Late Show - 25 Years of Mercury Lounge with...
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
Doors 9:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Chaos exists at the heart of everything. It represents the underlying possibility for change, growth, and evolution. As part of“Chaos Theory,” even the smallest fluctuation of a system’s structural integrity may set a new course of events in motion. For as much as music relies on instruments, production, lyrics, and vocals, it also relies on chaos. This fact fascinates Oberhofer. Brad Oberhoferaccentuates analog synth-guided atmospheres with fifties-style crooning and clever lyricism, siphoning melody through anachronistic aberrations of pop. “For people to be happy, they need a balance of good and evil within themselves,” explains Brad. “Without chaos, there’s no chance. Without chance, there’s no possibility for things to change beyond our control. In art, you need an element of love, of sex, of romance, of violence, of sadness, of despair, and of hope as well. When all of those elements are in place, the music is true to life. You need a yin and yang. There’s chaos in it.” Oberhofer’s new single, "Dreamt I Was Gonna Be Your Man” was released this Fall with new music coming soon.
Purr began in 2017 as the side project of Eliza Callahan and Jack Staffen who have been songwriting partners since childhood. Callahan, then a student at Columbia and Staffen at NYU, set out to expand the sound of their project, Jack and Eliza, which simply comprised their two electric guitars and vocals.
Purr takes cues from a lineage of dual-lead-vocalist bands with roots primarily in the late 60s and 70s. The pair fluidly oscillates between singing in harmony and unison. Their vocals often blend and meld together to forge what at times can eerily sound like a single voice before separating out again. Their songwriting style too makes nods to the past as do their tones, washed with the warmth and warble of tape. Though in their arrangement and with their distinct vocal sound Purr evades pastiche and throwback, creating a sound that is both contemporary and their own.
In the summer between their junior and senior years of college, they enlisted Sam Glick, a friend of Callahan’s from Columbia to record their first songs as Purr which took place in Callahan’s kitchen. Glick then stepped in on bass and brought along his childhood friend Max Freedberg, the drummer from their band Plums. Purr released the first two songs they recorded together, “Bad Advice” and “Painted Memory,” in February 2018.
$15.00 - $18.00
Tickets on sale Fri, 2/01 at 12pm EST