SOLD OUT! * Oliver Tank 8.30-9.00 * Caitlin Park 9:30-10:10 * ACTIVE CHILD (USA) 10:40-11:40 *
ACTIVE CHILD (USA - Laneway Sideshow!)
with Caitlin Park and Oliver Tank
Active Child is the project of LA resident Pat Grossi. Pat brings his harp-laden, synth-filled pop to Australia this January as part of Laneway Festival, and now announces headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Although this is his first Australian tour under the Active Child moniker, Pat has in fact journeyed to this part of the world once before. At the tender age of nine, he performed with the Philadelphia Boys Choir at the Sydney Opera House, and the influence of those choirboy days run deep on his debut album, "You Are All I See". Intimately charting joy and heartbreak, battles with monogamy and love lost and rediscovered, Pat's stories are tenderly delivered with his heartbreaking voice, as heard on the stunning track, "Hanging On". Says Grossi of the album, "It came out much darker than I had intended, but sometimes you only have so much control". From his father's tenure at Priority Records (home to NWA and Dr Dre to name a few), to his own choral experiences, Pat draws from a wide range of inspirations “West Coast beats, soaring R&B and1980's New Order. Notes Pitchfork, "Active Child's sound now seems positively ahead of its time." Live, the three-piece band work from their own genre: anchored by Grossi's faultless vocal and rich with synthesizers, bass guitar, live drums and ethereal harp melodies. After touring with the likes of James Blake and M83, Active Child bring their transfixing live show to Australia.
"Active Child's Pat Grossi makes free with the harp's transfiguring power on his new album, and it's not the only thing stacking the deck in his favour." - Pitchfork
"The best rhythmic, electronic, church music/dark R&B you're likely to hear this year. “ - Sydney Morning Herald "One of the most original and ambitious sounds in Los Angeles this year." - LA Times
"Beautiful and richly textured and ghostly, both sacred and clubby, it's its own genre “ - The Washington Post