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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

30 Sep  

Los Angeles CA  @ Living Room Show 

1 Oct  

Sacramento CA  @ Living Room Show 

6 Oct  

Lille FRANCE  @ L'Aeronef

7 Oct  

Aix-en-Provence FRANCE  @ 6MIC Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d'Aix

8 Oct  

Montpellier FRANCE  @ Rockstore

9 Oct  

Bassussarry FRANCE  @ Atabal

10 Oct  

Orleans FRANCE  @ Astrolabe

12 Oct  

Grenoble FRANCE  @ Belle Electrique

14 Oct  

Paris FRANCE  @ Bataclan

23 Oct  

San Francisco CA  @ Amado's 

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