Har Mar Superstar, Ford Theater Reunion

Har Mar Superstar

Ford Theater Reunion

Sat. March 11, 2017

9:00 pm

$15.00

This event is 21 and over

Har Mar Superstar
Har Mar Superstar
"I'd travel to the edge of the earth to hear that man sing." —SF Weekly

"He's a singular performer who struts with enviable assurance; his confident swagger fills the room." —Metro

Bye Bye 17, the new album from acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Har Mar Superstar (aka Sean Tillmann), is currently out on Cult Records. Already receiving widespread critical praise, BULLETT calls the album, "impossibly groovy and infectious," while KCRW asserts, "I'd call the album a guilty pleasure but I don't feel guilty at all. It's just packed full of hooks." Additionally, of the album's first single, "Lady, You Shot Me," Death + Taxes declares, "Har Mar Superstar returns with the song of his career," while MTV Buzzworthy calls it a "Buzzworthy Obsession."

Of asking him to join the label, Cult Records founder Julian Casablancas notes, "First time I saw Sean was at the Mercury Lounge years back, and I was blown away by his voice, his confidence and his showmanship. When he recently played me his new record, I felt it was something we could help make truly great. He's the man with the golden voice, and we're excited to try and turn people on to that fact… Like the dude himself, the record's just tough, sad, hilarious and rad."

Written in New York City, the 10-song album was recorded at co-producer Jim Eno's (Spoon) Austin studio with a full live band. Focusing this time more on his voice, Tillmann says, "I was listening to a lot of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke at the time, and I've always been obsessed with those guys… 'Restless Leg,' 'We Don't Sleep,' 'Prisoner' and 'Rhythm Bruises' came out of people playing together. But the rest were just like me in a room, gettin' weird, by myself." See below for full track-listing.

Tillmann named his flamboyant alter-ego after the Har Mar mall in suburban St. Paul, MN where he spent his youth watching movies and writing songs about passers-by in the food court. Tillman explains, "Har Mar Superstar used to be a different person. It used to be my excuse to get away with the more fantastic things in life… It was easier to get onstage as this other guy and be outrageous and have it be glorified. I guess the confidence I got from being Har Mar Superstar translated into my real life, so now we're one and the same."
Ford Theater Reunion
Ford Theater Reunion
The neo-carnival rock n' roll group, based out of Lexington, KY produce a sound that harkens back to a by-gone era of gypsy caravans and rail-riding hobos. This, married with blistering progressive rock technicality and heavy punk, is all brought together under multiple vocalists that are a study of compliment and contrast. It all manifests as an auditory spectacle that is both well-timed and well-executed. The result is compellingly jarring, featuring narrative lyrics and theatrically-matched music; all wrapped up in a deliriously raucous stage show. FTR feverishly pulls you to your feet and drives you to dance, thrash, and shout - all in all, undoubtedly one of the most bizarre and fascinating acts likely to be seen anywhere on Earth!

The Ford Theatre Reunion has been on a quest to return sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll to the circus since 2008. Despite the unusual instrumentation, challenging song arrangements, and fanciful dress, even the casual observer will recognize what FTR's main purpose is: to fuck shit up. Let no one say the accordion cannot devastate buildings and earlobes. Let no one say the clarinet cannot be scary.

The Ford Theatre Reunion.

We are here to eat you.
Venue Information:
Barleycorn's
608 E. Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS, 67202
http://barleycornswichita.com/