Cereus Bright

Vectortone / Production Simple Presents

Cereus Bright

Phourist & the Photons

Fri · June 23, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Cereus Bright
Cereus Bright
CEREUS BRIGHT FINDS ITS MUSE—and its name—from the Cereus: a white desert flower that blooms only at night. This flower, blossoming in the most desolate of places, is a symbol of art and story, which draw their beauty from brokenness and heartache. In their lyrics and melodies, Cereus Bright aims to embrace life as both messy and beautiful.
THEIR SONGS SHOWCASE STRONG, PASSIONATE HARMONIES singing stories of real life—hope and heartbreak, adventure and stillness. Tyler Anthony plays guitar, piano, and sings, Evan Ford layers harmonies while playing mandolin and lead guitar. Bassist Matt Nelson and drummer Luke Bowers provide driving rhythm and nuanced texture. On special occasions, they are joined by violinist Kaitlyn Ferry and cellist Gideon Klein.
IDEOLOGICALLY, CEREUS BRIGHT MAKES A STRONG CASE FOR FOLK MUSIC. Recently the genre of folk has come to mean "acoustic pop", blending together into a sea of kick drums, hand claps, and escalating banjo riffs. In its roots, Folk music is meant to communicate; to use simple, melodic music to communicate stories of success and heartbreak, to transport and convict listeners. This is Cereus Bright's goal—drawing you in with beautiful melodies so they can move you with poetic yet direct lyrics. Connections with bands like the Avett Brothers, Fleet Foxes, and the Head and the Heart are apt comparisons and major compliments.
CEREUS BRIGHT IS SELF-RELEASING THEIR SECOND RECORDING, the five song EP Happier Than Me, on November 12, 2013. Their first recording, Goldmine EP, was released exactly one year earlier on November 12, 2012. They are currently touring intermittently throughout the southeast, with a growing following in Tennessee, the Carolinas, Alabama, and Virginia. They look forward to bringing their music to larger audiences as they continue to organically grow through word of mouth, social media, and live performances.
Phourist & the Photons
PHOURIST (for-rist) & THE PHOTONS began as Nick Hill's solo project (known then only as PHOURIST). After a few solo records; Terrestrial Daydream and Breathe Deep (highly textured, cinematic records), Hill became restless for a larger sound. He is quoted as saying, "Having only one guy to play all the parts is pretty limiting; especially if you can hear so much more in your head! I was also getting tired of being the guy who played pretty music... I love pretty music but I felt like I had more to give... kinda wanted to kick in some teeth." With an arsenal of songs that had no proper outlet; Hill went through countless lineup changes. It wasn't until a friend of his father's recommended Scott Boice as a potential drummer that the current incarnation of the band began to take shape. Boice's firm grasp of dynamics and uniquely instinctual style of playing lent itself perfectly to the path the music was headed. Right as Boice joined the band; the bassist at the time had to leave to pursue her own musical endeavors. Luckily Boice's long-time friend and old band-mate Stuart Wicke was available to join. Wicke's aggressive musicality perfectly firmed up the line-up; the two of them (Boice and Wicke) presenting a highly dynamic, formidable and seemingly uninhibited rhythm section. This combined with Hill's cinematic style of writing melodies led to the sound that is "Phourist & the Photons."
Venue Information:
Zanzabar
2100 South Preston Street
Louisville, KY, 40217
http://www.zanzabarlouisville.com/