PHILM (featuring Dave Lombardo)

PHILM (featuring Dave Lombardo)

Owl, Ten Ton Mojo

Mon, August 10, 2015

Doors: 8:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

PHILM (featuring Dave Lombardo) - (Set time: 11:15 PM)
PHILM (featuring Dave Lombardo)
A groove-infested labyrinth that emerged from the depths of legendary drummer Dave Lombardo’s all-consuming gift for reinvention, has been a compelling force since its inception. For Gerry Nestler (vocals/guitar), Pancho Tomaselli (bassist) and Dave Lombardo (drummer), music has become richer in terms of experience, ingenuity, and a sense of their own musicality. The deep musical connection between them amplifies the singular chemistry that makes this band one of the most exciting live acts in any musical genre. Staying true to who they are accentuates everything about PHILM. The nonconformity of their intent, the ferocity of their playing, and the ample sense of exuberance adorns every note they play.

PHILM does not play for a niche or a genre, but to capture their thirst. This is a band that defies limitations, blurs genres, and makes the importance of pure musicianship scream for its due diligence. With equal parts of intensity and vintage intonation, PHILMs live performance is not to be missed.
Owl - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
Owl is a three piece Los Angeles-based hard rock band. Led by vocalist/bassist Chris Wyse, the long-time bassist for the Cult and a member of Ace Frehley's band, Owl released their eponymous debut in 2009 and their second album, The Right Thing, in 2013.
Wyse began playing bass while in grade school in upstate New York.[3] As a teenager, he met drummer Dan Dinsmore, then 17; shortly thereafter, they began playing together in a local band, East Wall. After touring regionally, Wyse, who had garnered national attention as a bass player,[4] moved to Los Angeles, while Dinsmore remained in Albany, joining the industrial rock band The Clay People.[5]

Wyse's success came quickly in Los Angeles, where he played with Guns N' Roses' Chris Pitman, Tool's Paul D'Amour, Tal Bachman, Mick Jagger, Scott Weiland, and Ozzy Osbourne[6] before joining the Cult in 2006.[7] Dinsmore's band also achieved significant success, particularly with the single Awake, from the Strangeland soundtrack[8] which hit #1 on the metal charts.[9] When the Clay People went on hiatus in 2001, Dinsmore continued his career as a drummer, playing with producer Mike Clink, known for his work with Metallica, among others.[10]

In 2002, Wyse met guitarist Jason Achilles Mezilis through a mutual friend. A classically trained pianist, Mezilis had recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. After graduation, he interned at several prominent recording studios and played guitar with Los Angeles bands, including Your Horrible Smile. In 2011, Mezilis founded Organic Audio Recorders, a boutique analog & digital recording studio in downtown Los Angeles.[11]

An early version of Owl was formed in 2001 to recorded a cover of "Behind The Sun" for the record Flammable: A Tribute To the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In reviewing the album, All Music Guide wrote "Owl's version of "Behind the Sun" is appropriately trippy, and even replicates Flea's dominating bassline with aplomb."[12]

Currently Touring with Ace Frehley for the new album titled Space invader

In 2007, Wyse, Mezilis and Dinsmore once again came together as Owl. Although Wyse occasionally performed on the upright bass with the Cult, with Owl, it became his trademark; playing with a bow, and using delays and sound effects techniques, Wyse uses the bass as a lead instrument. In a 2013 interview, Wyse responded to a question regarding the motivation behind the group. "There would be no other format like this unless I created it. When I was a kid people used to say "you can't play bass like that!," he stated. "Rock music is not supposed to have rules. That's the whole point. As soon as I hear about all the rules a band has I get turned off because they are worried about being cool and not a being vibrant artist. I don't want to fit into anyone's idea. I want to show you new ones."[13] Wyse, who is also Owl's main songwriter and vocalist, produced Owl's self-titled debut, which was recorded at Matt Sorum's Drac Studios in Los Angeles and released in 2009.[14] The band supported the record, which was described as a "swirling epic,"[15] through a video for the track "Pusher" [16] and through live performances, including shows with Helmet, Jet, In This Moment and Hollywood All Star rock collective Camp Freddy.[17]

Owl began writing what would become the band’s self-produced album The Right Thing in early 2011, recording at Matt Sorum’s Drac Studios in Los Angeles. In addition, Owl recorded at Overit Studios in upstate New York, a studio Dinsmore opened in conjunction with Overit Media, a media and marketing company he founded in 1993. Deemed a "no nonsense hard rock album with stadium sized hooks," The Right Thing was released on April 9, 2013 on Overit Records [18] and Magnetic Eye Records as a joint release. The first video from the album, "The Right Thing,"premiered on Rolling Stone's website;[1] it was followed by "Destroyer" and "Perfect."[19]

A third album, Things You Can't See, is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2015. Mezilis, Dinsmore and Wyse -- who also tours and records with Frehley -- will tour in support of the album
Ten Ton Mojo - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Ten Ton Mojo
New to the NYC rock scene, Ten Ton Mojo's bluesy sound is hard edged, real, and soulful. Alabama born vocalist Ernie Papp (SlackJaw and Mother's Brew), NYC native Scott Lano (Blitzspeer and SlackJaw) and Gabe Mera (Midnight Fistfight) provide telling, powerful lyrics and melodies while solid rhythm section Fernando Rosario(Smashed Gladys, Michael Monroe, Cycle Sluts From Hell) and Paul Kane keep the grooves heavy. Think heavy blues meets the glory of Rock n Roll... with a southern drawl.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002