Sam Marine & County

Sam Marine & County

Coyote Kolb, The Sky Captains of Industry, Brian Bonz

Sun, January 27, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Sam Marine & County - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Sam Marine & County
At age ten, Sam Marine got his first guitar - a Silvertone Shredder. His parents, both in their mid-20’s when Sam was born, kept their Vero Beach, Florida, home full of music - everything from Marvin Gaye to The Rolling Stones to Merle Haggard. Yet it was J. Mascis’ guitar solo on “Out There” that ultimately inspired the young Sam to pick up the instrument and learn to play. Eight years later, in 2002 at age 18, Sam moved back to his birthplace of Gainsville, Florida. Gainsville, also the hometown of one of Sam’s idols, Tom Petty, had a great music scene. Sam began living with his brother and playing in his brother’s band, Apollo Quartet.

On tour with Apollo Quartet, the band played Trash Bar and CBGB's in New York. Although the shows were disappointing, Sam had a great time in the city. In 2007, he quit Apollo Quartet and packed his bags to pursue a music career in New York City. However, the songs didn’t come so easily. Sam lived in Brooklyn for three years enduring the confusion and adaptation that occurs in one’s mid-20’s, especially after moving from a small town to a global mecca. Finally, after these formative years, Sam began writing his debut album which would eventually become known as Lacktown.

Sam came up with the term Lacktown when he was trying to describe an average small town in any part of the world. The songs on the album came to him over the span of a year, with a few exceptions written in-studio at Headgear Recording in Brooklyn. The other members of the band - Keith Haman, Alex Lipson, Wes Buckley, Bruce Reed, and Marcus Ulrich - were all friends with Sam before recording, but at Headgear they decided to call themselves “...and County.” Mixed by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Drive-By Truckers, The Hold Steady), mastered by Greg Calbi (Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, John Lennon), and featuring members of Phosphorescent (Scott Stapleton, Chris Marine, Jesse Anderson Ainslie), Lacktown is a model of straightforward, classic rock and roll, with the perfect amount of country, folk, and blues. Look for the album out early 2013, and watch for Sam on tour this March.
Coyote Kolb - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Coyote Kolb
The Sky Captains of Industry - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
The Sky Captains of Industry
The Sky Captains of Industry came from the future to inform you about the upcoming apocalypse and/or to rock it to rubble.

Are they human? Are they machines? Will they indeed save the rest of your heart?

They also like kittens.
Brian Bonz - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Brian Bonz
Brian Bonz is only 24, but in those years, he’s seen the entire country and many parts of the world. Still, no matter where he travels, home is truly where the heart is for this Brooklyn native, which is why he has created a musical scrapbook of his life entitled The Triborough Odyssey. But make no mistake – although each song on the album was inspired by specific events and places that bind New Yorkers, all of the emotions on the record are universal. Like Bonz’s debut album, From Sumi to Japan, The Triborough Odyssey is a refreshing compilation of experimental sounds with even more luscious arrangements. However, it was the likes of the Notorious B.I.G. and Nas who had the biggest influence on Bonz’s goal for the new album. “It’s sort of inspiring when you hear rappers drop the names of neighborhoods or sing about different places and you know what they’re talking about,” he says. “I wanted to apply that upbringing, that surrounding, and write-what-you-know-about aspect to this record.” Although the album pays homage to New York, Bonz and his band, The Major Crimes, actually flew out to Chicago to record with John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake) at his legendary Soma Electronic Music Studios. Accustomed to recording in his hometown and fine-tuning the sound in friends’ basements, working with McEntire proved to be nothing short of enlightening. “It was a great experience to work with John and be put up to the challenge of recording with someone you don’t have any back story with, and who has a history of records you enjoy,” Bonz explains. “Listening to and hearing stuff back in that control room and being in the same studio that Wilco recorded some of their records, you sort of sit there and say, ‘Oh, this is why we’re working with this guy – because he makes Stereolab sound like Stereolab.’” Lyrically, Bonz was inspired by the 2003 Blackout, 9/11, Manhattan real estate and more, but each track also touches upon his ever-changing relationships. “The Honey Bee,” the album’s dreamy, doo-wop-inspired first single, is something that Bonz doesn’t usually dabble with – a love song. “I’m not really into writing about girls or taking that personal aspect of my life and applying it to a song, but it’s about dating someone that didn’t grow up in New York and moved here,” he reveals. “I feel like it’s always interesting to get asked questions from people that are just discovering the city and re-situating their lives.”
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002