Xray Eyeballs, Heaven, Sun Ladders, Bloodflowers, Brother Reverend

Xray Eyeballs

Heaven

Sun Ladders

Bloodflowers

Brother Reverend

Mon, January 2, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Xray Eyeballs
Xray Eyeballs
Xray Eyeballs began as the brainchild of guitarist O.J. San Felipe and bassist Carly Rabalais, who, after founding Brooklyn garage-rock juggernaut Golden Triangle (Hardly Art), sought a release that would sate both their sweet-toothed desires and their darker impulses, like a candy-coated Vicodin. Like their musical antecedents The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Velvet Underground, Xray Eyeballs creates a world of their own. Low-lifes, night-walkers, pill-riders, and other sordid characters stalk the band’s New York City streets and their songs compel you to follow them until you find the peace of a night redeemed in the morning light.
On “Splendor Squalor,” Xray Eyeballs’ second full-length on Kanine Records, refracted rays of that redemptive light shine through the band's eerie musical haze. The band evolves to more sophisticated songwriting and adventurous arrangement, while retaining the spark and energy of their raw early material, a progression that recalls Wire's "154" and The Cure's "Pornography." The addition of Sarah Baldwin (The Girls at Dawn, Fergus & Geronimo) on drums and Liz Lohse (Heaven, Runaway Suns) on guitar and synths expands the band's sonic possibilities with lush vocal harmonies, unique musical counterpoints and inspired songwriting contributions. Xray Eyeballs' new lineup deftly maneuvers from unctuous drones to punk rave-ups and new-wave bangers with a confidence and melodic sensibility that illuminates the splendor in the squalor.
The needle drops on “Four” and you find yourself enthused with the will to cross the dance floor and talk to that crush your friends warned you about. “I’m feeling alright,” San Felipe sings. You believe him and feel alright, too. The bass throbs with Factory-style control as “X” sends you oscillating wildly in a lovers’ power struggle: "I control you/ You control me." It’s 6 AM and you’re sitting on a couch between two guys who either wish they were Lou Reed and Alan Vega or actually are Lou Reed and Alan Vega. You shouldn’t have taken that last anything of anything. “Syrup,” featuring Christiana Key (Cult of Youth, Zola Jesus) on violin, wafts into the room and suddenly that time between last call and pancakes make sense.
Xray Eyeballs fully realizes their vision of "Splendor Squalor" live: skater kids donning the band’s signature “Ghost Girl” t-shirt bounce off the walls; the oldest punks in the world reluctantly acknowledge the validity of something new; hands typically stuffed in the pockets of skin-tight jeans wave in the air like they just don’t care; record nerds dance as if nobody’s blogging; goths smile. The band's undeniable energy brings the shadows in the darkness to life. These creatures bear witness to San Felipe’s blatant disregard for his physical well-being as the enraptured frontman, refusing to acknowledge the limitations of both stage and gravity, bounds recklessly around the crowd and dangles perilously from the ceiling, a provocation for the audience to match the band’s enthusiasm. Driven to seduce as many as possible into their world, Xray Eyeballs have toured across the country numerous times on their own, consistently delivering the show everyone will be talking about the next day.
Heaven
Heaven
Heaven are a shiny new collaboration from New Yorkers Matt Sumrow (The Comas, Dean and Britta, Ambulance LTD), Mikey Jones (The Big Sleep, Snowden, Swervedriver), and Ryan Lee Dunlap (Fan-Tan). A romantic clash between your Dad's long lost favorite psych record and the soundtrack to a John Hughes film, Heaven ride a big sonic wave to deliver their dear and dreamy songs.
Sun Ladders
Sun Ladders
Sun Ladders is a Brooklyn, NY, rock band getting back to the basics of being a rock band, writing straightforward songs about love, loss, escape and the bars they work in.

Sun Ladders are the songs of Rob Hampton (ex-Band of Horses) who as a kid was introduced to a diverse background of music through the late night television of 120 Minutes, his older brother's Columbia House cassette subscription, his high school years in early 1990s Louisville, KY, and his post-high school years in the late 1990s Seattle music scene.

After spending the last five years in New York and losing various collaborators (to marriage, babies, jobs, other bands and escapes from New York) Sun Ladders is now Hampton (guitar, vocals), Johnathan Swafford (bass), Alan O'Keeffe (guitar), and Christian Rutledge (drums). All veterans of the realities of playing in a rock band in New York City—where the first hurdle to playing music is the fact you live in New York City.
Bloodflowers
Brother Reverend
Brother Reverend
The Brother Reverend's new record, "Ike Turner Kills Fascists" is a fourteen song LP that boasts vigorous song writing & solid musicianship.

The band says the new LP is merely a hint of what is to come. Their often-stated goal is to make a record better than "Love Child."
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com