Tom The Lion

Late Show

Tom The Lion

Bird Courage

Mon, June 23, 2014

Doors: 9:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Tom The Lion - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Tom The Lion
Tom The Lion's music roars with a quiet mystery that gets more intense and irresistible with every listen. His full-length album debut 'Sleep' is already shaping up as one of the most enticing and atmospheric records of 2014.

Early adopters have known the intangible allure of this London-based singer-songwriter for two years, back to the 2011 emergence of two limited, highly collectible double vinyl 10-inch EPs, 'The Adventures Of Tom The Lion.' They were released exclusively via the ever-influential support of Rough Trade, then compiled into an album package, stunningly mounted in a wooden box set with the addition of a live acoustic disc.

Soon after 'The Adventures Of Tom The Lion' became Rough Trade's album of the month in late 2011, and that debut date at St. Pancras, he knew he was ready to start on his first work to be fully conceived as an album. 'Sleep,' the shimmering title track, was the first to arrive in what became a fully independent, self-funded work, now licensed to Universal, their interest piqued by the box set release.

The album reflects Tom's allegiance to the plaintive acoustics of Jeff Buckley and Sufjan Stevens, but 'Sleep' sounds triumphantly unlike anything or anyone else out there. With songwriting like this, and live performances now part of his DNA, the possibilities are boundless. Welcome to the year of the lion.
Bird Courage - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Bird Courage
Bird Courage met in dark spaces under New York City and together are now forging a new pastoral-astral sound that is drawn from the heart, the land, and the stars. From seeds carefully planted in the heart of Brooklyn, their following is spreading quickly through the North East of the USA and across the Atlantic to the UK and Europe.

"Already raising comparisons to Simon and Garfunkel, Bird Courage play stripped down folk with earthy overtones. The band has an assuming presence with gentle strength in songs like “Blind in Both Eyes” and “Wind and Oak,” both of which conjure images of a gray, wooded forest in winter’s eve."
- Devon Antonetti, The Deli National.

“A Promising Flee is precious and delicate, moving and passionate. Each song is a pleading ode, a woeful cry, full of intricate acoustic guitar work and vocal harmonies so beautiful and gentle they seem to float away like big, airy clouds. If you like Fleet Foxes, you will love Bird Courage"
- Michelle Geslani, The Music Ninja

“…masterful acoustic guitar is present, as is the stripped-down yet musically rich folk sound the tracks showcase…The dual vocals lend variety to tracks, as the two alternate taking lead, joining together in rich, Simon and Garfunkel style-harmony.”
- Lauren Sloss, Indie Shuffle

" Like the exquisite marriage of Iron and Wine and The Tallest Man on Earth, their earnest folk instrumentation and introspective lyrics meld to form a sound that is warm and welcoming…"

Charity Painter, The Wild Honey Pie
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002