The Forms, Onesie
2 Knickerbocker Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11237
Doors 7:30 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
This event is 21 and over
Gurus is a big multimedia project based in Brooklyn, NY, with street percussion, saxophone, voices, visual imagery, and printed material, singing about a cult and at times resembling one.
Taking this sense of community to its extreme, Gurus forthcoming full-length, Unconditional Surrender, creates the world of a cult – the Gnostic Urban Reformation of Unconditional Surrender (GURUS) – and offers first-person perspectives from figures living inside the compound. The cult's hodgepodge manifesto and haunting visuals are pieced together from bits of new-age wisdom, the language of 12-step programs, and reactions to the explosion of digital platforms.
Their focus on street percussion evokes one of the few spaces of spontaneous community in modern urban life. Employing buckets, trash can lids, and metal scraps, Gurus' onstage performance plucks a piece of the New York City street, creating a cacophonous, connected clan.
Their debut single, “Believers,” recorded by Gary Atturio of Studio G, is out February 5, 2016, followed by their album, Unconditional Surrender, in May 2016.
"With our highest endorsement. In honesty, we've spun this record so much we've listened ourselves into a corner." -Stereogum
"Band to watch in 2008. The Forms just don't sound quite like anyone else." -Alternative Press
"This is music that wakes me from my embattled-music-writer stupor." -Entertainment Weekly
"Layers of towering melody with a touch of psychedelia." -Spin
"The Forms' follow-up to Icarus is only 30 minutes long, but it's hard to imagine a better way of spending the time." -Drowned In Sound
Onesie plays the kind of smart, hooky guitar pop that has occasionally been filed under the endangered species list in the County of Kings. With one foot firmly planted in the Brit Pop songwriting traditions of the 80's and 90s, and another in the manic yowl of American punk and hardcore, the band deals in the currency of anthems written on the voyage towards modern adulthood, with eyes staring straight into the abyss of an uncertain future.
The project started as a cluster of home recorded guitar pop ditties by prime songwriter Ben Haberland (The Isles, Sport of Kings). As a part time collaborator in several side projects, Ben had the luxury of choosing some great rock warriors to bring into the fold; Matt Beckeymer (Sport of Kings) on keys and guitar, Zach Fanelli (Man Without Plan) on bass, and Finish transplant Tommi Fosstrom on drums (Echo Is Your Love).
The band is currently writing their debut album with hopes for a release in Fall 2013. Onesie demos can be heard right here, right now, right here: