Duncan Sheik

Duncan Sheik

Quinn Hedges

Sunday, February 9

7:00 pm

Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub

Sacramento, CA

$27.50

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Duncan Sheik
Duncan Sheik
After breaking through in the late '90s with his Top 20 single "Barely Breathing," Duncan Sheik spent much of the subsequent decade taking a breather from the usual rock singer/songwriter rituals. His focus was on albums that broke with pop music conventions and, additionally, theatrical musicals like Spring Awakening, the Broadway sensation that won him 2 Tony Awards and a Grammy. As he explains this lengthy diversion now: "After a while you get boring to everyone else, but you get really bored with yourself. There was a moment where I was much more interested in these kind of longer narrative arcs, and being able to sing from the perspective of somebody else's persona, as opposed to Duncan Sheik's."

His new album splits the difference. Sheik makes his long-awaited return to singing stand-alone pop songs, but he hasn't given up his recent habit of inhabiting characters. In this case, though, the characters are Morrissey, Robert Smith, Martin Gore, and David Sylvian. Duncan Sheik Covers 80s features twelve of his highly personalized takes on the synth-pop era, including smashes and obscurities from the likes of the Cure, New Order, Tears for Fears, the Smiths, the Psychedelic Furs, the Thompson Twins, Love & Rockets, Howard Jones, Japan, Talk Talk, and the Blue Nile.

"It is nice to sing these songs that are written by other people, because again, you're inhabiting this other character that isn't you, but in this case is part of what made me who I am," Sheik says. "Right now, I'm getting ready to go record a quote-unquote 'regular' album of my own stand-alone songs again, and maybe this is my way of kind of transitioning back into that mode."

As for his own next record, it's "a quote-unquote normal singer/songwriter record. God, it sounds like a recipe for disaster!" Hardly: The experiment Sheik is undertaking at his newly built studio in upstate New York sounds like it could be the culmination of everything he's learned working in such disparate media and styles. "I have some funny ideas about fusing some of the stuff I've been working with lately—i.e., all the purely acoustic instruments, and then all the purely electronic stuff—and trying to find a way to marry these two universes of sound, where it's unique and hopefully moving in some way and strange and enigmatic and brings people to a different place."
Venue Information:
Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub
2708 "J" Street
Sacramento, CA, 95816
http://harlows.com/