Joseph King & The Mad Crush, RANN, Petal Crush, Moist Ahoy

Early Show

Joseph King & The Mad Crush


Petal Crush

Moist Ahoy

Fri, December 22, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Joseph King & The Mad Crush - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Joseph King & The Mad Crush
Imagine yourself on a quiet rooftop at dusk. The city is sprawled out below, tucked into the night. Summer is drifting away, and there’s a feeling of sweet nostalgia lingering in the air. The sentiments abounding aren’t heartbreak or loss, but salutations to fading moments you’ll never get back. These are the emotions emanating from Joseph King and The Mad Crush’s debut EP, I Miss Everything.

I Miss Everything is the sophomore release from songwriter and frontman Joseph King. The Brooklyn-based artist is known for his unique songwriting and musical style, an amalgam of sincere, and sometimes quirky pop songs with pent-up indie rock edginess, surf rock undertones, and late 60’s throwback pop sensibilities.

The project is billed Joseph King and The Mad Crush, and it’s a fully realized manifestation of Joseph’s songwriting. I Miss Everything is a lush band effort, featuring a soundscape of moody organs and gritty ‘verbed out guitars, smoky yet smooth vocals, and grooves that vary from full-on surf rock to Doors-esque hypnotic vamping. Previously, Joseph has toured and recorded with Canvas (Austin, TX), Deadbeat Darling (New York, NY), and, in 2014, issued an elegantly essential solo debut, Wanderlusting.

This latest EP was recorded in studios and bedrooms across Brooklyn, as well as a few late night sessions on a ranch in the middle of nowhere Texas. The album is produced by Joseph, and co-produced by Mad Crush drummer Will Whatley and fellow Brooklyn musician and friend John Paul Frank. Joseph is joined on this album by his long time and now permanent band, featuring Will Whatley, drums, Dan Hyde, keys, and Taryn Chory, backing vocals.
RANN - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Born out of years of diverse artistic collaborations and a steady hunt for an original music endeavor or their own, RANN is the result of 4 Brooklyn based musicians locking themselves in a isolated cabin during the winter of 2014.

In less than a year of existence RANN wrote, produced and released a nine-track album (“Yellowgun”) and played more than 100 shows in more than 40 different cities in the U.S including 8 shows at SXSW and renown NYC venues such as (Le) Poisson Rouge, The Knitting Factory and Webster Hall. RANNs first album "Yellowgun" received several reviews from online press internationally:

"For young bands, there are no greater elements essential to success than having great songs and a great live show. The rest is just static.
For Brooklyn-based psychedelic-leaning pop-rock band RANN, combining the two is a no-brainer." (Vanyaland)

They’re the latest Brooklyn based band to carve out a niche for themselves in that idiosyncratic indie scene—a five-man ensemble forged from an elusive winter’s night “locking themselves in an isolated cabin” and reemerging with their own collage-genre of rock, dream pop, and punk. Yes, Rann dove into those well-visited depths of trippy psychedelia and in-your-face, garage-band angst, but managed to pull it off without merely repackaging the greats (and kudos to them for that). As for where they fall on the spectrum, think Phoenix with a touch more grit, or The Strokes draped in synth. (Thrd coast)

My ready-made categories and standards of evaluation didn’t quite apply to their music. And yet I saw so much in it that was familiar: Lucy and her celestial diamonds were there. The loose brick in the wall was there. The owner of that lonely heart was there. Every breath I’ve taken, it seems, was there. That is, the music incorporated the trajectory of an entire tradition that I, as a listener, could recognize. Still, the feeling of vertigo was undeniable. (J.P Pereira)

RANN just came back from their second national tour this year, where they spent three weeks of isolation at another cabin writing songs for their new album. RANNs ever growing followers eagerly expect the bands new album in the summer of 2017.
Petal Crush - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Petal Crush
Brooklyn's Petal Crush previously existed (under a different moniker) as a demo project by Andy “Viper” Petrusky. Once the dust settled in 2014, the pathway to record the album he had in mind became strinkgly obvious. After sending the original four demos to friends in Philadelphia, Andy was quickly introduced to Jacob “Shaky” Hammill, the famed Astro Puff Studios producer and front man of Killer Bangs.

With Shaky on board, the duo (along with a select few) piloted a rock excursion that would last them a year a change. From the beginning there was an evident 'work hard play hard' mentality when it came to producing, mixing, and creativity. The resulting album “Electrica” is a blasting chorus of hired guns and heavily structured song writing. The songs are haunted by past greats like Nirvana, Pixies, and Iggy Pop, all while punching through to the future of garage rock and inventing a pop/rock experience all of its own. The 10 song debut was mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, White Stripes, the Killers) in Los Angeles.
Moist Ahoy - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Moist Ahoy
Bushwick-based Moist Ahoy did not have an idyllic formation. Conscripted by a ruthless Admiral, life was hard on the high seas. They recall fondly only the times after the Admiral was at rest, joining together in dischordant harmony to sing their sorrows to the earless blue desert you call the ocean.

Nobody can quite remember the storm, but they all remember that first moment waking up on the shores of Newton Creek. As they pulled one another up and continued the slow trudge forward, one thing was clear. It's not the man on the ship, it's the ship in the man.

This is Moist Ahoy.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002