Summer Underground, Anais Aida, Johnnie Lee Jordan, Shawn Fogel

Summer Underground

Anais Aida

Johnnie Lee Jordan

Shawn Fogel

Mon, February 16, 2015

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Summer Underground - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Summer Underground
Grant Carey and Chrissy Sandman began making music as Summer Underground during the summer of 2011 in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Retreating back home after a year of college, the duo recorded their first album, Beneath This City, in their basements and living rooms. Recorded on a macbook with a single microphone, the album was created through trial and error.

A year later, Grant and Chrissy spent several months studying in Europe in London and Prague respectively. This experience would fuel the double EP project Departures/Arrivals. Intent on challenging the sounds and structures created on the first record, Departures was indeed a calculated departure from the cheery quirk-pop of Beneath This City in favor of a more aggressive, electronic sound. And yea, there is a theme developing.

After the Departures EP was released in December 2012, another year of school passed. The following summer would be different, however, as Chrissy would spend the season in New York City while Grant headed home to Pittsburgh for a few months before moving to Queens. A study in creating performative, visceral folk music, its worth noting that Arrivals was largely recorded in two different places; the duo utilized drop box and google drive to trade songs, ideas, and lyric files. When Arrivals was released in October 2013, it marked not only the completion of the Departures/Arrivals project, but also Grant’s move to New York City, and the Arrival of a band that was ready to be a real band, living in the same place, playing and recording music.

The duo will head to Ligonier, PA this summer to record their 2nd full length album, Honeycomb.
Anais Aida - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Born in Toulouse, France to a Senegalese father and French mother, raised in Ireland, France, Senegal, and California, Anais was quite the cultured globetrotter before she even honed in on her passion as a singer-songwriter. Her background and travels have undoubtedly influenced her sound; a sound that often recalls the non-conventional rhythms present in her African heritage, the vocal stylings of classic and modern soul artists, and the attitude of contemporary R&B. Anais mixes and strips all of her influences down to their bare essentials, creating a captivating aural experience.

Her latest work is a funneling of a world of influences through a softly focused lens, exploring love and loss and the white-hot reality of connecting with those that influence our lives every day. Her breakout single "Love Can Burn," produced by Erin Rioux and Alejandro "Arca" Ghersi, found Anais struggling to reconcile a past love gone wrong, while the follow up "True (Fire In My Bones)" burns slowly as a meditative self-reflection on individual triumph. Both employ sweeping, dramatic instrumentation over which Anais' rich, emotive voice
Johnnie Lee Jordan - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Johnnie Lee Jordan is Johnnie Lee Jordan's real name. He is handsome, hungry, humble, and he writes his own bios. Rock and roll with soul we put on great shows and have fun doing it.
Shawn Fogel - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002