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Tuesday March 21 2023
 8:00PM doors -- music at 8:30PM
$12 in advance / $15 at the door
Bubble Tea and Cigarettes
 bedroom pop
Luby Sparks
 (from Japan)
  alternative shoegaze dream pop

Bubble Tea and Cigarettes
-from New York, NY
-Hi! Just to tell you a bit of the story behind the project. In the winter of 2019, around midnight, we were strolling around the neon-lit streets of lower east side NYC, tipsy and looking for some temporary escape from our monotonous 9-to-5 lives. Lately, Kat had been asking me, an amateur jazz pianist, to compose some pop songs that she would like. As we continued walking, a really good melody came to my mind. So we rushed back home and recorded the melody on a guitar, accompanied by some MIDI bass and drums. We loved this little piece of music we created so much that we ended up looping and vibing to the music for hours till morning came. The melody later became the intro of our most streamed song and the first song we wrote together - '5AM Empanada With You'. We were lucky enough to receive a lot of support on the Internet that kept us going and writing more songs later on.

I think we both grew up in pretty conservative families and societies, but we were both emotional/artistic/rebellious kids. We worked hard to leave the past and somehow ended up in the United States on our own. In a foreign land, we ground through the realities and endured loneliness. Only a decade of self-exploration in the United States later had we found ourselves more confused and alienated from the rest of the world. Lived through the good and bad of different cultures and societies, we tried to become many things, but that led us ultimately become a 'nothing'.

With these emotions surrounding us daily, the 'Bubble Tea and Cigarettes' project became a haven for us to unleash some of our dark fantasies and questions about the disheartening realities. We try to form these emotions into love stories, but I find them relevant to any desire I feel toward the world.

As for the band name 'Bubble Tea and Cigarettes', it started as a joke as Kat used to drink more bubble tea than water, and smoked half a pack a day, as a way to cope with some crazy pressures. We ended up using it as it, although may seem silly, is an authentic representation of a lifestyle. The 'Bubble Tea' represents the still youthful and pleasure-seeking sides of a person's post-adolescence, while the 'Cigarettes' represents the bitter and mature counterpart.

Artists who make truthful and vulnerable art have helped us a lot through difficult times, so we are striving to create music in the same spirit, hoping to help people who are like us.

- Andi

Luby Sparks
-from Tokyo, Japan
-Luby Sparks is not your average Japanese rock band. Their layered, wistful sound is reminiscent of late 90s Shoegaze but they have developed a sound that is all their own. Singing all of their songs English is not the safest approach for a young band in Japan, but they defiantly embrace their unique approach.