|Hannah Rodgers||The Age Of Anxiety|
Hannah Rodgers — The Age Of Anxiety (2nd June, 2017) •♠Ψ• This bold debut borrows its title from W.H. Auden’s final poem, charting one man’s quest to find substance and identity in a shifting and increasingly industrialised world. Published in 1947, Auden’s six~part rumination on human isolation in the modern age parallels the overarching themes of Pixx’s work some 70 years later.Location: Chipstead, Surrey, England
Album release: 2nd June, 2017
Record Label: 4AD
01. I Bow Down
06. Everything Is Weird In America
08. A Big Cloud To Float Upon
10. Your Delight
11. The Girls
12. Mood Ring EyesAbout:
•♠Ψ• Hannah Rodgers, the 21 year old musician behind Pixx, has announced details of her long-awaited debut album, The Age Of Anxiety and previewed its opening salvo, ‘I Bow Down’.
•♠Ψ• Released on 2nd June, the album is a brave step forward from Pixx’s first release, 2015’s Fall In EP. A deeply personal document of heartbreak, those four folk~infused torch songs drew early critical praise, with the Sunday Times hailing it “one of the most arresting debuts of the year,” and led to tours with the likes of Daughter, Lush and Glass Animals.
•♠Ψ• Instead of tales of loss and affairs of the heart, The Age Of Anxiety finds Rodgers ostensibly place herself outside looking in. Her twelve~song collection seeks to address a generation increasingly isolated by an unprecedented new world order, from the pressures of social media to ever~changing political turbulence.
•♠Ψ• This bold debut borrows its title from W.H. Auden’s final poem, charting one man’s quest to find substance and identity in a shifting and increasingly industrialised world. Published in 1947, Auden’s six~part rumination on human isolation in the modern age parallels the overarching themes of Pixx’s work some 70 years later.
•♠Ψ• Originally from Chipstead, just beyond the fringes of south London where suburban sprawl start to break into countryside, Rodgers experienced a year~long period of insomnia caused by recurring nightmares at the age of 9 ~ her first awareness of anxiety. It left a lasting impression, inspiring a fascination with different states of consciousness, and is one of many somnolent events she draws upon for The Age Of Anxiety.
•♠Ψ• The Age Of Anxiety is released on 2nd June on limited coloured vinyl formats, CD and digitally.
•♠Ψ• A newly~formed four~piece Pixx live band will headline Birthdays in London later this month, and has also been confirmed to open for Austra on their upcoming Spring UK and European tour.
•♠Ψ• Hannah remembers her first awareness of anxiety; aged 9, confused by an insomnia caused by recurring nightmares. The perpetual cycle from sleep deprivation to lucid dreams lasted just a year, but left a lasting impression, inspiring a fascination with the self and how it can be discovered in different states of consciousness, especially for a vivid dreamer. This is one of many somnolent experiences that she draws upon for her anticipated debut album, The Age Of Anxiety, released later this year on 4AD.
•♠Ψ• With the outside world in turmoil, Rodgers looked internally for inspiration. Those childhood nightmares, and later visceral dreams, provided the perfect metaphors to unpick the current topics of the moment, to seize some sort of control when all around seems to lost. Instead of tales of loss, Rodgers found herself writing from the perspective of a social commentator, exploring the sense of unease ignited initially by her nightmares and later her waking reality. The spiralling ‘Waterslides’ recounts a nightmare of being trapped in a waterpark surrounded by faceless figures dressed in business suits, whilst ‘A Big Cloud To Float Upon’ details one of the first formative memories Hannah is able to clearly recall.
•♠Ψ• A compulsive writer, ‘Everything Is Weird In America’ is a line Hannah scribbled in a notebook during her first visit to New York. Although intended to be tongue~in~cheek, it is prescient in the way it depicts the Free World’s current state of uncertainty, increasingly poignant given the ongoing climate. In contrast, ‘Grip’ is about going through life looking backwards, but interminably moving forwards into the unknown, echoing a generation lost in time.
•♠Ψ• An ambitious debut statement, The Age Of Anxiety represents the first true statement from a unique British talent, drawing on deeply personal experiences to present a bold, relatable new commentary on her world order.February
•♠Ψ• You can find all details on the album, plus new European tour dates.
28th ~ Birthdays, London, UK [TICKETS]
4th ~ Netherland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands*
6th ~ Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, Germany*
7th ~ Niebo, Warsaw, Poland*
8th ~ Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin, Germany*
9th ~ Ampere / Muffatwerk, Munich, Germany*
10th ~ Conne Island, Leipzig, Germany*
11th ~ Posthof, Linz, Austria*
12th ~ WUK Werkstätten ~ u Kulturhaus, Vienna, Austria*
16th ~ Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland*
17th ~ Dampfzentrale, Bern, Switzerland*
18th ~ Gloria Theater, Cologne, Germany*
21st ~ Patterns (formerly Audio), Brighton, UK*
22nd ~ Village Underground, London, UK*
23rd ~ Summerhall, Edinburgh, UK*
24th ~ The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK*
25th ~ Button Factory, Dublin, Republic of Ireland*
28th ~ Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing, France*
29th ~ Les Trinitaires, Metz, France*
31st ~ Le Trianon, Paris, France*
1st ~ Le Metronum, Toulouse, France*
5th ~ Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural Fenosa, La Coruna, Spain*
6th ~ Teatro Barcelo, Madrid, Spain*
7th ~ La Rambleta, Valencia, Spain*
8th ~ Sala Apolo, Barcelona, Spain*
12th ~ L’Epicerie Moderne, Feyzin, France*
13th ~ La Sirene, La Rochelle, France*
15th ~ Le 106 Club, Rouen, France*
16th ~ AB Box, Brussels, Belgium*
31st ~ September 3rd ~ End of the Road Festival, Salisbury, UK
* ≈ w/ Austra
|Hannah Rodgers||The Age Of Anxiety|