Laura Stevenson
Sid The Cat & Bootleg Theater Present

Laura Stevenson

Completions, Kenny Becker

Bootleg Theater - Bar StageLos AngelesCA
Ages 21+
Doors at 8:30
Show at 9pm

Sid The Cat & Bootleg Theater Presents

Laura Stevenson


Kenny Becker (Goon)

5/18/19 at Bootleg Theater

$15 adv / $18 dos

If gravity is strong enough, at the end of time our universe will collapse,

pulling all of existence back down to infinitesimal size, like before the Big

Bang. But if expansion outpaces gravity, eventually the universe will be cold

and empty--all light, heat, and connection will be gone. That possibility is

called The Big Freeze.

Recorded in her childhood home during the dead of winter, The Big Freeze

represents a pivotal step for New York songwriter Laura Stevenson. Despite

her pedigree in the punk and indie rock scenes, and the occasional inclusion

of a backing band (like on the sprightly, C86-inspired pop track

“Dermatillomania”), for the first time on record Stevenson’s voice and

guitar are in clear and highlighted focus. It is a natural aesthetic choice for

the musician, who has often toured as a solo act and who pulls influence

from the great American songbook, and a choice that plays to the core

strength and organic beauty of her writing. And though it is easily the

darkest and most emotionally-devastating album of Stevenson’s career, it is

also without a doubt her most powerful.

Stevenson builds on her own private worlds with choruses of multi-tracked

voices, swarms of cellos, French horns and violins; orchestration that

blooms and swells throughout each intimate performance. Exploring

thematic ideas of distance and misconnection; worlds pulling apart, aching

loneliness, and attempts to drive out hibernating dormant demons.

In the opening track Stevenson’s voice insists the listener “lay back with

arms out, all-in, unfeeling,” to allow themselves to sink into a flood of

instrumental sound that thrums between dissonance and resolution. From

waves crashing in an abandoned waterpark on the haunting “Value Inn”, to

the last leaves trembling before winter sets in on “Rattle At Will”, a creeping

sense of isolation and anxious beauty surrounds every song. And yet there is

also warmth, and hope. The album’s third track “Living Room, NY” tells of

an intercontinental love and longing which seems to have the strength to

thrive despite even the most trying and impossible of circumstances. Across

ten tracks, the listener will travel through the cold night, following after a

small but powerful flame burning from the other side.

Stevenson is a songwriter whose strengths have gone unsung for far too

long, but The Big Freeze is likely to change that. At times you will be

reminded of classic American songwriters from both the mainstream and

the fringe, whether it’s Jason Molina, Judee Sill, Harry Nilsson or Dolly

Parton. But always you will be reminded of the power of the human voice

(and a single guitar) to invoke the universe. Or in this case, it’s end.

Venue Information:
Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057