The Blank Tapes

Late Show

The Blank Tapes

The Mystery Lights

Wed, February 12, 2014

Doors: 9:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

The Blank Tapes - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
The Blank Tapes
The Blank Tapes is now and always has been Matt Adams, a soft-spoken kid from a Southern California suburb who learned to play practically every instrument a good garage band needs, and then started making beautifully idiosyncratic records on his trusty home eight-track because … well, why wait? When he first heard the Beatles and the Kinks, he knew he needed to make his own songs, too, and so in 2003 he did, with the kind of inspiration and confidence and personality you'd think have faded out in 1967.

His songs are alive with style and sentiment of immortals like Ray Davies and Robyn Hitchcock ("Earring") or Kris Kristofferson and Terry Allen ("Working," "Vacation") or even Lou Reed ("Pearl," written about girlfriend and Blank Tapes drummer Pearl Charles the night he met her) and Buddy Holly (the adorable bridge of "Coast to Coast") or even Os Mutantes on "Brazilia," a bossa-delic song inspired by Adams' informal park jam sessions on his Brazilian tour. With studio help from drummer Will Halsey and a series of bassists, Vacation is an everything-old-is-new-again album—a record chasing down timelessness in its own time.
The Mystery Lights - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
The Mystery Lights
The Mystery Lights are an American rock and roll band from Salinas, CA, currently residing in New York City. Heavily influenced by Thee Headcoats, Television, and The Kinks, The Mystery Lights have built a solid following real fast with balls-to-the-walls, hard-hitting 1960's-style garage/psychedelic rock on both coasts - plus Asia.

The origins of The Mystery Lights can be traced to the long-time friendship between lead singer/guitarist Mike Brandon, Bassist Joe Della Mora and guitarist Luis "L.A." Solano, three kids from Salinas who formed the band in their teens over a shared love of good 60's garage rock, 77' punk, and skateboarding.
In 2011, Mike and L.A. moved to New York City and recruited like-minded Alex Amini on bass and Nick Pillot on drums, and have been playing throughout NYC ever since.

The Mystery Lights have played with bands including Thee Oh See's, Dr. Dog, Shannon and the Clams, Marky Ramone, The Strange Boys, Lenny Kaye, Sleepy Sun, The Vibrators, The Growlers, etc. They have toured Asia twice, most recently in October where they played big festivals in Shenzhen and Lijiang.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com