Kill Your Friends EP Release / Mori / Kraus

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Kill Your Friends EP Release / Mori / Kraus

Fri, July 7, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Kill Your Friends - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Kill Your Friends
Kill Your Friends is a new skate punk band, fronted by the mysterious figure known only as "Fuckface." Fuckface was the frontman of a semi-popular mid-2000's pop-punk band called Love Your Friends, playing Warped Tour and even opening for famous Blink-182 cover band Fuck, I'm 30 And I Guess This Is What I Do Now.

But their success was short-lived. While on tour, Fuckface tried salvia behind a Ruby Tuesday's, triggering a downward spiral of drug-crazed mania and self-destruction, culminating in the band's infamous final show which left thirty fans dead and one hundred injured. One survivor described the bloody scene as "the most hardcore punk shit you could ever possibly imagine."

Immediately following Love Your Friends' tragic last show, Fuckface checked into the Mount Sinai Psychiatric Ward for his homicidal episodes, and then into Spring Lake Rehabilitation Center for his salvia addiction. During this time, the other five members of Love Your Friends (whose slogan was "Never Betray Your Buds") decided they'd had enough of Fuckface and went on to form popular pop punk band The Story So Far.

After hearing news of his former bandmates' success, Fuckface formed Kill Your Friends and decided to never trust anyone ever again.
Mori - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
MORI delivers punchy, hook-laden alternative rock/pop you can (and should) scream along to in the car. Fronted by lead singer, songwriter & guitarist Mori Einsidler, the band took shape in 2015 with the addition of Jake Goldin on guitar, Adam Downer on bass and vocals, and Stephen Ranellone on drums. MORI crafts songs that ache and burst, recalling the ear candy of indie-pop duo Tegan & Sara packed with the voltage of alt-rock overlords Paramore and Brand New.

After joining co-producer Jon Markson (Such Gold) in the studio, the band has emerged in 2017 with their heaviest and hookiest music to date. The new single "Contender" is a teeth-baring rock anthem, and the first release by MORI to feature all four band members. Markson's influence is a palpable one, particularly during the thrashing breakdown on the extended cut of "Contender" and on the equally unrelenting B-side, "I Don't Wanna Talk About It". As for the single's inspiration: "Contender is about overcoming the often crippling self-doubt and uncertainty that go along with pursuing a career as an artist," Einsidler notes. She left her 9-5 music industry job in favor of a lifestyle that allows her to focus more on songwriting and the band, and now, there's no looking back. "It's about saying, 'fuck it, I owe it to myself to give this all I've got,' which can be a really tough decision to make. That's what's at the heart of the song-- my inner tug-of-war between being comfortable but miserable, or taking a big risk to feel fulfilled."

Choosing the latter no doubt helped make 2016 the breakout year that it was for MORI. On the heels of releasing the irresistibly catchy and crunchy Better For You EP, which garnered praise for its slick production and Einsidler's powerful voice and strong songwriting, the band enjoyed a stint at Brooklyn's Northside Festival, solo and full band tours across the Northeast, and sold out shows throughout NYC. The heavier direction they've embraced on "Contender" is more reflective of their live show and is a taste of what's to come from the band, including an East Coast / Midwest tour in June and more releases to follow this year.
Kraus - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Kraus is the solo project of American experimental musician and drummer Will Kraus. He self-released his debut record End Tomorrow in early 2016. Shortly after, it caught the attention of Terrible Records, who re-released it the following September. His rough yet sentimental music typically combines heavily manipulated melodic samples with live drums and vocals.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002