Modern Colour, Ula Ruth

Modern Colour

Ula Ruth

AM Aesthetic, Poor Old Shine

Wed, December 26, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Modern Colour - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Modern Colour
Modern Colour plays with the raw, exciting energy of legendary three-piece bands like The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Their sound can be described as "Rockin' Blues," a quality style of music appeasing fans that run the full spectrum of musical tastes. Formed in Philadelphia, Modern Colour have played a number of the area's most legendary venues, already scoring major industry buzz.
Ula Ruth - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Ula Ruth
Ula Ruth grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Raised Southern Baptist, she found her voice singing in church. She grew up with nothing, and dreamed of becoming something. She left her home at early age with the hopes of becoming a singer in New York City. One day she found fame, but they made her change her name. So now we are taking it back.
Brothers Nic and Luc began as a garage rock duo in late 2010 in their attic in the suburbs of Connecticut. With barely enough original material for a full set, they played their first gig at New York’s Sullivan Hall. In early 2011 with the addition of bassist, Kevin, the band began booking themselves into the nearest rock venues. The Lower Eastside of New York City became the bands home. The group was just barely out of high school.

Ula Ruth played non-stop for the next 6 months, taking advantage of every opportunity to perform and perfect their sound. The band soon recruited a childhood friend to join the band as a lead guitarist to help complete the outfit. With the addition of a fourth member, and a strong presence in the New York indie rock scene the band entered the studio with producer Chris Sanchez of the Fever to record their first EP. Chris and his studio, Gold Coast Recorders, would soon become the most integral part of Ula Ruth’s sound very early on in their career.

Inspired by the sounds of the 60s and 70s, the band recorded using an assortment of vintage equipment and recorded their debut EP “Extended Play” in May of 2012. In the summer following the release of their EP, Ula Ruth found themselves center-stage in New York’s indie rock scene, performing at venues including The Mercury Lounge, The Knitting Factory, and Spike Hill on a regular basis.

Following their summer stint in New York City, the band’s original lead guitarist left. Through a well-placed ad (featuring a cat with laser beams), the band found it’s newest member, Andrew. The band was never contacted by any other guitarist, due to the fact that Andrew had taken all of the ads down in an effort to guarantee his spot.

Since then, the band has covered a lot of ground. In December the band was fortunate enough to open for Chad Stokes (Dispatch/State Radio) as well as Edie Brickell and Paul Simon. Throughout the winter the band continued performing New York, appearing at The Mercury Lounge, the Brooklyn Bowl, and Rockwood Music Hall. In April they were selected to record at Converse’s Rubber Tracks Studios in Brooklyn, which has been the home to artists such as Mark Foster, Kimbra, and Delta Spirit.

This summer Ula Ruth will be performing at the Old Port Festival in Portland, Maine and Kahbang Music Festival in Bangor, Maine, as well as at many of New York’s premier rock venues. There is much on the horizon, including a performance in August with Chevy Metal (Alter-ego side project of the Foo Fighters) and the release of “Too Late Tonight”, a follow-up to their spring release of “Runaway”.
AM Aesthetic - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
AM Aesthetic
Childhood friends, Rob Suchecki and Patrick Raimondi, started playing in bands together at age 12 in rural Connecticut. Rob’s uncle had been giving him guitar lessons on a miniature acoustic since he was 8 and Patrick had discovered his dad’s 50’s Epiphone guitar beneath his bed a few years earlier. Patrick gravitated towards the bass and, with a mutual love of punk, blues and alternative rock, he and Rob spent the next ten years performing countless shows in grimy bars they were far too young to be in.

Having clocked up an outrageous number of miles on the odometer, they found themselves back home in Connecticut looking for something long-term musically. After writing and recording their first EP as AM Aesthetic in their parent’s basements, 2009′s “(AM)bivalence”, they began to scour the internet looking for a drummer.

Their Craigslist ad was answered by fellow Connecticut native RJ Dowhan and after about 10 minutes, it was clear that this was the lineup they were after. RJ caught the musician bug from his two older brothers, one of whom played the drums… left-handed. Being that the drum kit was always set up lefty, that’s how RJ learned to play. The fact that he was right-handed: irrelevant.

In 2011, AM Aesthetic relocated to NYC, leading Rob to session work – he has appeared as a session guitarist on several projects, including one platinum-selling single from a Billboard 200 #1 album. And in 2012, they released their second EP “Waiting In The Wings”, recorded largely in their apartment. The band is now writing a full-length album, aiming for a Spring 2014 release.
Poor Old Shine - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Poor Old Shine
Poor Old Shine is a roots band with a grassroots ethos. The Connecticut quintet prizes the human element that underpins their music, from songwriting to recording to album design and even choice of record label: Poor Old Shine released its self-titled debut studio LP, recorded with Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Joy Kills Sorrow), Nov. 5 on Signature Sounds.
“You can’t have music without people, whether it’s electronic music or the oldest Delta blues players,” singer and banjo player Chris Freeman says. “The people behind it are really important, and we always want to make sure that everything we do feels handcrafted and pure.”

Purity is subject to interpretation, of course, but the term certainly describes the band’s motives. Formed at the University of Connecticut, where Freeman met banjo and mandolin player Antonio Alcorn in a folk music club on campus, an early version of Poor Old Shine landed its first gig—opening for a friend’s band at the legendary New Haven club Toad’s Place—before the musicians had even decided what to call themselves. “We came up with our name a few hours before the show,” Freeman says. “It was a lot of fun and we figured, we might as well get another gig, and it went on like that for another year or so.”

With the addition Max Shakun on guitar and pump organ and Harrison Goodale on bass, the band began writing songs influenced by Pete Seeger, vintage bluegrass and bands like the Avett Brothers; recording a pair of self-released EPs and spending time on the road. Poor Old Shine played live shows before increasingly appreciative audiences in renowned venues, including the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington D.C., Club Passim in Cambridge, Mass., Rockwood Music Hall in New York and Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Conn., where the musicians recorded a live album in 2012. After capturing the band’s onstage sound on the live LP, the group wanted to push themselves into new territory on Poor Old Shine. They found a ready collaborator in Kassirer, whose Great North Sound Society studio in Maine lends itself to focused creativity.

“It’s about 40 minutes from the nearest grocery store,” Freeman says. “There’s no cellphone service, there’s no Internet, it’s like it’s totally closed off from the world, and we really wanted to make that feeling that we had there come across on the album.” You can hear it in the sound of a cricket and creaking door hinge that open the atmospheric ballad “Ghosts Next Door,” and the dusty thump of a kick drum on the lovelorn “Empty Rocking Chair.” Not all the songs are somber, though. Opener “Weeds or Wildflowers” is a joyous, celebratory number with beautiful close harmonies, while the mandolin-fueled rambling tune “Right Now” has a soaring, anthemic feel. “We wouldn’t have been able to make the album that we made without exploring that traditional bluegrass sound, but we were really excited to also experiment,” Freeman said.

It paid off: Poor Old Shine one of the most exciting roots albums of the year, from a self-assured young band that’s just now hitting its stride—and worked hard to get there. “The last two years feel very surreal and it’s hard to imagine what will come next,” Freeman says. “We’re just really excited by the opportunities we’ve had and the artists we’ve gotten to meet. We just want to keep living this dream.”
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002