The Unlikely Candidates

Early Show

The Unlikely Candidates

The Fame Riot

Thu, May 11, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 18 and over

The Unlikely Candidates - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
The Unlikely Candidates
Based out of Fort Worth, Texas, The Unlikely Candidates are an indie rock band initially formed as an acoustic duo by childhood friends Kyle Morris and Cole Male in 2008. Eventually expanding the lineup to include guitarist Brenton Carney, bassist Jared Hornbeek, and drummer Kevin Goddard, the band was also able to expand its sound in bigger, more sweeping directions. In 2013, the band signed on with major-label Atlantic and released their debut EP, Follow My Feet. In early 2016, the Unlikely Candidates returned with a hooky new single in “You Love Could Start a War,” which made a strong showing on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart.
The Fame Riot - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
The Fame Riot
THE FAME RIOT are the brainchild of two brothers and multi-instrumentalists: Liz Scarlett & Shazam “Teatime” Watkins, who are from Tacoma, WA. THE FAME RIOT have spent the last few years perfecting their gumbo of musical styles, drawing influence from the last four decades of pop, electronic, dance, classic rock and everything in-between.

“We’re bubble bursters,” says THE FAME RIOT vocalist and guitarist Liz Scarlett. Reminiscent of the rock-gods of old and at times referred to as the “love children of Bowie and Jagger”, these two brothers are at the forefront of a shift in musical style, reach, and fashion culture.

“We want to challenge people to think deeper,” says Liz. “We want to invite people to celebrate freedom from expectation, to not think or act or look just like everyone else. We want to push humans to make life more interesting than that. From people in mink fur coats and strobing headlamps to robot suits and kimonos, our shows have been outrageous parties from the very start.”

THE FAME RIOT gigs are a celebration of sound, style and energy, pulling crowds diverse in age, sexuality and dress but nonetheless united under a single groove. “We describe our music as nasty beats with truthful melodies,” says Shazam.

THE FAME RIOT`s recorded output: The band’s infectious debut single, “Heart Stray” has already set the throbbing tone, scoring radio play on Pacific Northwest stations including 107.7 KNDD - The End, plus KEXP and the guys also found themselves winning slots on high-profile local festivals such as Bumbershoot and Summer Meltdown.

THE FAME RIOT have even scored airplay on Rodney Bingenheimer’s “Rodney on the Roq” highly celebrated weekly show on KROQ, Los Angeles. “Rodney has believed in us from the very beginning” says THE FAME RIOT, “We wanna’ make him proud....”
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002