Black Angel Down, Acey Slade, Dead Rocking Horse

Black Angel Down

Acey Slade

Dead Rocking Horse

Black Cat Xing

Sat, November 24, 2012

Doors: 8:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Black Angel Down - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
Black Angel Down
The mythological symbolism of the circular serpent eating its own tail, known as the Ouroboros, represents a constant re-creating of oneself. What better symbol to use for a band that features an already established multi platinum artist from the R&B world mixed in with legendary members of the Baltimore underground rock scene?

BLACK ANGEL DOWN, born from the ashes of some of Baltimore’s most widely successful and sound forging rock bands like The Mayan Factor, Imbue and Agents of the Sun is polygamous in how they have married multiple genres into a union that incorporates rock, soul and R&B. Fronted by Nokio, the N-Tity, of legendary multi platinum R&B group, Dru Hill, BLACK ANGEL DOWN’s sound is layered with in your face, hard-hitting grooves and soulful melodic vocals and harmonies.

Captivating audiences and winning over fans with the very first note at their live shows, it’s no surprise that Skope Magazine named them a “super group”, and various media outlets such as Artist in the Plus and have recognized them as “Artist of the Week” and “Artist of the Month”. Every song from “Pretty Face” to “Sniper Scope (I Know You’re Out There)” to the banging remake of Dru Hill’s classic, “How Deep Is Your Love” takes you on a journey to the outer limits of your being where all that exists is the capacity to be free. “Black Angel Down represents the end of the darkness and the beginning of the light, a constant rebirth and reinvention,” says Nokio, front man of the group. “We create music that make people feel like it doesn’t matter how long or how hard you fall, you can always get up and start again.”

Having played to sold out crowds across the country in venues such as Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore, MD and the Bitter End in NYC, BLACK ANGEL DOWN has created a huge buzz amongst their peers and garnered the attention of industry leaders such as WIYY Baltimore, 98 Rock’s own Matt Davis who has championed the band’s music by placing their song “Wind” in heavy rotation. Industry vet Gary Jay, owner of Land Shark Promotions invited them to headline at the Land Shark Promotions Stage during the 2013 SXSW in Austin, TX where they also performed to a sold out crowd. “The creative energy and professionalism of this band is way beyond anything I’ve been involved in before,” says co-founder and guitarist Kevin Baker. “1-2-3-4 and BAM! It’s like a bomb hits every venue we play and the energy shoots from the stage and blows everyone’s hair back in slow motion…it’s like swallowing the red pill and waking up in the Matrix.”

BLACK ANGEL DOWN is more than your average band. They are an experience that has shattered the clichés that keep music in a box and have unleashed a sound that cultivates an emotional connection to what music is supposed to be….life, love and Rock & Soul.
Acey Slade - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Acey Slade
New York based musician ACEY SLADE (currently of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, ex-Murderdolls / Dope) has unleashed upon his solo/ band project - THE DARK PARTY. Cleverly bringing together and stretching boundaries between both Rock and Electronic genres, Slade and his new band have produced a collection of songs that are both sonically and emotionally exciting, enabling him to smash open the doors to another blistering musical chapter in his already colourful career.
Their debut self titled CD garnished a 4/5 K's in Kerrang Magazine (the worlds #1 selling weekly music publication) and the band has toured with everyone from Combichrist to Ace Frehley, both in the US and in Europe. Currently, the band is hard at work on a followup full length album and hope to have an early 2013 release.
Dead Rocking Horse - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Dead Rocking Horse
Dead Rocking Horse is a relatively new member of the New York City hard rock community.

Songwriting/rocking-the-F-out team Marron Chaplin and David Alva met in January 2011 at a mutual friend's concert. During the weeks prior to their meeting, they had each suffered both a personal heartbreak and the death of an immediate family member, hence they were down on life and drinking a LOT. The night
they met, David made a rude comment to Marron, she slapped him, and the world's greatest friendship was born!
The pair's musical relationship evolved gradually. Although both involved in other projects (David in notable NYC band Stoned Fire, and Marron as a solo singer-songwriter on the Lower East Side circuit), they decided to drag each other out of their depressive funk, have some fun and vent some energy by forming Violent Age, a tribute to the Misfits. It was totally frigging rad, and yes, you are sorry you missed it.
While successfully gigging all over New York as a punk quartet, David intuited that Marron was not finding musical fulfillment performing her solo acoustic material. He began helping her take her original songs to the next level by lending his formidable bass skills and precise technical ear. For months, the pair retired to Marron's couch in New Jersey almost every night, working tirelessly to transform a bare-bones handful of acoustic songs into something much bigger. Playing music together helped them begin to heal from their individual devastating losses, resulting in a partnership that has yielded a collection of truly human music.
But being absolute rock'n'roll fans til death, they had zero intention of playing as a sensitive acoustic duo. Screw that. David found talented young drummer Steve Baycura, and the trio clicked immediately. They rehearsed relentlessly, and in December of 2011, Dead Rocking Horse played their first official gig in New York City to a welcoming audience of friends, fellow musicians, and Marron's mom.
Since their debut, the band has worked without ceasing and has just finished independently recording their first EP with producer/engineer George Pesios. The DRH EP will be released at the end of November, when Dead Rocking Horse returns from a season's performance hiatus to play their biggest show yet at Mercury Lounge. You should be there.

"Don't tell me that you grew up and now you're a serial killer because when you were a little kid, you had a rocking horse and it died."
-Rev. Charles Paul Shustrick (Marron's dad), 1946-2010
Black Cat Xing - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Black Cat Xing
Performing a fun mix of top shelf drinking songs, Black Cat Xing is a hard pop-rock blues-based bar-band that serves up a helluva show! Although you might know these players from their previous endeavors, as a team, the sound they create and the show they put on is fresh, fun and getting rave reviews. This brash new band is putting its own twist on guitar oriented roots rock and absolutely tearing it up on the streets of New York. From twangy 50's hip shakers to fun flavored originals, these boys are built for speed and bad to the bone! Looking for a good time? See Black Cat Xing live!
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002