Dave Hartley, Philadelphia-based professional (?!) pinball competitor, NBA superfan/dude who started the “Let Bonner Shoot” campaign on Change.org, and music guy who plays bass in The War on Drugs and does his own thang in a lil’ group called Nightlands, must be stopped. How can one mere man hold so much power in his hands? Nightlands just wrapped a month-long tour with Efterklang, during which dude was reppin’ Oak Island, his sophomore album for Secretly Canadian, and he’s about to embark on his first headlining tour as Nightlands, shooting from club to club, his music ricocheting off the bumpers (and other stuff that’s involved with pinball) of our hearts.
The unstoppable Mr. Hartley recently premiered a video for his track “Born to Love,” directed by She Policeman, which can be viewed below. Featuring footage culled from six hours (!!!!) of VHS tape showing Hartley applying silver makeup for a previous video shoot and inspired by Andy Warhol, the video is a fantasia on what it would be like to sit through six hours of footage of a dude putting on silver makeup in a vaguely creepy way, all through the lens of a nostalgic Instagram filter and cut down to about three magical minutes. Alas, Nightlands probably will not be slathered in silver paint during the majority of the dates of his East Coast tour, but Hartley will be swaddled in the musical harmonies of Anthony LaMarca (drums), Jesse Moore (synth), and Eliza Hardy Jones (Wurlitzer organ). Wurlitzer Organ!!!! Slather it on.
05.29.13 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
05.30.13 - Washington, DC - DD9
05.31.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
06.02.13 - Boston, MA - TT the Bear’s
06.03.13 - Toronto, ON - Drake Hotel
06.04.13 - Chicago, IL - Schubas