With its unsparing reflection on what Kelly refers to as “the cycle of frustration and temptation after getting clean,” Shape & Destroy took form during a period of painful transformation. Working at Dreamland Recording Studios in upstate New York, Kelly enlisted musicians like Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick, bassist Eli Beaird, and a number of his own family members to deliberately channel the raw vitality Kelly brings to his live show.
Describing Shape & Destroy as a “mental-health record,” Kelly reveals all the false starts and setbacks in getting sober with a specificity that’s unflinching but never heavy-handed. Kelly tapped into many of his longtime inspirations—Jackson Browne, Dashboard Confessional, the brutal and visceral energy of Kurt Cobain’s live performance—but also looked to such unexpected sources as transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. By creating Shape & Destroy with total clarity, Kelly emerged with a greater understanding of how to fulfill his purpose as an artist.
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Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Sixth & I, 600 I St NW, Washington D.C., United States
USD 22 to USD 89