Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Early Show

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

World Blanket

Tue, April 3, 2012

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Three siblings from North London, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis have set the British roots rock scene on its ear with their infectious energy and authentic approach to rockabilly, vintage country, and first-generation rhythm & blues — not to mention the fact that the youngest member of the trio hadn't yet reached her teens when they released their first single in 2005. Kitty Durham, Lewis Durham, and Daisy Durham were born into a musical family — their father, Graeme Durham, is a guitarist who is also a top engineer at one of London's leading record mastering facilities, the Exchange, while their mother, Ingrid Weiss, played drums with the pioneering post-punk band the Raincoats.

In 2002, while attending an afternoon rockabilly gig hosted by Big Steve and the Arlenes with their parents, Lewis was invited to sit in with the band on banjo, while Kitty hopped behind the drum kit and kept time. The next time Big Steve played at the Durhams' local pub, Lewis and Kitty were once again brought up to the stage, while Daisy joined in on accordion, and the kids decided it was time to form a band of their own.

Kitty Durham is the youngest of the group and primarily sings and plays drums, harmonica, ukulele, banjo, trombone and guitar. Daisy Durham is the eldest of the group, who primarily sings and plays drums, piano, accordion and xylophone. Lewis Durham is the middle child who sings and plays guitar, piano, banjo, lapsteel and drums. He collects and plays/DJ's 78rpm records and has built a home studio for the band to record in. It consists of 1940's and 50's recording equipment such as 8 track tape machines and vintage BBC and RCA microphones. Kitty, Daisy and Lewis do not use computers or any digital format during the recording process.

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis have been performing from a young age, and have built up a substantial fan base. They have had worldwide success with sold out tours and have opened for Coldplay, Razorlight, Richard Hawley, Jools Holland among others.
World Blanket - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
World Blanket
Belief in music, belief in language, belief in sound. These ideals drive the World Blanket. Belief in the moment, belief in letting things happen.
People create music and music serves an emotional purpose. To emphasize this truth, The World Blanket focuses on acoustic instruments and natural orchestration. But these songs need to resonate. They need power. So despite being fronted by an acoustic guitar and violin, World Blanket rocks. For music must still rock.
With this in mind, childhood friends Mike Pomranz and Grant Whittaker formed World Blanket in 2005 with previous bandmate Mark Henasey and violinist Jon Dunn.
By 2009, the group had morphed into an amalgam of players and influences, with Mike Pomranz serving as the sole songwriter and Katherine Fong (who honed her skills at Julliard and earns her keep at NYC’s Metropolitan Opera) serving as his right-hand woman, bringing her unique talents and vision on the violin.
World Blanket released their debut LP — aMaybe — on No Applause Records in October 2006. Featuring instrumentation far beyond their live line up of vocals/acoustic guitar, violin, bass and drums, the band established the dichotomy between their personality-driven live act and their production-oriented albums.
By 2008, the band had finished recording for their second album. Initial tracks were made available via the Pressing Issues EP in June, with the full length album, Elevator, following later in the year.
Recorded almost entirely on 2″ analog and putting a renewed focus on the group’s core instruments, Elevator serves as a testament to the project’s ideals of capturing raw emotion and investing in the moment.
In 2010, World Blanket began recording their third album — 2012, influenced by the writings of Terence McKenna — with a renewed vigor and interest in opening the music up to the world the band hopes to soon blanket.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002