HWY-038: Physiques by People Get Ready (CD version)
People Get Ready are one indie rock’s most acclaimed live acts. NPR’s Bob Boilen placing their gigs among his top 5 concerts in both 2012 and 2013, described their unique style: “Part rock concert, part performance art, part dance, all perfectly melded together. Having seen so many dudes with guitars ... it was incredibly refreshing to find a group challenging and changing the norm.”
People Get Ready’s second album Physiques ramps up the band’s fierce, joyful, heedless interplay; its love of big pop and trancelike slow jams and songs that fall somewhere in-between; and, above all, its devotion to PLEASURE. Though based in Brooklyn, this record was produced by Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier at one of New York City’s first “alterative art spaces,” the Clocktower Gallery just before its renovation into condos. Consider Physiques a tribute to and last gasp from a more lovely time when art ran free in downtown Manhattan.
The band came together in New York in 2009 while frontman Steven Reker was looking for new ways to combine his devotion to avant-garde movement and pop art after working with Miranda July and touring as a dancer and guitarist on David Byrne’s year-long Everything that Happens tour. From DIY clubs to performance spaces, adding auxiliary performers and homemade instruments or performing as a four piece--no matter the setting, their live appearances are never less than a sweaty, kinetic party.
Listen to the title track from the album here:
Or watch the video here!
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