Early Show


Caged Animals

Sun, October 29, 2017

Doors: 5:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 16 and over

Public - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
John Vaughn (lead vocals/guitar) and Ben Lapps (drums) started writing songs in a basement as a duo before being joined by Matt Alvarado (bass) to form their current lineup, PUBLIC. Using their roots in classic rock and indie-pop, the band released their first EP, Red, in 2012, solidifying a strong fanbase in their hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Quickly after, the band found themselves on the road supporting acts such as Walk the Moon, Twenty One Pilots, Young the Giant, as well as participating in major festivals like Forecastle, Bunbury, CMJ, and SXSW, giving them exposure to a variety of crowds and fanbases.

Following the release of their second EP, Let's Make It, and embarking on their first national tour supporting Walk the Moon, the band was invited to work with producer Eric Palmquist (Mars Volta, Bad Suns) in Los Angeles, CA. With their new touring experience, as well as the creative atmosphere of a new environment, the band embraced the influences of alternative and pop sounds to craft their 2015 single, Heartbeating. Released while on a national tour with Oh Honey, the single received nods from reputable blogs like Kings of A&R ("The trio makes their mark with an effortless sense of harmony and entertaining musicality") and Good Music All Day ("Heartbeating presents PUBLIC as a rising rock band with a contagious indie style").

As momentum continues to grow, PUBLIC looks to make a big impact with their upcoming releases in 2016, carrying a message that someone's identity can be found outside the lines of what's expected or acceptable. The music and lyrics are there to communicate honest experiences and express the vulnerable truth that PUBLIC is made up of three humans that desire to use music as a means to connect.
Caged Animals - (Set time: 5:30 PM)
Caged Animals
Caged Animals is the musical moniker for Jersey-born, Brooklyn-based songwriter/producer Vincent Cacchione. With a long history in the boro's DIY music scene, Cacchione emerged from his roll fronting Soft Black (a psych-rock group who's members included DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith) to form Caged Animals in 2011, alongside his sister Talya, partner Magali Charron, and childhood friend Patrick Curry.

Promptly signing to London's Lucky Number Music, Caged Animals delivered two LP's of their tune-forward and sometimes noir-tinged music. Described by The New Yorker as a "hip-hop influenced Velvet Underground" and The Guardian as the perfect band to re-soundtrack Blue Velvet, Caged Animals defend the line between the timeless and the cutting edge, while remaining direct, soulful, and uniquely unguarded.

Alongside his work with Caged Animals, Cacchione has begun to make a name for himself as a producer, helming the forthcoming musical debut of acclaimed author Larry "Ratso" Sloman, Stubborn Heart, an LP which afforded Cacchione the opportunity to work with lifelong heroes Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, and John Cale.

On their forthcoming third LP, Escape Artist, an album which features avant-alto-saxophonist Chris Aiello and includes a ghostly guest, singing saw, appearance by Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel/The Music Tapes), Caged Animals have distilled their musical vision into it's most focused and razor-sharp form, balancing their intimate song craft with a sonic journey that whispers, howls, and remains consistently engaging. Throughout the LP's twelve tracks a through-line begins to emerge that pushes gently against the insurmountable and knocks it clean over.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002