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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

‘Outsider art’ playing insider music

With Halloween comes the candy, masks, slutty outfits, fake blood and the inevitable mass of freshmen wandering campus to make use of their Saturday night. But look no further. Performing at Coachella, Pitchfork music festival and now Freeborn Hall, it’s time to listen to one of the UK’s best-kept secrets.

Art Brut? Don’t be fooled by the obscurity of their name. The indie rock group – the name meaning “outsider art” – is a popular adroit group of musicians hailing from the UK and Germany.

The concert, presented by the ASUCD Entertainment Council, is scheduled to open with Princeton, an indie pop band from Los Angeles, at 7 p.m. in Freeborn Hall. Tickets for students are now free, and general admission is $10 presale and $15 at the door. These can be purchased at the Freeborn Ticket Office or online at tickets.com.

Expected to have less attendees with the face of upcoming parties and pre-planned Halloween events, the concert has posed a gamut of issues for the EC – which has been planning this event from the beginning of this year.

“You’re never going to have the opportunity to come see a band like Art Brut here in Davis,” said Thongxy Phansopha, president of the EC. “People should come see them play even though it’s Halloween.”

Despite its offset of obstacles, the concert is already expecting nearly 200 guests, according to the EC Facebook events page, and hopefully more from those curious enough to venture into a musical territory unexplored.

“I have never heard of Art Brut before my friends asked me if I wanted to go with them,” said Philip Lee, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major. “It’s a little inconvenient since it is on Halloween, but since it ends at 10 p.m. I can still make it to the events afterwards.”

In the spirit of the long-awaited night of horror and drag, the EC is planning on having a Halloween Costume Station where attendees can dress up for the night.

“We pretty much wanted to have something else going for the event besides the music, so we decided to have everyone dress up,” said Keith DeNatale, promotions coordinator for the EC.

So what more can you ask for this Halloween? Art Brut is an entirely different genre of its own and should be seen and heard by any college student seeking to expand their iTunes library with brash-sounding melodramatic rhythms.

If asked to describe their music, their second album release title would answer it all: It’s a Bit Complicated.

“So come on, come on, come on, come on, come on, ey, come on,” and watch Eddie Argos perform with his British accent.

For more information about the concert, visit the EC’s Facebook group or to purchase tickets visit Freeborn Hall’s ticket office.

KAREN SONG can be reached at arts@theaggie.org.


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