Premier Concerts and Manic Presents:
Jonah Matranga (FAR, Gratitude, onelinedrawing)
The Pauses, The Foresters (Album Release), The Magnetic
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden, CT, 06514
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
Jonah Matranga (aka onelinedrawing) is essentially unique. His sound and style is somewhere in between Prince, Bjork and The Clash, but it doesn’t really fit into any genre. Over the last 20 years, he’s fronted influential post-hardcore band Far, along with lots else (onelinedrawing, New End Original, Gratitude). Jonah has played with, collaborated with, and influenced artists from Frank Turner to Kimya Dawson to Deftones to Sepultura to Lupe Fiasco… and lots more.
Jonah has played as many house shows as he has huge festivals, and he brings the same thing regardless of where he’s playing — ambitious songwriting, weird wit and honesty, and an interest in making it personal, direct, and fresh every time.
“You may know singer-songwriter Jonah Matranga from his various group projects–Far Gratitude, New End Original and the anagrammatic onelinedrawing — but music made under his own name still sounds as sweet… Matranga may have done his best work while flying solo.” – ALTERNATIVE PRESS
“A loose, free-roaming approach to songwriting that pushes his music beyond the normal sad-sack singer/songwriter cliches” – PITCHFORK
“One of music’s most charismatic, tuneful, purist geeks…” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“He never disappoints.” – BROOKLYN VEGAN
“One of the most influential artists out there.” – INTERPUNK
The Pauses' (who prefer that their possessive noun-ing be spelled Pauseses) overall sound is one anchored in complexion and combination, a world where guitars are BFFs with synthesizers, horns, bells, and ukuleles. Tierney Tough's bright, fresh voice glides just as easily atop the breathy sparkle and agile math of Rock Band track "Go North" as it does the indie-pop sway and post-hardcore torque of "Beyond Bianca." From the serious, atmospheric mood of "The Migration" and "Pull the Pin" to the lithe, glitchy charm of "Hands Up". The Pauses got mad range, often in the same song. Rooted in the dynamics and ethos of '90s indie rock, their sound is a balancing act between rock and electronics, airiness and heft, suppleness and angularity. And their debut album, "A Cautionary Tale" (produced by J. Robbins of Jawbox and Burning Airlines) shows that you can explore without losing your core.
The Foresters (Album Release)
A Bethany, CT - and now, with the lead singer gone off to college, Purchase, NY -based indie rock band consisting of three brothers and assorted friends. Two full-length albums include Sun Songs and House Stories. With manic kinetic energy and an ear for blending psychedelic garage and pop riffs, the Foresters put out songs that the Hartford Courant calls “nostalgic and big hearted.” CT Scramble Contributor Dan Verner points out what fans sense, “the inherent respect for each other within each performance, each instrument,” and the songwriting brought front and center.
These young musicians have opened for Apples in Stereo at the Athens Popfest. One by one they’re going, going, gone, so catch them all together while you can.
Based out of Danbury CT, indie rock/pop with melodic guitars, anthemic builds & beautifully relatable themes. Their debut EP ‘Quarter Life’ (recorded in 2016/17 at Mother Brother studios) tracks angst through grunge tinged pop songs. These are songs about the things that break us down & then the things that build us back up again. The Magnetic is Courtney LePere on vocals and bass, Kevin McLain on lead/rhythm guitar, and Alfonso Castellanos on drums.
$12.00 - $15.00