Saturday, May 4, 2013
$18 in advance/$20 at the door
Uncle Bonsai's The Monster in the Closet/Go to Sleep Book
This event celebrates the release of Uncle Bonsai's first-ever illustrated book. The book features artwork by band members Arni Adler and Patrice O'Neill and two songs written by Andrew Ratshin. The evening will include two full sets by the band.
Uncle Bonsai canít seem to get it right. Everything goes askew in whatever they try. Their so-called childrenís songs ended badly, especially for the family pets, but even their "grown-up" songs of childhood memories are rife with disappointment.
Long obsessed with what gets swept beneath the rug of every family, the trioís recent work turns its scrutiny on parenting. Once children themselves, they mocked the best (some say "futile") efforts of their beleaguered parents. Not until after becoming parents themselves did they realize the great wisdom and fortitude of their parents, after all. Shoulda said something. ... Now they turn their "mature" attention to the sheer devilry of their own children.
Uncle Bonsai's latest recording project is a book of two illustrated songs about extreme efforts certain skewed adults (might) take to get their own children to bed: Confess to them about the reality of monsters. Bribe them. Threaten their toys. Accept the futility and hit the gin.
Like all recognizable satire, it is fiction based in truth. There are no swear words and no one's getting hurt, but straight-faced lies and escalating tempers of angels will lead even good parents to feel superior to the depths sought out by the narrators of these songs. Thatís why we love Bonsai. Theyíre so much worse off than we are.