Heroes of Toolik

Late Show

Heroes of Toolik


Sun, February 8, 2015

Doors: 8:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Heroes of Toolik - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Heroes of Toolik
Heroes of Toolik are a veteran avant gardist, two proto-punk gods, a hot latin trombone and an old time fiddler. The players have been moving and shaking in downtown music since that label emerged. The sound is not indie, it’s not alternative, it's strangely original, old-school art rock--"a unique stew of riffs" (The Aquarian), “deceptively catchy, hypnotically growling, post-Velvets grooves." (NY Music Daily).

The writers are Arad Evans (guitar/vocals) and Jennifer Coates (violin/vocals). Evans has been a member of the Glenn Branca Ensemble since the 1980's and has played with Rhys Chatham, Ben Neil, Virgil Moorefield, The SEM Ensemble, Blastula and The New Music Consort. Coates is a widely-recognized painter and proponent of old-time fiddle music, which she performs with her band, Jenny Get Around.

Billy Ficca, on drums, is an original member of the foundational CBGB's band, Television. He has also played with Nona Hendryx, the Neon Boys, the New York Blues Project and many other projects over the years. Ernie Brooks (bass) shaped punk rock as a member of The Modern Lovers, and later with David Johansen, Jerry Harrison, Gary Lucas, Elliot Murphy and many others. Jon Speck on trombone is one of New York’s busiest session players and a celebrated regular on the City’s renown latin dance and jazz scene.

In Heroes of Toolik, the players take it to the other side, channeling an outside sensibility through art rock song forms. The sound steps without effort or warning from concentrated power pop to disturbing, dreamy instrumentals, to barroom blues. The unifying element is a sense of humor wrapped around a literate and emotional core.

A seven-inch Aquarium School was released in July 2014 and an album Winter Moon came out in December 2012, both produced by Wharton Tiers. NY Music Daily says of Aquarium School, "it wouldn't be out of place on REM's Chronic Town but with a more lush interesting arrangement than anything on that album." “Strong guitar riffs, a chill drumbeat and that boisterous brass section rearing its head gives Winter Moon that glow a moon should have." (The Aquarian). Another release is planned for 2015.
Cathy - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Cathy formed in 2009 in Brooklyn, NY and make loud rock music that is very awesome
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002