ABOUT THE SHOW

Come witness the rise and fall of that all-American icon the televangelist, in this wildly imaginative, media-saturated performance propelled by the yearning beauty of Greycoats’ music, with a bump of gold-tinted 1980s nostalgia. Drawing inspiration from true stories of American evangels who flew too close to the sun, Charisma! invites audiences on a marathon of telethons, confronting a cult of personality, humanity’s carnal nature, and the impossibility of living up to a divine ideal.

Directed and co-created by theater artist Seth Bockley,

Charisma! brings theater, film and pop music together, while doubling as the release of Greycoats’ fourth studio album by the same name.

ABOUT THE ALBUM

“What if Jimmy Swaggart fronted Joy Division?”

And then, as these things do, it went off the rails...

22 songs were tracked over 9 days in October, 2017 at The Library Recording Studio in Minneapolis. 18 made the cut. So did Cooper Doten, joining on bass, as the band reimagines themselves as a five-piece. No strangers to ambition, Greycoats chase the spectacular with the release of every album, pairing films to songs for Setting Fire to the Great Unknown (2008), hosting an art exhibition for World of Tomorrow (2013) and building a midi-controlled spaceship for Adrift (2015). But if we’re gonna talk about a concept album, this is probably it —  from a band that was built for the stage.

PRESS FOR Adrift

To say that this is my local album of the year is maybe an understatement — it’s gonna creep into my top ten period… This thing is straight up magnificent and epic in all the exact right ways… It’s like this crazy, romantic, gorgeous space opera, like nothing you’ve heard in the last 30 years.
— Jon Hunt, l’étoile magazine
Greycoats are a band that make you feel smarter after having listened to them. There’s an intelligence to the structure of their songs and something simultaneously mysterious and knowing in their lyrics.
— Linnea Moehn, KTWN-FM, Go 96.3
The band’s making strides in both their compositions and their electro-leaning rock sound.
— Andrea Swenson, KCMP-FM, 89.3 The Current
On Adrift, everything appears to be moving at a different speed than life around it — beautiful but deep, dark yet light.
— Youa Vang, City Pages

Photography by Kevin Horn

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