Today's date: September 1, 2011
Brooklyn’s avant-garde alternative rock pioneers They Might Be Giants return with a brand new show to regale Pittsburghers with their boundless energy, witty lyrics and catchy melodies. The beloved cult band will celebrate the release of their brand new 18-song album Join Us and their 30th year anniversary. They Might Be Giants will perform on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 8:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater. The concert is presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Opus One Productions, as part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.
Tickets ($32.75) may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, online at www.pgharts.org, or by calling (412) 456-6666. To purchase 10 or more tickets, please call group sales at (412) 471-6930.
Founded in 1982 by John Flansburgh and John Linnell, the unlikely success story of They Might Be Giants began with their Dial-A-Song service and the low budget videos which broke them into heavy rotation on MTV. A key part of the early ’80s explosion of visual art, music, and performance art of New York’s East Village, Flansburgh says of the band, “we’ve heard avant-garde music, we’ve heard popular music… that’s given us the notion that we can be as original as we can be and still make worthwhile songs.” They Might Be Giants writes, records and tours continuously, and has been involved in numerous television and film projects, including an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, winning a GRAMMY for their theme song for Malcolm In the Middle and many more, as well as creating an on-going podcast. John Flansburgh and John Linnell will be joined on tour by Dan Miller on guitar, Danny Weinkauf on bass, and Marty Beller on drums.
They Might Be Giants new album, Join Us, is the electrifying mix of clever, beguiling songwriting and studio mastery. Sometimes strange and always original, the album finds Flansburgh and Linnell on a creative roll, making music that positively swarms with innovation. “We’re flying our freak flag super high on this one,” says Flansburgh. As the band turns away from the family oriented projects that dominated their output in recent years, Join Us is a return to the singular sensibility that made them an instant phenomenon. The album was created in the brand new private studio of their long-time collaborator Patrick Dillett and features inspired electronic excursions to blazing barns-stormers performed by their explosive live band. They Might Be Giants both recall and reinvent pop songwriting; they’re in a league with modern masters like Elvis Costello, Sparks and XTC, echoes of whom you can hear in Join Us. As Flansburgh notes, “We’re rock people — we grew up in this hypnotizing moment when there was nothing more persuasive than popular song. It was so good, it stole the minds of an entire generation.”