Caitlin Cobb-Vialet merges pop and theater

In the video for Caitlin Cobb-Vialet’s upcoming debut single EP, “I Confuse Us,” the Auckland singer-songwriter participates in a cathartic ritual of painting a pile of paint on her face. Carelessly spread the material until her cheeks, lips, and forehead are a messy mix of colors.

She ends with a two-minute serenade pointing at the camera, smoothing her face, breaking through the performance’s fourth wall, further smearing her appearance and giving viewers a disjointed glimpse into the world of joy and pain. ..

Everything is very melodramatic and evokes the classic sad clown vaudeville scene, and all of these over the top theaters are Cobb Beerette’s intention. Cobb Beerette, a trained actress who mastered her skills in the tissue arts department at New York University, bridged the divide between vintage cabaret and pop music and influenced her early creative endeavors. I want to connect two different elements.

“My dream is to merge everything. I don’t want to leave anything, ”says Cobb-Vialet. “I want to be interdisciplinary – I like the idea of ​​writing really weird musicals that play around with pop music ideas. It’s like it’s theatrical songs in my head and my life is musical. is.”

Cobb-Vialet may be exploring the concept of acting and playing with pop songs, but his approach to crafting is something real and real enough to disarm. “IConfuse Us” details the messy and confusing ending to the relationship and gives a candid glimpse into her psyche. In this play, the actor doesn’t just read the lines. There is really pain behind the performance.

“This song is very anchored in real life. I had a very strong relationship with a great person, and when it was over I was really confused by my feelings, ”said Cobb Beerlet. say. “This person inspired me and they left. I had to free myself from it to find myself. It’s definitely like love and hate. It’s one thing, but it’s also about me – how did you get those two aspects? “

Cobb-Vialet will perform “I Confuse Us” and other songs from their debut EP at Rickshaw Stop on July 23, with space rocker Juan Wayne and Indie Popper in a showcase on display at a locally produced store. Welcome to French cassettes. Fast Times presents. Cobb-Vialet is the first to perform these songs live, and while many of her songs contain painfully bare confessions, young singer-songwriters have so far struck the stars. I don’t expect to hang. Unlike other beginner musicians, Cobb-Vialet has a lot of experience performing in front of an audience.

Originally from Auckland, Cobb-Vialet grew up on the local performing arts scene, sang in the San Francisco Girls Chorus, performed at Berkeley’s Youth Musical Theater Company, and then entered New York University. While in New York City, Cobb-Vialet immersed himself in the Broadway scene and eventually landed a gig at a venue like Joe’s Pub, a famous performance space across Manhattan.

Cobb-Vialet returned to the Bay Area late last year, eager to build his identity through music and art. The pandemic that has devastated New York’s thriving theater scene has accelerated the movement.

Back home, Cobb-Vialet worked with local producer Jim Greer, who holds records for activities such as Foster the People and Geoographer among the many bands in the Bay Area. His songs have a unique melodramatic aesthetic, but they are not stereotypical. Displays a copy of the melody. In his upcoming EP, Cobb-Vialet intelligently weaves pop elements and meandering narrative structures, mixing La Contour-inspired muses from artists such as Country Barnett and Regina Spektor with the bright and vibrant atmosphere of cabaret material. I am. Bold brass and piano riffs mix with pop synth hooks and silky beats.

The intriguing combination is Andrew St. James, a member of Juan Wayne and co-founder of Fast Times Presents, a prolific production team that performs at the Rick Show Stop Friday night. It caught my eye.

“It’s really special to be able to present Caitlin on stage. We are all in awe of the craftsmanship of his songs and are delighted to be a part of our world. Said St. James. “FastTimes, as a promotional entity, thinks it’s important to create a space for new artists to play with veteran artists. This show at Rickshaw on the 23rd implements this concept. I was not satisfied with that. “

As a savvy playwright, Cobb-Vialet knows how to create a witty dialogue piece (“Spend most of the year / develop self-esteem”), but her song says “I’m steeped in the deep. melancholy that we find in songs like “Confound us”. She may be taking action, but her seriousness is without a doubt.

“I’m trying to write music about what’s on my mind right now,” Cobb-Vialet says. “If something is imminent, I have to stop it. So I’m pretty straightforward in my writing. The most important part for me is always the emotional part of the song. This is the side. “

Cobb-Vialet only plays a handful of songs on Rickshaw Stop, but she’s steadily building her next LP. She plans to release an EP later this year (tentatively scheduled for October) and aims to release a full album next spring.

While cataloging, Cobb-Bialet says she still plans to continue playing an acting role in the Bay Area. She also wants to collaborate with other local artists, perhaps writing songs for other musicians. For now, she thinks there is no reason to limit oneself to a particular artistic discipline.

“I really want to try everything,” says Cobb-Vialet. “I think I have both music and acting opportunities. I can’t wait to see where this takes me.

With Cailin Cobb-Vialet, Juan Wayne and French cassette, Friday July 23, 8 p.m., Rickshaw stop. $ 15;

Will Reisman is a contributor. @wreisman

Caitlin Cobb-Vialet merges pop and theater Caitlin Cobb-Vialet merges pop and theater

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