Air Traffic Controller

Late Show

Air Traffic Controller

Fast Romantics

Wed, June 21, 2017

Doors: 9:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Air Traffic Controller - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Air Traffic Controller
Air Traffic Controller have created a place all their own in the indie pop world.

Serving in the US Navy as an air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro sent home demos written during deployment. Bandmate and singer/songwriter Casey Sullivan met Dave soon thereafter, and the two forged a collaborative bond that has become the vocal sound of ATC.

With an eclectic song catalog and category-defying organic/electronic sound, people are taking notice of ATC. They were 2015 Billboard Hot 100 Fest performers with The Weeknd and Justin Bieber, placed on the NPR Hot 100 List for SXSW, named Guardian UK Band of the Day, won Best Indie Alternative Song in the Independent Music Awards, and have over 15 million Spotify plays. ATC's music has been licensed by Bose, MTV, NBC, ABC, Disney, Verizon, Toyota, and many more.

The band started the new year with showcases in Park City at Sundance with ASCAP, Toyota Music Lodge, Zen Den, and Cisero's. They followed this up with their first Sixthman Rock Boat cruise with bands like Bronze Radio Return, Jukebox The Ghost, and Michael Franti. An Official act again this year at SXSW, ATC played showcases for McDonalds, the Grammy Museum, and was featured on Alt Nation's playlist of bands to watch at this year's festival.

Air Traffic Controller’s third album, BLACK BOX, was released on March 11, 2016. The new album features "People Watching," "On The Wire" and "The House." The official music video for "The House" won the 2016 New England Music Award for Best Video, was named by Boston Magazine as the best video for 2015, and has been featured in rotation on MTVU, MTV2, and on the homepage of Funny Or Die.

Press for BLACK BOX:

"A sonorous mix of bright, edgy sounds" - Culture Collide

"Air Traffic Controller opens the Hot 100 stage on day 2, makes the most of its opportunity and introduces a breezy
new song called "Water Falls" from its new record." - Billboard

"Air Traffic Controller took the Sinclair in Cambridge by storm, playing a huge set that covered all the hits." - WERS, Boston

"Sullivan comes forward as a lead vocalist, adding a dreamy overtone to the band’s already-exuberant sound. Her
voice beautifully soars over a handclap-friendly beat, sparkling guitars & hypnotizing synths." - BuzzBands LA

"Infectious new single “The House,” a catchy-ass song if there ever was one." - Vanyaland

"A gorgeous voice. There is much to be excited about with Air Traffic Controller." - RSL Blog

"Ethereal and buttery smooth vocals work wonders with the band’s electrifying sound." - ThreadSence

"Ravishing." - Free Bike Valet

“If this is what feel-good music sounds like, I want buckets and buckets more of it.” - Indie Shuffle

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Fast Romantics - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Fast Romantics
Fast Romantics are a Toronto-based band first formed in Calgary by Matthew Angus and Jeffrey Lewis. The son of a piano teacher, Angus drifted in the margins of the Calgary music scene before forming the band with Lewis in 2008. Following some early independent releases the band began work on their first LP, Afterlife Blues (2013), shortly after moving to Toronto, with producer Howard Redekopp (New Pornographers, Teagan & Sara). The album was in some sense a process of discovery for the band, as they grew into their sound, encompassing new influences as Angus began to refine his songwriting. The album's first single, "Funeral Song," was an early culmination of this process, and rapidly garnered an audience via heavy radio play, propelling the band into a year of consistent touring highlighted by prominent slots at Virgin Fest, SXSW and CMJ.
Despite this early success the band found themselves at a crossroads as they considered their next step, and Angus began to question the band's direction. "There was a disconnect," says Angus, "we'd go out and make loud party music but that wasn't what I was listening to when I got home, so there was a disparity and I wanted to figure it out." To this end Angus began considering bringing another songwriter into the project and contacted Kirty, who at the time was focused on her own music. "Kirty was one of the first people I wrote to because I was just captivated by what she was doing," he says, "it's the first time I've ever had another songwriter in the band. I'm still writing these songs but Kirty is the counterweight to the whole thing and she's going to call bullshit on me. She will tell me when things ring false, when the songs don't reflect me, and I think now the songs are coming from a more genuine place."
This new approached yielded "Julia," a track produced with Gus Van Go and Werner F (Michael Rault, Hollerado, Whitehorse) that attracted the attention of NPR, KEXP and the CBC, among others, with Angus' deft pop songwriting drawing comparisons to Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Bruce Springsteen.
The band's new single, "Animal," is the product of the same collaboration and sees the band reunite with Gus Van Go and Werner F as producers. Exploring Cartesian themes, the song is, for Angus, a continuation of the "rebirth" of Fast Romantics and very much a product of his relationship with Kirty. "We were out one night and there was some awful narrative to the night with some guy we both knew acting horribly, and it got us talking about base instincts and how certain people act on them while others resist. We actually ended up having a huge argument about it and I woke up the next morning with the song in my head." The band recently completed a full length with Van Go and Werner F to be released in early 2017.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com