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 spent 2014 writing, performing, and recording the follow up to his self-produced 2012 full-length 'Layers.' His band was also there. So was producer & engineer Paul Loren. Together they released a single, 'The Lonely Dreamer,' and as 2015 unfolds, new live video sessions and studio-recorded, live-to-tape, honest-to-goodness American tracks will be yours to see and hear via magic internet services.

Sucich (pron: Sue-Sitch), from Queens, NY has appeared at Willie Nelson's Heartbreaker Banquet in Austin, TX (2014), Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE. (2013), Newport Folk in Newport, RI (a private event for NPR Music with The Lone Bellow, 2013), Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN(2012), and Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble in Woodstock, NY(2009) as well as many other extraordinary stages.

Matt has supported & shared the stage with headline acts including, but not limited to, Levon Helm, Adam Duritz & Counting Crows, Lucius, Rachael Yamagata, The Lone Bellow, Hunter Hayes, Daughtry, and Lewis Watson.

In 2013, Matt co-created the ongoing "Downtown Comes Uptown" series with Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium & Rockwood Music Hall. Hosted by WFUV 90.7, it's inaugural performance included Sucich, Rachael Yamagata, Lake Street Dive, and Akie Bermiss with Lynette Williams, and has since seen performances by Aoife O'Donovan, Elle King, The Spring Standars, & Emily King.

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Here are some nice things people have said:

“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

"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

"He doesn't follow typical pop-style songwriting, rather goes off the beaten path and tells his stories over unique chord progressions and key changes. His range goes from soft and slow to a playful Paul Simon style in songs like 'The Lonely Dreamer' and 'House of Cards.' Think of a one-man version of The Head & The Heart." -Tom Shackleford, Pancakes & Whiskey

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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