Esme Patterson, Boy Band, Annie O'Malley
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
This event is 21 and over
New York's Boy Band is the collaborative project of Ana Dratz, Jen Fischer, and HaleyJane Rose. The trio blends their unique songwriting styles to create catchy choruses with stirring harmonies and swells. After an impromptu performance at a friend's barbecue brought them together, the three began writing collaborative tunes and cutting their teeth at venues including Rockwood Music Hall, Sidewalk Cafe, and Pianos.
In 2017, the band released debut EP Begin, a comprehensive introduction to Boy Band's sound; contemporary pop with an appreciation for classic folk; gripping earworms weaving in and out of sprawling, hypnotic harmonies. The opening track "Think Things Through" eases in with the simple strum of an acoustic guitar before busting into a wild symphony of kazoo, glockenspiel, and tap dancing. Yes, tap dancing. "Up From The Mud" is an empowering pop number with an inescapable chorus, the perfect soundtrack for smashing the patriarchy. Lead single "Sorry (High & Dry)" is a big, middle-finger comeback tune that will have you humming the refrain as soon as you hear it.
In 2018 they followed up their EP with the single "Still", an eclectic wave of jangly guitar, oddball harmonies, electro-pop beats and ear-grabbing lyrics. The song is a powerful example of Ana, Jen and HaleyJane's ability to keep the listener guessing from a song's first note to its' last breath.
They are currently recording their first full-length release, due out in 2019.
Imagine sharing heartache with your best friend and—instead of receiving advice on what to say (or text)—you received a song in response?
Illinois singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Annie O’Malley addresses emotion with this level of personal attention and care. Penning every single word from the heart, the nineteen-year-old forges an immediate bond to listeners as evidenced by her ability to rack up hundreds of thousands of streams independently among fans of her generation or to bring a diverse crowd of 20,000 to its feet opening for the legendary Chicago.
On her 2019 debut EP produced by Johnny K [Plain White T’s], she immediately strikes a chord.
“I’m as honest and real as possible,” she exclaims. “I’m like anybody listening to me. I feel just as deeply as you do: I get upset, I’m not happy all the time, I make mistakes, and I can be angry. I create intense songs, because I love to watch real emotions. Friends will come over upset, so I’ll write them songs to feel better. For me, music is about making other people happy.”
When Annie came into this world, music played on the speaker, according to her mother. By nine-months-old, she started banging around on the piano, entertaining the lobby of a hotel for an hour straight during one vacation. Weaned on Disney channel shows, she yearned to eventually record at a professional studio. Learning guitar and ukulele in addition to piano, she wrote her first song in middle school and obsessed over influences ranging from Keane, Phoenix, Kings of Convenience, and U2 to Bob Marley, Norah Jones, and Taylor Swift, because “they all wrote their own songs as well.” Meanwhile, she would emulate music videos by Demi Lovato and Bruno Mars in iMovie.
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Annie drew relatable inspiration from suburban malaise.
In 2017, a demo made its way to band Chicago who invited her to open up a string of tour dates. As she honed her chops on stage, she initially made waves with the independent single “Chase Me Down,” racking up over 200K streams. Shortly after, iconic producer Johnny K reached out. Hitting the studio together, Annie succinctly sharpened her approach.
“He opened my songs up to tons of different sounds. I feel like Johnny brought a lot out of me,” she explains.
You can hear it loud and clear on the single “Island.” Sparse piano chords resound as her voice takes hold on the verses. Soon, the production swells towards an empowering and entrancing proclamation as she sings, “No one stands up for me, but I think I might, ‘cuz I’m on this island alone.”
“It’s about standing up for yourself and being confident on your own,” she says. “It uses that ‘Island’ analogy.”
Whether it be the stripped-down “Golden Doves” or the percussive bounce of “You’re The Drug,” Annie always delivers a true feeling in the end.
“I want people to know that we don’t have to have all the answers so quickly and we don’t need to force ourselves to be happy when we’re not. Just take life one day at a time,” she leaves off. “There’s so much pressure today. I try to alleviate some of that. I just hope everyone knows that it’s okay to feel through everything.”
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