1 Crossgates Mall Road #99X09
Albany, NY, 12203
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Watch & Listen
'Act One,' the debut full-length from songwriting duo Marian Hill, was written and produced in its entirety by Jeremy Lloyd (music/lyrics/production) and Samantha Gongol (music/lyrics/vocals). The multi-talented duo, who have been collaborating in one form or another since high school, have shifted the classic paradigm of a woman on a stage and a man with a piano to a woman on a mic and a man with a laptop -- and the results are seductive and vivid. Tempting paradox with a blend of blues and bass, acoustic and digital, classic and modern, Marian Hill have arrived.
Two years ago Sam and Jeremy wrote and recorded "Whisky" over spring break in Jeremy's parents' basement. When they released it for free on SoundCloud later that summer it was the only song they'd written for the project, and in a little over a year's time they had recorded their first EP in a bedroom, amassed millions of plays on various platforms, sold out shows across the country and featured in high profile commercials. They signed to Republic Records in early 2015, released the 'Sway EP,' and settled in to write and record their debut album over the course of the following year with a plan to push their unique sound to its fullest potential.
For the first 50 seconds of "Down" you might think you're at a supper club in the 1920s, but when the bass drops out of nowhere you couldn't be anywhere but 2016. 'Act One' then takes you on a journey through the complexities of modern relationships, with each song inhabiting a specific and charged relationship lyrically, melodically, and sonically. "I Know Why" constantly transforms and reinvents itself as the vocals grapple with a secret while "Mistaken" is the hardest of sax trap with a classic songwriting backbone. "Same Thing" is the saddest part of the album, a haunting ballad depicting serene resignation of a doomed relationship, but castanets rise from the ashes as "I Want You" closes out the night in a pure moment of optimistic electricity, a glance across a crowded room that changes everything.
Marian Hill's one of a kind sound is present throughout -- blues harmonies blend with sparse hip hop drums, horns blast under classic vocal melodies, and soloistic vocal chops sit side by side with clear, intimate lyrics. You've never heard this before, yet it's surprisingly familiar. And it's only the beginning.
It's been less than two years since VÉRITÉ performed her first live show, but she's already packed in a career's worth of highlights. Performing at massive festivals like Lollapalooza and Firefly, surpassing 12 million streams on Spotify with a pair of critically acclaimed EPs, crisscrossing the US and Europe for her own headlining shows, and opening for big names like Stars, MS MR, and Tove Lo; she has amassed a mountain of media praise everywhere from Buzzfeed and Billboard to Nylon and SPIN.
VÉRITÉ began her music career while working full-time as a waitress at Applebee's in Times Square. Over the course of nearly two years, she crafted the 'Echo EP,' a stunning debut which showcased her unique brand of poignant, emotionally intense alt-pop. SPIN praised her "incredibly strong club-ready cuts," naming her one of five new artists to watch, while BuzzFeed hailed lead single "Strange Enough" as one of the best songs of the summer. Upon its release, the track hit #1 most viral on Twitter and earned her the #1 spot on Hype Machine, along with additional love from Harper's Bazaar, Refinery29, Idolator, and more. She followed it up with the 'Sentiment' EP, which TIME called "gorgeous," with "complex electronic arrangements" and "rich and ethereal vocals."
VÉRITÉ self-funds every aspect of her career, following her own design and operating outside of the major label system as a truly independent success story. She's about to hit new heights with the release of her most mesmerizing collection yet, the 'Living EP.' Recorded with an all-star cast of producers including Stefan Graslund (Charli XCX), Tim Anderson (Banks), Zach Nicita (MS MR), Peter Thomas (Betty Who), and James Flannigan (Kodaline), the EP showcases VÉRITÉ's remarkable growth and sophistication, as she spins dark, vulnerable confessions into infectious, danceable anthems. Opener "Underdressed" reveals a new edge to her haunting, silky vocals, while the reverb-laden guitars of "Constant Crush" give way to pulsing percussion and hypnotic melody lines, and the minimalist "Gesture" strips everything back down to its absolute rawest, ending with a gorgeous stack of a cappella harmonies." It's hard to believe we've only just met VÉRITÉ considering all she's already accomplished, but as she continues to reveal new depth and nuance with each release, it's clear we'll be getting to know her for a long time to come.
SHAED is a headbobbing pop project comprised of multiinstrumentalist twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst and powerhouse vocalist Chelsea Lee. Lee's vocals weave divinely through the Ernst twin's popsensible production that can make anyone move. Their debut single, "Just Wanna See", is a genre bending slow jam that has received international praise and favorable comparisons to bands like Florence & The Machine, Sia, Justin Timberlake, and Sylvan Esso.
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