Pterodactyl, Tartufi, WRITER




Mon, April 8, 2013

Doors: 8:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Pterodactyl - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
On third album Spills Out, Brooklyn noise-punk mischief-makers Pterodactyl mutated from their abrasive loft-show roots into a glorious, broken-pop juggernaut. The band's squealing, sweat-soaked art-bustle had rapidly put them alongside contemporaries like Oneida, These Are Powers and Parts & Labor; but Spills Out gently leads the trio towards the uplifting, wistful harmonies of '60s rockers like The Zombies, CSNY and the pre-acid Beatles. Pterodactyl's onomatopoetic barks have been replaced by a luxurious three-part croon; their adenoidal squawk has been expanded to include Spectorian levels of reassuring fuzz. Their most ambitious statement to date, Spills Out is triumphant, melancholic, unapologetically pop.

On April 8th, Pterodactyl will be playing a stripped-down, vocal-heavy two piece set, featuring material from throughout their ten years of songwriting in New York City. This is the first Pterodactyl show in about a year, and will be one of the last Pterodactyl shows in New York City.
Tartufi - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Formed in 2001, San Francisco's TARTUFI released three albums as a power-pop trio, Westward Onward (Thread Records- 2002), So We Are Alive (Thread Records – 2004), and Trouble (Acuarela – 2005), and garnered heaps of press and "Best of…"s before members Lynne Angel and Brian Gorman decided switch gears and head in a new direction.
In 2006, having just played a South by Southwest showcase and with an album at #75 on CMJ charts, the now duo had much to prove and an eager desire to fulfill their like-minded sonic vision. Ditching their previous material and hitting the studio armed with bigger amplifiers and modified loop stations; Angel and Gorman began developing their new sound.

In 3 months time, the reinvented band had written and recorded Us Upon Buildings Upon Us (2006- Thread Records) with the help of Tim Green (Joanna Newsom, Melvins, Monotonix) in the engineer's seat. Having shed many of the band's previous pop sensibilities, UUBUU's rich, epic and complex sound surprised many critics and fans alike. The album propelled Tartufi farther onto the national stage. Tartufi made three laps around the U.S. in support of UUBUU. Audiences nationwide were left awestruck as the duo was able to reproduce the complexities of the album using live looping as opposed to with the aid of a laptop or Midi time clocks. Critics around the country picked UUBUU as one of the best albums of the year. In 2007, after more than 120 shows, Tartufi was voted Best Indie Band in the Bay by The San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Known for their commitment to their local music scene and strong work ethic, Tartufi has created a rock and roll school for kids called Rock Band Land, a program designed to assist children aged 4-7 in the fundamentals of music theory, creative exploration through sound, lyric writing, and group performance. Tartufi has also formed Thread Productions, a record label and production collective aimed at generating a larger sense of community among San Francisco musicians and artists. Thread has been dubbed "The Bay Area's Best Music Collective" by The East Bay Express, and to date has released three local music compilations, Dragon Slayers Volumes I-III, organized numerous Bay Area concerts, helped other bands with tour resources and industry information, organized the hugely successful Rock Make Street Festival, and has become a source of support for many bands in the Bay Area and beyond.

In the spring of 2008 Tartufi returned to the studio (again with the help of Tim Green) and began working on their next album, Nests of Waves and Wire. After months of recording, overdubs and mixing, Angel and Gorman left the studio with an album that they are extremely proud of and that is, without a doubt, their most mature work to date. Further exploring the boundaries of vocal and instrumental layering, polyrhythmic deconstruction and song arrangement, NOWAW is a lush and weighty mix of the band's compositional sensibilities and sonic daydreams. At eight in the morning the following day, five hours after they finished the album, Tartufi received a call from Southern Records offering to sign the band and release the new album. Nests of Waves and Wire was released in May 2009 and has been receiving critical acclaim in the US and EU.

Tartufi then released an EP entitled The Goodwill of the Scar (Southern Records) in the spring of 2010 and toured the US behind it. The EP consists of one, twenty six minute epic song, "The Butterless Man" that brought the band into some new and exciting musical territories.

In 2011, Tartufi expanded their ranks with the addition of Benjamin Thorne (Low Red Land) on bass that's opened up a whole new realm of possibilites with an extra set of hands on deck. They are currently working on a new full length that is nearing completion.
WRITER - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
WRITER's James and Andy Ralph are brothers, and if you couldn't see it in their faces, you'll see it written all over them, sometimes even literally. The two share a tattoo—the words "Brothers Ralph" surrounding an anchor, like two sailors navigating the same sea—but you can also hear their brotherhood all over their music. Andy's voice cascades and careens around and across James' almost impossibly hard floor tom hits, and when the two join together to shout a chorus or a particularly important lyric on their album Brotherface, the two create a sound that's much more than two boys playing songs together.

The songs on Brotherface are a unique combination of anthemic and psychedelic; not meandering, definitely structured, but also bubbling and swirling with layers of sound that seem far more complicated than what two guys can make standing alone on a stage. The aquarium-sound of "Miss Mermaid" makes love into a slow swim, while the energetic gallop and brisk harmonies of "Cash For Gold" call to mind the feeling of driving across and empty expanse of highway with your friends late at night, shouting into the dark just to hear your own voice.

After extensive touring, the pair will be self-releasing a first pressing of Brotherface in October, writing new songs, and preparing to set off on yet another tour in the fall. They're also continuing to settle in to New York City, and watching their sound change as they continue to write. "The sound keeps getting fuzzier," Andy says, adding, "which both of us are into." And surely if the past has been any indication, the two are right, as brother music is always better than music made alone.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002