MiniBoone, Pretty & Nice

Early Show


Pretty & Nice


Fri, January 11, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

MiniBoone - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Miniboone once described themselves as the fruit of a forgotten, exhausted and half drunken promise made by underground rock and roll to American Top 40, and then, much later, they announced that they’re finally releasing their debut record.
When we say “Miniboone", we’re talking about a band that consists of Craig Barnes, James Keary and Doug Schrashun on guitars, keyboards and vocals, Drew St. Aubin on drums and Tony Aquilino on bass guitar. They are named after a science experiment and, if you ask nicely, will happily tell you about the time they got to visit the world’s second largest particle collider. Since their first appearance in world of rock music back in 2008, they’ve shared stages with acts as diverse and acclaimed as the B-52s, Art Brut, and Real Estate, and brought their witches’ brew of caffeinated, unabashedly-delivered power pop to audiences at festivals such as South By Southwest, Northeast, CMJ and Bonnaroo. Plus, their live show, along with the two EPs and one 7" they’ve released to date, has earned praise over the years from the likes of the Village Voice, NPR, the L Magazine and Spinner.

Now, with the help of Ernest Jenning Records, Miniboone is going to give everyone a chance to hear their first full length album. The record, which is self titled, covers the fertile crescent of stylistic ground between Squeezey brain-pop and Queeny big-sounds while, if you listen close enough, telling the classic story of friends trying to find their place in a rapidly changing urban environment that wants nothing more than to co-opt them, confuse them into adulthood, jerk them around from desk job to spineless desk job, and scare them straight with tales of unfulfilled dreams and missed chances. They recorded the album over the course of a year at Serious Business studios in Manhattan with producer Travis Harrison (Lifeguards, Homosexuals) while drinking beer, and the result is equal parts proto-punk rave up ("The Superposition of Human Affection"), harmony basted slow burn ("Magic Eye"), and Hall-and-Oates-spectrum smooth-rock ("Baby, I Hope So"). In between takes, Travis and the band listened to a lot of Bruce Springsteen.

Miniboone’s self titled LP will be released on September 10th through Ernest Jenning Records on compact disk and vinyl LP all across this great country of ours. Tour dates around the US will also be happening throughout 2013 - check out for more info, or visit their Facebook or Twitter pages if you like to use those sites.
Pretty & Nice - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Pretty & Nice
Pretty & Nice are a Boston quartet, capable of creating joyous feelings. Songs born on sunny porches with acoustic guitars, transcribed to electrics, arranged with a rhythm section, and slingshot skyward. It’s an advanced pop crash course, and your brain may have trouble keeping up with your feet.

From their Pink & Blue debut to the Hardly Art-released Get Young and throughout the forthcoming LP with a particularly golden title, the music of Pretty & Nice is engineered for multiple listens. Songs blossom multiple times, tightrope walking between complexity and accessibility with tremendous balance. The Onion’s AV Club says it well: “The band buries post-punk hooks under feverish ranting and the trash-can clang of robotic electro... Riffs are spot-welded to jerky beats, and the whole sound hinges on a gleeful self-deconstruction.”
BOYTOY - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
"California surf pop corrupted by a Brooklyn fuck-off attitude" - Pretext Social Club
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002