Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Early Show

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

World Blanket

Tue, April 3, 2012

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Kentish Town siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are a group of highly talented and original musicians who play more or less anything they can lay their hands on. Their musical references and skills are rooted in the old tradition where songs and music are handed down, played and enjoyed at gatherings of family and friends. From a very young age Kitty, Daisy & Lewis' performances have been blowing away and inspiring audiences, building up an impressive fan base from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Chris Martin and Eagles Of Death Metal to Dustin Hoffman and Ewan McGregor. They have had worldwide success with sold out tours and have opened for Coldplay, Razorlight, Richard Hawley, Jools Holland among others.

At their packed live shows there's no compromise when Kitty's howling harmonica solos backed by Daisy's solid rhythm on a battered snare-drum and Lewis' snapping guitar work drive crowds into a Southern Evangelical frenzy. The trio jump from one instrument to another, which range from piano, lap steel, banjos, ukulele, accordion, xylophone, trombone to name but a few.

Joining them on stage are former Raincoats drummer Ingrid Weiss on upright bass, Daddy Grazz on acoustic guitar, and legendary Jamaican trumpet player Eddie "Tan Tan" Thornton.

Kitty Daisy & Lewis have now grabbed the musical bull by the horns, producing an exquisite and exciting self-penned second studio album Smoking In Heaven; a breath of fresh air in a somewhat predictable music scene. This album takes the solid roots of their first album but then pushes the boundaries taking in the best of musical influences while still keeping that elusive Kitty Daisy & Lewis treatment that is just beyond words. The music is difficult to categorize – there are recognizable genres but then there are surprising juxtapositions and references that elude and challenge the senses. Check Wah Wah pedals, Hammond organs, harps? This is music to be listened to and enjoyed and dug deeper into on every listen.
World Blanket - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
World Blanket
Belief in music, belief in language, belief in sound. These ideals drive the World Blanket. Belief in the moment, belief in letting things happen.
People create music and music serves an emotional purpose. To emphasize this truth, The World Blanket focuses on acoustic instruments and natural orchestration. But these songs need to resonate. They need power. So despite being fronted by an acoustic guitar and violin, World Blanket rocks. For music must still rock.
With this in mind, childhood friends Mike Pomranz and Grant Whittaker formed World Blanket in 2005 with previous bandmate Mark Henasey and violinist Jon Dunn.
By 2009, the group had morphed into an amalgam of players and influences, with Mike Pomranz serving as the sole songwriter and Katherine Fong (who honed her skills at Julliard and earns her keep at NYC’s Metropolitan Opera) serving as his right-hand woman, bringing her unique talents and vision on the violin.
World Blanket released their debut LP — aMaybe — on No Applause Records in October 2006. Featuring instrumentation far beyond their live line up of vocals/acoustic guitar, violin, bass and drums, the band established the dichotomy between their personality-driven live act and their production-oriented albums.
By 2008, the band had finished recording for their second album. Initial tracks were made available via the Pressing Issues EP in June, with the full length album, Elevator, following later in the year.
Recorded almost entirely on 2″ analog and putting a renewed focus on the group’s core instruments, Elevator serves as a testament to the project’s ideals of capturing raw emotion and investing in the moment.
In 2010, World Blanket began recording their third album — 2012, influenced by the writings of Terence McKenna — with a renewed vigor and interest in opening the music up to the world the band hopes to soon blanket.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002