Fenster, Howth



Norwegian Arms, Steel Phantoms

Sun, November 4, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Fenster - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
FENSTER build songs around errors, using circuit bended beats, slamming doors and trashy synths,
utilizing the analog warmth of their instrumentation to underscore the interaction between the two vocalists,
and the different universes from which they come - New York to Berlin and back again.They have been
described as futuristic nostalgia with Tom Waits percussion and Velvet Underground Guitar riffs with a
nod to the macabre dada sweetness of early Beck and Cat Power.
Howth - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Howth (long O) is a Brooklyn band named after a town in Ireland because singer-songwriter Carl Creighton liked the place a whole lot and thought the name looked cool and sounded cool. But only if you say it with the long O. Which most people don't do because how would you know?Their music is similarly reticent about being identified correctly, indulging in classic rock, jarring post-rock and sweeping psychedelic elements. They're great, basically.
Norwegian Arms - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Norwegian Arms
Three years, two EPs and one album since his Siberian sojourn, Keith Birthday of Norwegian Arms has turned his focus away from the confines of his tiny apartment in the Taiga, which largely informed the songs on their debut LP, Wolf Like a Stray Dog. That doesn't mean that the sunny folk music generated by his time in Tomsk, Russia has become any less relevant, or that the sound has changed drastically. Instead, it's morphed from real-time cultural awe and suffering to nostalgia, and while the memories remain, new ones have taken their place. That being said, nothing has, or perhaps ever will, replace the childhood mandolin on which these songs are written, perhaps the only constant in this ever-evolving project.

In the time since returning to his native Philadelphia, Birthday has found new beauty in the wreckage that surrounds his post-industrial warehouse apartment. Dilapidated buildings, shifting friendships, and late night bicycle rides inform this new batch of songs, a celebration of deeper personal understanding. Still deeply influenced by his continued travels, these new songs draw from trips to South America and Europe, and the sense of Wanderlust remains.

Still obsessed with languages and their systems, Birthday refers to these new songs as imperfective, referring to verb 'aspect' present in Slavic languages, which focuses on the current process, not a past event or a future result. He still feels strongly that it's about the journey, not the destination, a spirit still embodied by these songs.
Steel Phantoms - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Steel Phantoms
Former drummer of Montreal indie group Islands, Aaron Harris entered the Brooklyn scene in 2009 when he started Steel Phantoms. Jesse Newkirk soon joined the band, and the combination of pointed songcrafting and dynamic stage shows has been dazzling crowds since. The Harris/Newkirk duo melds elements from the history of proto-punk, alternative, and modern indie to reach wide-ranging territory unexpected from a two-piece. Nevertheless, Harris’s fervid vocals and exhilarating drumming joined with Newkirk’s aggressive, ethereal guitar make for a definitive sound throughout.
At the end of 2012, Steel Phantoms released the single “Curtain Call” which seamlessly covers a range of moods and textures leaving critics clamoring for more. This is just the first taste of the band’s next EP due out in mid 2013.

The sound of the Harris/Newkirk duo has been compared to Sonic Youth, The Smiths, and Beach House. Notable performances include Pop Montreal, SXSW, the KahBang festival, and touring with Islands and Active Child. The tracks “Short Stuff” and “Bedouin” are currently featured in the second season of MTV’s World of Jenks.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002