Trio celebrates

Local band Celebration has critically acclaimed CD, gets lift from performing

December 06, 2007|By Sam Sessa | Sam Sessa,Sun reporter

Few bands are more aptly named than Celebration.

The Baltimore-based trio of singer Katrina Ford, drummer David Bergander and keyboardist Sean Antanaitis conjure psychedelic, tribal music that is both dark and uplifting.

In October, Celebration released its sophomore album, The Modern Tribe, to critical acclaim. Saturday's show at 2640 caps an international tour in support of the album.

When performing, lead singer Ford feeds off the audience's energy and channels it into the songs.

So many indie rock bands, when they play live, they just rigidly stand on stage and play the songs straight off their album. That's not the case with Celebration, is it?

Ford: We get too excited. We can't do that.

We feel differently about the whole idea of performance than the people that you're talking about do.

How do you feel about performance?

You have to be in the moment - purely in the moment, not be judgmental of yourself or the situation. It's hard to rise above. Sometimes there is a [poor] sound system, you don't have enough sleep, maybe there's not as many people there as you want there to be.

The goal is to rise above judgment of the situation and be a channel of the energy and the moment. It doesn't happen all the time, and it doesn't happen the whole show, but that's the goal. For me.

You're not standing up there saying, "Do I look cool?"

You can't do that because you get really paranoid, and you do something really dumb. You fall down, and fate puts you in your place.

When you're thinking too much about your physical self, you can't really do the music. It's good to transcend that. You don't want to think that you're someone that is human and flawed.

You can't think about breakfast or paying the bills while you're performing. That has nothing to do with it at all. That's a human awareness most people carry throughout the day. When you do something you really, truly enjoy is when you get to be free from that.

Last time we spoke, you were writing the songs for The Modern Tribe, and you said you were aiming for something more patient and crafted. Is that how you feel it came out?

I think it is more patient, for sure. I dont know if it's more crafted. You get all these ideas about how you want to do things better next time. I was really bad in school. Every year, I would say to myself, "I'm going to be really good this year. I'm going to do all my homework."

When you finish a record, you can't really enjoy your fruits, ever. We are always looking for our next mode of expression. We're always filtering our environment.

A record is just a record. It's a documentation, a moment in time. For the observer, it's a record, it's going to be around for a while, people automatically assume that's what you stand for forever.

But most artists are metamorphosing. They're filtering their world, their experiences into their art. Times are changing drastically on this planet and in this country and in our culture. It changed so much since our last record. We want to reflect that.

Do you have any idea what your next mode of expression is going to be?

We probably have a good head start on the next record. You never really know how it's going to turn out. At this stage, you don't even know what it feels like. I've never had a child. I don't know what having a baby is like, but it seems like it's a similar thing. We're in a stage of gestation with this.

When you go to record, it's like giving birth. It's really intense. It's a long process that's painful and joyful and fun and [a] once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing. It's magical.

Writing is the period of time when you're not quite sure what it's going to be. You don't know. ... I can't wait to get back to doing that. It's my favorite thing.

Celebration performs at 2640 on Saturday. The Lexie Mountain Boys and Dragons of Zynth will also perform. The venue is at 2640 St. Paul St. The music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Go to

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