Robbers on High Street Record Release Party

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Robbers on High Street Record Release Party

Diamond Doves

Sat, April 21, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Robbers on High Street - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Robbers on High Street
It’s been three years since the release of Robbers on High Street’s second LP. Now, with a new line up, some time off and a third album in the can, the band has grown into themselves - confident and unabashed in their grasp of late-60s Anglophilia a la the Pretty Things, and the brassy romp of early ‘70s AM rock. It’s a new sound for the band that, if anything, hearkens back to the rough, instantaneous pop appeal of their Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) produced 2005 debut album, Tree City. But much has changed for group the since they were traveling the country with the likes of Hot Hot Heat, Cake, Fountains of Wayne and Brendan Benson in support of that album.

In 2006, after parting ways with their original drummer, the trio (now with bassist Morgan King) entered the studio with Italian composer/producer Daniele Luppi (Gnarls Barkley, Broken Bells) to make their “L.A. record” – Grand Animals. Released the following year, and now as a quintet with drummer Mikey Post (Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, The Jay Vons) and keyboardist Dave Sherman (Grand Mal, The Silent League), the Robbers did several tours with The Redwalls, The Sea and Cake, Great Northern, and Brooklyn pals Longwave; released a video for the song “Crown Victoria”; and watched their single for “The Fatalist” end up on top-ten lists as well as in more film and television spots, including the movie Georgia Rule.


Returning to Brooklyn in 2008, the band took a needed breather, but new songs and rehearsals emerged following the New Year. Recording started on their third album, Hey There Golden Hair, in October of 2009 on the boys’ newly purchased Tascam MS-16 1” tape machine, which was lovingly dragged to several studios across Northwest Brooklyn before settling at Tommy Brenneck’s (Budos Band, Menahan Street Band) Dunham Studio for mixdown this past May. Produced by Trokan with engineer Matt Shane (Flight of the Conchords, Rosanne Cash) this was the current line-up’s first foray into a proper recording session, drawing little help from the outside save that of a horn section borrowed from Daptone Records.


Two tunes from Hey There Golden Hair, “Electric Eye” and “Face In The Fog,” were released as a limited-run 7” single through NYC indie Engine Room Recordings. Jon Pareles of the NY Times stated, “There’s a lot of the Beatles, especially their piano-pumping side, in the songs of Robbers On High Street, updated with Elvis Costello’s gruffness and a matter-of-fact desperation,” and fans of the Robber’s previous work recognized the calculated strut of “Electric Eye,” which was well received and in its first week was the #11 most added song at CMJ. The new jam quickly made the rounds online, including a giveaway on WNYC, which they called, “an aggressively catchy tune that harks back to the big, beautiful, horn-filled pop-rock of the '60s and '70s,” and a Tripwire podcast.

Always an exciting live act, coolly walking the line between syncopated bursts of song and Miller High Life, the Robbers on High Street demolished their multiple SXSW performances and influential radio station KEXP has begun previewing tracks from Hey Ther Golden Hair, out September 13, 2011, digitally distributed through Connextion.
In association wuth PledgeMusic, anyone pre-ordering the full-length will receive a FREE digital EP (out in July) with multiple premium options, from drinking the band's beer rider and private Skype preformances to dinner with the band and the recording of a cover song of your choice, offered at tiered prices.
Diamond Doves - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Diamond Doves
Diamond Doves was formed in 2010 by longtime friends and musical collaborators Nick Kinsey, Brigham Brough and Wyndham Garnett. The sound of Diamond Doves is the meeting of their three distinct vocal, instrumental and compositional personalities. With a seemingly endless instrumental palette and a penchant for genre-hopping, Diamond Doves draw from a wide range of influences both foreign and domestic, new and old. Their sound at times recalls the mass and drive of Funkadelic, the studio experimentation of Os Mutantes and the democratic ethos of The Band, yet it clearly owes a lot to the pop-craft of contemporaries like Animal Collective, The Walkmen and Kanye West.

The three songwriters and nucleus of Diamond Doves met as kids and began a friendship and musical partnership that eventually brought them around the world playing and recording with their friend Elvis Perkins. Know collectively as Elvis Perkins in Dearland the acclaimed folk-rock quartet toured for years performing at Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble, Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo and many other festivals, pioneering an influential hybrid of American music. They released their eponymous full-length debut and The Doomsday EP in 2009 on XL Recordings.

Apart from their experience with EPID, all three Diamond Doves have carved out individual creative paths; Brigham owns and runs Smith Hill Studios in Providence RI where he has recorded bands including Deer Tick and Tallahassee. After a lengthy tenure in the Hudson Valley, Wyndham and Nick recently returned home to NYC where they are active in the music scene. Wyndham records and performs original music as Little Wolf, and as a drummer, Nick has recorded and performed with the likes of AA Bondy, Felice Brothers, Marco Benevento and others. As "Dearland Horns", (Wyndham on trombone, Brigham on saxophone and Nick on clarinet) the three have performed with many of today's most celebrated bands including My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver, Dr. Dog, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Felice Brothers, Okkervil River, Cold War Kids, AA Bondy and others.

Both live and in the studio the sound of the trio is augmented by an accomplished posse of collaborators; including co-producer/engineer Jesse Lauter (Low Anthem, The Woes) who plays guitar and sings harmonies, and trumpeter Mike Irwin who has made a name for himself on the NYC club circuit as well as recording and performing with EPID, The Walkmen, Vampire Weekend and others. The extended Diamond Dove family also includes Kevin Russell (The Woes, Himalayas) who provides woodwinds, Odetta and Camellia Hartman on strings and harmony vocals and both Marco Benevento (Benevento/Russo Duo) and Leo Genovese (Esperanza Spalding) play keyboards.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com