The Roofer's Union, Stello, Psymon Spine, Kraus

The Roofer's Union


Psymon Spine


Mon, January 9, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

The Roofer's Union - (Set time: 10:05 PM)
The Roofer's Union
The alternative rock outfit has been eclectically described as "r&b from hell", "freak pop", "noise soul", and "psychedelic kraut-rock". Their live shows wield the propulsive rumble of a rock band, paired with a cascade of hooks and harmonic twists and turns that keeps the audience dancing to moves they didn't know. The band recorded their last full length album, "By Degrees", in a barn in upstate New York, and are now preparing new material for upcoming releases.
Stello - (Set time: 9:10 PM)
Stello is the punky, jazzy project from NYC based multi-instrumentalist Kit Conway, the rowdy brainchild of an old-school muso. A pop music obsessive, songwriter and guitarist by trade, Kit croons and wails sly confessionals over a raucous collage of styles and eras. Stello's summery six track EP Five Nite demonstrates the CBGB lounge lizard style that makes the band so compelling.
Psymon Spine - (Set time: 8:20 PM)
Psymon Spine
Before Psymon Spine was more than a twinkle in the eye of founding members Peter Spears and Noah Prebish, and through a series of curiously well-­timed events and questionable decisions, the two found themselves headlining a European tour during their first year of college. The band's first single, “Eric’s Basement & Secret Tunnels,” was written while in transit through Paris, and it was after their London show that Psymon Spine was offered their first record deal. Soon after that, Parisian imprint Kitsuné asked Psymon Spine to remix Is Tropical’s “Dancing Anymore” – and declared it their favorite mix of the track.

Over the next three years, the core of Psymon Spine expanded to include Devon Kilburn, Chris Beckett and Mike Rudinski, and a psychic connection was forged between Psymon Spine and Graham Dickson (of Crystal Fighters), the latter of whom would go on to produce the band's first EP and LP and sign them to his new NYC-­based record label, Axis Mundi (Is Tropical, Drugzndreamz, etc).

The songs and artwork that make up the new Psymon Spine EP are extremely dualistic by nature, partnering fuzzy synths with lush vocal harmonies, fast dance beats with flowing string arrangements -­ this marked by the visual juxtaposition of washed-­out water colors set behind aggressive, jagged lines.

Despite an obvious gang mentality, there is almost no uniformity to the musical upbringings of Psymon Spine's many members, making the band an irreducibly complex machine. The new songs were written and recorded throughout North America (Brooklyn, Saratoga Springs, Boston, Southern California, Costa Rica, Mexico City, and Woodstock). Some are inspired by exotica and travel, others by what is familiar and sentimental.

Their music is, metaphorically speaking, like a stroll through a rainforest at night with a safe place to return to. Beauty permeates, but there are 1000 ways to die around every corner. Peace and violence are interdependent, and while the full emotional spectrum resides within it, the end result is optimistic – like the euphoria that follows physical exhilaration.
Kraus - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002