States & Kingdoms, Emanuel Gibson, Matt Sucich

States & Kingdoms

Emanuel Gibson

Matt Sucich

Rocket & The Ghost

Mon, February 25, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

States & Kingdoms - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Emanuel Gibson - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Emanuel Gibson
Emanuel Gibson is an American singer-songwriter, acoustic, folk rock and blues musician who has been performing in support of his recently released EP, Lover's Lane, a record that has garnered raves. Produced by Kevin Andreas, Lover's Lane includes contributions from several esteemed musicians. Although it has been a task juggling his music with his career, Gibson continued performing alongside local artists, soaking in the live music scene that was flourishing in his hometown of New York City.

After several ventures to Los Angeles, CA, where he, independently played at popular venues. Missing the aggression and persistence of New York and soon headed back. Upon his return he began playing at more folk-rock venues where he met artists who informally introduced him to this particular style of play. Gibson fell in love with the sound so he therefore sought to develop a new sound and style of play. Gibson spent months developing a sound that he felt he could enjoy playing. He credits his major musical influences to Bob Dylan, George Harisson and Jimi Hendrix. Despite the music being an influence, the most impactful influence on Gibson's music has been Edgar Allan Poe.
Matt Sucich - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Matt Sucich
Matt Sucich is a singer & songwriter from New York City by way of New York City. His lyrics are smart and his melodies are sweet. Here are some nice things people have said about Matt:

“Because this Queens singer-songwriter is trying to break your heart. What appear at first glance to be simple love songs quickly reveal a Wilco- and Iron & Wine-like depth (and desperation).” - Andy Langer, KGSR Austin & Esquire Magazine

"Equal parts Lord Huron, Paul Simon, & M. Ward, Sucich establishes his own voice on the playful, island flavored, 'The Lonely Dreamer.'" -Bruce Warren, WXPN Philadelphia

"Matt Sucich is a man of warmly-textured melodies and carefully crafted ballads. His skillful lyricism is ushered forth by a blanket of sound that features the clanging guitars of early country-influenced rock (think The Byrds).” - The Wild Honey Pie

"Whenever he's on stage, Matt Sucich strikes a balance between light-hearted, straightforward humor and profound, evocative lyrics. He's a storyteller with the ability to turn a string of metaphors and similes into images and ideas that linger long after the song ends." - Pam Segura, Pancakes & Whiskey

"His refined croons lamented lost lovers and contained the kind of wisdom that all singer-songwriters strive towards. I felt disappointed at the end; not because it was unsatisfying but because I didn't want it to end." - John McGovern, Deli Mag
Rocket & The Ghost - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Rocket & The Ghost
“The track [“Goodbye”] certainly pays homage to the classics; a groove and melody that could have been born of a John Lennon/Johnny Cash collab but this is no doubt a youthful, modern recording. The production and lyrics speak to a new generation and the energy could put this band on the same stage as Alabama Shakes or The Lumineers.” – Dingus On Music

Brooklyn, NY – September XX, 2013 – The indie rock ‘n roll band, Rocket & The Ghost, will be releasing their debut Self-Titled EP on November 5th, 2013 recorded live to tape at Excello Studios in Brooklyn with producer Wilson Brown (Creative Director of Antfood). The five tracks are the perfect introduction to what Rocket & The Ghost is all about. Sprawling and electrifying, the EP is as potent a debut as a band could ask for. For more information, please visit:

Rocket & The Ghost consists of Kiyoshi Matsuyama (songwriter/vocals/guitar), Brian Kesley (bass), Stuart Bidwell (drums), Sean Gavigan (guitar), and Alan Markley (keyboards). In 2011, Kiyoshi found himself in a difficult position for anyone in a band on the
rise. As a founding member of Brooklyn’s The London Souls, he had spent the past seven years on an adventure that was nothing short of extraordinary, touring with the likes of The Black Crowes, The Roots, and recording with Ethan Johns at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. As his tastes changed, so did the music he was writing, and Kiyoshi had to move on. Rocket & The Ghost was born out of a brief but powerful songwriting collaboration with Lily Clair of Lily & The Parlour Tricks, who assisted Kiyoshi to flesh out the songs he had written during his last years with The London Souls.

Calling Rocket & The Ghost a “rock band” would be the easiest way to categorize them, but
not necessarily the most accurate. They have all the proper elements: thunderous drums, booming bass, the fuzz and wail of two electric guitars, and it’s clear that the rock n' roll music of the '60s and '70s had indelibly left a mark, both on
Kiyoshi’s songwriting and showmanship. Although, laced with those old influences came some playful new ones, such as the at once shocking yet beautiful use of his vocal range, which can reach Harry Nilsson highs and Johnny Cash lows all in one breath. In addition to the arrangements, carefully constructed yet wildly dynamic, showcase the band whispering in your ear one minute and hollering at you from the top of a mountain the next. Then there are the songs themselves, which draw as comfortably from 1920s Americana as they do from millennial pop music without losing their fundamental garage grit. At their heart they are folk songs; they tell stories.

Matsuyama tells us, “"I feel like a recording is only special when it conveys the personality of everyone involved. We really put ourselves into these songs. I hope people hear that first before they think about the style we play in or what other people are saying about it. I hope they hear people that care about each other playing the music that they love"
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002