Cayetana, Mikey Erg
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Without a distinguishable understanding of the pop and intensity, a silent video of a Lemuria show would appear to be that of a blistering hardcore trio. To the viewers surprise, turning the audio on they'd find the stage diving mania and screamers are really chanting "Maybe I should wear lipstick too" or "You fit in my skin, softest I've let in" as guitarist/vocalist Sheena Ozzella's dynamic, melodic voice guides the unlikely chorus.
Lemuria might not sound like they are from Buffalo, NY, but the band was proudly birthed there, following the legacy of an oddly eclectic, if not eccentric, music scene. When you loosen your ears to the sugary indie-pop, you'll discover discordant notes, odd time signatures, and brutal riffs creating menacing yet catchy music.
Releasing their early 7" EPs and splits on drummer/vocalist Alex Kerns' label 'Art of the Underground', they landed their debut full length 'Get Better' on west coast pop-punk label Asian Man Records. Following their debut, and worked into an ambitious DIY touring schedule, they sprinkled 7" releases around on labels such as Hex, No Idea Records, and Suburban Home. Eventually, they would settle in with the Boston-based Bridge Nine Records with their 2011 sophomore album, 'Pebble'. 'Pebble' received great critical acclaim and was featured with SPIN, RollingStone.com, and countless other magazines and websites.
Now, Lemuria are gearing up to release their newest effort 'The Distance Is So Big' on Bridge Nine Records on June 18th. Their most mature and best effort to date, this album was recorded at the Magpie Cage with J Robbins (Against Me!, Jawbreaker, The Promise Ring) earlier this year. Look for song premieres, pre-orders, and more news coming very soon.
"Long time listeners, first time callers "Cayetana" have been around the Philadelphia music scene for quite a while. These three ladies came together about a year ago, which also happens to be when they started playing their instruments. This has let them develop a chemistry that takes other bands years to achieve, if at all. They've jumped head first with their clothes on into the pool at the raging party that is the Philadelphia punk scene. Their self-released demo/e.p. is quite the piece of ear candy. The contemplative and sometimes poignant lyrics delivered in a sincere and oft-urgent croon are perfectly complimented with a locked-in rhythm section comprising of melodious bass lines and driven, hoppy work on the skins. You can expect to hear a lot more from Cayetana in the coming months. Have a listen." - Tom May (The Menzingers)
Since the breakup of Jersey pop punk legends The Ergs!, New Brunswick native Mikey Erg has been a regular face at shows as well as constantly stayed active in music. Since the end of The Ergs!, he has toured many continents drumming for, singing, writing and playing guitar for Star Fucking Hipsters, The Dopamines, The Unlovables, Dirtbike Annie, Worriers, and Houseboat just to name a few amongst the plethora. In addition to all of that, he remains a very active solo artist on Vinnie Fiorello from Less Than Jake's label Paper + Plastik Records.