Santigold is a survivor of a half century worth of living along musical
evolution's most cutting edges. The only live act that can boast of
having out-aged Barbara Bush, having outlived Mr. Miyagi and out styled
Liberace, Santigold is here with future flavor.
Already receiving weighty club rotation and airplay in urban Afghanistan
and downtown Beirut, Santigold is the first act of the century to boast
a post-war following on the International Space Station Mir. Following a
live performance broadcast from three thousand miles off the Cape of
Good Hope last June, inmates at Leavenworth Penitentiary received
Santigold with a celebratory confetti parade. Just another first for the
modern super group that knows no bound.
Composed of absolutely no members, Santigold is also the first musical
outfit capable of claiming the planet's broiling collective
consciousness as their front woman. Longtime collaborator, singer and
songwriter Santi White says of her work with Santigold, "We began trying
to write pop songs to sell, which made us depressed, so we started
writing songs for ourselves instead." The results of that self centered
conceit is the songwriting work heard for the first time on the full
length self-titled 'Santigold' album, released in 2008 on
Downtown/Lizard King (US) and Atlantic (UK).
As unmastered tracks leaked over the internet this past November, the
request lines of radio stations from Miami to Hanoi began freezing with a
flood of calls from listeners eager to hear the new Santigold sound
over their frequencies. From his radio show in the United Arab Emirates
capital city of Abu Dhabi, Michael Jackson (the King of Pop) played what
Santigold snippets he had been able to pirate from a bootleg MySpace
page dedicated to the group. Days later, BBC Radio One reported that the
unreleased Santigold debut was heard blasting from the iPod shuffle of
Libyan ruler Moammar Qaddafi as he entered an international summit in
the Nigerian capital of Abuja. Recognizing the urgent need to address
the uproarious buzz, Santigold released the following statement through
their label reps : "The response to our unmastered songs has been both
premature and phenomenal! We were happy to hear that the children of
Darfur have found hope in our melodic interpretation of life on the
battlefield of love! We're hoping that each and every 20-something from
downtown San Francisco to central Mumbai will also learn something from
our work! And to the people dropping no-knock fire on old ladies in
Atlanta: shame on you! Santigold ain't with that shit!"
The trajectory of such early successes leading to newfound political
clout is nothing new for Santigold, whose debut album, though half a
century in the making, is sure to rock glass pipes from the Lincoln
Memorial to Buckingham Palace. The flavor of the gold is guaranteed:
POD & Heineken Present
The Button Factory
Thurs 23rd August.
This show is SOLD OUT.