Saturday, November 18, 2017
The Bowery Presents South: Jacob Banks + Vera Blue at Gasa Gasa
Tickets on-sale NOW at gasagasa.com
Like all trailblazers, Jacob Banks defies any and all boundaries. His ear-catching signature sound remains equally steeped in the swing of R&B, the grit of rock ‘n’ roll, the gusto of hip-hop, and the power of pop.
The singer/songwriter moved from Nigeria to Birmingham at the age of 13, and began singing, playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 20. He got his start recording songs for friends to listen to in their cars and hitting the open mic circuit before self-releasing his first EP The Monologue in 2013.
He has since released independent EP The Paradox and made his debut on Interscope Records with The Boy Who Cried Freedom EP, praised by everyone from The New York Times to Vogue, with Time recognizing “Chainsmoking” as one of the “Best Songs of 2017 So Far” and The FADER naming “Mercy” one of their “Songs You Need in Your Life This Week.”
Jacob has recently introduced “Unknown (To You)” as the first single from his forthcoming full-length album, The Village. The track has received critical acclaim, featured on The New York Times’ “The Playlist” and NYLON’s “Soundcheck: The 11 Best Releases of the Week” upon release.
Having supported Alicia Keys, Sam Smith and Emeli Sandé on tour, Jacob is now playing to festival crowds including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, The Meadows, Firefly, and Outside Lands. The New York Times named Jacob one of “12 Notable Acts” at SXSW. This fall, Jacob will embark on his headlining North American Into the Wild tour. The tour will kick off with a show at LA’s The Roxy on November 2nd, which sold out 3 months in advance, and will run through December 5th in Atlanta.
Following the release of ‘Private’, which scored over 2 million streams worldwide, incandescent singer-songwriter Vera Blue releases her arresting new single, ‘Mended’, and announces dates for a major national album tour this July through September. Her three previous Australian headline tours all sold out and tickets to the upcoming ‘Mended’ tour are expected to go just as fast. Tickets will go on sale Monday 29th May at 10am local time from www.verablue.com/tour
The nakedly honest ballad was premiered yesterday on triple j’s Drive show with Veronica and Lewis, and details the aftermath of an intense relationship. ‘Mended’ was penned with longtime collaborators Andy and Thom Mak (Boy and Bear, Winterbourne, Bertie Blackman) and marks the beginning of a new sonic and personal journey for Vera Blue.
“‘Mended’ is a very special song,” she says. “It was about a relationship that I had a few years ago. It had been a little while since we’d ended it and we hadn’t made amends, said we were sorry. It’s funny because you think the song is going to be about resolution, but we haven’t quite made it there yet.”
“She doesn’t put songs out that don’t come from her heart,” adds co-writer Andy Mak, “so I wanted to make sure we captured the rawness and emotion of the lyrics in the way the song was produced. We wrote the song in a couple of hours and recorded a vocal and acoustic and then built the production around that. When Thom and Celia are in the zone the songs can flow really quickly.”
Born from a Malibu writing session during Vera Blue’s first American trip in 2016, ‘Mended’ sees the 23-year- old expressing a raw emotion in her music which now comes naturally. From its sparse opening, it blossoms into a gorgeous torch ballad well overdue for such a powerful and unique voice.
“I like relating to people and making them feel what I feel. It’s where I’ve grown to as an artist,” she says. “That vulnerability is very special in music, being able to open up to your listeners is incredibly important.”
Intensely personal, ‘Mended’ is a song that Vera Blue has been waiting to share with her fans for a long time. It’s got big notes, to be sure, but it comes from an even bigger heart. “I just love it. I love performing it and can’t wait to give it to the world and let them feel how I feel.”
Co-produced by Andy Mak and Grammy-nominated founder of Deep Well Records Adam Anders, and mix engineered by the multiple-Grammy winning Manny Marroquin (Rihanna, Sia, Kanye West), ‘Mended’ will be supported with a national tour. It will also include Vera Blue’s second appearance (but first full set) at the sold-out Splendour In The Grass festival.