Current Joys (Solo): ACM@UCO Metro Music Series
Current Joys headlines a Nov. 18 tour stop at ACM@UCO Performance Lab,329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Showtime is 7 p.m. Local acts Love Seats and Lunar Laugh (acoustic) open. Tickets are $10.
Current Joys is the enigmatic solo project of 25-year-old Nevada-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Rattigan. In addition to Surf Curse, his minimal two-piece band with Jacob Rubeck, Rattigan has been releasing a prolific catalog of heart-wrenching no-wave ballads via Bandcamp under a handful of names (including The Nicholas Project and Tele/Visions).
He eventually chose Current Joys as the permanent moniker, inspired by a song by folk-artist Liam the Younger of the same name.
Rattigan’s newest record, “A Different Age,” documents the process of making art and the desire to create it sincerely in an era fraught with extreme irony, apathy and nostalgia. Ripe with many of the emotions and conflicts that influenced the musician’s prior songwriting, “A Different Age” contains some of his most poetic lyrics and thoughtful arrangements to date.
“This will be a solo show for Nick Rattigan, which has never happened before in Oklahoma,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “Continuing our events tying ACM@UCO alums and current students to established national acts for our Metro Music Series, we present the Lunar Laugh and Love Seats opening the show.”
Opening the concert is The Lunar Laugh, performing as an acoustic two-piece, creating melodic powerpop filled with harmonies and classic ’60s and ’70s-fueled vibes. The full four-piece band, which includes three ACM@UCO alumni, formed in 2015 and is working on its third album.
Ashton Gary and Ethan Wilcox comprise musical act Love Seats, which released a single demo, “Track and Field” in February, and its newest single, “Tennis Prodigy (for margot[JC1] ),” a song inspired by the film “The Royal Tenenbaums,” in June. Hear the tunes at loveseats.bandcamp.com.
ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, ArtWorks, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.