Wildlife Control

Early Show

Wildlife Control


Fri, August 3, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Wildlife Control - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Wildlife Control

"A TRIUMPH IN ROCK" -Indie Shuffle


Wildlife Control is a band. They record albums and play shows. They are brothers Neil and Sumul Shah, who grew up making music and shooting hoops in the rolling hills and industrial decay of rural northeast Pennsylvania, where the first day of deer hunting season was a school holiday but Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was not.

With a name inspired by a ʼ68 Cadillac ambulance art car sometimes seen patrolling the streets of Brooklyn, Wildlife Control is more than just a band. When they released their first single, “Analog or Digital” in December 2011, they also launched a new kind of interactive music video (analogordigital.wildlifectrl.com) that uses the latest web standards to blur the lines between music, technology, and community. This was not their record labelʼs idea (they donʼt have one).

The brothers collaborate on everything: songwriting, production, tech, artwork, and the millions of other things that go on behind the scenes. In February 2012, they spent an entire day—sunrise to sunset—on Ocean Beach in San Francisco filming a music video in a single continuous take. With a very limited budget, they produced, directed, and released the video on YouTube (youtu.be/boGyFAYomBo). It went viral.

Wildlife Control will release their eponymous debut LP July 31, 2012. It was recorded in studios and stairwells and parks and bedrooms in and around Brooklyn and San Francisco. The record captures performances by the brothers and an ensemble of close friends along with sampled and synthesized sounds in an alchemical mixture that is best summarized by the final words of their first single: it doesnʼt matter if sheʼs analog or digital.
Cultfever - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
CULTFEVER is a collaboration between Brooklyn-based musicians TAMARA JAFAR and JOE DURNIAK. Their self-titled and self-produced debut album, released November 1, 2011, has been rapidly generating buzz among indie music enthusiasts for its cinematic soundscapes and moments of unhinged romanticism. Within a week of its release music blogs such as The Kollection, Music Ninja, and Music Savage were among the many to hail the debut while veteran music journalist Lorraine Ali (Spin, LA Times, Rolling Stone) commended the album for being “cool and cohesive” and “sublime as it is dynamic.” The glow of early reviews demonstrates a simple, essential truth about Cultfever: their strength is in their range.

Their talent for dynamic story-telling is clear from the moment the album opens with a dramatic drop into its first track, KNEWYOUWELL. Ghostly, soaring vocals thread over and under frenetic synth lines and a pulsing beat which propels the escapist anthem towards a surprise break into starkness and sparcity. The eight impeccably vivid tracks that follow present a refreshing and unruly inventiveness. Cultfever’s songwriting harnesses a manic energy that explodes out of unexpected arrangements—it’s addictive. In one instance, FARM, the duo weave together psych-rock guitar licks, marching boots, slide whistles, triumphant strings, home-made synths, horns, and quietly seductive—though at times violent—vocal stylings.

Cultfever’s brand of genre-irreverant, intellectual-pop quirk generated “one hell of a debut” (Bowlegs Music Review). The self-titled album is available online at iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002