Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Sunday, 07 April 2013 11:28

People Get Ready 4/7/13 + Video

People Get Ready at KDHX People Get Ready at KDHX Louis Kwok
Written by Blair Stiles
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Related Video

About this Media...

  • Date Recorded: April 7, 2013
  • Artist / Band: People Get Ready
  • Hosting Show: Collector's Edition
  • Sound: Dan Kinney
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg

People Get Ready is an art-pop quartet out of Brooklyn, New York prone to making music videos laden with nebulous subject matter. Such vagary allows for the reimagining of the phrase "art pop."

Streaming Audio

Throughout the '70s and '80s art rock artists like Kate Bush constructed songs with pop melodies brought to life with elements of classical music. They backed their lyrics with heady visuals to emphasize a song's meaning. Suddenly, live performances began mutating into performance art. This why the video for "Sat In Your Lap" by Bush has the artist wearing a dunce cap while dancing with jesters and a minotaur to an aggressive percussion and spastic jazz piano, and singing about human nature's desire to know more and the lack of effort put forth to obtain it.

Steven Reker, Luke Fasano, James Rickman and Jen Goma of People Get Ready suggest their song's literal interpretation in the video "Windy City," in costume. Goma is dressed as the Statue of Liberty while Reker, Fasano and Rickman have squeezed into golden spandex onesies. Inspired by Cindy Sherman's "Untitled Film Stills," the band dance and pose along a street, in a park, all in a theatrical fashion that's indicative of its live show.

People Get Ready's version of art-pop incorporates baroque pop's permeable low-fidelity buzz while truncating the use of classical instruments. In place of a string section, People Get Ready uses sounds like an intergalactic telephone-dial tone on "Three Strangers" to flush out the composidtion. "Bees" functions as an interlude for this three song Live at KDHX set, while "New June" begins as a small guitar riff and winks to southern rock. Goma's vocals scale a spring-loaded candy mountain, make music that recalls the shy sway of hips and bent elbows over a bar top. Watch with tentative ears and listen with open eyes: People Get Ready's art pop and its all-too-physical live manifestations are a well-managed play on interdisciplinary activity.

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

KDHX Recommends

September
Sunday
06

September
Thursday
10

Rent Party for KDHX with Jake's Leg and 710

KDHX is having a rent party and we want you to join us. Thursday, September 10th at the Old Rock House Jake’s Leg and 710 will be hosting a fun evening of music and comradery in support of KDHX. 710 will kick off the evening...


September
Thursday
10

KDHX Discovery Series: Alash Ensemble

ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle...


Get Answers!

If you have questions or need to contact KDHX, visit our answers portal at answers.kdhx.org.

Online Users

7 users and 14662 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook