Wildlife Control

Early Show

Wildlife Control


Fri, August 3, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Wildlife Control - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Wildlife Control

"A TRIUMPH IN ROCK" -Indie Shuffle


Wildlife Control is a band. They record albums and play shows. They are brothers Neil and Sumul Shah, who grew up making music and shooting hoops in the rolling hills and industrial decay of rural northeast Pennsylvania, where the first day of deer hunting season was a school holiday but Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was not.

With a name inspired by a ʼ68 Cadillac ambulance art car sometimes seen patrolling the streets of Brooklyn, Wildlife Control is more than just a band. When they released their first single, “Analog or Digital” in December 2011, they also launched a new kind of interactive music video (analogordigital.wildlifectrl.com) that uses the latest web standards to blur the lines between music, technology, and community. This was not their record labelʼs idea (they donʼt have one).

The brothers collaborate on everything: songwriting, production, tech, artwork, and the millions of other things that go on behind the scenes. In February 2012, they spent an entire day—sunrise to sunset—on Ocean Beach in San Francisco filming a music video in a single continuous take. With a very limited budget, they produced, directed, and released the video on YouTube (youtu.be/boGyFAYomBo). It went viral.

Wildlife Control will release their eponymous debut LP July 31, 2012. It was recorded in studios and stairwells and parks and bedrooms in and around Brooklyn and San Francisco. The record captures performances by the brothers and an ensemble of close friends along with sampled and synthesized sounds in an alchemical mixture that is best summarized by the final words of their first single: it doesnʼt matter if sheʼs analog or digital.
Cultfever - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
The Brooklyn duo Cultfever creates cinematic music in Technicolor. Its sound comes through in 35mm and Dolby-surround, sweeping wide shots, urgent dissolves and auteuristic composition, reminiscent of the brooding, surreal worlds of Almodovar, The Man Who Fell To Earth, and Tim Burton. You don't just hear Cultfever; its music plays out before you like a moving picture, helmed by its dual directors, Tamara Jafar and Joe Durniak. The experience is hyper-sensory, with Jafar and Durniak communicating ideas and motifs to one another using an image-based vocabulary, sharing references and visual cues that build towards grand, anthemic emotions. The result is an abstract visual landscape, a road map of how their songs are designed to make you feel. The pair formed the band quickly after meeting in 2010, sensing an immediate chemistry, and released a self-titled full-length in 2011 as well as the Animals EP in 2013. Playing SXSW, CMJ, Northside, and other leading industry festivals, Cultfever earned praise for both its fiery live show (which includes Ignacio Rivas Bixio on drums and Jafar and Durniak on a combination of vocals, synths, and guitar) and the recordings, with singles "Knewyouwell" and "Collector" propelling the band into the CMJ Radio Top 200. Writing and recording together in their personal studio, Jafar and Durniak share an obvious bond, describing their relationship as "chosen family." Their creative process is malleable, a shared vision that ebbs and flows organically, weaving in each member's ideas to create a cohesive aesthetic. Cultfever extends that reciprocal energy and focus to its live show, Jafar and Durniak's unique connection undeniable and infectious. Now, putting the finishing touches on the second album, the band is releasing the new single, "Gloria," a riveting, beat-driven pop anthem that bursts with dark overtones and moments of blissful synthetic light. Listen, and you can see and feel just as much as you hear; colors swirl, nights fall, suns rise, the spotlight reveals, shadows pervade. The conceptual and sonic density of Cultfever's music rewards repeated listening, like discovering something new in a film you've seen dozens of times. You listen in stereo but you perceive in 3D, synapses firing, roulette wheel spinning, urging you into its world.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002