Full "Disclosure": U.K. Group to Play Brooklyn Warehouse NYE 2017
December 31, 2016 will mark the attraction of a crowd of thousands to Times Square, New York to witness the midnight descent of the Waterford Crystal New Year’s Eve ball. Illuminated by 32, 256 LED lights manufactured by the Dutch technology company Philips, the New Year’s Eve ball drop is an event infamous for its ability to attract not merely New Yorkers, but people from various parts of the world.
This year, the famed New Year’s Eve ball meets its match in a perhaps unexpected—and for now, undisclosed—location. U.K. garage and house group Disclosure headlines the competing event, set to take place at a “secret” location in Brooklyn. Although little is currently known about the address of the underground warehouse in which Disclosure will play, notably among the likes of Tiga, Kenny Larkin, and Eli Escobar, the warehouse—previously a submarine manufacturing plant—is advertised by event page, Wild Life (BK), as being outfitted with “the most advanced sound and light system in the world,” providing the Philips sponsored LED New Year’s ball with an electronic rival. The old manufacturing plant, in which the “original steel and brick work” are said to be “intact,” will provide a quirky yet authentic scene for the adoption of a new year. The New Year’s Eve event is reminiscent of the event headlined by the group on December 31st of 2014, then hosted at Pier 94, with support from Claude Vonstroke, Dusky, Ten Walls, Kyle Hall, and Isaac Tichauer. Doors are set to open at 8 PM this year.
Disclosure, a duo comprised of brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence, has enjoyed steady commercial success since its debut in 2010, where the group released their first single “Offline Dexterity” on August 29, 2010. Disclosure signed to the PMR record label in January of 2011.
The duo’s music quickly gained auditory familiarity among listeners and non-listeners alike. “Latch,” a track that features Sam Smith’s signature, smooth crooning peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2014, going on to become one of the group’s most popular, and most recognizable songs. The song appears on Disclosure’s 2013 album release, “Settle,” an EP that boasts vocal cameos made by AlunaGeorge (on the track “White Noise”), and Eliza Doolittle (on the track “You & Me”).
Another track off of the EP, “When A Fire Starts To Burn,” enjoyed a singular success comparable to that of “Latch”; the song appeared on Google’s Chromecast commercial in the fall/winter of 2015 with its identifying refrain “when a fire starts to burn, right, and it starts to spread, she gon’ bring that attitude home.” Disclosure’s unique sound proved to be inescapable; those who did not voluntarily seek exposure to the group’s unmistakable brand of house music inevitably received such exposure simply by watching television.
Disclosure continued to gather momentum, receiving a Grammy nomination for “Best Dance/Electronica Album” for their release of “Settle” in the 2014 Grammy Awards. Disclosure’s nomination placed the duo among fellow nominees Calvin Harris (for “18 Months), Kaskade (for “Atmosphere”), Pretty Lights (for “A Color Map of the Sun”), and Daft Punk (for “Random Access Memories”). Although forfeiting the win to the victorious “Random Access Memories,” the nomination was indicative of Disclosure’s presence within the genre, and the group’s propensity to remain a formidable competitor in future awards contests, and a key entity in the rumored “revival” of house music. The group accordingly received the same Grammy nomination for their 2015 release “Caracal,” an album that again features the vocals of Sam Smith, as well as the talent of Lorde, The Weeknd, and Miguel.
The Disclosure siblings originate from Reigate, a town in eastern Surrey, England. The sons of musician parents—their father was known for his role in various rock bands, while their mother was a vocal performer—music was a natural and fundamental component of the Lawrences’ upbringing. Not unlike many prominent DJs today, the brothers gained their initial following—and a subsequent record deal—through MySpace, the social media platform upon which the brothers uploaded their early tracks.
The Lawrence brothers currently express a desire to work with American hip-hop artists in future album releases, citing hip-hop as another major musical influence of their youth.
Will attendees at this secret New Year’s Eve warehouse event hear a hip-hop infused new Disclosure track? That’s doubtful, but the creation of such a track will perhaps serve as the duo’s New Year’s “resolution.”