Rocky and the Pressers

Early Show

Rocky and the Pressers

Sophie Auster

Fri, January 25, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Rocky and the Pressers - (Set time: 8:30 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.
Sophie Auster - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Sophie Auster
"I tend to gravitate towards material that can be a little dark,” says Sophie. The unreleased material Auster has been working on for the past two years has been a huge evolution for the gifted and prodigious 25-year-old singer/songwriter. “The material has matured and grown as I have gotten older. It’s a process to hone in on your own style. I think a lot of what I have been doing over the past few years is discovering my voice.”

In 2012 Sophie completed work on her new record, Red Weather, that will be released this November. The daring and soulful sound of this forthcoming effort highlights Sophie’s visceral vocals, stunning arrangements, and heart-wrenching lyrics.

“I force myself to write everyday," says Sophie, "but the best songs are the ones that pour out of you—the ones that are urgent.”
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com