Tiger Waves, Sport of Kings, Albis (Solo Acoustic)

Tiger Waves

Sport of Kings

Albis (Solo Acoustic)

Sun, February 3, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Tiger Waves - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Tiger Waves
ONLY GOOD BANDS HAVE ANIMAL NAMES:

Tiger Waves was birthed on the Internet in the spring of 2011. At that time James worked for NASA in the Department of Theoretical Cosmic Physics in Austin, TX and spent his days paying bills and playing with his little dog Pierre. Meanwhile, Reid studied continental philosophy in Chicago and avoided the cold weather whenever possible by staying inside and deconstructing his experience of the cold. After a freak shuttle accident, James was hit on the head and began believing that he was either Phil Spector (on a good day) or Syd Barrett (on a bad day). To play into these delusions, Reid went along with it claiming that he was in fact Brian Wilson. Then, on a whim, these two friends began emailing each other, in mp3 form, fragments of their songs: half written melodies, chord progressions, drum beats, and so forth. Slowly and surely—as the sonic layers were piled atop one other—the fragments began to take shape and look, each day, less and less like isolated bits of music and more and more like finished songs. Harmonies were added to melodies, distorted slide guitar solos were overdubbed on top of fuzzed out verses, Humphrey Bogart's voice, dripping with delay, was inserted into the background of folksy funeral ballads, stream of consciousness lyrics were quietly sung in dark and sullen dorm rooms in desperate attempts not to wake the roommate. This went on and on, week after week—nearly ad infinitum it seemed. These songs, with all of their chaotic bedlam and wry humor, are the product of that secluded and protracted process. We, of course, hope you enjoy it.
Sport of Kings - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Sport of Kings
Sport of Kings is a combination of members from far flung places and music of different styles. Songwriter Richard Kelly moved to Brooklyn, NY from Dublin, Ireland in 2006, where his band Capratone received much acclaim and airplay and released an EP and LP on Irish independent labels. Taking a break from playing music, Richard set up 'Scientific Laboratories Music Studios' in Brooklyn, attracting bands such as Yeasayer, The Ravonettes and Au Revoir Simone. Playing his songs in a 4-piece band with bass player Ben Haberland, the departure of the second guitarist led to the decision that brought about Sport of Kings. At the time, the music was catchy, clever indie rock along the lines of Pavement, Modest Mouse, and others, mixed with 4-part Beach Boys style harmonies. From Haberland's suggestion that the guitarist be instead replaced with a keyboard player, it was decided that the keyboard in question should be a Fender Rhodes electric piano, reflecting their love of Steely Dan and smooth 70's rock, much of which features the rhodes. Colorado native Matt Beckemeyer joined in that capacity in early 2009. So happy was everyone with the new musical direction, which gave the songs a totally fresh feel, the band agreed to take the fusion of their original sound with 70's smooth rock to it's natural conclusion, in the form of a three piece horn section consisting of brother Mac and Jas Walton and Billy Aukstik. Sport of Kings are currently mixing their debut album with Michael Leonhart, Steely Dan trumpet player and producer on Donald Fagen's latest solo album, Sunken Condos.
Albis (Solo Acoustic) - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Albis (Solo Acoustic)
Oscar Albis Rodriguez is the hardest working dude in show business. After a decade touring with unsung indie punk legends Nakatomi Plaza, Oscar set out writing and performing songs as a solo artist, drawing inspiration from the likes of Elliott Smith, Neil Young, and Sparklehorse. In 2012 he released the self-produced "Big Day EP" and supported it with solo tours up and down both Coasts, through the Midwest, and appearances at SXSW and CMJ. Currently he is working with a new backing band that includes Gunnar Olsen (The Exit, Mother Feather), Mike Chiavaro (Knights on Earth), and Dave Sherman (Grand Mal) to make things... louder. The four piece will head up to Guilford Sound in Vermont this April to record his debut full-length with Dave Snyder (Ruth Ruth). In the meantime, you can also check out Oscar performing with a wide variety of artists including No Way, Daughter & Son, Fashion Week, A Great Big World, Infinity Spaceship (live band karaoke), and The Sweater Songs (Weezer tribute) or fronting his follow-up to Nakatomi Plaza, Ghost Robot Ninja Bear. He is truly the hardest working dude in show business.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com