Luke Temple, singer-songwriter for New York indie rockers Here We Go Magic, will be at Brillobox Wednesday night. We've got a pair of tickets to giveaway. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Luke Temple” in the subject line for a chance to win.
Luke played Brillobox with HWGM in 2012, and we were fortunate enough to interview him prior to the show. You can find the interview here: http://www.pghmusicreport.com/2012/05/ticket-giveaway-interview-here-we-go.html
In 2009, HWGM signed to Secretly Canadian (home base for fellow Brooklynites Animal Collective and Yeasayer). They have since released a pair of albums on the label, most recently A Different Ship, which was produced by longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. That album received near-universal critical praise.
HWGM is still around. But being the lead singer-songwriter for a band affords certain privileges, going off on your solo tour being one of them. Luke is touring in support of his new album, Good Mood Fool. Here is how the label describes the album and its creation:
In the winter Luke Temple moved into a cottage, a small one, in upstate New York. The snow fell quietly. He had frozen blueberries and bread and eggs and Coors Original. He sang and drank and played and drank and ate and shoveled snow and when the snow melted and the roads cleared he had his friends. Eliot Krimsky of Glass Ghost (keyboards) and Mike Johnson of Dirty Projectors (drums) dug into Luke's hut and together they built a fire. Luke called it Good Mood Fool.
In a sense Good Mood Fool is an extension of the first self-titled Here We Go Magic record. It was recorded with the same sense of freedom and joy. The meat of the record finds Luke taking a sharp turn in order to keep himself interested. First single "Katie" is a prime slice of mid-80s intelligent pop, almost So-era Peter Gabriel in its rhythms and sound. Meanwhile, "Florida" is a blue-eyed soul hit, a lazy sunny evening of summer beauty. Good Mood Fool draws from myriad influences, from the hushed soulful wail of Curtis Mayfield to the dense harmonies of Gill Evans and the Bulgarian Women's Choir. It is meant to be clear in production and in content, hiding nothing.
Tickets cost $10. The music starts at 9:30, with Haunt Pawson opening.