Slam Donahue, The Veda Rays, Ludwig Persik, TAB the Band

Sat, January 12, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Annuals - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
Annuals, the North Carolina based 6 piece, have had an incredible ride since their acclaimed debut album, Be He Me, came out over 3 years ago. Released when the band members – Adam Baker (songwriter/vocals), Kenny Florence (lead guitar/backing vocals), Mike Robinson (bass/backing vocals), Anna Spence (keyboard/piano/backing vocals), Zack Oden (drums/guitar) and Donzel Radford (drums/percussion) -- were all around the age of nineteen, the album spread like a wildfire around the globe. Critics (everyone from Rolling Stone to the New York Times to the NME) and fans alike fell instantly for the young band's expansive, energetic sound, igniting a frenzy amongst bloggers that has shown no signs of slowing down.

Annuals then delved into their sophomore creation, Such Fun. Adam Baker, songwriter and leader of this talented collective, worked with the band and wrote and demoed in short pockets of downtime between touring the world for almost 2 years straight. In early 2008, Adam teamed up to co-produced Such Fun with the acclaimed producer Jacquire King which was released on Columbia subsidiary Canvasback Records in October 2008.

Annuals sound comes from many different places. The band's musical influences range from such greats as Johnny Cash, Hayden, The Beach Boys, Paul Simon & Mike Patton. Adam Baker creatively shapes these musical influences with the dynamic sounds of nature, mountain streams, woodland wildlife, even sneaking in elements of Africian and Latin folk music. All melded together with Adam's sharply-honed melodic sensibilities, depicting themes of loneliness, loss, love and the organic world.

2010 turns yet another page in the story of Annuals. First chapter, the release of Be He Me that marked Annuals as one of the first "blog darlings". Next, they were quickly propelled into the delicate (and crumbling) world of major labels with the release of Such Fun. Now, at an age where most bands are just starting out, Annuals, all in their early twenties, have some serious experience under their belts. The Sweet Sister EP marks the most dynamic and independently creative Annuals music to date. A collection of new songs written, recorded and produced entirely by Adam in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina in Annuals' owned Terpsikhore Recording Studio. It is Annuals music at it's purest. No A&R folks, no big time producers, just Adam and his five extremely talented childhood friends…making music the way they want to.
Slam Donahue - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Slam Donahue
Slam Donahue is a pop band from Brooklyn. Members David Otto, Thomas Sommerville, and Keenan Mitchell would rather you listen to some songs than read this, but if it has to be this way: They write pop songs about how they are feeling and the anxieties of the moment. Having been compared favorably to Prince, The Cure, and Smashing Pumpkins, Slam prefers not to be compared at all. They are currently being courted to record their debut and all the attention and free drinks are fun.
The Veda Rays - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
The Veda Rays
"The Veda Rays are a Brooklyn-based indie rock band whose sub-genres would include art rock, post-punk & experimental pop. Since debuting with their first full-length, Gamma Rays Galaxy Rays Veda Rays, back in September of 2010 on their own Alleged Records imprint, the band has released: a live, in-studio 5 song EP (Live From The Rabid Sessions); a 5 song remix EP (The Veda Rays/ Light Lines -- Gamma Rays Remixed); as well as 2 EP's worth of new material (Die Fast EP & Life Kills EP). They have been featured on such notable sites as Popmatters, My Old Kentucky Blog, Death and Taxes, Largehearted Boy, Consequence Of Sound,, and The Big Takeover. Comparisons by various journalists have included bands from Deerhunter, Spaceman 3 and The Walkmen to New Order, Echo & The Bunnymen, and The Antlers, to name a few."
Ludwig Persik - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Ludwig Persik
"Ludwig Persik grew up on the LES surrounded by the CBGB punk scene, and judging by his effortlessly stylish sound—part swirly psych-folk, part brooding dance pop—he was listening closely." - Time Out

In July 2012, his debut EP produced by Jamie Lidell was made available for free on his website.
TAB the Band - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
TAB the Band
"…they play bluesy, sleazy, guitar raunch…" - ROLLING STONE.

TAB the Band returns to Terminal 5, having toured with the likes of Stone Temple Pilots, Cage the Elephant, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and having played a couple of shows supporting Slash. TAB the Band has also opened for the likes of Modest Mouse, Dinosaur Jr., and Art Brut, and Electric Six in the US and UK. TAB the Band has been featured on by MTV's Jersey Shore, HBO's Entourage, the MLB2K11 video game, and at major festivals such as Lollapalooza, Mountain Jam, Hyde Park Festival, Download Festival, SXSW and CMJ.

TAB the Band is a rock & roll band with an enduring fondness for pure pop and a wicked, sly sense of humor. TAB the Band is vibrant and contemporary and blends the vigor of punk, the might of arena rock, and the melodicism of power-pop. TAB the Band's full range can be heard on the Zoo Noises LP, a free-wheeling, all-encompassing carnival ride chock-full of breakneck hooks.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002