Jangula, Otis Heat, Yellow Dogs

Late Show


Otis Heat

Yellow Dogs

Phone Home

Fri, June 8, 2012

Doors: 9:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Jangula - (Set time: 12:30 AM)
After several incarnations at Purchase College, playing basement shows and campus festivals, Jangula emerged as one of the most celebrated bands in the New York rock circuit. The Brooklyn-based band consists of Johnny Campagna (vocals and Q-Chord, a handheld synthesizer), Daniel Bachrach (vocals and guitar), Cody Gordon (bass), and Barak Kemeny (drums). Performing at diverse venues – Webster Hall, Shea Stadium and the McKibbin Lofts – their versatile sound has led them to open for artists such as Didi of Brazilian Girls, YACHT, and The Postelles.

With the unusual blend of Campagna's stunning Q-Chord and Bachrach's often melodic, "warm jets"-inspired guitar riffs, Jangula possesses a rare harmonic quality. Yet, influences ranging from songwriters Brian Wilson and R. Stevie Moore to the minimal sound of Joy Division, their harmony is struck by gritty, driving bass lines and Kemeny's always frenetic drums. Lyrically, as well, the band differs, preferring both the subtle intimation and the shamelessly honest to explicitly standard comments on life and love: from "We both like me, we both like you" to "I want to be understood, I want to be misunderstood." Jangula released their first EP in 2010, and currently, they are returning to the studio to record a full-length album, featuring the single "Light Left Hand."

With their unique sound and reputation for wild shows – and after parties – Jangula knows, ultimately, how to charm and engage the crowd. As Kristen, from The Morning After Pills, writes, "They've got an undeniably catchy sound, backed by ace bass lines that are complemented by the saccharine sound of a Q-Chord […] They seem to have an innate understanding of what makes good pop."

"Jangula use their keys as more than just atmospheric filler, but to carry a pretty melody. They know when to amp up the bass to create an energetic, danceable moment during the bridge. Plus it's easy to sing along to the lyrics about sublimating sexual urges by playing Final Fantasy games." — BushwickBK
Otis Heat - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
Otis Heat
Otis Heat is a band that began as a the result of a near fatal car crash between band members in 2008, from which they were rescued by an illusive drifter named Otis Heat.
Yellow Dogs - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Yellow Dogs
The Yellow Dogs formed back in Tehran, Iran in 2006, and are one of the youngest Iranian rock bands out there. The social restrictions in Tehran and the restrictions imposed by the Iranian government forced them underground, and to build their own tiny bohemian practicing room -the "Sagdooni-by their own hands on the rooftop of their drummer Sina's house. SAGDOONI (farsi for kennel) was where they shaped their own style of independent music. As the Iranian environment cracked down on underground music, they continued making and playing music in their tiny abode shut off from the outside world.

Yellow Dogs were one of the main subjects of the award winning (Cannes & Sao Paulo International film festivals) film, "No One Knows about Persian Cats" - who tells the stories of the underground music scene in Iran. Since their move to the USA one year ago, they have played numerous shows in NYC (including an ongoing monthly gallery/loft party), gone on a national tour, showcased at SXSW and CMJ, recorded an EP “In the Kennel” with producer, Keith Souza (The Battles, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) - which we will be releasing in spring 2011.

“My God--the Yellow Dogs are brilliant." -The Huffington Post

“Yellow Dogs may be from Iran, but they're a badass, Gang of Four-influenced punk band with dancefloor-moving songs.”-SPIN

“Yellow Dogs’ illegal performances have served to inspire universally human and simplistically humble goals.”-AOL/Spinner
Phone Home - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Phone Home
Phone Home is comprised of brothers John Vallarelli (Drums), Michael Vallarelli (Synth and Piano) and Jeff Santoro (Guitar). Together they create progressive, sometimes dark and at other times poppy, driving instrumental music. Although the Vallarelli brothers were in separate bands growing up, it took them about twenty years to land in roughly the same place musically and personally to form Phone Home. They self released their third EP entitled WAYS in December of 2013 and plan on releasing a full length later this year.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002