Jesse Malin Band
plus Stephen Chopek
Wednesday 19th June 2019
The Bullingdon, 162 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UE
Tickets £17 in advance, £20 on the night
A native New York City singer / songwriter born out of a hard-core punk and rock & roll background, Jesse Malin has played and toured since the age of 12. He is a streetwise storyteller whose characters and slice of life lyrics portray a world of unsung heroes, helpless romantics and rock & roll survivors. Comparisons are often made to artists such as Neil Young, Lou Reed, Paul Westerberg, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Strummer, Lenny Bruce and Martin Scorsese.
Originally released in 2002, Jesse Malin's classic solo debut 'The Fine Art of Self Destruction' was released by One Little Indian Records in the UK and went on to sell over 20,000 albums here. It was reissued on double CD with sleeve notes by The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon two years ago and his UK and Irish shows will be the first time it has been played in it's entirety.
Jesse has toured the UK numerous times before and most recently with Chuck Prophet for a set of acoustic dates. Jesse and his band will be fully amped up for these dates which will feature the whole album as well as songs from across his six other solo albums. Malin, a former member of glam-pink band D-Generation in the 90s before going solo in 2002 has recorded duets with Bruce Springsteen, members of Green Day and is getting his new album for release later this year.
Stephen Chopek. Since relocating to Memphis, TN from his long-time home of Jersey City, NJ in 2014, Stephen Chopek has embraced many new things, not the least of which is the sense of spontaneity that is pervasive throughout the current crop of Memphis musicians.
From seemingly every artist lending their talents to bands they don’t front, to the ever-germinating and cross-pollinating of jams, album sessions, and one-off shows, the City’s sense of musical camaraderie and damn the torpedoes musical atmosphere is what most informed Chopek during the creation of his third full-length album, ‘Begin the Glimmer’. An admittedly patient songwriter who turns every bolt while crafting his music, tightening, reshaping and honing his songs time and again until he deems them ready for wide consumption, Chopek approached ‘Begin the Glimmer’ with an eye toward the impetuous, the unrehearsed.
Mixed by legendary Memphian Doug Easley, ‘Begin the Glimmer’ possesses a rapid-fire, stream of thought lyric styling reminiscent of Billy Bragg, and bedrock music that some amalgam of lighter Superchunk, heavier M. Ward, and the janglier, less decadent-era of The Replacements. And in it, Chopek has created an album that is urgent yet introspective, which, it might be said, is a description not too dissimilar from the singer/songwriter himself.