Goodmorning Valentine

Joey Beltram's Birthday Party

Goodmorning Valentine

Mike Uva, James McKeivier, Istvan Medgyesi

Wednesday Dec 26 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Beachland Tavern

$7.00 - $10.00

This event is all ages

Goodmorning Valentine will have some very special guests playing with them.

Goodmorning Valentine
Goodmorning Valentine
There are a lot of reasons to love Akron-based band goodmorning valentine and their sophomore effort, Steady Your Hands. More reasons, in fact, than I have space to mention in this review. So, how might you know that some of those reasons apply to you? Take this simple "yes or no" survey below: 1) The words "essential late night listening" are cause for pause and often inspire a record store field trip for me. 2) I wore out my first copy of Belle & Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister. 3) Decidedly lo-fi affairs with dreamy pop melodies, yummy atmospheric flourishes and indie-rock roots really turn me on. Literally. (In fact, just reading is getting me hot and bothered.) 4) Bands that link Americana and cuddlecore/twee-pop (admittedly, a UK term) are among my favorites. 5) Like Dylan, Tom Waits is a brilliant songwriter, but sometimes his voice really grates on me. I rarely admit this about such genius in public. If you scored more than two "yes" votes, stop reading now, proceed to your local music retailer and pick this up this nocturnal collection. Tell them I sent you. For the rest of you, read on: goodmorning valentine has grown significantly since its first release, Easter Park. The band's influences are certainly an eclectic mix (see above and add pinches of Elvis Costello, Wilco and Whiskeytown for good measure) and play a critical role informing the band's sound. That said, it is a wonder this band isn't an international sensation. Singer/guitarist Joey Beltram has a fluttering, passionate voice; his vocal flourishes have the kind of soul that would make Stuart Murdoch green with envy. He sets the mood with the ethereal and downcast "Tiger and the Leper," a chamber-pop entrée with goosebump-inducing orchestration. Other highlights include the sparse balladry of "Rock and Roll Boys and Girls," the lazy, Luna-like cuts "So Long" and "Can't Say," a bourbon-laced rocker "City Lights," the delightfully driving pop ditty "Girl," and the brassy "Why Do You Bother" – which is filled with delightfully moody time signature changes. This effort could have easily come from the 4AD or Matador label; Steady Your Hands is a well-informed collection of lo-fi pop brilliance and it belongs on a national stage. From the sounds of things, the folks in "gmv" know that already. And it will happen eventually, so don't be late. Catch up with goodmorning valentine before the rest of the country does.
Mike Uva
Mike Uva
MIKE UVA is a Cleveland-based songwriter and singer. He was born in Central New York and, after bouncing around points east, moved with friends to Ohio. He liked it (low-key, near the lake) and set down roots. He has worked as a cook, editor, writer, and court reporter.

Uva learned his way around a multi-track cassette recorder and self-released a number of albums on his own Collectible Escalators imprint. The online magazine Blurt described 2012’s LADY, TELL ME STRAIGHT as “smart, understated pop, couching wry observations in offhandedly catchy melodies,” and the record was named a “Best of 2012” by the Chicago Independent Radio Project.

LIGHTS COMING UP (2018) features MIKE ALLAN (bass), NICK and TONY CROSS (elec. guitars, percussion), STELIANOS SIMANTIRIS (telecaster), MIKE LYFORD (piano, elec. organ), and DAN PRICE (drums, noises). It was recorded at Price’s PRIMITIVE EARTH RECORDING STUDIO in Cleveland.

Limited-edition 12” vinyl by Cleveland’s GOTTA GROOVE RECORDS is available from mikeuva.com, local independent record stores, and at the LP release show at the Beachland on June 15.

From the shadowy shore of Lake Erie, LIGHTS COMING UP explores solitude, crime & punishment, light & dark, recurring dreams, family trips, and the 1993 Branch Davidian siege. A melodic mix of folk, country, and other, more nebulous sounds, 2018’s LIGHTS COMING UP was described as “unassumingly excellent” (Dusted). A mix of real and imagined, Mike Uva’s characters are tramps and loners, going about their day-to-day in America's new dark age. His songs will make you nostalgic for lives you’ve never lived.

Much of LIGHTS COMING UP is simple three-chord songs with a tunefulness that belies a dark humor. Uva describes them as “songs that sound good strummed at the side of a crumbling highway, two nickels to your name.”

On stage, Uva performs both solo and with a full electric band, and he has shared stages with Lydia Loveless, Sharon van Etten, the Avett Brothers, the Decemberists, and Cat Power, among many others.

** TOP PICK ** “Inspired and real. . . . LIGHTS COMING UP immediately stands out. . . . the same kind of cerebral long–lasting appeal as songs by other classic artists like Tom Waits, Ben Folds, and Leonard Cohen. . .” —Babysue

“. . . on the rare occasion that [Uva] releases a record, it’s really worth hearing and LIGHTS COMING UP is no different.” —Dagger Zine

"The clear highlight is 'Waco,' a driving, slanting, amber–lit time–capsule. . . . Like all of Uva’s best work, the song has an off–handed grace . . ." —Dusted

****

"Every couple of years, Cleveland songwriter Mike Uva tosses off an album of sublime jangle pop, tangled with wry, self-observant lyrics, melancholy chord progressions and encased in warmly lo-fi production values. . . . as catchy as Bob Pollard, as slyly subversive as Lou Barlow, as effortlessly melodic as Nick Salomon.” —PopMatters

“[Uva’s] songs stick around like old friends, their warmth, accessibility and unshowy intelligence always welcome” —Blurt

"You know that scene in Heartworn Highways, when all those guys are sitting around at Christmas drinking and playing songs and having a good time? LADY TELL ME STRAIGHT . . . is like the summer barbeque version of that scene. Wise and witty lyrics with the low-fi acoustic pop accompaniment. Mike recorded this with a handful of musicians, two microphones and an 8-track recorder. With songs this good you don't need much else." —Clocktower Nine
James McKeivier
James McKeivier
Istvan Medgyesi
Istvan Medgyesi
Istvan Medgyesi is a working musician in Cleveland, Ohio. He plays somewhere between the dark heart of song in the tradition of the 1970's greats and the experimental urges of the seriously avant-garde. His work is urgent and immediate. One gets the sense that he's living the songs as much as playing them.

Performing on various acoustic and electronic instruments, listeners can hear the echoes of an array of musical traditions intertwined with modal explorations and occasional forays into noise and drone. From raga based acoustic compositions to random voltage generated melodies, the focus is on the unifying factors of sound and style.
Venue Information:
Beachland Tavern
15711 Waterloo
Cleveland, OH, 44110