Low Anthem — A Band That Runs A Theater
When Jeff Prystowski of Low Anthem first approached Jon Berberian, owner of the Columbus Theatre, back in 2011 the plan was a simple one. According to the NYT (3.24.15),
The two men worked out an arrangement: Prystowsky and his bandmates Ben Knox Miller and Bryan Minto, along with a few other friends, would program concerts in the space, paying Berberian rent.
And . . . Low Anthem had an album they wanted to record. But the theater took on a life of its own, becoming a favorite venue for fans and musicians alike, and that particular album never got made. (Oh, My God, Charlie Darwin and Smart Flesh were recorded elsewhere.) The collaborative did build a recording studio, and have recorded over fifteen other bands, but ‘eyeland’ remained unrealized.
At first, five years ago, all we set out to do was record what became “eyeland”. We had no plans to stay any longer. Now, fast forward five years, and strangely to us, we have completed a metamorphosis into a band that runs a theatre.
The album release date is June 17th; then the Low Anthem kicks off its worldwide, nay, intergalactic, ‘eyeland’ tour at the Columbus Theatre on June 18th. While general admission tickets are $10, you may want to bump it up to the $25 VIP ticket.
This ticket includes early access to the theatre on the night of the show, a tour of the theatre and Eyeland Studios by Jeff Prystowsky, and a piece of pie baked by Florence Wallis.
‘Eyeland’ album art was photographed by Cat Laine, directed by Peter Glantz, with set design by Meredith Younger and costumes by Michael Dates.