CBGB Festival Presents..., J.D. Samson & MEN
PS I Love You, So So Glos
127 East 23rd Street
New York, NY, 10010
Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:00PM
This event is 16 and over
J.D. Samson & MEN
MEN is a Brooklyn-based band and art/performance collective that focuses on the energy of live performance and radical potential of dance music. MEN speaks to issues such as wartime economies, sexual compromise, and demanding liberties through lyrical content and an exciting stage show. The group began in 2007 as the DJ/production/remix team of LE TIGRE members JD Samson and Johanna Fateman. When the duo began to write new songs, it made sense to merge their efforts with JD's other new project HIRSUTE. JD and Hirsute members Michael O'Neill (Princess, Ladybug Transistor) and Ginger Brooks Takahashi (LTTR, The Ballet) now comprise the core of MEN, with Johanna and artist Emily Roysdon contributing as writers, consultants, and producers.
PS I Love You
PS I Love You have already released two acclaimed 7” singles. The first was a split 7” with friend Diamond Rings in August of 2009. Earlier this year, the band released a 7” for ‘Starfield’ before wowing the audience at their Canadian Music Week showcase. Catch the band perform this week at NXNE (dates below).
PS I Love You was originally the solo project for multi-instrumentalist Paul Saulnier who has performed in everything from a country-rock band to an improvised noise duo. PS I Love You was intended to be his experimental, pop music outlet using guitar looping pedals, keyboards with some gadgets and gimmicks. The addition of Benjamin Nelson on drums suddenly transformed PS I Love You’s little songs into mini, soaring rock anthems. This marked a new beginning for the band. What folks are saying about PS I Love You: As the nostalgia for bullshit ‘80s dance music seems to be subsiding for a re-appreciation of’90s gritty angst, PS I Love You have emerged at the perfect time. Live, Saulnier is an overwhelming musical force; his sensitive brute vocals are bolstered by ridiculously great guitar shredding. In its Pixies/Archers of Loaf domain, “Starfiled” showcases his penchant for snaky pop beauty, while “Butterflies & Boners” is a gorgeous display of layered guitar virtuosity unseen this side of Dinosaur Jr. – Exclaim! Honest-to-goodness, hard-line indie rock is alive and well in the great white North. “Facelove”- a ferociously catchy single from Kingston, Ontario, duo PS I Love You- was the hiding on the B-side of a shared 7” with “All Yr Songs”, last fall’s Best New Music-approved track from Toronto’s Diamond Rings. Sorry we didn’t catch the flipside sooner. “Facelove” is a towering tribute to art of the build, helmed by juicy, punched-up guitar work that demands to be felt (if not just plain gawked at). – Pitchfork
The coolest two-piece in Canada isn’t from Vancouver, Montreal or even Parkdale. They reside in the university town of Kingston and shred like Yngwie Malmsteen. Comprised of two former frenemies with “a quiet, cool, dude thing going on,” PS I Love You formed after the dissolution of singer/guitarist Paul Saulnier and drummer Benjamin Nelson’s previous four-piece, Magic Jordan. Though Saulnier used to play his frenetic ragers solo with multiple Casios, a drum machine, bass organ, four amps and a guitar, he’s happy for the new addition. – EYE Weekly
So So Glos
The So So Glos are a Punk influenced Rock and Roll Band from the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Two of the band members are brothers and one is a step-brother. In 2008 they co-founded the Market Hotel venue with promoter Todd P. They have toured excessively in the United States and Canada and have opened for …Trail of Dead and The Virgins in Europe. Currently they are working on new material for a 2010 release.