Minerva Lions

Late Show

Minerva Lions

Dead Sands, Paul & The Tall Trees

Thu, January 26, 2012

Doors: 8:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Minerva Lions - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Minerva Lions
sounds like: dreamy & unclean. aka HoboGlam and/or Adult-Contemporary Garage Rock
Dead Sands - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Dead Sands
Paul & The Tall Trees - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Paul & The Tall Trees
The band Paul and The Tall Trees, formerly known as Pablo, led by Staten Island, NY’s lone folksman, Paul Schalda draws from his musical upbringing -- during which music from Neil Young, James Taylor, the Zombies and Fugazi were household sounds. Back in 2004, Pablo rose from the ashes of Awek, Schalda’s former project. Around the same time, his brother Will’s quartet the Realistics was coming to an end. The brothers were reunited as they once were in the well-respected early-’90s quintet Three Steps Up.

By 2005, Pablo had recorded their first EP, which caught the attention of KEXP DJ John Richard in Seattle, who immediately played “Apparent Now” on his influential show “John in the Morning.” In 2006, Paul had reunited with former Awek member Mike Sweeney and renowned music photographer Justin Borucki to form 230 Records, a label created to showcase the talent budding in the community. Soon after, the material that would become Pablo’s first album, Half the Time, was ready to be committed to tape and shared with the world. With a lineup in place, Paul and Will Schalda teamed a group of backing musicians, including the brothers Strandberg -- Mike and William -- completing the album in only three days. It was licensed to Curb Appeal Records and released on October 24th, 2006.

Support from KEXP continued as the record caught the attention of CMJ and Spinner.com. A couple of tours and a few years later, sparked by life challenges and family quarrels, Paul found inspiration in his experiences, using folk as an outlet, later making amends with his brother Will, emerging stronger. The newly revamped lineup led by the brothers Schalda found themselves in Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock, N.Y., to record a new batch of tracks. With co-producer Justin Guip taking over on drums, they were also joined by longtime friend and former Three Steps Up member Dan Foder, who had gone on to form the Budos Band. The result was the album There’s Rope to Leave, self-released on October 9th 2009. The new lineup and matured sound continued to open doors.

With the new name, Paul and The Tall Trees, feeling like a fresh start, Paul is now working on his most promising material to date with producer and artist Tom Brenneck, a longtime friend known for his work with the Budos Band, Menahan Street Band, the Dap-Kings and beyond. A new EP is set to emerge from Brookyln’s Dunham Studios in early 2011, recorded to ½-inch tape with his new backing band, The Tall Trees: Mr. Chris Edwards on drums, Mr. James Mignone on bass, Mr. Sergio Napoletano on guitar and William Schalda Jr. on keys.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002