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ohnomoon (Album Release)

Thu, February 16, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Milagres - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Audible fireworks explode in the distance of the opening moments of Milagres second album, the aptly titled, Violent Light. It is essentially elemental, as vocalist Kyle Wilson descends on lead track, “Perennial Bulb”, singing, “I am in a cloud”, keys and drums pounding around him as he issues the album’s thesis statement: “My feet are bare. They hit the ground. I’m running toward the miracle.” This is the way down and the way up for the band, fire exploding in the sky behind them, toes tucked firmly into the dark soil, running toward a transfiguration. Far from being the fleeting perennial bulb or mercurial firework, Milagres instead fill Violent Light with richness and delicacy, channeling influences as diverse as Bowie, Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, providing a durability of vision and influence that is as much born from the earth as it seeks to return to it.

The history of Milagres runs back more than a decade as Wilson performed under the name as a solo artist before moving to Brooklyn and eventually linking with current members Fraser McCulloch, Chris Brazee and new drummer, Paul Payabyab. In 2011, official debut Milagres record, Glowing Mouth, yielded a sight-unseen signing to Kill Rock Stars, national club and European festival touring, and inclusion on numerous year-end “Best of” lists for 2011 and 2012. Eponymous single, “Glowing Mouth” introduced audiences to Wilson’s brilliant falsetto hooks, as well as the band’s blinking, cold-medicine aesthetic. It was a fever dream, a fantasy world full of pitch and yaw, blurry edges and limitless possibility, choruses that erupted and hooks that stuck. Independent rock fans and press took note, as well as radio outlets KEXP and KCRW. Returning to the studio with McCulloch on production duties, Wilson and the band set out to expand and clarify the warm neon universe of Glowing Mouth.

Violent Light begins at the beginning. Wilson found inspiration for the record in the memories of childhood summers spent with his grandparents in Northern New Mexico. The caves, valleys and mesa burial grounds of the Pueblo Indians intermingled with Wilson’s conversations about atomic physics with his grandfather, a scientist on the Manhattan Project of the 1940s and the development of the hydrogen bomb in the 1950s. This mixture of twin organic compounds, the history of ancient people who made their lives in these caves in the earth and the lethal, brilliant modernity of the mid-20th century, unite and blur on Violent Light. When the recording for the album was complete, Wilson returned to visit his grandfather, an attempt to unify these visions, the scientist and the outdoorsmen poet. The conversation bore no fruit, and the listener is left only with the brilliant tension between these twin naturalisms on Violent Light. The stakes aren’t life and death, but how best to live in the shadow of modern fatalism, to wrestle with the meaning of the fire in the sky.

The album ranges across eras and soundscapes channeling psychedelica, dream pop and classic rock. Lead single, “Jeweled Cave” rides a winking Bowie hook, surging keyboard and syrupy backing vocals. Wilson insists in the tracer fire of the chorus, “We were in love” as the arrangement swirls around him. The stakes are in the sky on “Black Table” as Paul Payabyab’s insistent drumming backs an arrangement that easily could fit in the Peter Gabriel catalogue. Stand-out “Terrifying Sea” swells with immediacy, Wilson again drifting through a dangerous and elemental geography before pleading for connection, “I want nothing but you touching me.” Perhaps this is the “core of light” that Chris Brazee describes as lying at the center of these dark compositions. Even the bright, synthesizer-driven, “Sunburn” has Wilson wrestling between the earthly and the modern, “You felt real in a world of plastic, a bit of grit in a sterile place, I’ll be the bird flying up into the sunburn”, another of the album’s instantly memorable hooks. It is the Icarus problem, to have flown so high and burned our little wax wings: The caves of the Pueblo Indians dug into earth of the testing sites for the atomic bomb.

These tensions drive Milagres forward on Violent Light. Melodies and lyrics written partially in wanderings through Greenpoint and Williamsburg day and nightlife, Wilson and the band apply their unique democracy to fleshing out the arrangements that appear on the record. They take the listener into the belly of a remembered landscape, a meditation on the self and modernity as we have come to know and fear it. On final track, “Another Light”, Wilson sings, “When I was young I was afraid that I would never find a way home”, closing the record with, “I’m not afraid to die a natural death”, the final rest in the existential crisis. This is the atomic bomb, the ancient burial site, the melody hiding in the bar at the corner of Franklin and Manhattan Avenues. This, then, is the miracle, the bare feet and explosions of Violent Light, an intimate and ambitious record from a band with its toes on the ground and its eyes in the sky.
ohnomoon (Album Release) - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
ohnomoon (Album Release)
New York, NY - The New York based band, ohnomoon will release their debut EP - VVV - on March 10, 2015 and they have partnered up with The Music Ninja to give you an exclusive first listen to their new single, "Low." The quartet (Kat Lee, Corey Oliver, Michael Spivack, Trevor Gunderson) wrote, recorded and produced the 5 song EP entirely in New York. Having already built a solid fan base from touring around the city, the band decided to launch an indiegogo campaign in May 2014, to help fund the record and their first video. The campaign was so successful, partially due to the incredible campaign video that can be seen here, that they not only reached their goal but also surpassed it before the two-month deadline. By July, they were at 110%. With a number of NY area shows under their belt, the band will celebrate the EP release with a performance at Mercury Lounge on March 16, 2015. All dates are listed below, with more being added shortly.

ohnomoon spent a good deal of 2014 in the studio in preparation of their debut EP, VVV. Their sound best emulates the early 90s distortion of bands like My Bloody Valentine, if you dipped and melted that sound in the electro experimentalism of mid-era Radiohead. Unintentionally or not, the name "ohnomoon" sounds otherworldly and their music follows suit - at times abrasive and others blissfully melodic. The band has been described as "distorted sleep rock" and "hooky, noisy, shoegaze pop." The title of the EP is consistent with the band's visually appealing name and VVV is a proper introduction to ohnomoon's subconscious sound. The lyrics read like poetry and are both relatable and open to interpretation. When asked about the writing process, vocalist Kat Lee said, "I can explore, live in places in a song that would be hard for me to talk about, which I might not have any interest in dissecting in conversation." She continues, "I always want to create a mood or head space that feels familiar and honest, so I hope whatever resounds most with the listener is intuitive, like the feeling you can get from a shared look or touch." Words on the page take on a different life when sung by Lee. She stretches and carries notes in ways that are both elegant and heartfelt. The word "ride" is heard a few times on VVV and that's exactly what ohnomoon does to the music - take it on a ride. A ride which bends and snaps between reality and uncertainty.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002