Young Man

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Young Man

XNY

Tue, August 14, 2012

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Young Man - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Young Man
Young Man’s Colin Caulfield On…Young Man
> It materialized during my sophomore year of college. I wasn't very interested in playing coffee shops or smaller venues. Instead, I spent my time recording. > I was a bedroom musician from the very start, I guess. > Boy used the perspective of a kid to get out some of my immature/naive ideas. There's an element of hindsight in there, but it was just meant as an introduction.
> When I got to college and couldn’t bring my drums, I picked up piano and got a guitar. I always liked playing drums, but it became apparent that I'd be primarily interested in writing songs. > I drummed in some half-baked blues bands, some woefully overambitious prog-rock projects, and a surf-punk band. Once college started, I wrote Americana tunes with one of my oldest friends. Those songs will definitely see the light of day, but nothing else was ever released.

> The idea of being “self-taught” is increasingly vague with the Internet. I can get in-depth vocal lessons for free on YouTube, so to say I learned everything on my own is kind of inauthentic. > A lot of people get surprised when I mention Rufus Wainwright as a huge influence. Also: Wolfgang Voigt, the Fiery Furnaces, the Cinematic Orchestra, Destroyer, Nobuo Uematsu, Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Owen Pallett. > Being an English major had a big impact on Young Man. I make records as though they're papers, a collection of cohesive parts that presents an argument.

> I’m not too interested in forcing my problems on people; making them sit through 40 minutes of whining. > Everyone falls in love and deals with distance in their own way, whether it's literal or figurative. The goal was to create something people could draw their own interpretations from—some death of the modern author shit.
> Because the mixing process was so in depth and drawn out, the songs changed a ton over time. Most people would laugh if they heard the unmixed versions.
> There are moments when the album is much more effective on a nice set of speakers—when you can really feel the song change—but the subtleties and samples were definitely intended for headphones. > I decided to take on music full-time over a year ago now, so finishing school was more or less an obstacle, rather than an impetus, for a career path. > I was planning on moving to New York, but realized there wasn't really a feasible way of doing so with all the projects I had going on. I had this vision of being really depressed in a completely new city; not having any free time to explore and meet people. Luckily, I moved into an awesome house in a very different neighborhood. I realize now that I hadn't really experienced Chicago while I was in school. > All the songs lead up to “Felt,” a 10-minute piece that reprises and elaborates upon everything that has come before it. I think that's the best song on the record, but a lot of that has to do with having an understanding of what precedes it. > I'm actually in the studio with a full band working on the first of those two studio records and we're hoping to record the next in a couple months. If I have it my way, the two additional records will come out within a year of Ideas of Distance. > I didn’t always nail my papers, but I feel like I tried something different every time. The same applies to my music.
XNY - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
XNY
In 2010 Pam Autuori and Jacob Schreiber found themselves living as next-door neighbors. After months of listening to one another practicing through the wall their apartments shared, they came together to form XNY.

Pam was from the East Coast and already working on her solo career, having opened for Ani Difranco, The Hush Sound, Ryan Cabrera, The Cab and more. Jacob, the West Coaster, was studying jazz and had romanticized the life as a starving jazz musician. Together, they would create the perfect balance of genres both on and offstage with their complimentary personalities translating into the chemistry of each performance. XNY quickly caught the attention of fans, including Brooklyn Vegan, Filter Magazine and Nylon.

Their first release, Through The Wall, is a tribute to how the two members got to know each other long before ever meeting in person. Pam uses her guitar to lay the foundation for each song, over which her lyrics- more poetic than lyrical- let you drift into your head and into your own world. Jacob speaks through his drumming, and mimics Pam’s words – the drums not only provide support but also reflect the emotions of each song on the album.
XNY breaks the boundaries of genres.

They have managed to combine passion and simplicity into a sound that is both unique and palatable. XNY challenges experience and in return creates their own.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com