Late Show


Inner Banks

Mon, July 2, 2012

Doors: 9:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Cardinal - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
18 years after the release of their landmark self-titled debut, Cardinal – the recording collaboration between Richard Davies and Eric Matthews – are preparing to unveil their sophomore album. The new record, entitled Hymns, picks up where their debut left off – well-crafted, layered orchestral pop, with Matthews multi-instrumental talents enhancing Davies sublime songwriting gems.
Hymns comprises ten new originals, another milestone in the band’s quest to provide the missing link in chamber pop history, following the Beatles and Bee Gees and before Belle & Sebastian, and a worthy follow up to Cardinal, a record lauded then, and now, as one of the most important albums of the 90s.
Ushering in an era of appreciation for the orchestrated pop music the 1960s, with a modern approach, Cardinal’s debut opus, originally released in 1994, seemed to come out of nowhere with it’s layered textures and delightful melodies, swimming against the tidal wave of grunge. The record would achieve deafening acclaim, and impact other artists even to this day. But as influential and significant as Cardinal seemed, their musical output totaled that lone, brilliant self-titled record, as Matthews moved home to the West Coast while Davies remained out East.
The two embarked on individual solo careers, Davies remaining on Flydaddy, home to the Cardinal album, and Matthews on Sub Pop, and soon many, many years had passed. Miraculously though, what may have seemed to be the end of the story, was not the closing chapter for Cardinal. A reconnection between the two musicians – an on-again/off-again chronicle of creating new music – a bi-coastal recording process – took hold. Finally completed in 2011, what was thought to be a pipe dream, and an object that is sure to elicit delight from both musicians and music fans alike, a new album Hymns.
Hymns signals a new beginning for Cardinal, signing to storied independent label Fire Records – in fact, also originally home to the last album from Davies pre-Cardinal outfit, The Moles.
Hymns combines self-assured and pious pop gems (Northern Soul) with immense-canvas outback masterworks (Kal), and improbably, hot-blooded essays on the first law case Davies ever read (Carbolic Smoke Ball). Like the first album a lifetime ago, Hymns is a set of diamonds. Great songs – actually, plain-old-fashioned good songs, filtered through Davies’ John Donne/Sir John Mortimer law/art prism, and Matthews’ trained arranger’s ear.
The two are perfectly matched. It is clear that, once again they spur each other on to greater heights. Guitars, vocals, horns and strings, bass, along with the weird, are used with invention, purpose, and confidence.
When Cardinal was released in 1994 they were arguably the best band in the world. In 2012 with Hymns they are well positioned for a repeat performance.
Inner Banks - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Inner Banks
Brooklyn band The Inner Banks is the musical alter ego of married couple Caroline Schutz and David Gould and their revolving cast of talented friends. Since forming in 2006, The Inner Banks has eluded easy categorization, and in its upcoming third release Wild, the band shows no sign of bucking that trend. The ensemble’s rich, cinematic orchestration skews the traditional country twang of instruments like the lap steel by integrating string sections, wurlitzer and layered female vocals. The Inner Banks draws inspiration from a wide variety of traditions — British folk, ‘60s pop, shoegaze, film music and Americana among them — but ultimately emerges with a sound that is grander and more unique than the sum of its parts.
A rich musical history gave rise to The Inner Banks’ eclectic sound. Caroline’s grandmother starred in Broadway musicals in the 1920s, and her mother sang regularly in New York and performed with the USO during the Korean War. Caroline also made her mark as the principal singer-songwriter for Folksongs For The Afterlife, whose 2003 full-length record Put Danger Back In Your Life earned a devoted following, as well as praise in Magnet, Time Out New York and Entertainment Weekly. David holds a Master’s degree in ethnomusicology and has a rich background in composing and producing, as well. A true multi-instrumentalist, he played banjo and upright bass in his previous band, The Bootleg Remedy, but has added lap steel guitar, acoustic finger-picking, sound collage and various analog synthesizers to his Inner Banks palette. David also founded DAG! Records in the early 2000s, which now serves as the vessel for his and Caroline’s music, as well as a few acclaimed outside projects.
Wild is The Inner Banks’ most substantial release yet, offering 13 new tracks. It is also the most hopeful. Whereas prior albums The Inner Banks and Songs from Disko Bay dealt with death and depression, Wild tackles brighter subjects such as transformation, destiny and individual identity. You can hear the contrast from the opening notes of the title track, “Wild,” a propulsive alt-country burst of energy that contemplates the road not taken. As the album progresses through the dark angular folk of “Box and Crown,” the cinematic swell of “Sketch” and the unexpected levity of “Found Holiday,” there are plenty of surprises and mood swings to go around. Like a good road-trip mixed tape, Wild is a soundtrack that ebbs and flow, but ultimately, one that leaves plenty of room for the listener to write their own story into it.
What they’re saying…
SPIN Magazine – “The musical pastiche of The Inner Banks is an exercise in euphony, with each disparate sound complementing the piece as a whole. Epics from anthills, each track is grand in scope yet completely unassuming, a piece of a soundtrack that never swells but always delivers.”
Terrascope (UK) – “crammed with shimmering pop nuggets well worth discovering… the sound of Americana played by Air.”
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002