Rocky and the Pressers, Cosmonaut

Late Show

Rocky and the Pressers


Mon, December 3, 2012

Doors: 9:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Rocky and the Pressers - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Rocky and the Pressers
Rocky and The Pressers is a seven piece contemporary reggae band based in The Bronx, New York. The Pressers refresh the traditional genre tropes with lush vocal harmonies and flares of American folk, jazz and soul music. In September 2011, they began tracking the basic rhythm section elements for their forthcoming debut record, on a remote island in coastal Maine. Since then, working from a home studio, they have crafted thirteen original compositions. Firstly they over-dubbed the necessary elements like keyboards, percussion and vocals, then expanded into the orchestral palette, employing horn players from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Antibalas, and violinists The Villalobos Brothers. This additional musicianship helps to compel a listener through lengthier pieces, if the lyrics and voices delivering them weren’t compelling enough. The result is rhythmically rooted and easily identifiable as reggae, and should satisfy, even delight purists. Yet, content is topically atypical and makes no mention of expected themes; Rastafari, ganja, revolution. Never wishing to be pigeon holed, Rocky and The Pressers sing about what they do know and take loving care of a musical style which could be seen as misappropriated in their hands.
Cosmonaut - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Cosmonaut is a 4-piece indie-rock band from NYC. Formed in 2009 by classmates John Paul Manley and Daniel Quinn, Cosmonaut blends shoegaze influences with alternative rock and pop, to create a unique, mesmerizing sound.

The band came together after Manley and Quinn met at Fordham University. Both Manley and Quinn share vocal and guitar duties, and enlisted longtime friends Brendan Picone (bass) and Tom McIntyre (drums) to fill out the rhythm section. Cosmonaut is currently recording with producer Kyle “Slick” Johnson (Wavves, Modest Mouse, Cymbals Eat Guitars). The band's song "Occulture" also was featured recently on Occupy This Album alongside numerous other artists (including Patti Smith, Yo La Tengo, and Mogwai).

Cosmonaut’s sound has been characterized as “somewhere in between Kevin Shields and Stephen Malkmus” (Aural Wes). “Their resonant compositions are offset with clear melodies and a natural intensity,” according to Fordham University’s “The Observer.” Weezer’s videographer and unofficial fifth member, Karl Koch, has described Cosmonaut’s sound as incorporating “shades of My Bloody V, early New Order, and Pavement,” (Karlophone).

Josh Eppard of Coheed and Cambria is quoted as saying “ Cosmonaut has found a way to embody the classic rock and roll elements that have been all but forgotten in contemporary rock while keeping intact their indie music footing. Cosmonaut is my favorite new band. Here’s to the future.”

Cosmonaut is currently finishing their debut ep to be released in 2013.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002