Dead Skeletons

White Chalk NYC Presents:

Dead Skeletons

Heliotropes, Mone

Thu, May 9, 2013

Doors: 9:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Dead Skeletons
Dead Skeletons
Dead Skeletons is an exciting musical and visual art project from Iceland which is made up of the core trio of Jon Saemunder Audarson, Henrik Bjornsson (Singapore Sling, Go-Go Darkness, Han and Tank), and Ryan Carlson van Kriedt (Asteroid #4). The group has exploded onto the scene as musical, visual, and philosophical leaders. Their mantra, "He Who Fears Death Cannot Enjoy Life" is a universal truth, and something we would all do well to live by. The band's startling and innovative visuals are driven by frontman Jon Saemunder Audarson, who along with Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe, has piloted the underground sensation that is Dead TV.

Dead Skeletons (IS) came into being in 2008 as an accompaniment to an installation for a show at the Reykjavik art museum by Jón Sæmundur . Looking for a spiritual battle hymn for the show, the trio began recording. This initial song, Dead Mantra, became an underground hit, prompting the full length lp Dead Magick (A Records), released by the band in 2011.

'Dead Mantra' is battle of life winning over death and the sonic palette that colours the struggle between fight and surrender is consistent throughout. In the middle of this hypnotic maelstrom come the otherworldly vocals. Bathed in echo and reverb, they attempt to find their way from a spiritual battleground that suggests a strange ambiguity over whether the desire for life can keep mortality away for just that bit longer.

2012 has seen Jón Sæmundur put a much anticipated live act together with the original band and joining them earlier this year Will Carruthers (ex Spacemen 3). Dead Skeletons embarked on their first European tour to sell out crowds everywhere. including a headline performance on the Pavilion Stage at this years Roskilde Festival and the main act at Liverpool Psych Fest.

"I am utterly addicted to Dead Mantra by the Dead Skeletons, pure magic
and pure rock and roll genius. Can't wait to see it live.."
Alan McGee
Heliotropes
Heliotropes
Heliotropes hail from Brooklyn, NY. With a sound described as "doomy
pop" - containing elements of shoegaze, goth and classic psych metal -
Heliotropes blend influences from Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Black
Sabbath and My Blood Valentine. On this lo-fi EP, the guitar riffs are
murky, the drums are bludgeoning, and the shrills of the violin are
haunting. But it is California native Jessica Numsuwankijkul's
detached, wistful vocals - which bring to mind Richard Ashcroft meets
Mazzy Star - that turn spacey dissonance into beautiful hypnotic rock.

III is an EP that shows a lot of potential for a group of talented
musicians and songwriters, who are sure to carve out their own space
in an exciting, emerging (and hopefully lasting) trend in independent
music.
Mone
Mone
Hailing from Brooklyn, MONE's sound drifts from motorik grooves to explosive psych outs with dark vocals backed by a wash of melodic overtones.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com