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h.pruz / Colin Miller with Red PK

Ages 21 and up
Monday, August 26, 2024
Show: 8:30pm // Doors: 8pm
The centerpiece of No Glory—Queens singer-songwriter Hannah Pruzinsky’s heart-rending debut LP as h. pruz—is “I Keep Changing,” an urgent, visceral rock song. Pruzinsky evokes the urge to purge and remake one’s self in reaction to natural shifts: “I let it all wear out/I keep changing.” In the context of a body-horror-reminiscent metaphor, the 28-year-old singer-songwriter—who also performs and co-writes in rising NYC rock band Sister., and collaborates with Mutual Benefit and Told Slant—articulates the way we become aware of and process the challenging experiences that shape us. Here, they portray the disappointments and shaky pivots of their recent past in physical terms: as accumulating bruises.
Elsewhere on this affecting record, the experiences are recast as abstracted feelings and dim memories, played back and reconsidered in their elegant, conciliatory voice over circular chord progressions. Recorded scrappily in a cabin, the songs are given depth and definition by their unvarnished sonics and impressionistic arrangements, conjuring the image of a lost gem of a private-press folk record.
This story may sound familiar but it’s not. It’s about someone obsessed with sound and memory, who wrote and recorded an album by himself, in the house he grew up in, with hand-me-down instruments from kin, down in a Blue Ridge Mountain valley outside Asheville, North Carolina. That’s where this story takes place and (if he ain’t on the road) that’s where Colin Miller is at right now.
Now let me tell you about his first full-length album. You’ve never heard it before. It’s called Haw Creek, out with Ruination Records this September.
First off, you cross Haw Creek to get to Colin’s house. It don’t look real big but they say it’s deeper than what you think–like a vein growing. And here’s another thing: I heard a geologist say the Appalachians are so ancient, they’ve been eroded down so much, we can see into the heart of them.
One night, I was with Colin on his porch. He’s always observing, looking for meaning, he’s quiet but don’t like small-talk. He said, “I like to create living disembodied things.”
Haw Creek opens with a lullaby, Colin singing: No one ever dies. It’s called “Sweetheartmetalbaby” and it’s just Colin and his acoustic guitar. And then some strange unidentifiable swirling sound, and then backup singers humming in harmony, a mantra, a spell. The beat, like moth wings fluttering on the screen door, trying to get in.
· 21+
· Door staff will check ID.
· Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable, please review your order carefully before confirming.
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