Brudenell presents...Anais Mitchell+ Special guests TBA21.08.2019 | £18 ADVANCE (+stbf)…
3 Sep 2019 7:30pm
+ Special Guests TBA
Ohtis’ ‘Curve of Earth’ is a reunion record, but a reunion for themselves rather than anyone else.
The album tells the tale of songwriter Sam Swinson's autobiographical journey through indoctrination and addiction. Each song an endlessly inviting confession from his past battles with substance abuse and the religious demons lingering from his upbringing in a fundamentalist evangelical cult.
Ohtis formed when Swinson and co-founder Adam Pressley were sophomores at high school in Normal, Illinois. Sam would ride his bike over to Adam's house where they made experimental folk music with primitive home-recording gear. They self-released their first material on small run CD-Rs while still teenagers, primarily to a local audience. Their partnership has defined Ohtis, accompanied by a revolving cast of local musicians joining the live act over the years including rejoining mainstay member and multi-instrumentalist Nate Hahn.
By around 2009, Swinson's addiction had become life-threatening. Weighing the odds of maintaining a creative partnership in those conditions, Pressley and Hahn decided to distance themselves. Pressley moved to Detroit to work on new projects; Hahn reversed course entirely and took a job at a drug treatment center, where, at one point, Swinson was briefly admitted. The band dissolved. What remained were thoughts of the music they had left behind and the desire to go back. Perhaps, if only to check for a pulse.
They kept in touch whilst living in different parts of the country, swapping ideas and songs online, never planning to release them, in equal parts because of their traumatic falling-out, and Sam’s ongoing addiction to heroin. As Adam recalls, “I’d occasionally get an e-mail from Sam of some sad, beautiful song that I’d fall in love with, and out of habit I would write an arrangement for it, for no intended listeners.”
Redemption eventually came in the form of sobriety for Swinson. After making 9th step amends to both of his rejoining bandmates, they brought Ohtis back to life, unfazed by the 2000 miles that now separate them geographically, with Pressley and Hahn in Detroit and Chicago and Swinson in Los Angeles.
Swinson quitting drugs also coincided with the end of him “drinking the kool-aid” of the religious dogma from his upbringing. “I think I always managed to somehow have a good sense of humor about religion,” Swinson says of his former faith, “even when I still believed hell might actually be a real place God sent people for an eternity of torture.”
The record’s lyricism is where Ohtis shine brightest, with stories of family, love, loss, personal abuse, self-loathing, betrayal, recovery, Swinson’s religious hangover, and journeying across America with his late-dog Bobo. The first verse of Runnin' was written for Adam by Sam while he was in rehab in 2011. It foreshadows a reunion of the band, and it signals a reincarnation of Sam. “Sam's beautiful encapsulation of recovery principles among the descriptions of his own struggle and redemption with sobriety in the song Runnin' was a major factor drawing me back to the band when they reformed,” Nate explains. Swinson went to a self-made hell, and when he came out the other side he found a support group waiting for him, which had always been there, as Ohtis.
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The Brudenell Social Club welcome deaf and disabled customers to the venue. Venue AccessBrudenell social Club has step free access from the entrance to the viewing platforms of both gig rooms. There is also a newly installed accessible toilet, which is accessed via a RADAR key. Bookable Access Facilities + How to ApplyPersonal Assistant ticketsWe offer a Personal Assistant ticket to any customer who may not be able to attend a show without the support of a PA. if you require a PA ticket, please give us an email or call to discuss your requirements. We will then confirm this ticket via email. You will be asked to provide evidence for the PA ticket to be issued Accessible viewing areaIf you require use of the viewing platforms and/or a seat, please let us know in advance where possible, to ensure we are aware of your access needs Accessible parkingThere is parking available at Brudenell Social Club. We do not have specific accessible parking bays Travel Guide and Arrival GuideTaxis can drop customers off within our car park, right outside our front door. Our nearest train station is Burley Park, which is 850 metres away. Leeds Station is also nearby, at 3080 metres away. Our nearest bus stop is 120 metres away from our front door, and is served by the 56 route to and from Leeds City Centre/train station The Brudenell is open from 12pm, and the gig rooms tend to open from 7:30pm as standard, door time is usually printed on the ticket. If you require early entrance into the venue as part of your access requirements, make yourself known to our door staff before doors (7:20pm), who will be able to help. ToiletsAt the Brudenell we have one accessible toilet, which is situated 30 metres from the main room viewing area and 16 metres from the Community room viewing area. Customers with Medical RequirementsThe Brudenell welcome customers who may need to bring medication, food, drink or medical equipment to manage a medical condition. We may be able to keep medication refrigerated for you, so just let us know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate. You'll need to contact us in advance should you need to refrigerate and medicine. Assistance DogsWe welcome assistance dogs into the venue and will happily provide a bowl of water if needed. However, not all events are suitable so please contact us before hand. We may be able to offer a location where the dog could stay during the gig, but please get in touch to discuss this further. Strobe LightingWe do not have strobe lighting at the venue, but from time to time bands may bring it with them, in the event this happens, signs will be on display on the evening, please get in touch if you have any concerns. Other Info (e.g. assisted performances)At present we do not offer any assisted performance options, but this is something we are exploring. We do not have any lowered bars at the moment, but our staff are willing to help in any way they can Large Text / Easy To Read GuidesA printable copy of this information can be downloaded in PDF format here. An easy to read menu with our standard drink prices can be viewed here. Attitude is Everything We are working with Attitude is Everything and have been awarded silver on their Grassroots Charter of Best Practice. Attitude is Everything recruit Mystery Shoppers and Volunteers, so do contact them if you are interested. Contacting UsIf you need to contact us with a venue access query please contact: Jilly Chattenjill@brudenellsocialclub.co.uk0113 275 2411 (during office hours only, 10am-6pm) Response time will be a maximum of 5 days, email is best line of contact. Please be aware that if your request is for a PA ticket, please use the email address above, we need at least two weeks in order to process these sorts requests.
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