FRENCH EXPRESS TOUR – PERSEUS, MOON BOOTS, JONAS RATHSMAN, ISAAC TICHAUER
Sunday, November 3 2013
Sunday, November 3rd at Re-Bar
Flammable & Decibel present…
FRENCH EXPRESS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2013
French Express – USA
French Express – USA
French Express – Göthenburg, SE
French Express – Sydney, AU
Advance tickets $12
Doors at 10PM / 21+
1114 Howell St, Seattle
Perseus is the son of Zeus, king of the gods, and one of his mistresses, princess Danae of Argos.
Acrisius, king of Argos, had only one child, a daughter. When consulting an oracle hoping for a future son by his queen, he was told it would be not his son, but his grandson who will inherit the kingdom- after killing him. Acrisius returned home troubled and made plans to keep his daughter a virgin by locking her up in a bronze tower safe-guarded by savage dogs. Unfortunately for Acrisius, Zeus saw Danae and visited her in the form of golden rain and impregnated her.
When Acrisius learnt of Danae having a baby boy, he locked her in a wooden chest with her newborn son Perseus, and threw them to sea. Under Zeus’ watchful eye, the chest arrived safely on the shores of Seriphos, where the chest was drawn and opened by a fisherman, Diktys. The fisherman kindly sheltered mother and son, who took care of them well along with his wife. Perseus grew strong and handsome, learning how to use the sword and ride the horse.
Seriphos was ruled by Diktys’ cruel brother, king Polydektes, who took a liking in Danae and made efforts to have her, but Perseus kept him from doing so. Thus, he planned a false pre-wedding dinner in which his friends were invited, and Perseus too was was asked to attend. It was tradition for such a feast for guests to give the bridegroom a horse, but obviously Perseus, having lived a simple way of life, had none to give. Thus Polydektes asked him for a compensating gift, the head of Medusa the Gorgon.
Perseus was well aware of the danger he was put in. Medusa was a female monster whose hair was a mass of venemous serpents and eyes so frightful they turned any creature who looked at them to stone. Luckily, the gods Athene and Hermes, Perseus’ half-sister and half-brother, were aware of his situation. Athene, being the cause of Medusa’s transformation from a beautiful maiden to the present horrible monster, was quite willing in helping Perseus out in his quest. She offered Perseus her shield of shining gold- this was to act as a mirror so as to look at Medusa’s harmless reflection rather than directly onto her. Hermes offered a pair of his winged sandals for flight. Yet this was not enough- Perseus was told to visit three water nymphs who were to give him three more magic objects. One gave him a very sharp sword, another gave him a bag of goatskin, and the third gave him Hades’ helmet of invisibility.
Perseus’ last stage was to visit the Graeae. They were the sisters of the Gorgons, old from birth, who shared a single eye and tooth between themselves. Only they knew where the Gorgons lived. Perseus managed to steal away the eye and demanded they reveal Medusa’s whereabouts. In despair they gave him directions, and Perseus flew to the ends of the earth. Perseus arrived and saw how the land was laid to waste. Creatures and human beings stood frozen as stone statues all over, and amidst them lay sleeping the three monstrous Gorgons. With Athene’s help, Perseus made out which of the Gorgons was Medusa, and swiftly he delivered a single stroke and decapitated her, and from the blood the winged horse Pegasus and his brother the giant Chrysaor were born. He thrust the head in the bag and fled from the screeches of the other two sisters.
On his way Perseus arrived at the garden of the Hesperides. There stood the titan Atlas, who feared Perseus thinking he was the foretold son of Zeus who would steal the golden apples of Hera. In anger for Atlas’ inhospitality, Perseus turned the former into stone with Medusa’s head. The second stop was at Ethiopia, where Perseus chanced to see a maiden chained naked to a rock by the sea. He was informed that she was the princess named Andromeda, whose mother the queen Cassiopeia vilely compared her beauty with that of the Nereids. The latter complained to Poseidon, god of the sea, who in anger sent the monster Ketos to ravage the land. Only the sacrifice of the virgin princess would appease the sea monster, and thus Andromeda was chained ready to be devoured. On Ketos arrival, Perseus showed it Medusa’s head and turned it into stone. Cepheus, Andromedas father, held a great feast in honour of Perseus wedding with Andromeda, the condition which he set for saving the princess. Alas Cepheus brother, Phineus, arrived at the palace with a small army to fight off Perseus since Andromeda was betrothed to him before. Perseus turned him and his men to stone with Medusas head.
Perseus later returned to Seriphos with his new wife, and learnt how Danae was in Athenes temple as a fugitive from Polydektes constant threats for not marrying him. He went to the palace where he turned Polydektes and his friends to stone. Athene and Hermes then returned for the magic gifts, and as thanks he offered Medusas head to Athene, who placed it on her shield to ward off enemies. He then placed Diktys as king instead. Perseus then returned to Argos, but first stopping at Larissa to compete in funerary games. Coincidentally, Acrisius also was in Larissa after fleeing from Argos when hearing of the return of Danae and her son. Perseus competed in discus-throwing, and when doing so a gust of wind blew the stone discus off course and hit Acrisius hard in the face, killing him instantly. So, the prophecy was fulfilled and Perseus inherited the kingdom, but preferred to switch with his cousin for the kingdom of Mycenae.
ABOUT JONAS RATHSMAN
An integral member of the French Express crew declared ‘Future Star of 2013’ by BBC Radio 1’s key dance gatekeeper, Pete Tong, Jonas Rathsman seemed to burst from nowhere with huge Summer anthem ‘Bringing You Down’ earlier this year. But as with all ‘overnight successes’, the rise of this Gothenburg based producer and DJ is anything but…
Born and raised in a small village in Western Sweden, Jonas furthered his passion for music at the age of 18 when he began organizing parties and clubs in Gothenburg and quickly rose in the underground hierarchy of Sweden´s second largest city. Together with his close friend Fredrik Nyberg, aka DJ NIBC, they started releasing material under the alias Stuffa, which climaxed with the release of their third single ‘Proof’ on the legendary label, Defected.
But it was the decision to abandon all pseudonyms and release his distinctive productions under his own name on French Express in late 2011 that proved to be the turning point in Jonas’ career.
He found his own genre-defining sound early on with his first release for French Express, ‘Love Is My Middle Name’, a highlight from their second compilation. This was soon followed with his debut solo release ‘Tobago/Feeling You’ which had the likes of The Magician singing his praises when he featured it his Magic Tape Seventeen. Further singles ‘Since I Don’t Have You’ and ‘W4W’ continued to catch the attention of Pete Tong who granted Jonas and fellow French Express artist Perseus the highly coveted Essential Mix slot in January 2013.
With a new single planned for October and some sensational remixes to come, (Jonas is one man who admirably keeps to the ‘less is more’ adage when it comes to remixes) plus his own collective and fashion brand ‘Uniforms for the Dedicated’ to drive forward, Jonas Rathsman is set for a very busy, but hugely exciting future to confirm all notions that this versatile Swede is most definitely here to stay.
ABOUT MOON BOOTS
Moon Boots entered the world in the mid-1980s via Cape Canaveral. After years of service as the preferred footwear of celebrity astronauts (notably Tom Hanks), Moon Boots came to life during a classified experiment aboard the International Space Station. Little is known of what actually transpired aboard the shuttle, but in short, Moon Boots became a sentient creature, equipped with reason, intuition, and groove.
Before long, he grew tired of working for the space-military-industrial complex and found solace in the soothing sounds of underground disco and R&B boogie records. He knew it was only of matter of time before he was hung up like so many boots before him. He abandoned the program and used his savings to build a music-production studio in an unnamed U.S. location, where he is currently working.
ABOUT ISAAC TICHAUER
Bound together with oozing soul and moody bass-lines, Isaac Tichauer’s productions splice together classic and contemporary house concepts. A classically trained pianist and heavily influenced by the Detroit house scene, Isaac orchestrates a deep progressive energy in his music through detailed synth work, melancholy vocals and classic lead elements from Rhodes to strings.
In July 2013, Isaac was signed to FRENCH EXPRESS (USA) and debuted with his critically acclaimed full length album, “Devotion”, a release that gave the world a captivating first glance at Isaac’s production muscle and lengthy infatuation with the genre. A compelling first effort for a person born completely deaf and now living with just one working ear.
Continuing his “exploration of classic sounds”, Isaac released his club hit “I Forgive You”, and more recently the “Take Over You” EP in May 2013 that saw Isaac’s compositions reach new heights, enjoying regular play on BBC Radio One and Triple J Australia.
Now residing in Berlin, Isaac works as a producer full-time, dedicating his time to a host of brand new productions and continuing his celebrated mixtape series.