Jonathan Bree with Ryder the Eagle

  • August 30, 2023 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Square Cat Vinyl

    1054 Virginia Avenue
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46203
Ticket Price $17.00 This event is now over


All Ages

$17 Advance/$20 Doors

Doors - 7 PM

Jonathan Bree

Jonathan Bree is a composer, multi- instrumentalist and producer from New Zealand.

A self-confessed workaholic and social recluse, Jonathan spends his days (and nights) in a dingy home office attempting to run his record label Lil’ Chief Records (who have put out albums by the likes of Princess Chelsea, Ruby Suns and his previous band The Brunettes) whilst simultaneously producing albums for artists such as Princess Chelsea, directing and starring in viral music videos for duets about Cigarette Smoking (yes THAT video) and then somehow finding time to record his own material when he should be sleeping.

Jonathan starting playing music at the age of 9 when he wrote his first song "Rebecca" about a primary school crush.

By 12 he was playing drums with 20 year olds in an average goth band ‘The Plaster Saints’ whose claim to fame was releasing a song on a Flying Nun compilation in the 90s.

At 13 out of fear he was going to start wearing fishnets and piercing his privates he was sent to live with his Father in Australia. His Father was a spiritual guru living in Byron Bay, graciously helping his followers to starve themselves in order to raise their ‘vibrations’ so they could board the invisible motherships floating above them.

At 14 after failing to raise his vibrations and also feeling quite hungry he left home and took care of himself by selling drugs to local tourists to make his way through high school.

At age 19 he returned home to Auckland, New Zealand and started his first band The Brunettes. The Brunettes was basically a bunch of indie guys that liked Pavement and the Modern Lovers and the music reflected that. Within 6 months the band broke up but not before Jonathan met Heather Mansfield and convinced her to turn The Brunettes into a duet based recording project.

Jonathan wrote and produced 4 albums and 4 EPs for The Brunettes, driving himself mad over the course of their ten year career trying to achieve the sonic standards of his 1960's heroes of 4 track recording, George Martin and Brian Wilson.

The Brunettes went on to sign to Sub Pop after opening for The Postal Service in 2003 before eventually breaking up 2010. They still however have a loyal and dedicated cult following, especially in New Zealand where their debut ‘Holding Hands Feeding Ducks’ is regarded as a classic.

Jonathan Bree released his first solo album ‘The Primrose Path’ in New Zealand in 2013. The album drew much critical praise and was a finalist in the ‘Taite Prize’ – a respected arts award named after the late journalist Dylan Taite.

Jonathan’s second album ‘A Little Night Music’ drew similar critical praise locally and saw Bree venturing into more free-form territory, further breaking away from more traditional pop formulas found in some of his best-known work with The Brunettes. This was partly due to new interest in classical music after inheriting some old ballet records of Tchaikovsky, and music of Bela Bartok.

Ryder the Eagle

Ryder The Eagle has been navigating and exploring both the brightest and darkest sides of love for over half a decade, using music as a therapy, travels as a cure and live performances as a catharsis. His first E.P « The Ride Of love » (2017) was written in Paris and was an ode to his wife and the concept of true love. He then experienced the devastating power of deception and disillusion, moved to London and put out his second E.P « Free Porn » (2019). He eventually went through a divorce after his ten year relationship, moved to Mexico City and released his first album « Follymoon » (2022), a sonically lush and demented logbook in which every aspect of the romantic mourning process was addressed, from the depth of loneliness to the frantic (failed) attempts at loving again. The thirty three year old divorcé took his heart-broken mariachi character on the road and played over a hundred shows in less than six months, dragging his cabaret-like karaoke all over Mexico, the USA, Canada and Europe. After clandestinely busking on the streets of Austin, Texas in 2020 while on a cross-country American Greyhound epic, he was finally invited to play at SXSW 2022 as an official artist. He supported Adam Green on numerous US and Europe tours, opened for Franz Ferdinand throughout Europe and headlined sold out shows in Paris.

Exhausted but enamoured at last, Ryder fled to Greece with his new girlfriend and set up his 4-track cassette recorder and Yamaha 80’s church organ in an old house on the island of Evia. He wrote, recorded and self-produced « Megachurch », a melancholic and solemn auto-sermon in which he comes to terms with his past and stares at his future, deconstructing his old faith while drawing the outline of a new one. The hopeful nine songs were written and recorded in less than two months, the analog tape format forcing Ryder to commit fully at every step of the recording process, leaving no space for perfectionism, doubts or second guesses. Ryder gave birth to his rawest yet purest album to date, finding redemption in synthy soundscapes, lyric melodies and poetic songwriting. His girlfriend, the french photographer and painter Eloïse Labarbe-Lafon photographed and hand painted the artwork of « Megachurch », matching the album’s organic feel. The record was mixed in L.A by Noah Georgeson (The Strokes, Devendra Banhart, Adam Green, Rodrigo Amarante, Little Joy) and mastered in L.A by Brian Lucey (Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, The Last Shadow Puppets, David Lynch). It will be released on March 10th and Ryder will be embarking on a world tour for the rest of 2023.

Date & Time

Wed, Aug 30, 2023 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Venue Details

Square Cat Vinyl

1054 Virginia Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46203 Square Cat Vinyl
Square Cat Vinyl

Square Cat Vinyl is a one of a kind record shop in the Fountain Square Cultural District in Indianapolis. The space is comprised of a record store, performance venue, and a bar serving beer, wine, and coffee drinks. Our mission is to be a music communal space for local and traveling musicians. We serve as a meeting ground for musicians of different types and ages along with music aficionados throughout the region.