Allo Darlinâ

Allo Darlin’

The Wave Pictures, Ski Lodge, The Field Recordings

Tue, April 24, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Allo Darlin’ - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Allo Darlinâ
Allo Darlin' are a fans' band. They are close friends that found each other and the music they make in London. Elizabeth and Bill are from Australia, Mike and Paul are from Kent. They've only been playing seriously as a band since January 2009. Their debut album was released on Fortuna Pop in June 2010 to widespread critical acclaim. They spent much of 2010 on the road in the UK, Europe and America. The band are currently working on their follow-up.
The Wave Pictures - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
The Wave Pictures
"The weirdest thing about The Wave Pictures for us, is when we started getting press we were described as being 'quintessentially English,' but it's not in any way how we ever thought of ourselves. I can understand why people think that, but it's not something we ever intended to happen. Nearly all our influences are American. My song writing heroes are Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and Jonathan Richman. And when we're rehearsing, we'll say, 'let's try and play like Neil Young and Crazy Horse', or 'let's do this song like The Stooges'. But those are never the references that anyone ever hears, so you just get compared to The Smiths or Belle and Sebastian." - Dave Tatersall, The Wave Pictures (from: QUIETUS)
Ski Lodge - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Ski Lodge
Twenty-plus years of stories, twenty-plus years of perfecting music's craft, Ski Lodge's Big Heart is exactly what a debut record should be: the culmination of a creative force's life on this planet. Andrew Marr, the multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter behind Ski Lodge, has created a deeply personal record that overflows with lush melodies and insatiably catchy choruses. His songs occasionally deal with dark matters—infidelity, painful break-ups, loneliness, disjointed father-son dynamics—but Marr bathes them in a blissful light ripe for sing-alongs.

"I try to write songs honestly, and a lot of the things going on in my head that I struggle with might be deemed 'dark,' but I don't think that means I can't sing about them in a way that is musically upbeat or poppy," Marr says, from his home in New York City. It's a dichotomy that also translates to Marr's choice for musical moniker. He explains the name Ski Lodge "evoked an image of being warm by a fire, alone or with friends, while outside exists the cold and cruel winter."

Big Heart, Ski Lodge's debut full-length, out this summer on Dovecote Records, is Marr's fullest realization of this hot and cold split. Marr wrote all of the lyrics and music, and played nearly every sound that ended up on the record. However, this was the first time the 26-year-old worked in a professional studio with a producer, the indelible Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Fool's Gold), over several weeks in Los Angeles. The combination of Marr's intrinsic songwriting and Pesacov's LA-defining production skills resulted in music with fuller breadth and scope than Ski Lodge's previous release without losing any of the wry innocence that made 2011's self-titled debut EP so much fun.

The one exception is the lead single "Just To Be Like You," which was recorded with the full band in Upstate New York using producer Kevin McMahon (Walkmen, Real Estate). Prefix Mag called the track "sugary sweet pop," while Pitchfork warned its readers not to "be deceived by the energetic, hopscotching riff" before lauding the single's dark depths. The song and its accompanying video of cult imagery are an exploration of contrast that fits in perfectly with both the album and Ski Lodge as a whole: deeply affecting and unmistakably danceable.
The Field Recordings - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
The Field Recordings
THE FIELD RECORDINGS are holding up filthy mirrors to everything they write about, trying to find their way in this first Post-Discovery decade. Their first LP, THE ELASTIC NOSTALGIA, was released in August 2011. GimmeTinnitus.com called it "...one of our favorite releases of 2011."
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com