Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Chairlift (3/13)

Friday, March 13th, 2009

"I tried to do handstands for you, I tried to do headstands for you, Everytime I fell on you, yeah everytime I fell. I tried to do handstands for you, But everytime I fell for you, I'm permanently black and blue, permanently blue for you." -Chairlift

Anybody with a TV knows the spot: a female voice sings “I tried to do handstands for you” over synths and an electro-indie beat, while multi-colored iPod Nanos tumble across the screen.

The song is “Bruises” from Brooklyn trio Chairlift’s debut album, “Does You Inspire You.” The voice is Chairlift singer and co-songwriter Caroline Polachek’s; backing comes courtesy Aaron Pfenning, who co-writes and plays synths and guitar, and drummer-producer Patrick Wimberly. According to group lore, the three met while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder and ended up hanging out a lot in a mostly deserted, possibly haunted jazz bar. After late nights spent watching Wimberly drum at the spooky watering hole, Pfenning would show Polachek to the shed behind his house where they’d loosely collaborate on making “music for haunted houses.”

The pair eventually took some songs Pfenning had been working on for a solo project and combined them with aspects of the fright-night electro they’d been creating in the shed. Somewhere in the process, they also moved to Brooklyn and reunited with Wimberly, adding him to the Chairlift lineup. It all resulted in iPod commercial soundtrack gold.

Don't miss these three live at the Grog Shop ( in Cleveland Heights. For more Chairlift tunes visit (a "video feast!")3/13)

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