Mike Gordon in the Mercury Ballroom
Phish bassist Mike Gordon returns to the road on the heels of 2014's Overstep, his fourth studio album. The band's new repertoire will be augmented bysecret synesthetic mad scientist gadgetry on and around the stage. Mike Gordon will be performing at the Mercury Ballroom on Sunday, June 7.
Most artists have a fixed ritual or routine that they rely on to inspire their efforts from concept to fruition. Gordon tends to establish general goals, and then eschew routines for creative experiments. One of his goals for his latest album was to trust himself to relinquish control, which he accomplished by sharing songwriting duties and by handing over the producing reins for the first time in his solo career to Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo, Pixies). The result is a diverse but tightly knit family of sturdy rock numbers that manages to sound grounded but sophisticated at the same time, and raw but carefully considered. Gordon draws inspiration from an astonishing variety of sources, from the natural world to the emotional world to his often persistent visions. Like Gordon himself, the album is full of contradictions, juxtapositions, and surprises - which is exactly what his fans expect.Bass has been Mike’s passion – he learned ways of combining propulsion with flight, opposing integral components of new musical ecstasy. Mike set on a lifetime’s journey to make things, and forget about balancing acts.
Guitarist Scott Murawski and Mike together have been searching the nooks and crannies of this land for players to complete this outfit. Scott can rip guitar to no end, and he belts out with the kind of voice that at once sounds like your best friend and like the deep backwoods soul and grit of a true American hobo hero, too cool to talk in normal small-talk. Mike jumps up and down a lot with this band. Maybe too much, but a lot. There is a lot of smiling and frowning, but more the latter.Tickets are $27.50 in advance. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. – Doors open at 7:00 p.m. All ages are welcome. Service charges not included on ticket prices. Tickets subject to price increases day of show.
Tickets may be purchased at mercuryballroom.com or at The Louisville Palace Box Office, 625 South Fourth Street.