Bridges & Powerlines, Dead Heart Bloom, Wolves, Strange Names

Bridges & Powerlines

Dead Heart Bloom

Wolves

Strange Names

Thu, April 18, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Bridges & Powerlines - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Bridges & Powerlines
Their music is equal parts grandiosity and intimacy: psych-informed, experimental songs with chamber pop strings and horns, gospel-influenced percussion, dense backing vocals, looped guitar riffs and propulsive bass lines. Citing indie forefathers the Zombies, Guided by Voices and the Elephant 6 Collective as a starting point, the band lovingly terms their music 'optimist fuzz pop.'

Meeting in New York City in late 2005, the members of Bridges and Powerlines realized a common love for intricately arranged three-minute pop songs. The debut EP that followed met with critical acclaim, described as "an exhilarating racket," (sixeyes) and "a taught example of why [Bridges and Powerlines] should be added to your list of bands to watch." (IGN.com)
Dead Heart Bloom - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Dead Heart Bloom
Dead Heart Bloom is comprised of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Boris Skalsky, guitarist Paul Wood (both formerly of Phaser) and drummer Jason Molina (formerly of Longwave). With tracks reminiscent of classics such as Urban Hymns by The Verve and Ladies and Gentlemen… by Spiritualized, the 10 latest songs recorded by Dead Heart Bloom mark their full realization as a band. This collection serves as a logical, yet more mature follow-up to their prior releases, including their album Chelsea Diaries, which was nominated for the Shortlist Prize alongside acclaimed works by Wilco, Arcade Fire and Spoon.

The band meshes visionary lyrics and dreamy melodies with warm, stirring lead vocals and expertly-mixed harmonies. Recorded and produced by Carlos Anthony Molina of Mercury Rev in Kingston, New York, the songs swell and soar at all the right moments. Molina’s production effort with Dead Heart Bloom is notably inspired by his recording experiences and friendship with iconic producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Tame Impala, MGMT).

"Our favorite albums have always combined classic songwriting with cinematic atmosphere”, says guitarist Wood. “This band has a natural inclination for big choruses and instrumental effects. The new tracks are a great balance of live energy, sweeping arrangements and a Wall of Sound production we've been building up to over the past few years."

Looked at as whole, these new songs are a testament to the disappearing craft of album-making. With this refreshing combination of classic songwriting and deeply memorable hooks, Dead Heart Bloom reset the blueprint for analog emotions in a digital world.
Wolves - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Wolves
Wolves are a band from NYC. Formed in 2012, they spent most of that year writing songs and rehearsing in their West Village space. In 2013, while still finishing their EP they started playing around the city.
They make shoegazy psychedelic-rock music
Strange Names - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Strange Names
New York native Liam Benzvi and Francis Jimenez of Minneapolis have been playing shows together since mid 2012, sporting layers of post-punk and new wave influence over shiny pop hooks. Named one of the Twin Cities’ Best New Bands of 2012 by City Pages, Strange Names has put out two self-released EPs and one single 7” with White Iris Records (Best Coast, Electric Guest, Fool’s Gold). With a successful run at SXSW 2013, they have played alongside Yeasayer, The Walkmen, Matt and Kim, Mac DeMarco, and just completed a tour supporting Electric Guest. Strange Names is currently recording a debut full length record in Minneapolis with no set release date.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com