October Member Spotlight Show
DEREK WEBB with The Chairman Dances
stockholm syndrome was the album that changed everything for me. it was the farthest i had ever ventured out from my singer/songwriter roots, the hardest i had ever pushed against typical content conventions, and the most creative i’d ever had to be in the marketing of an album (after it was censored by the record label). this september, stockholm syndrome turns 10 years old.
to commemorate, i’m doing a limited tour of listening rooms, taming these electronic & urban sounds into radically intimate, acoustic reinterpretations. get ready to hear stockholm syndrome like you’ve never heard it before.
The Chairman Dances
The Chairman Dances is an alternative rock band based in Philadelphia, PA. Known for their protean arrangement and the sensitivity of their lyrics (informed by literature, historical movements, and religion), the group has garnered a following with the release of Time Without Measure (2016) and Child of My Sorrow (2018), both produced by Daniel Smith (Sufjan Stevens, Danielson). These recordings earned the band a spot on CMJ’s Top 200 chart and introduced them to alternative press and radio that championed their music, outlets including PopMatters, Magnet, the BBC’s Tom Robinson, who called The Chairman Dances his “new favorite band”, and Various Small Flames (UK), who declared the group “writes some of the most interesting and thoughtful songs we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing.” The Chairman Dances has recorded music for a short film (directed by Jonathan R. Brown), put on a concert with avant-garde visual artist Bobby Pharaoh; recently, they’ve made a number of art film-like music videos, directed by Bob Sweeney (*NSYNC, Screaming Females, Peach Pit): the music video for “Acme Parking Garage” depicts songwriter Eric Krewson having an anxiety attack in a grocery store and its attached parking facility. Krewson is currently serving as an artist in resident in Washington state, writing music for an album to be recorded by The Chairman Dances in 2020.