Early Show


Tall Ships

Wed, March 20, 2013

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Highasakite - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Highasakite make pop music, but an adventurous brand of indie pop full of contrasts. Once you hear Highasakite you'll wonder how you ever got by without them; theirs is an endless sound oscillating between density and spaciousness. Debut album "Silent Treatment" is filled with radical texture and startling immediacy, and Ingrid Helene Håvik's idiosyncratic vocals perfectly join the albums eccentricity and accessibility.

The band members now all reside in Oslo, however the origins of the group can be found at the Trondheim Jazz Conservatory, where singer and songwriter Håvik met drummer Trond Bersu and began to write, record and perform together. However, the pair felt that they needed an extra something to give their performances the sound they desired. As a result, Øystein Skar on synthesizers was added, before the more recent arrivals of Marte Eberson, also on synths, and Kristoffer Lo on guitar, flugabone and percussion. All of this has combined to give the band a richer texture and more potent sound.

"Silent Treatment," produced by acclaimed Norwegian producer Kåre Chr. Vestrheim, is perceived by Håvik as a very romantic album, with many of its themes existing in the realm of relationships behind closed doors. Yet for all the lyrical depth and layered compositions, the one thing that Highasakite do exceedingly well is enveloping choruses, which instantly take root and resonate, perhaps no more so than in lead single "Since Last Wednesday."

Håvik cites Mary Margaret O'Hara, Fever Ray and Diamanda Galás as some of her favourite musicians, as well as being touched by Bulgarian vocal choirs. Many other non-musical reference points have helped inform "Silent Treatment," such as Håvik's time in New York and Istanbul.

Highasakite have spent the last few months wowing audiences at numerous international festivals, including this year's OYA Festival.
Tall Ships - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Tall Ships
Tall Ships released their debut album ‘Everything Touching’ in October, through Big Scary Monsters/Blood and Biscuits, receiving rave reviews from all corners of the press. The album was recorded with producer Jamie Field (Tubelord, Tangled Hair) in Bovey Tracey, Devon and mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless (Battles, LCD Soundsystem, Bon Iver). Latest single ‘Gallop’ marks a progression for the band’s sound, adding almost Morrisey-esque vocals to a typically catchy, building soundtrack forged together by loop pedals and a pounding drum beat. The track was recently playlisted by BBC Radio1 as part of BBC Introducing and has received plays from Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Annie Mac (Radio 1), Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne (6music) and John Kennedy (XFM). They performed to sold out venues across the UK before completing the UK album tour by performing to a capacity crowd at XOYO, London.

Earlier in the year, the band released ‘T=0’, on 7” complete with beautiful handcrafted marbled ink sleeves designed by the band’s visual artist Harriet Bridgewater and was backed up by b-sides which include a 65daysofstatic remix of the track and tracks from live sessions in New York. To support the release, Tall Ships toured the UK and Europe with Los Campesinos!, Dry the River and Maps&Atlases. They have also just completed a very busy festival schedule, headlining the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds and inviting mass singalongs at 2000trees and Latitude as well as performing to packed rooms at Camden Crawl, Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape (for which they were one of the Guardian’s bands to see), which saw 2 nights of queues around the block, more mass singalongs and fire alarms being set off.

Tall Ships, originally from Falmouth but now living in Brighton, have been attracting attention with their complex, layered and beautiful soundscapes and intelligent songwriting to create music that still manages to have the potential for mass appeal, citing the likes of Battles, Sigur Rós and Biffy Clyro as musical influences.

Live Tall Ships are a must see band, mesmerising to watch, with such energy and deftness you can’t help but be amazed by them. They are fast gaining a well-deserved reputation as one of the most innovative and exciting live bands in the UK right now. They tour relentlessly and have honed the show into a thrilling experience, both aurally and visually as layers of sound and vocals are cleverly and deftly assembled to startling effect. They have already supported the likes of We Are Scientists, Metronomy (in Brazil), 65 Days Of Static (throughout Europe), Dry The River, Los Campesinos!, Nada Surf, Maps & Atlases, The Futureheads, Minus The Bear, Three Trapped Tigers & Tubelord.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002