As the 2012 Olympic Summer games opened, North London based Animal Kingdom kicked off its first North American Tour at Jillian’s of Albany on Monday, July 30 – in what turned out to be one of the last big shows to grace Jillian’s stage.
When the Felice Brothers ended their first song, “Honda Civic,” last Friday night at Jillian’s in Albany, someone from the crowd yelled out, “It’s too dark up there.” The stage indeed was darkly lit with a dim blue light, much darker than most any music show. Ian Felice, pausing briefly between songs, stepped to the mic spontaneously and said to the crowd, “It’s a dark world, man.”
Platinum-selling artist Filter visited Jillian’s in Albany last month to help promote the group’s latest album, “The Trouble with Angels,” as they prepared to record their next album, “Gurney And The Burning Books” schedule for a fall release. Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Atreyu, Saliva) will be handling the production chores.
Frontman Richard Patrick wrote much of the material for the new CD with current guitarist Jonny Radtke (Kill Hannah, Ashes Divide, Polar Moon), who joined the group last year. According to recent interviews, inspiration for the new material comes from the group’s platinum hit “Hey Man, Nice Shot” and things going on in Patrick’s life, including a feeling of betrayal from people surrounding him. On the topic of the overall direction of the new CD, Patrick said, “We have this beautiful record that starts off heavy and mean and then it goes back to the more moody, almost joyful parts of life… We just aspire to make the songs as good, and I think the songwriting is superior. We just have to make sure the performances are as desperate and powerful as those crazy takes I did when I was kid.”
Since wowing the crowds at LarkFest back in 2009, Chicago-based indie rockers Company of Thieves have transformed Nippertown into their home-away-from-home with repeated tourstops. In just two and a half years, charismatic frontwoman Genevieve Schatz and the boys have graced the stages of Revolution Hall in Troy, Mountain Jam in Hunter, the Colony Cafe in Woodstock, Jillian’s in Albany, Northern Lights in Clifton Park and PearlPalooza in Albany.
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