Katie Buchanan Album Release Party / The Bright Smoke / Adrienne Tooley

Katie Buchanan Album Release Party / The Bright Smoke / Adrienne Tooley

Sun, June 11, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Katie Buchanan - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Katie Buchanan
Katie Buchanan is an indie-pop singer/songwriter and producer. She plays guitar loudly, drinks whiskey slowly, and writes songs that beg for a second listen. Her sophomore album, Who We Are When We’re Standing, will be released June 9, 2017.

Katie Buchanan grew up in a big enough suburb of a big enough city in Kansas. No farm, no cows, only the occasional tornado. Born into a long line of musicians, she learned the blues by campfire and wrote her first song on her piano-tuner grandfather’s out of tune piano. Her family tree is full of St. Louis radio stars, southern railroad workers, and 1970s concert addicts. Her Baby’s First Mozart was Led Zeppelin IV.

In 2007, Buchanan moved to New York City to study at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. There, her Americana roots ran head-on into modern production methods. Her first two EPs, 2013’s Another Beat and 2014’s Go, merged home spun samples, anthemic choruses, and quiet reflections. In 2015, her debut album, GLOW, introduced slow-burner pop textures and synth-based melodies, while keeping a sharp focus on her bluesy guitar work and double take lyrics (think Alabama Shakes meets Hannah Georgas).

Who We Are When We’re Standing, follows in this tradition of combination. Exuberant lead singles “Floating” and “Oh Lord” anchor upbeat, guitar driven pop with dirty polyrhythms and grounded vocals. Lyrically centered tracks like “Stand with Me” and “The Song About You” begin with intimate vocal focus and end with soaring, cathartic choruses.

The title, pulled from “Stand with Me,” reflects the album’s core theme: standing still and standing tall. It echoes through the war metaphors of “Doubt In My Mind” to the existential declarations on “I Can Be.” The record ends with the aptly named “Beginnings and Ends,” which grapples with the trap of hindsight, ultimately declaring it better to want what’s left than dwell on what’s lost.

As the sole writer, performer, and producer of her work, Buchanan is a strong new voice in the ongoing call for increased female authorship at all levels of music. In addition to her own releases, she produces albums for other women, creating spaces for young female artists to learn the language of the studio and to develop the tools needed to navigate the music industry.

Buchanan’s work has won kind words and Dorothy puns from a number of outlets, including The Village Voice, Guitar World, and American Songwriter. In their review of GLOW, No Depression said,“It’s these under the radar artists like Katie Buchanan that renew my belief that in the right hands, rock is not dead so long as it’s presented on a plate of spicy true blues tradition with a little electronica.”
The Bright Smoke - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
The Bright Smoke
The Bright Smoke began as the creation of Brooklyn-based musicians, Mia Wilson & Quincy Ledbetter before expanding into a four piece in 2015 with the addition of Karl Thomas and Yuki Maekawa Ledbetter. After touring nationally throughout 2016 in support of their most recent album, Terrible Towns, The Bright Smoke is gearing up to release their third full length album later in 2017. It's a sound that blends indie rock and ambient experimentation with lyrics that your parents would approve of if your parents are DTF.
Adrienne Tooley - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Adrienne Tooley
Adrienne Tooley is a singer/songwriter who starting mirroring the note pitches from Sam Phillips’ “The Indescribable Wow” before she could even speak. The fact that parents tend to exaggerate the precociousness of their first-born children, however, means that anecdote could be vaguely hyperbolic.

Regardless, her first foray into folk pop would not be her last.

After studying at Point Park University where she received her B.A. in Musical Theater from their Conservatory of Performing Arts, Adrienne moved back to California where she quickly realized that everything she thought she wanted was, in fact, not the case, and so she bought a one way ticket to New York City, packed two bags and decided to wing it.

Retrospectively, winging it was maybe not the wisest course of action for someone doing a complete life overhaul and moving to a strange city, but luckily, things eventually fell into place.

After playing her first show, Adrienne realized she’d stumbled upon something with some sort of lasting power. She continues to play around the city at venues such as The Bitter End, The Studio at Webster Hall, and Rockwood Music Hall amongst others.

Her first EP, “Nowhere Girl” was produced by Ted Young and independently released.

A second EP is currently in the works and looking at an early 2016 release.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002