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
The calypso groove and tongue-in-cheek lyrical wit of "The Lonely Dreamer" is taking NY singer/songwriter Matt Sucich in a new direction. The song itself, with instrumental cues from modern influences like Vampire Weekend and Lord Huron, was recorded live to tape in Brooklyn at Five and Dime Recording Society with producer/engineer Paul Loren. "The Lonely Dreamer" is the first studio release for the often self-produced musician and after years of home recordings, Matt and his band have finally managed to capture the live energy they've been bringing to the stage.

Matt Sucich (pron: Sue-Sitch) is from Astoria, Queens. He writes songs. He plays them with a guitar. He sings them with his voice. Sometimes he sleeps, but most times he’s awake. You can find Matt in New York City, or other places, and that was most definitely the case in 2013 while touring behind his 2012 full-length record, "Layers." Among many other stops, Matt appeared at Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE., & Newport Folk Festival (a private event for NPR Music with The Lone Bellow.) He also made time to co-create a special event with Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium & Rockwood Music Hall hosted by WFUV 90.7, performing alongside Rachael Yamagata, Lake Street Dive, and Akie Bermiss with Lynette Williams.

Rewind a little further:

In 2012 Matt debuted at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, receiving high praise and pleasant comparisons from Andy Langer (Esquire Magazine/KGSR Austin, TX.) on his “Best Other Bands Of Bonnaroo” list:

“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).”
The list put Sucich in esteemed company, alongside Michael Kiwanuka, Trixie Whitley, and many others. In addition, Matt performed at both SXSW & CMJ, which featured a set at JetBlue’s “Live at T5″ concert series.

If you’re thinking this is some “flash-in-the-pan” story it’s more like a simmer, and Matt plans on keeping it that way. As a songwriter Matt Sucich took his time developing a style and sound that, like any artist, may borrow from a wealth of influence but is distinctively his own. Early influences ranging from Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, & Bruce Springsteen to M. Ward and My Morning Jacket. Although he began cementing his place in the NYC music scene in 2010 with a sold-out show at Joe's Pub, it was the years prior that Matt spent cutting his teeth. Performing with friends & various bands at venues like The Living Room, The Bowery Electric and Southpaw, and in 2009 supporting the legendary Levon Helm at his Midnight Ramble in Woodstock, NY.

To summarize, things are getting good. Stay with us. That should bring you up to speed. Thanks for reading.
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