Dave Wanamaker, Abbie Barrett

Early Show

Dave Wanamaker

Abbie Barrett

Wed, February 22, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Dave Wanamaker - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Dave Wanamaker
After a five-year hiatus from music, songwriter and guitarist Dave Wanamaker began writing and compiling songs for what would become his debut solo release, Shelter.

Available now (vinyl, CD, digital) on Fake Chapter Records.

Wanamaker’s previous band Loveless (2001-2006), released the LP Gift to the World (Q Division) in 2004. The album received critical acclaim from many publications, including The Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, and Spin Magazine. The lead single, "Go," received considerable airplay on Northeast radio, and was featured in an online campaign for Abercrombie & Fitch in 2005. Loveless disbanded in 2006.

Wanamaker was a songwriter and guitarist for the rock band Expanding Man (1992-2000). The band recorded one independent EP and two full-length records: Head to the Ground (Columbia) produced by Mike Denneen and Love and Disaster (Polydor/Universal) produced by Matt Hyde. The band received critical acclaim and major airplay with its first single “Download” which reached 22 on the billboard rock chart and received a placement in the film The Cable Guy.
Abbie Barrett - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Abbie Barrett
Abbie Barrett has just released her third album, That Shame—this on the heels of two Boston Music Awards nominations in the categories of Best Singer-Songwriter and Best Female Vocalist. (The award ceremony is slated for December 8.)

That Shame embraces all-out rock, coming on strong with heavy, layered guitars, driving bass, and hard-hitting drums. “Take It In Stride” offers a snarky, Farfisa-filled jaunt— picture Chrissie Hynde fronting The Attractions—into a broken relationship. “That Shame” runs with the bad romance—guitars and vocals competing right from the start and sparring into chaotic crescendo. Other tracks like “Falling,” a song about mental illness, brood only for a moment before hitting rock-anthem stride. Barrett describes the songs as “high energy, slightly angry, and a little depressing, but in a fun way!”

Each song offers something unexpected, yet completely natural to the ears (yes, even a song in 11/4 time!). And while blunt guitars and stacked vocals may run the show, Barrett doesn’t completely do away with the dreamy soundscapes and textured lyrics of her previous albums. “I just don’t think you have to steer your songs into one category. The songs I grew up with weren’t afraid to cross over different landscapes—and they still felt cohesive.” Her list of influences includes Neil Young, Radiohead, Tom Petty, and Crosby, Stills, & Nash.

Abbie Barrett has been featured in Magnet and American Songwriter magazines, and on PopMatters, Vanyaland, and CMT’s Cool Album Cuts. She won a Boston Music Award in 2015 for Best Singer-Songwriter.

That Shame was recorded at Q Division in Somerville, MA. Produced by four-time Boston Music Award-winner Ed Valauskas (The Gravel Pit, Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents, Juliana Hatfield), the album features Valauskas on bass, Mike Oram (Eric Salt & The Electric City, Airport) on guitar, and Josh Kiggans (Girls, Guns, & Glory) on drums.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002