Kirin J Callinan @ The Empty Bottle, Chicago [1 July]

Kirin J Callinan


19
01
July
21:00 - 23:59

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The Empty Bottle
1035 N Western Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622
9pm // $10 (advance), $12 // 21+

Kirin J Callinan

After spending the past few years as something of a journeyman, it comes as no surprise that KIRIN J CALLINAN’s second album, Bravado, is a creation with few boundaries. What does come as a surprise, even for those who have come to expect the unexpected from Kirin, is the stylistic direction undertaken on Bravado. With his 2013 debut album Embracism, Kirin emerged as a firebrand guitarist, pushing the instrument’s capabilities to logical extremes. On Bravado, industrial macho menace has been relegated to the side-lines. In its place? Unabashed euphoria.

Likeminded contemporaries such as MAC DEMARCO, WEYES BLOOD, CONNAN MOCKASIN and ALEX CAMERON stand alongside iconic Antipodean voices NEIL FINN and JIMMY BARNES. It’s an act of parlaying mutual respect into creation. An overt sense of togetherness imbues Kirin’s prior exploration of sex and death with a celebratory tone, contrasting with the previous album’s isolated aggression. Amongst the exaggerated drops and sentimental balladry, a sincere form of humanity prevails. “I’m jacked on how international the record feels,” Kirin states. Bravado extends its scope beyond the locations visited during its creation. With the bulk of the album’s creation taking place in London, new elements were added during North American tours and back home in Australia. The result isn’t anchored to any geographical location, conveying a united globe in celebration.

The over-arching tone on Bravado is defiantly triumphant. “I had a lot of self-doubt whether the timing is right,” Kirin says. “It may have been too soon a year or two ago. But I think now, more than ever, it’s a time to celebrate the good things, to celebrate each other. Not that the world is necessarily lookin’ to me for the answers… just yet.”
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