Reckless Sons, Romans

Early Show

Reckless Sons


Tue, June 12, 2012

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Reckless Sons - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Reckless Sons
Reckless Sons are a ramshackle cadre of lads from Manhattan who coalesced around the brazen recalcitrant leadership of lead vocalist and songwriter Matt Butler. A wheeze of headstrong swagger precedes the band, which are made up of Butler on lead vocals and guitar, drummer John Badamo, guitarist Matt Hogan, and bassist Pat McCarthy.

The Reckless Sons EP is a brassy, valiant, audacious thrust of a debut. EP showstopper "Whipping Boy" comes busting out of the egress, with its brash post-post-modern take on sexual politics; the song is a bold and defiant statement, though improbable in our humdrum present day. Matt can't conceal the take-no-prisoners candor of "trying so hard but it just isn't me." The collective's searing guitar solos first appear in this rollout track, and continue to infect every track on the EP. It is too damn hard to please everybody--here Matt plays the insolent maladroit, he knows this all too well and does not give a fuck.

This cabal of misfits is fired up, and out to purvey their dauntless smart-ass brand of gritty street-smart NYC rock to the masses. With the ingenious track "One Step Further" we find the band reaching their apex; the tome is a comment on the debased shallowness of modern social circumstances. Here we find the band at their most powerful and majestic, rising triumphantly above the green ooze of modern mundanity.

The EP was produced with an enigmatic master, the singularly talented David Kahne, the concocter of classic breakthrough hits by acts running the gamut from The Strokes, Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor and Sugar Ray. One listen and we quickly realize what Mr. Kahne saw in this troupe of cocksure full denim jackets.

Running contrary to the glut of barren personalities inhabiting the denizens of so-called 'radio rock' today, Matt and his Reckless Sons are determined to inseminate the current rock music landscape with a supersized dose of rough-and-ready melodic hooks, everyman incisive social commentary, and an urgency which has all but disappeared from our current music vernacular. You must listen to this EP once and you will be standing on your desk screaming "Finally!" Reckless Sons are not taking NO for an answer. Soon the world will know.
Romans - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
To truly understand the quiet phenomenon that are Romans, one listen to their debut album, Mercury, will explain everything. The music, which dips it's toes into several of rock n' roll's most pristine ponds, is a refreshing departure from today's plastic wrapped, industry made, music money makers.

Refusing to follow in the footsteps of the industry's current hotness, Romans have successfully blended sounds of the past 50 years of true rock n' roll without coming off as just another throw back band. Helmed by Jeremy Fury (singer for Ohio-based band We Are The Fury) and supported by Craig Bonich (guitarist of Head Automatica and Jaguar Love), Romans strives for timeless, not temporary, firmly steeping themselves in the classic composure of music's most prolific songwriters.

Influenced by rock royalty such as Roy Orbison, T-Rex, George Harrison, and Bowie, Fury's idea to pursue a solo endeavor was planted years ago while touring with Bonich's band.

"I remember Craig and I finished off a couple bottles of wine and were doing a taped interview for a popular online music site," he remembers. "I thought, 'Man we should start a band together someday,' A few years later, here we are. I envisioned this project to encompass the best parts of rock n' roll nostalgia incorporating everything from 50's doo wop, 60's brit rock, and 70's glam."

Mercury, the fruition of Fury's desire to produce an album with staying power, is like tasting the rainbow of classic rock with a modern twist. Infused with the unique rawness of a Stones-esque boogie in "All The Glitters Gone" to the delicate lacing of Roy Orbison nostalgia in "Somedays" there's no denying the catalog of songs has swagger as demonstrated in the nod to T-Rex in "Us Being Young" and "Our Love" acknowledging the Ziggy Stardust era Bowie.

Although Mercury followed the direction of Fury's vision and Bonich's support, it wasn't without a little help. Backing up the two on recording are Rick Penzone, Christopher Hatfield and Los Angeles native drumming monster, Jon Safley. Produced by L.A. based noise-smith Manny Nieto (The Breeders, Rumspringa, Health) and assisted by Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Von Bondies, Good Old War), Fury is excited to see the past and present meeting in the middle.

"If you go far enough into the future and look back at a specific period from the past, everything seems to blend together," Fury says.

No matter how music trends ebb and flow, the one time tested certainty is people will always want songs to connect with and Romans deliver by doing it their way and having more fun than anyone else.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002