The Western Den

The Western Den

Frances Luke Accord

Sat February 23

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$12.00

This event is all ages

The Western Den
The Western Den
To find a musical soulmate, someone with whom to explore your innermost
feelings, unite artistic languages, and craft a shared voice is a daunting, even
mysterious, undertaking. Some writers spend years searching and never uncover
the other half they seek; for others, a partnership just flicks on like a light. The
origin story of the hauntingly beautiful duo The Western Den is wonderfully
curious in just this way: Deni Hlavinka, an introspective pianist from small town
Virginia, posted a song idea on a college forum for accepted students. Chris West,
a bright-eyed guitarist from Bermuda, sent back the song the following day in
finished form. Upon meeting in person, they discovered their musical—and
personal—bond was eerily close; there was never a discussion of forming a band,
never a conscious choice, it just happened, fueled by a sheer desire, a necessity to
pursue what felt right.
The act of reaching out in search of a common creative haven—that same force
which brought Hlavinka and West together seven years ago—is a theme of ‘A
Light Left On’, their forthcoming debut record. A careful labor of love, it emerged
over the course of two years as a set of demos, which the pair then tracked
meticulously over a six-month span. This restraint stands in stark contrast to their
previous releases, two EPs which they hurried to release with the same speed and
enthusiasm of Hlavinka and West’s initial long-distance collaboration. The result
of their patience this time around is an ornate emotional garden, lovingly
cultivated and ready for company. In their songwriting, arrangements, and
production choices, the band leaves behind the folk label, which always felt like a
safe descriptor yet never quite like home, pushing out into orchestral, ethereal, and
chordally complex territory, while preserving their sweeping vocal harmonies, at
once lush and modest, unmistakably the foundation of their partnership.
‘A Light Left On’ details a coming-of-age search—for purpose, for an
environment that feels authentic. From its inceptive command to “raise it up, give
a name / call it close, temporary though all the same”, the album announces its
creators’ desire to define themselves within a turbulent landscape of thoughts, to
have a light left on somewhere that feels permanent. Absent of that flag-planting
resolution, the record offers up the belief that a light is still out there—‘I’m still
holding on, still, still I’m holding on’—as if spoken to themselves as a mantra, on
repeat, to reassure and encourage.
The Western Den showcases a mature pursuit of beauty that is all their own, and
yet they capture the emotional soul-searching that exists in all of us, whether we
hide it from the world or share it. In Hlavinka and West’s case, they have chosen to
share it, extending their trust in each other to their audience.
Frances Luke Accord
Frances Luke Accord
Frances Luke Accord is an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and attentive songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, organic acoustics and buttery harmonies. Although mainly a modern folk band, Frances Luke Accord takes inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul, and rock.

Frances Luke Accord formed during their senior year at the University of Notre Dame. In December of 2012 the duo released their first record, "Kandote," a not-for-profit, intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir of Kkindu, Uganda; an endeavor that continues to support the primary education and musical aspirations of the choir. Since then they have self-produced several releases, including the "Queen for Me" EP (April 2014), "Veronica" (October 2014), and "Live @ Strobe" (April 2015).
Venue Information:
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
http://www.dcnine.com