Chad Valley

Manic Productions Presents:

Chad Valley

Mission Zero, Procedure Club

Sat, March 11, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

Cafe Nine.

New Haven, CT


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Chad Valley
Chad Valley
After taking his bedroom recordings to the next level with a full band in Jonquil, Oxford-based Hugo Manuel went back to recording as a solo artist under the name Chad Valley. Jonquil signed to Dovecote Records in the States and, around the same time, Manuel leaked a handful of dreamy, Ibiza and R&B-inspired electro-pop demos to the Web. A flock of sites (including Vice, Pitchfork, and Guardian) featured Chad Valley's "Up and Down" and "Acker Bilk" in the summer of 2010. Manuel continued to play with Jonquil, and debuted his self-titled EP later that year. In 2011, Chad Valley released Equatorial Ultravox, and then branched out with 2012's Young Hunger, which featured a long list of indie A-list collaborators including Twin Shadow, Glasser, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and Active Child. His sophomore album will be released in October 2015.
Mission Zero
Mission Zero
MISSION ZERO is frequently asked the same two questions: “Are you guys twins?” and “Where’s the rest of the band?” Creating lush, shiny indie pop that fills a room, siblings Chenot and David Keith (no, they’re not twins) start with powerful, intricate drumming and rich vocals and flesh out their sound with both live and pre-programmed synth and guitar. As WPKN Radio put it,“They sound much bigger than a duo.”

In 2010, lead singer (and guitar and synth player) Chenot was inspired to write an album of solo pop. “I asked my brother to play drums and produce the record,” she says, “and eventually it was clear that we work pretty telepathically as musicians, and we should make this solo project into a real band.” That first album was followed by 2013’s Sky Candy EP, a collaborative effort that blended David’s fresh nonconformity as an arranger with Chenot’s pop sensibility. “The songwriting is basically now 50/50,” said drummer David upon the release of their third album, People in Glass Yachts (May 2015), which credits both brother and sister as writers on every track.

EASY TIGER, Mission Zero's fourth album, moves the siblings' co-songwriting firmly toward pop's future, while keeping one foot dipped in the dreamy pop of the 1980s. Dropping guitar almost completely, the album's sound is much more dependent on synths, and properly showcases the virtuosic drumming of David Keith.

The siblings have played separately and together all over the world in a variety of bands (including David’s current gigs with rock icon Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow and Blackmore’s Night). Of their musical bond, Chenot explains: “Take two people with shared DNA, add a lifetime of common musical influences and experiences, and you have bandmates who make scarily similar choices in live performance… and the vocal blend of blood relatives is about more than pitch; it’s shared timing and inflection. It’s magical.”

Mission Zero's sound has been compared to the music of Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, Sylvan Esso, and the Eurythmics, but the band's sound is ever-evolving and truly all its own. Coming from a musical family, the duo has never doubted that music was their path. “We’re happiest up on stage,” says Chenot, “doing what we were always meant to do.”
Procedure Club
Procedure Club is a collaborative "DIY-pop" project founded by Andrea and Polish emigré Adam Malec in New Haven, CT. The two began recording as a natural progression from their boredom with living in poverty, sharing musical tastes in underground, lo-fi pop of the 80s and 90s as well as an admiration for Baroque period classical composers. Long-time collaborator Tim Borkowski recently joined, along with Wes later on, lending further architectural support for Procedure Club's evermore plangent yet disquieting soundscape.

After their releases on Slumberland Records, beko disques (France), and 16 Tamborines (Japan), the band took a hiatus from recording and performing. Their latest effort, Pinky Swear, is a culmination of months and months of recording literally hundreds of lo-fi pieces of music, most of which were shelved, abandoned, unfinished, or lost.

With undercurrents of haunting airiness and mechanical instability, Procedure Club’s latest work is like a ghost driving the Beast Of Turin through a hailstorm. The song structures consist of heavily reverbed melodic vocals, stuttering mechanized drum beats, dirty bass, synths, and alternately washed-out and jangly guitars.
Venue Information:
Cafe Nine.
250 State Street
New Haven, CT, 06510