Chain Wallet

Early Show

Chain Wallet

Dinowalrus, Hot Curl

Fri, March 10, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Chain Wallet - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Chain Wallet
You can’t deny that there is something sorrowful behind the Bergen-based, lo-fi dream/psych pop trio Chain Wallet, and you can’t hide that their music suits the environment wherein it was created. It may be a cliché that it always rains in the band’s hometown, but when you play Chain Wallet’s self-titled debut album, it’s not too difficult imagine the mist hanging heavily over their indie dystopian vision of Bergen.

Even though feelings of nostalgia and melancholy lurk in the Scandinavian shadows, it’s not difficult to find indie-pop gold in its purest form, glittering below the heavy layers of synth and reverb. Tracks like ‘Shade’ and ‘Abroad’ have an up-tempo urgency to them which calls to mind bands like Motorama, whereas other dreamy psych ballads like ‘Muted Colours’ and ‘Stuck In The Fall’ occupy a rich and hazy middle ground between Diiv and Wild Nothing.

These sombre but captivating pop songs are a good introduction. Even though Chain Wallet may not have many genre colleagues in Norway, they easily join the ranks behind international indie counterparts like Twin Shadow or Beach Fossils.
«Chain Wallet makes a thoroughly absorbing contribution to a genre that in places draws on the past. The album manages to overcome this due to the vibrant and effusive energy that unfolds with each listen. » - Aesthetica Magazine

«The result is mesmerising – it’s intimate – but most of all, it sounds amazing.» - The Bitter Sweet Symphonies

«Can't you see, we're not making any sense at all?» sings Stian Iverson (sic). But everything about this record makes sense» - NARC

«Truth is, this is a quite glorious first album. Just listen to the magnificent ‘Muted Colours‘ and you will hear shimmering guitars steeped in the New Wave sound, primarily between the years 1979 to 1990. It’s almost as though Johnny Marr has taken over guitar duties in the formerly mentioned Factory band, such is the irresistible, seemingly effortless glow.» - God Is In the T.V. - - Imposed

Culture Collide – Ran pre-release album premiere. – Posted ‘Faded’ song embed and link to NYLON.

Baeble Music – Ran premiere for ‘Remnants’ late last week.

Readjunk - «One of my favorite albums of the year»

Clash Magazine
Premiered the Muted Colours video:

Premiered the Muted Colours video:

The Guardian
Ran Chain Wallet as a Name To Watch:

Ja Ja Ja
Ran Muted Colours:

Impose Magazine
Ran Muted Colours – includes interview feature:
Dinowalrus - (Set time: 8:15 PM)
Dinowalrus has been part of the Brooklyn DIY music scene for the better part of a decade, trafficking in various permutations of futuristic psychedelic pop, embodying an uncanny persistence and curiosity. Their body of work runs the gamut from sleek synthpop to arty, noise-laden punk. Their most iconic material reimagines the crossover dance and psychedelic rock sounds of early ’90s madchester and shoegaze, recalling Primal Scream and The Stone Roses, plus like-minded contemporaries Jagwar Ma and Tame Impala.

Dinowalrus is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Pete Feigenbaum, drummer Max Tucker, bassist/vocalist Meaghan Omega, and synth player Dan Peskin. Feigenbaum briefly played guitar in Titus Andronicus, and Tucker drummed for Francis and the Lights.

The band started in 2008 and quickly grabbed attention with a long run of shows with Javelin, Surfer Blood, Health, Real Estate, Screaming Females, A Place to Bury Strangers, Crystal Stilts, and Titus Andronicus. In January 2010, they put out their eclectic psychedelic-noise-punk debut, % (PERCENT), on Kanine Records (Surfer Blood, Chairlift, Grizzly Bear). In the year that followed, they toured the East Coast and California with Titus Andronicus, Fang Island, Aa, and Signals (ex-Mae Shi)..

Later on in 2010, founding drummer Josh Da Costa departed to Los Angeles to start Regal Degal and join Ducktails, and Feigenbaum revamped Dinowalrus’ lineup and creative direction with a more melodic songwriting approach, drawing heavily on early ’90s baggy beats, darkwave, shoegaze, krautrock, and post-punk.

In March 2012, Dinowalrus released their sophomore album, BEST BEHAVIOR, on Old Flame (US) and Heist or Hit (UK), followed by their third album COMPLEXION, released in 2014 on Personal Projects and featuring production work by Jorge Elbrecht of Ariel Pink and Violens. As 2016 approached, the band emerged with a new lineup, playing high-profile shows with The Charlatans and A Sunny Day in Glasgow while putting the finishing touches on their self-produced fourth album, FAIRWEATHER.
Hot Curl - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Hot Curl
Hot Curl is a Brooklyn based Indie // Surf // Psychedelic band formed in 2015. It’s members include Prescott Horn (Vox/Guitar), Justin Lisa (Drums), Alejandro Triana (Guitar) and Sharif Mekawy (Bass/Vox). They released their debut EP titled ‘Beached’ in the Spring of 2016 and have just completed a follow-up EP to be released in the Spring of 2017. Their sound is in the vein of other contemporary bands such as Tame Impala, DIIV, Beach Fossils and Allah-Las.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002