Mikal Cronin

Brudenell Social Club, Friday 28th February 2020

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The following agents are selling tickets for Mikal Cronin at Brudenell Social Club on 2020-02-28 Friday 28th February 2020. Face value tickets are priced at £11.



On October 25, Mikal Cronin will release Seeker, his fourth and finest full-length to date.
Recorded live with a crew of close friends and engineer Jason Quever at Palmetto Studios in Los Angeles, it finds Cronin pushing his often devastating power pop into darker territoryfrom the isolation of Show Me to the desperation of Fire to the unadorned heartache of Sold.
It comes with a backstory that feels like fate. Cronin writes:
I was stuck. I'd had a rough few years. Relationships end, begin, and end again. I had to stay active, tour with other bands, make music through various other avenueswriter's block is real and it can crush you, scratching at an itch you can't quite get. I needed to clean up, to stop leaning on external crutches to get through the anxiety. I needed to grow the fuck up.
I needed a change.
I went to the woods, to Idyllwild, a small town in the mountains of southern California. I spent a month in a cabin there, alone with my cat, Ernie. It was so quiet and peaceful. I got weird looks at the store. I got bug bites that didn't heal for months. I walked around a small lake a few times. I wrote. I took literally something that's usually a hypothetical, something every artist thinks about doing. It worked: A large majority of Seeker was written and demoed there.
But then I had to go, immediately. An arsonist had sparked a series of fires and the woods exploded. I saw the flames coming up the hill as I packed up all my instruments and recording equipment. Ernie hid under the bed and was the last to go. I got him in the car just as the police came up the street to help with evacuations. I ended up home in LA a few days early; a small blessing because I was losing my mind a bit.
Once I was back, I was ready to make something. I needed help. I found Jason [Quever] and his studio. I collected as many friends as I could and brought them in to record live with me. I needed the energy of a group of people in a room playing togethera simple concept but one that I had never tried with my own songs. Most of the record is backed by Ty Segall's Freedom Band. I play bass in this band. We had been touring and playing together for a long run over a few years, so it seemed natural to stick together.
I aimed for nature. I wanted organic sounds. I wanted to bring you into the room. Jason and I talked about The Beatles' White Album a lot when placing mics. I brought a charred pine cone from the woods to the studio, just in case it would help. Firespecifically its cycle of purging and reseeding the landscapeis a central theme to the record. Death and rebirth.
I was looking for something: answers, direction, peace. I am the seeker.

Brudenell Social Club

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