Cardiknox, Courtney Barnett, Dan Croll, GEMS, Bad Suns, Wilsen, John Murry

CMJ: The Windish Agency Presents

Cardiknox

Courtney Barnett

Dan Croll

GEMS

Bad Suns

Wilsen

John Murry

Thu, October 17, 2013

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Cardiknox
Cardiknox
New York-based Cardiknox is the duo of Lonnie Angle and Thomas Dutton. Having grown up in Seattle playing classical piano on Lonnie’s side and punk music on Thomas’ end, the pair originally teamed up to create and produce rowdy musicals before moving to New York.

Cardiknox was thereafter born from a love of folding their unique talents into an original craft—mixing 80’s beats and production with ferocious vocals and dynamic hooks.

Their debut single, “Hold Me Down,” is an indelibly hard-hitting, giant tiger bite of a song that will take hold of your brain and not let go.
Courtney Barnett
Courtney Barnett
Welcome to the world of Courtney Barnett, a hot, hazy place where 'suburban banalities' and 'mindless procrastination' have never sounded so compelling. The 24-year-old Melbourne-based singer, guitarist and songwriter has created a candid lyrical space for her growing legions of devotees through a series of DIY releases and shows back home to snowballing acclaim, and is now taking things worldwide with her first LP collection, 'The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas', via House Anxiety/Marathon Artists.

Lead single 'Avant Gardener' is a vivid display of her magic. A hook-laden fug of country roots and discordant psychedelia with a dream-like narrative. Courtney's refreshingly unaffected sing-speak tells the story of an anaphylaxis induced panic-attack in the midst of an Australian heatwave, "The paramedic thinks I'm clever cos I play guitar, I think she's clever cos she stops people dying."

Pitchfork were so enamored with 'Avant Gardener' that they awarded it 'Best New Track', starting a landslide of attention online.

The LP collection is a record of two halves, and collates Her Story So Far…It fittingly begins with six brand new songs and is then backed with six older tracks which were originally released in the form of her 2012 debut EP. Together, 'The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas' spans genres and stories, and is unique introduction to an incomparable and exciting new talent.

As well as 'Avant Gardener', selected highlights include the gorgeous and woozy piano-strewn opener 'Out of the Woodwork' which shows the darker side of her writing. 'Anonymous Club' sees Courtney at her romantic, melancholic best, while the infectious Dylan-esque cavalcade that is 'History Eraser' was recently nominated alongside Tame Impala for the APRA Song Of The Year back in Australia.

"The one thing that captivates me in a song is the honesty of a songwriter," considers Courtney "And that doesn't mean it has to be deep, dark personal secrets, it just means it has to be honest. It could be about walking to the shop, but if it's said with that person's perspective then it can make it interesting." It's with this purist story-telling mantra that Courtney's finding her listeners growing at a staggering rate
Dan Croll
Dan Croll
"There comes a certain risk with publishing 150 gushing words on an artist who's only recorded one song at the time of writing. In the few weeks that this magazine takes to come back from the printers Dan Croll could have flipped from 6Music and Nick Grimshaw-adored cool cat of the minute to bigger flop than Viva Brother. But then, most songs aren't as head-spinningly catchy and nigh on perfect as 'From Nowhere', so we're willing to take the chance with this one.

Blending (very) subtle 70s rock influences with a psychedelic electro-pop beat, the Liverpudlian artist's debut solo release is a grooving, bouncing, and undeniably massive pop hit that demands your attention and refuses to let go. There is a risk of laying such superlatives on one lone recording, but you get the sense that Dan Croll has plenty more to give." DIY, UK
GEMS
GEMS
The Washington, DC duo GEMS, comprised of Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John, have developed their own brand of intoxicating, cinematic dream-pop that is deeply heartbreaking and romantic. The duo weaves a dark web of intimate male and female vocals, hazy guitars and lush synthesizers. Their songs are tragic, haunting, and tinged with melancholy and existential longing.
Bad Suns
Bad Suns
Southern California rock band Bad Suns formed in 2012 and in the short time since inception, have managed to be musically beyond their years. Made up of Christo Bowman (vocals), Gavin Bennett (bass), Miles Morris (drums) and Ray Libby (guitar) the four piece ranges from ages 19-22 yet has a sound reminiscent of rock stalwarts from generations past. “I grew up with a lot of world music playing in the house. When I was 10, I started getting heavily interested in the guitar, and my dad began introducing me to his records from the 70’s and the 80’s. Initially Elvis Costello, then to The Clash, The Cure, and so on,” notes Chris. “All of these artists and bands had a big impact on me, at a young age, as far as song composition goes. “ Influences are apparent on the band’s upcoming EP Transpose, where angst-ridden riffs and ethereal yet charismatic vocals pay tribute to post-punk legends of the early 80’s. “ I started writing my first songs at that time,” Chris continues, “Though we can now reflect on that era of music, those artists were ahead of their time in a lot of ways. That’s what’s most inspiring.”

Transpose was recorded in the studio with producer Eric Palmquist (The Mars Volta, Wavves, Trash Talk) and serves as a prelude to the band’s debut full-length slated for 2014. “The writing and recording process is always exciting, because it’s constantly changing and unique to each song. Inspiration comes and goes as it pleases, so a night when a song gets written is a very good night,” says Chris. Comprised of four tracks, Transpose flows effortlessly from start to finish showcasing the band’s stadium ready anthems and undeniably catchy hooks. “Music has the ability to evoke certain feelings in people, a way that not much else can. The pairing of words and sounds can be an extremely powerful tool, when done right. I think the ultimate goal for this band is to make music that causes people to really feel something.”

Aside from writing a record, Bad Suns’ 2013 was a busy one, complete with multiple CMJ showcases as well as sharing the stage with the likes of The 1975 and Vaccines with no signs of slowing down any time soon. Transpose will be released everywhere in the early months of 2014.

“One day I just decided to be a musician, and I never strayed away from that goal. Being in a band is the only thing I can do.”- Chris Bowman
Wilsen
Wilsen
With her 3-piece band, New York based Wilsen blends contemporary folk songs with ethereal, electric arrangements to create a full and intricate sound tagged 'dream folk.' She released her debut LP Sirens on July 25th 2012. Available now at sirensofthedawn.com

"Sirens vibrates in a way that I associate only with Sufjan Stevens' 2004 gold-star Seven Swans: enigmatic and restrained. WILSEN manage to be so patient, every musical move so careful that it almost feels like you aught to not move while listening. There's a darkness equally with that fragility and the instrumentation is at the beck and call of the negative spaces in all the songs. It is space that need not be filled, but indeed is intoxicating for repeated listens." (Mila Matveeva - Listenbeforeyoubuy.net)
John Murry
John Murry
John Murry is a native of Tupelo, Mississippi, whose first solo record, The Graceless Age, came out earlier this year. The album, recorded by the late Tim Mooney from the American Music Club, earned rave reviews when it was released in the UK last year; Uncut Magazine had it on its shortlist for the Album of the Year prize, and Uncut's Allan Jones called it "a personal favourite of the last 12 months, second only to Bob Dylan's Tempest." The Sun newspaper in London and R2 Magazine each gave Murry's debut 5 out of 5 stars, and Americana OK named it Album of the Year.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com