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.
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.