The Government Center
Wednesday June 15 7 pm doors all ages welcome $8 advance/$10 door
The Government Center, 715 East St., North Side Pittsburgh, PA
Misra recording artists from Washington D.C.
with special guests
and Market https://markettheband.bandcamp.com/
Tickets on sale at Brown Paper Tickets, and in stores at The Government Center (North Side), Jerry's Records (Squirrel Hill) and Caliban Books (Oakland)
Jangly and glamorous, Bottled Up’s freaked-up art-pop on their Misra Records debut "Grand Bizarre" is a smoothie of frontman Nikhil Rao’s key obsessions: Suburban Lawns, italo-disco, Alan Vega, Television (the band), television (the appliance), Andy Warhol, the ‘80s, Prince’s plum purple, his old Tascam 8-track, and Factory Records.
Indian-American by way of Oakland and LA, Rao’s the dude-who’s-seen-it-all meets dude-about-town. A sound designer and audio engineer by trade - professionally schooled in the art of film & video game scoring - Rao’s a man informed first by the sort of his journeying one’s got to do when faced with the darknesses of addiction and a twisty adolescence in and out of religious cults.
For all of its gleaming guitars and glossy euro-flavored synthwork, Bottled Up is filled with the mental residue one accumulates after telling the void to fuck off. Co-led with Colin Kelly - a disciple of D.C.’s avant-analog scene - joined by Michael Mastrangelo and Beth Cannon on dueling guitars, and supplanted by Rao’s wunderkind brother, Rohit, on acid-jazz-does-punk drums, Bottled Up conjures the sort of psycho-potpourri spirit given to the sort of band able to conjure a vision of things they love and mountains they’ve overcome, mutating it all into something eminently danceable.