The Echo Friendly

Late Show

The Echo Friendly

Thieving Irons

Tue, September 18, 2012

Doors: 9:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

The Echo Friendly - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
The Echo Friendly
Chances are you have something in common with the off and on couple behind The Echo Friendly… the heartsick band takes an unusually honest approach to the trials and tribulations of breaking up. The Echo Friendly are Jake Rabinbach (guitar, vocals) and Shannon Esper (vocals).

Their debut album chronicles an often ambitious friendship fraught with tension and second-guessing over the difficulty of staying close to someone with whom you used to be closer. And yet at root is a bond forger over a love of music: for the ’90s indie rock through which they found a common ground; for Memphis, the home of rock-and-roll where they kindled their relationship and eventually recorded their album. ”Same Mistakes,” a track from the LP that appeared on the first seasons of HBO’s Girls, has Rabinbach and Esper trading vocals as they chide themselves for reverting to old habits.

There are infinite songs about relationships, but rarely do we come across an interplay of music and love as symbiotic – and unabashedly co-dependent – as it does in the work of The Echo Friendly.
Thieving Irons - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Thieving Irons
Brooklyn dream rockers, Thieving Irons, are proud to announce the release of their second LP, Behold, This Dreamer!, an ethereal, lyrical exploration of texture and sound from a group of seasoned and acclaimed musicians. The songs and themes of Behold, This Dreamer! are a nuanced study in perspective; offering, at once, a bird’s-eye-view and telescopic lens. Rarely are the songs outright declarations, but rather multi-layered awakenings; true sonic translations of a sense of awe.
 
Nate Martinez started Thieving Irons in late 2009 during the break-up of his band, Pela. The first album, Midnight Hum released in 2010, was met with critical acclaim, named a “blissed-out alt-country epic” by Gothamist and an album of “beautifully textured indie folk, highlighted by Martinez’s distinctive voice” by KEXP. There is a sense of relief about Behold, This Dreamer! a musical departure discovered in re-positioning toward a new, directed path to joy.


Martinez has been involved in familiar indie staples for over a decade. He has recorded and toured with The National and was a founding member of Pela. He also had a hand in the writing and production of Pela's last album, We Are Augustines’ debut, “Rise Ye Sunken Ships”. He has been playing music with close friends, Josh Kaufman (Josh Ritter, Bob Weir, Dawn Landes) and Andy Nauss in several other projects for the past 15 years. They met while at college in New Paltz, NY and immediately discovered a musical kinship, starting their first band 2 weeks into freshman year. Martinez met Dan Brantigan (Kaki King) through a mutual friend at a coffee shop where Martinez worked in 2005. They immediately hit it off and Martinez asked Brantigan to play trumpet with Pela for their shows in New York. This planted the seed of collaboration between Brantigan and Martinez.

In the winter of 2011 Martinez set off to begin writing the next album in between a couple tours playing guitar for Alexi Murdoch. While in Chicago he walked into an old bookstore seeking inspiration. Inspiration he found- while combing the aisles he stumbled on a book entitled 'Behold, This Dreamer!' which ultimately became the name of the album. Throughout the spring and summer of 2011 Martinez finished writing the songs for the album and recruited Brantigan, Kaufman, and Nauss to join him for the recording. During this time Martinez met D. James Goodwin, whose in-studio talents would prove to be a perfect marriage for the songs and the group. The album was recorded mostly live in Woodstock, NY at D.James Goodwin's Isokon Studios with Martinez and Kaufman producing and D.James Goodwin engineering, mixing and mastering. 
Thieving Irons is a collective of close friends navigating together through dense sonic terrain with Martinez's songs as the guides. Each one providing a sense of comfort while also implying that there is no safety net. We're all in a free fall so we might as well wake up and enjoy the ride.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com