Urban Cone

Early Show

Urban Cone

Ski Lodge

Thu, January 24, 2013

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Urban Cone - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Urban Cone
From time to time, there will come along someone a little younger, a bit more talented and better looking. In 1993, Leonardo DiCaprio blew us away on the silver screen. 2005, Christiano Ronaldo scored in his opening game for Manchester United. In 2010, Urban Cone entered our world and nothing will ever be the same again. Just scratching the surface, you'll find kind of "perfect" pop music. Go deeper and you´ll discover something very unique.

Urban Cone chose a surprisingly "old school" route to success, sending their demo to a record company, Universal Music, in early 2011. After that, things started happening quickly. The label showed up backstage after a show in Stockholm and shortly after, the band was in a studio recording its first EP, with a well renowned producer.

After recording the first EP, the band chose to record and produce themselves instead, literally, in Rasmus Flyckts living room. The main reason was a strong wish to maintain complete control of their music. The same reasoning led to the band designing their own logotype and creating their own artwork. They even take turns driving the tour bus. The summer tour visited clubs and festivals all over Sweden, but also included shows in France, Germany and Canada.

Two successful EPs later it's time for a new chapter of the Urban Cone saga. The debut album "Our Youth" is made up of songs written during the often difficult teenage years and brings up topics like city life and alienation. The album sums up a phase one might look back on with some nostalgia, but is happy to be over and done with.

Musically, it is a journey through past and present, never losing track of the melody. Raw lyrics full of heart and soul are combined with many layered, thought-through musical landscapes.

Where a lot of other bands might wing it, Urban Cone is meticulously thorough. Nothing is left to chance. At the end of the day it's about creating music they just as happily would have liked to hear from others. But if nobody is up for it – better do it yourself. There are no shortcuts if your plan is to become the biggest band in the world.

Urban Cone consist of:
Rasmus Flyckt, Vocals & Keyboard
Jacob Sjöberg, Keyboard
Tim Formgren, Guitar
Emil Gustafsson, Vocals & Bas
Magnus Folkö, Drums
Ski Lodge - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Ski Lodge
Twenty-plus years of stories, twenty-plus years of perfecting music's craft, Ski Lodge's Big Heart is exactly what a debut record should be: the culmination of a creative force's life on this planet. Andrew Marr, the multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter behind Ski Lodge, has created a deeply personal record that overflows with lush melodies and insatiably catchy choruses. His songs occasionally deal with dark matters—infidelity, painful break-ups, loneliness, disjointed father-son dynamics—but Marr bathes them in a blissful light ripe for sing-alongs.

"I try to write songs honestly, and a lot of the things going on in my head that I struggle with might be deemed 'dark,' but I don't think that means I can't sing about them in a way that is musically upbeat or poppy," Marr says, from his home in New York City. It's a dichotomy that also translates to Marr's choice for musical moniker. He explains the name Ski Lodge "evoked an image of being warm by a fire, alone or with friends, while outside exists the cold and cruel winter."

Big Heart, Ski Lodge's debut full-length, out this summer on Dovecote Records, is Marr's fullest realization of this hot and cold split. Marr wrote all of the lyrics and music, and played nearly every sound that ended up on the record. However, this was the first time the 26-year-old worked in a professional studio with a producer, the indelible Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Fool's Gold), over several weeks in Los Angeles. The combination of Marr's intrinsic songwriting and Pesacov's LA-defining production skills resulted in music with fuller breadth and scope than Ski Lodge's previous release without losing any of the wry innocence that made 2011's self-titled debut EP so much fun.

The one exception is the lead single "Just To Be Like You," which was recorded with the full band in Upstate New York using producer Kevin McMahon (Walkmen, Real Estate). Prefix Mag called the track "sugary sweet pop," while Pitchfork warned its readers not to "be deceived by the energetic, hopscotching riff" before lauding the single's dark depths. The song and its accompanying video of cult imagery are an exploration of contrast that fits in perfectly with both the album and Ski Lodge as a whole: deeply affecting and unmistakably danceable.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com