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John Vanderslice

John wrote the bulk of his most recent Barsuk release, , while knee-deep in legal limbo after a visa application for his girlfriend, a French national he met in Paris, was rejected by US Immigration. The songs and themes are fueled by an era of deep insecurity and paranoia; they develop in front of a backdrop of ritualized and mythologized current events. Lyrically, JV's characters and storytellers track Manifest Destiny from burning wagon wheels to two-bedroom homes with full amenities in Bakersfield, California. Along that rough road, there are bewildered commemorations, peace-lovers and revenge-lusters, psychotic reactions to unnamed episodes, and the grief-stricken and the vengeance-hungry wrapped up in the same skin. Weaving throughout the entire album is the ever present danger of opposition. But at its simplest, is made up of JV's love songs — confused and angry, afraid and defeated.

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releases

bark66: John Vanderslice / Emerald City
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bark44: John Vanderslice / Pixel Revolt
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upcoming shows

23 Oct  

San Francisco CA  @ Amado's 

9 Feb  

Zurich SWITZERLAND  @ Dynamo

11 Feb  

Milan ITALY  @ Santeria Toscana 31

12 Feb  

Rubigen SWITZERLAND  @ Muhle Hunziken

14 Feb  

München GERMANY  @ Backstage Werk

15 Feb  

Ludwigsburg GERMANY  @ Scala Kultur gemeinnützige GmbH

16 Feb  

Berlin GERMANY  @ Metropol

17 Feb  

Hamburg GERMANY  @ Fabrik

18 Feb  

Brussels BELGIUM  @ Botanique Orangerie

19 Feb  

Den LUXEMBOURG  @ Atelier

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