Fast Romantics, Megative, Sean Carroll, Hayes Peebles

Early Show

Fast Romantics

Megative

Sean Carroll

Hayes Peebles

Fri, December 15, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Fast Romantics
Fast Romantics
Fast Romantics are a Toronto-based band first formed in Calgary by Matthew Angus and Jeffrey Lewis. The son of a piano teacher, Angus drifted in the margins of the Calgary music scene before forming the band with Lewis in 2008. Following some early independent releases the band began work on their first LP, Afterlife Blues (2013), shortly after moving to Toronto, with producer Howard Redekopp (New Pornographers, Teagan & Sara). The album was in some sense a process of discovery for the band, as they grew into their sound, encompassing new influences as Angus began to refine his songwriting. The album's first single, "Funeral Song," was an early culmination of this process, and rapidly garnered an audience via heavy radio play, propelling the band into a year of consistent touring highlighted by prominent slots at Virgin Fest, SXSW and CMJ.
Despite this early success the band found themselves at a crossroads as they considered their next step, and Angus began to question the band's direction. "There was a disconnect," says Angus, "we'd go out and make loud party music but that wasn't what I was listening to when I got home, so there was a disparity and I wanted to figure it out." To this end Angus began considering bringing another songwriter into the project and contacted Kirty, who at the time was focused on her own music. "Kirty was one of the first people I wrote to because I was just captivated by what she was doing," he says, "it's the first time I've ever had another songwriter in the band. I'm still writing these songs but Kirty is the counterweight to the whole thing and she's going to call bullshit on me. She will tell me when things ring false, when the songs don't reflect me, and I think now the songs are coming from a more genuine place."
This new approached yielded "Julia," a track produced with Gus Van Go and Werner F (Michael Rault, Hollerado, Whitehorse) that attracted the attention of NPR, KEXP and the CBC, among others, with Angus' deft pop songwriting drawing comparisons to Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Bruce Springsteen.
The band's new single, "Animal," is the product of the same collaboration and sees the band reunite with Gus Van Go and Werner F as producers. Exploring Cartesian themes, the song is, for Angus, a continuation of the "rebirth" of Fast Romantics and very much a product of his relationship with Kirty. "We were out one night and there was some awful narrative to the night with some guy we both knew acting horribly, and it got us talking about base instincts and how certain people act on them while others resist. We actually ended up having a huge argument about it and I woke up the next morning with the song in my head." The band recently completed a full length with Van Go and Werner F to be released in early 2017.
Sean Carroll
Sean Carroll
22 year old Sean Carroll was raised on rock and roll. The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin were channels through which he dialed in to the history of blues and soul music, bringing names like Freddie King and Leadbelly to the forefront of his musical influences. Less a force than an energy, less a movement than a mood, Carroll’s approach to creating music is by a method of “whatever feels right.” The city that surrounds him survives on the people that live within it and Carroll has learned more from those people than any class could teach him.
Hayes Peebles
Hayes Peebles
Hayes Peebles seems to be well aware of songwriting's golden rule: the sad songs sound the sweetest. After a brush with notoriety as a teen, Peebles spent several years in New England and Scotland studying philosophy and building a new sound with inspiration from major influences like Elliott Smith, Roy Orbison and Townes Van Zandt.

Of this re-creation, The Burning Ear writes "the result is the beautiful, innovative sound of a genre that Hayes Peebles seems to have mastered: indie folk-country." To date, Peebles has released a single 'Airways' and the four-track 'Ghosts EP,' a record the Wild Honey Pie writes "promises to announce a new voice in alt-country/americana."
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com