John Vanderslice

Late Show

John Vanderslice

Bent Shapes

Tue, November 5, 2013

Doors: 9:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

John Vanderslice - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
John Vanderslice
While it's true I did endure a terrible break-up at the beginning of writing this record, this is not a break up record. Dagger Beach is a put-me-the-fuck-back-together record.

The break up came in late 2011, after endless months of White Wilderness touring. I returned home to an empty house, and, as that's pretty unbearable when you're not quite right in the head, I decided to set out walking. I hiked the Lost Coast (36 miles of off-the-grid splendor in Southern Humboldt County), I hiked the entire 150-mile trail system of Pt. Reyes, I hiked for days, deep, deep in the woods, usually alone.

As I walked and walked, listening to records on repeat, I started obsessing about music again. Three records found their way into my psyche and inspired much of this new record: Joanna Newsom's Have One On Me, Silver Jews' The Natural Bridge, and Radiohead's King Of Limbs. I don't think you'll find traces of these records in Dagger Beach, but their spirit and fearlessness deeply affected me. (Hence the shout-out on the record to one of my lifelong heroes, David Berman.)
Bent Shapes - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Bent Shapes
Bent Shapes is Andy Sadoway (drums/percussion, vocals), Ben Potrykus (guitars, vocals), and Supriya Gunda (bass, vocals). Since forming under the name Girlfriends in 2009, the Boston trio has released a string of cassettes and 7"s full of fuzzy garage, frantic jangle pop, and scrappy post-punk on various labels (including band members' own imprints), earning them critical praise from NPR, The A/V Club, Wire, Big Takeover, and Maximum Rocknroll. On August 20th, Bent Shapes' diligence reaches its apex with the release of their debut album, Feels Weird via San Francisco's Father/Daughter Records (Pure Bathing Culture, Levek, Oregon Bike Trails). Feels Weird was produced, engineered & mixed by Ian Doerr and Evan Murphy at Mystic Steamship Company in Arlington, MA and mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering.

The last three years have seen Bent Shapes supporting acts as diverse as Sic Alps, Dum Dum Girls, Grass Widow, and The Bats, with musical comparisons invoking the band's myriad of influences, referencing touchstones like Josef K, The Feelies, Jonathan Richman, Billy Childish, and The Fall. Feels Weird is a class act representation of Potrykus & Sadoway's panache for writing undeniably addictive pop tunes with witty, sharp-tongued lyrics.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com