Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Grief focused through guitars

From the depths of despair can come some of the most inspired works in music.

Arcade Fire’s acclaimed 2004 debut “Funeral” was fueled by the loss of several of the band members family members, resulting in heartfelt, powerful works.

In Brooklyn, another debut comes from a similar place. “Rapture Ready, I Gazed At The Body,” from Midnight Masses, the Brooklyn-based side project of Autry Rene Fulbright (Dragon’s of Zynth’s) and members of …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, was written following the death of Fulbright’s father.

Recruiting several close friends, they channeled his grief into four dramatic, alive songs. Several local talents can be found on the EP, among them Gerard Smith of TV on the Radio, who produced the EP, as well as longtime collaborators Conrad Keely and Kevin Allen of The Trail Of Dead (the band whose recording sessions birthed Midnight Masses, and whose Jason Reece is a founding member).

The EP doesn’t come out until November 10 digitally via Collect Records, but you can hear the band live when they play Union Pool (484 Union Ave.) tonight, as the band pulls from these songs and their 2009 seven-inch “Heaven.”

The show starts at 8 p.m. with Rose Parade. For more information, call 718-609-0484.


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