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17 November 2017

INTERVIEW: Breannyn deLongis of highandfragile.

Photo by Paul Vargas
No release of the past year has struck a more powerful emotional chord with us than highandfragile’s debut outing, an EP called I Was Not Well. The four track digital version was put out by the artist, Oakland’s Breannyn deLongis, in the closing days of 2016. She followed up with a very limited cassette edition including a bonus track this past June. The EP features drums by Adam Jennings and production and backing vocals from Kristina Esfandiari of San Francisco’s King Woman.

Some might chatacterize I Was Not Well as dark or negative. There is plenty of angst here, and not every moment of the EP is easy to listen to. For us, however, the sound of Breannyn bravely making art out of a woundedness and vulnerability that we connect with is glorious and, in its own way, uplifting. There have been days when we’ve listened to I Was Not Well over and over, finding each passage through this set of songs thrilling and somehow different from the others.

Rare is music so whole and powerful that it doesn’t so much stimulate this or that feeling as it magnifies the underlying capacity to feel altogether. Hearing music of this kind, we feel anything and everything; we get the sense we are experiencing the full spectrum of emotion, joy and sadness and anger and more, all at once. While feeling so fully can be overwhelming, it is also healing and relieving.

For us, highandfragile is this rare kind of music. We therefore feel especially privileged to present the following depthful interview, one of the most emotionally candid ones we’ve ever presented. Our gratitude goes out to Breannyn for the care and dedication that putting this piece together has required. We eagerly anticipate the upcoming releases that Breannyn describes at the close of the interview.

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Photo by Mary Manning
From our perspective it’s as if you’ve suddenly materialized with a powerful, singular sound and artistic voice already developed—but we realize that’s probably not very accurate. Could you fill us in a bit on your musical past and development?
I have been fighting being a "musician" for so long. My dad did sound for a touring grunge band when I was a baby so I wound up growing up around a bunch of band dudes with ripped jeans, long hair and drinking problems. I grew up watching them all lose their families, minds and whatever semblance of a life they had. By the time I could make "life decisions" I knew I loved music and words but I also knew that I desired the stability that I hadn’t witnessed as a child and concluded that being a musician did not coincide with my stable real world aspirations.

I was endlessly frustrated because I couldn’t focus long enough to sit and type or write out a story.  I could tell you a great story, but I didn’t have the patience to write it down for you. Adding a rhythmic and droning aspect like guitar helped coax the words out of me in a more natural and soothing way. At some point I couldn’t deny how important making music and art had become in my everyday life. I had to get over my fear of the future not working out because without being able to make music there was no possibility for a healthy future for me. Music and art slowly took over every part of my life and without them it’s hard to function. It’s a very hard process to explain but it has been lifelong.

03 November 2017

Kalamashoegazer 11: November 4th. BE THERE.

Flyer by Ann Escamilla


UPCOMING RELEASE: Rock Back: Stronger Than the Storm | a compilation in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Cover Art by Andi Jossi

Release date: Nov 7, 2017
Rock Back: Stronger Than The Storm   

A compilation in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria
Over 50 tracks from artists from all around the globe have contributed their music to Rock Back: Stronger than the storm Disaster Relief Compilation to be released on Patetico Recordings.

The concept of the Rock Back compilation series was born in 2011 when disaster hit Japan and Tom Lugo, Patetico Recordings’ label owner who is very passionate about helping causes and non-profit organizations, decided to reach out to the community of artists he has in his network to put together a compilation with profits being donated to relief efforts. The response was overwhelming, over 100 artists all over the world joined to together in the efforts. What was to be a single CD compilation grew to an 8 disc compilation titled “Rock Back for Japan”.

TONIGHT!! PANDA RIOT, BRIEF CANDLES & LIGHTFOILS // Guest DJs AMBER CRAIN (WTSH, DKFM), GREG WILSON (DKFM) & PRESTON MADDOX (BLOODY KNIVES).

TONIGHT!! 
PANDA RIOT, BRIEF CANDLES, & LIGHTFOILS
featuring Guest DJs AMBER CRAIN (WTSH, DKFM), GREG WILSON (DKFM)
& PRESTON MADDOX (BLOODY KNIVES)

@ Resistor Chicago 
2955 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618
Suggested donation: $7, bring your own libations, respect the amazing space! Check out the event here.