The Spinto Band, ARMS

Late Show

The Spinto Band

ARMS

Brazos

Fri, February 22, 2013

Doors: 10:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

The Spinto Band
The Spinto Band
Brevity, soul and wit: some of the hallmarks of the Spinto Band's latest forthcoming release. Slim & Slender is the Delaware native sextet's self-recorded debut. A succinctly stated 4 song package, this EP serves as a precursor to the self-recorded LP to follow in 2010. The early results were so good and exciting that the band's label, Park The Van Records, wanted to get this collection of tracks out as quickly as possible, opting for 10" vinyl and digital download commercial release options, landing October 6, 2009.

Self recorded in eastern PA, these very well may be some of the The Spinto Band's best stuff yet. Included are a lot of extended instrumental explorations , like the bouncily jubilant cover of "Brazil" from the Terry Gilliam film of the same title. "Brazil has been a long time classic amongst the band," singer/songwriter/guitar-player/production-guru Nick Krill explains. "I first heard it in the film and have overheard Jeff and Tom and others playing the melody on different instruments over the years. The song brings to mind flying high above a city with angel wings sprouting from my back." Their previous full-length, Moonwink, had Spinto's crafty penchant for taking care in carving out space for all sounds in elaborate arrangements, and "Thayer Function", Slim's original instrumental is a sunwinked continuation of this calling card. Krill explained the genesis of this cut: "Back when we used to record in Thomas and Sam's basement, our former band mate, Albert Birney, penned a song called Layer Function. Albery now lives on Thayer Street in Rochester, New York, and Joe made up the riff for what would eventually become Thayer Function during a sing along on Albert's porch while we were on tour last year. The title just popped out and immediately made perfect sense...kind of making a nice reference to our old basement recording days just as we were beginning recording ourselves again almost ten years later."

Continuing work on building out the band's own studio for this return voyage into their self-recording roots, the Spinto Band plans and prepares for what's next. "We are working on that new material in a new studio we have been slowly piecing together over the course of the summer," according to Krill. "Now that we have found a bass clarinet, we are a lot closer to being done. The next step is to figure out how to play the bass clarinet."
ARMS
ARMS
"I was exhausted," says Todd Goldstein, reflecting on the years since the release of his band ARMS' lush, ambitious 2011 album, Summer Skills. "I put everything I had into that album—creatively, emotionally—I had nothing left in me." After spending his mid-20s playing guitar in New York's much-loved Harlem Shakes and the ensuing years crafting two albums and an EP as ARMS, Todd took a sharp turn away from music. He went back to school to study design; he spent long afternoons throwing down in the kitchen; he looked elsewhere to find his creative kicks. Eventually though, he remembered why he can't help but write songs. ARMS' EP2 is the proof.

The product of a long, slow collaboration with drummer Tlacael Esparza, EP2 feels both urgent and relaxed, its five home-recorded pop songs projecting a lived-in looseness without sacrificing an ounce of tension. "Comfort," the EP's opening track, seems at first to be about music—or a girl. But, unlike most love songs that pull this double duty, the message of "Comfort" is unexpected: Neither one is a prescription for the ailments of real life. "Sleepwalker" plays like an insomniac's wake-up call, dressing a careening rhythm in melancholic guitar figures and peals of glowing distortion, while "Up & Up" is the late-night ripper, an album closing comedown that refuses to land. EP2 is the sound of a kid with a worried mind—a frequent character in Todd's musical universe—learning to let go at last. It only seems right that ARMS' leanest, most immediate record would finally arrive after leaving it all behind.

ARMS is Todd Goldstein and Tlacael Esparza. ARMS has shared the stage with Passion Pit, Walkmen, Beach House, White Rabbits, The Long Winters, A Place to Bury Strangers, Japandroids, Hospitality, Caveman, Asobi Seksu, and more.
Brazos
Brazos
Brazos is the recording project of Martin Crane and company. After self-releasing "Phosphorescent Blues" in Austin TX, Martin moved to NY. It's American music based on an acoustic guitar and Martin's free floating vocal delivery. The lyrics are pastoral and influenced by written poetry (Martin set an Adrienne Rich poem to music on the first record). They are the kind of songs that can be played with no accompaniment. Brazos' live show is an intimate but intense power-trio-w-acoustic-guitar. Brazos will release a second album in May on Dead Oceans.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com