Helderman
A Spacebomb Revue in London: The Visuals
On October 6th, Spacebomb took over London’s Barbican Hall for the first Spacebomb Revue in London. The show featured over a dozen artists with whom we’ve worked over the past year, backed by the Spacebomb House Band and hosted by Matthew E. White. Thank you to everyone there who decided to spend their Friday evening with us, to those who traveled from afar, to the featured artists who flew in from around the world, and to the Barbican staff. We’re truly humbled to have had the opportunity to present this music to you, and to share with you a glimpse into our work and our lives.
We gave our art director, Travis Robertson, one task: Bring the audience into our world and make them want to visit Richmond, Virginia. Travis on creating the visuals for the Revue:
The overall concept for the Revue backgrounds were to create a serene backdrop that wouldn’t overpower or distract from the musical performance. Enhancing the stage with beautiful Richmond, Virginia scenery helped convey the Spacebomb story to our London audience.
Each video started with a 3-5 minute still shot that was shortened and looped or boomeranged depending on the motion captured in the clip. The Spacebomb logo was added to each video, never in the same spot, and maybe not immediately noticed, but it’s there.
I personally spend as much time as I can at Pony Pasture, part of the James River park system. This vantage point of the river that flows through our city has offered many a moment of quiet self reflection. Setlist: Sweet Bunch by Andy Jenkins, and Poor the War Away by Karl Blau
City Skyline from Rocketts Landing. During the Revue, the little boat coasted back in to dock right as Rebecca finished singing. It was a really nice unplanned moment. Setlist: In Waves by Slow Club
Explore the rest of the background videos and learn more about where each one was captured:
Travis Robertson, director
Tyger Belton, cinematographer
Leigh Hagan, editor
photos by Nick Helderman
The debut album from Howard Ivans is out now!
Today marks the release of the full-length debut from Howard Ivans, Beautiful Tired Bodies, his first release since the explosive 45, “Red Face Boy b/w Pillow”, in 2013. Beautiful Tired Bodies is a new soft funk tone poem, is a voice crooning out in the wilderness, is…
“some real-ass Donald Fagen shit … a sumptuously arranged blast of smooth, smooth sensuality” – Stereogum
“subtle, supple funk” – FLOOD Magazine
“smoove sophisticated” – Tiny Mix Tapes
“left-field retro-soul magic” – Power of Pop
“[a] stand-alone piece of aural artistry that pushes the envelope of crooning pop and R&B while continuing to preserve its essence” – Selective Memory Mag
“he builds sounds that echo memories of the classic tracks of the heroes who have gone before” – ArtistDirect
Fall down the rabbit hole of Ivan Howard’s alter ego and wake up in a stylized soundscape, surrounded by twisting melodies and singing shadows. Beautiful Tired Bodies is the latest installment of chromatic-eyed soul from the man who brought us a “magnificent art-funk treasure” (SPIN) and “a symphonic funkscape worthy of Quincy Jones” (UNCUT). Talking to the mirror in the man, Howard Ivans delivers his full-length debut, co-produced by Trey Pollard and Cameron Ralston, featuring the Spacebomb house band and a VIP list of Richmond musicians. The experience is immersive, a headlong rush, shot through with highlights like Pollard’s transfixing string arrangements and bold keyboard riffs from Devonne Harrison (Stones Throw). Howard Ivans stands in the spotlight, a man who once recorded a bold, song-by-song remake of Sade’s Love Deluxe, delivering a new soft funk tone poem, a voice crooning out in the wilderness. Read more about Howard Ivans.
Howard Ivans – “Jump In”
Today, we’re excited to release “Jump In,” the fifth and final single off Howard Ivans‘ debut album Beautiful Tired Bodies before it comes out next week. The Tony Forgey-directed stop motion video was made entirely with post-it notes, topping out at almost 10,000 pieces in the largest scene, and was premiered at Tiny Mix Tapes, who called it a “ultra-creative Post-it eye-xtravaganza.”
There are only a few days left to pre-order Beautiful Tired Bodies and get the exclusive metallic gold vinyl with a limited edition screenprint by Spacebomb art director Travis Robertson. Only 100 were made and they aren’t many left. PRE-ORDER