Live @ The Victoria London 25th May
Brooklyn duo Bottler return with a brand new release ‘Melatonin’, taken from the band’s debut album ‘Journey Work’ due 6th May through Berlin label InFiné Music.
Following on from their recent releases ‘Tacoma’ and ‘You’re Old’, ‘Far Away’ delves into hazy, unfiltered lo-fi soundscapes, echoing the band’s experimental, yet uncanny approach to making music. They say: “Melatonin is a song about the limbo space between dreams and reality; that moment when you first wake up and are unsure if what you dreamt is a memory from the past or something you imagined the night before. In the track’s lyrics, we describe the frustrating reality that sometimes in dreams, those we love the most take on different faces and embody our deepest anxieties. The production of the track, with its grimy Wurlitzer piano, lo8i drum samples, and spaghetti western guitar, suspends the listener in the space between catchy electro/disco and unsettling avant-pop.”
At the core of Bottler’s diverse, multifaceted output is a foundation built on a brotherhood of sorts. The New York-based duo, Pat Butler and Phil Shore, are childhood friends whose bond is akin to that of blood relatives. The duo blend a myriad styles to create songs that emanate warmth, joy, sorrow, pain and the full spectrum of human emotion. It’s electronic music inspired by a broad range of artists, all connected by their liberated approach to production. Bold, unpretentious, raw, dynamic and highly creative, Bottler are a formidable duo poised to ignite the dance floor with their kaleidoscopic collection of sounds.
Both classically trained on the piano (Pat learned from his piano teacher father, who also taught Phil), Bottler have strong grounding in music theory and practice. As kids they started out trying to imitate the Beastie Boys, before moving on to experimenting with synths in Pat’s parents’ basement to eventually forming their own musical identity in their teens. Time spent playing in bands gave them the necessary skills to perform on stage, and channel their formal training into composing their own songs.
Along the way, groups such as Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Nirvana, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and many others, have each left an indelible imprint on the duo’s appreciation of music. For Pat and Phil the legacy of these groups lies in their ethos and approach to making music, more so than the idiosyncrasy of their sound. Meanwhile, acts like Orbital and The Flaming Lips, have also been critical in shaping Bottler’s output. Encoding a number of influences and cultural references into their productions, honouring their musical upbringing and embracing diversity is central to the duo’s vision. Most pertinent is the notion of self-acceptance. In a world where the dominance of limiting categorisation is still present, it can be impossible to establish a diverse sound. Yet, Bottler have pushed past genre boundaries to draw from their broad palette and express themselves through the lens of their extensive history.
Cuts such as ‘Cambrian’ and ‘Nobody Likes Me’ demonstrate their singular, yet expansive approach. Taking cues from a mood board that is full of bright colours and sombre tones, the duo’s discography includes their definitive releases with French alternative electronica specialists InFiné. Alongside their EPs, Bottler have also channeled their energy into a debut album Journey Work. Through the LP, which has been five years in the making, they experienced the overwhelming challenge such a milestone project can present. Personal troubles, self-criticism and self-doubt, impatience, along with moments of joy and inspiration, success and shared elation. Journey Work marks a key period of growth for the duo, personally, creatively and spiritually. Through committing to such a pivotal project, they endured the best and worst aspects of the creative process. As a result they learned more about themselves, matured as artists and refined their approach. Now primed to embark on the next phase of their musical exploits, Pat and Phil are equipped with a renewed outlook, where they continue to distill a multitude of influences into their distinct sonic identity. With their vision set firmly on incorporating their band experience into a live show, and more beautifully eclectic music cued up ready to rouse the dance floor, Bottler stand at the precipice of greatness…
25th May The Victoria Dalston London