Chop Suey Presents PARENTHETICAL GIRLS/ Jherek Bischoff/ Bandolier
Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00pm
Sunday April 7th
The Stranger and Chop Suey Present
$8ADV/ 8PM door / 21+
Unconventional is probably the most succinct way of putting it. Obsessive, eccentric, indulgent: they’re all equally fair. If Parenthetical Girls have learned anything over the course of their bewilderingly unorthodox discography, it’s that they are—for richer or for poorer—a necessarily singular pop group. It’s a peculiarity that they’ve learned to embrace—a single-minded conviction that pours itself over every corner of their latest album, Privilege*.
Having taken pop extravagance to its logical conclusion with their critically acclaimed, orchestral pop opus Entanglements, Privilege* finds a newly emboldened Parenthetical Girls giving the orchestra their leave—a brazen reinvention as immediate as it is inspired. Returning to its core membership of vocalist/creative director
Zac Pennington and producer/arranger Jherek Bischoff (composer and collaborator with David Byrne, Amanda Palmer, Xiu Xiu, etc.), Privilege* retains the group’s signature ambitions—visceral intimacy, camp austerity, lurid eloquence—while confidently embracing the perfect pop pastiche their previous records only alluded to. Anchored by Pennington’s distinctively lilting vibrato, Privilege* is a cascade of grim particulars and gallows humor—an unflinching treatise on privilege, indiscretion, betrayal, sex and class politics, failure, and resignation. This is Parenthetical Girls in fighting trim: unbridled, unambiguous, and with a new creative candor that’s felt in both its words and music.
Originally recorded and self-released as a sequence of five self-contained, extremely limited 12” EPs (each heroically hand-numbered in the blood of the group’s members, and available only through direct mailorder) the ambitious Privilege series was a grand and unequivocally impractical achievement. Privilege* condenses the 21 recordings of the original series to a single, 12-track, remixed and remastered statement of purpose: a bold, strikingly cohesive pop clarion call that further solidifies Parenthetical Girls’ place amongst the most surprising and uncompromising pop groups at work today.
“With Privilege, Parenthetical Girls have forged what is arguably one of the most astonishing works of pop songwriting in this or any other year—a record that rubs shoulders with the upper echelons of pop music’s storied history, and very probably the angels themselves. Arguably.”—Britt Daniel, Spoon
“Music is pointless. Life is meaningless. Death is rushing towards us constantly. Everything is falling apart. Still, Privilege by Parenthetical Girls has emerged from the chaotic void and taken the form of a raft.”
—Phil Elverum, Mount Eerie
“Privilege is riveting… [like] a dream of walking on a foot-long fluffy cashmere carpet, or flying thru the monster size, ice cream-shaped cloud.”
—Satomi Matsuzaki, Deerhoof
“We never meant you any harm.”—Parenthetical Girls