Tuesday, March 15, 2011

David Byrne guests with If By Yes @ Le Poisson Rouge

Last night, If By Yes played the second of three March NYC shows (the last is 3/25 at Mercury Lounge) with the core line up of Petra Haden (vocals), Yuka Honda (keyboards), Yuko Araki (drums), Hirotaka “Shimmy” Shimizu (guitar) being supplemented with guitarist Nels Cline (Wilco) and bassist Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle). They were also joined by David Byrne who duetted with Petra on "Eliza," a song on their debut album, "Salt on Sea Glass" that he co-wrote and duetted with Petra on. The expanded line-up will also play Elysium in Austin TX 3/19 during SxSW and Largo in Los Angeles 3/22 - the date of the album's release on Chimera Records.

Sean Lennon of Chimera has stated:

Way back in the 20th century, Petra Haden and Yuka Honda first crossed paths when they were members of That Dog and Cibo Matto (respectively). Since then they’ve each had one foot in pop music and one foot in the avant garde. Petra has released groundbreaking vocal projects Imaginaryland and Petra Haden Sings The Who Sell Out, while also singing and composing TV commercials for Toyota Prius. Yuka has released 3 experimental electronic albums on John Zorn’s Tzadik label, while also producing Japanese pop artists,including Miu Sakamoto and Maki Nomiya.

The two started writing songs together in 2002, but it was a slow, long distance project. They live 3000 miles apart (NYC / LA) and would collaborate intermittently, using frequent flier miles...
As IF BY YES, they are joined by guitarist Hirotaka “Shimmy” Shimizu and drummer Yuko Araki, both long time members of the Japanese band Cornelius, and on their debut album, Salt On Sea Glass, special guests include David Byrne (vocals & lyrics) on “Eliza”, guitarist Nels Cline, and remixes by Keigo “Cornelius” Oyamada.
Sail away on scintillating solar winds. If By Yes is guaranteed to seduce you with their utterly exquisite and playful sensibilities,
futuristic rhythms, and other-worldly sounds.


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