Hilary James (bathtub cig)

bathtub cig is the intimate depression pop project of Hilary James. Born in a Minneapolis bedroom during the spring of 2017, it is an honest attempt at coping with her long struggle with mental health. She is joined by Dave Power on drums, Skyler Nowiski on bass, and Adelyn Strei on guitar and harmony. Their 2018 debut EP, Old Light, draws comparisons to a synth-pop version of Frankie Cosmo with raw lyrics.

2021 EP bed is both a dream-like and hazy musing on quarantine as well as a heartbreaking attempt to cope with grief. In a departure from James’ first full-band EP, Old Light, this new release is a stripped-down solo voyage. Hilary is joined by Addie Strei (Adelyn Rose) on clarinet, flute, and bass to create beautiful textures to balance out the loneliness of the electric guitar.

Their 2022 debut full-length, Night Blindness, has been described as a clever and dark Gen Z Ode, putting our hardest thoughts into music.

Past Shows


Dec
2
nd
2023
Turf Club
Dec
2
nd
2023
Turf Club

A Tribute to The Replacements ft. The Melismatics performing 'Tim' and other hits

special guest vocalists: Al ChurchAndra SuchyAnita VelveetaAshley AckersonBecky KapellBrian Vanderwerf (Eleganza!) • Christy CostelloClaire Lugar (The Silent Treatment) • Curtiss AEdie BaumgartFaith BoblettGini DoddsJillian RaeJo Kellen (Products) • Laura Larson (Scrunchies) • Mary StrandMedbh McNamara (Surly Grrly) • Monica LaPlanteSarah Mevissen (Pit Stop) • and more

performing in the Clown Lounge: Ava LevyHilary James (bathtub cig) • Loki’s Folly

★ Local Show ★
with Pullstring and Mad Ripple Hoot for Slim

More Shows

Oct
4
th
First Avenue

OMD

with Walt Disco
May
4
th
First Avenue

Gear Daddies

Jun
29
th
The Fitzgerald Theater

Little Feat

with Duane Betts & Palmetto Motel
Apr
8
th
Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Knox

with maryjo