Manic Productions Presents
The Mountain Movers, Jounce (feat. Danny Tamberelli from The Adventures of Pete & Pete), The Backyard Committee
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden, CT, 06514
This event is 21 and over
Mark is the former singer of Miracle Legion. That band lasted a long time and did great things. His next band was Polaris. They wrote the music for tv show 'The Adventures of Pete & Pete'. Polaris never really existed outside the television but there is an album. Mark's solo career began with Fathering - an album that received loads of praise and featured the song Hey Self Defeater, featured in Nick Hornby's 31 Songs. From there followed albums 'Smilesunset' and 'In Pursuit Of Your Happiness'. Some eps' and singles in there as well.
So many tours later he stopped everything and stayed home. Many of his long-time fans banded together to record an album of his songs in tribute to Mark's wife. The result was Ciao My Shining Star, featuring the likes (yes,the likes) of JM Stipe, T. Yorke, A. Yorke, Frank Black, Hayden, Ben Kweller, Josh Rouse, The Great Vic Chesnutt, Dinosaur Jr., Juliana Hatfield and The National. Lot's of other lovelies too. So many. Thanks everybody.
Mark has written several tragic comic operas with the cartoonist Ben Katchor. It's music played in front of projected cartoons. He likes bicycles, trolley cars and summertime. He likes his band too-Ken Maiuri (Pedro the Lion,Young at Heart Chorus) and Henning Ohlenbusch (School for the Dead).
'Dear Mark J Mulcahy I Love You' is the next and newest record. Now signed to Fire Records, Mark is back to making music and playing live.
Mark Mulcahy: In Pursuit Of Your Happiness
"his songs cast their spell long after the record's finished, scratching away at your subconscious until you go back of your own volition" 4 Stars - Observer Music Monthly
Mark Mulcahy: Fathering
"Mulcahy not only plays all the instruments but overlays his own vocal harmonies and counterparts in a set of emotionally involving, highly personal songs. Don't let the fact that Radiohead love him or that he's opened for Oasis and Seal confuse the issue: this man is very much a singer songwriter to be filed along side Tim Buckley, Neil Young or Jackson Browne." MOJO
"This rock-n-roll koala bear-same come-to-bed eyes, same don't mess-with-me claws-hasn't allowed over familiarity with the fuzzy end of rock's lollipop to dull his appreciation for the sensual world. Forbidden fruits are his specialty, the riper the better, and in that remarkable voice he has the instrument to skewer the loneliest hearts every time."NME
"LOCK UP YOUR GIRLFRIENDS!" Tom Cox
"He's a genius,' reckons Thom Yorke, and Fathering makes a good case for the Radiohead frontman being right." Jewish Chronicle
The Mountain Movers
The Mountain Movers were started by Daniel Greene and Rick Omonte to keep up with Dan's prolific songwriting. The band is based out of New Haven, Connecticut where they have a wealth of talented friends to help them perform and record their songs. Their sound can best be described as dreamy rock. Always heartfelt, Greene's ability to paint a picture with words is uncanny. Sonically, the band has a love for warm old tones, echoes, and tape hiss. This is apparent in their discography as most of their output was made on 2 inch reel to reel machines or 8 track cassette recorders. The Mountain Movers are also known for their distinct visual style and their various releases feature Dan's unique artwork (pencil/pen drawings, pastels, and watercolor paintings). Recently the decision was made to create the band's own record label, Car Crash Avoiders, further cementing the reputation they hold for a very hands-on ethos. They have played shows with Dinosaur Jr., MV and EE, Josephine Foster, Akron Family, Wolf Parade, and Cherry Blossoms. They have had banner reviews from Shindig, OMG Vinyl, Terrascope UK, and many other fine spots. New recordings are always in the works. Current Movers: Daniel Greene (founder of The Butterflies Of Love), Rick Omonte (founder of Shaki Presents), Kryssi Battalene (also of Colorguard), Ross Menze (also of Estrogen Highs).
Jounce (feat. Danny Tamberelli from The Adventures of Pete & Pete)
"I'm passionate about acting, but this is what I was doing in the dressing room even then," says Tamberelli of his love for playing music. "It's cool to do both, but music has always been my primary outlet."
Jounce is not your normal touring ensemble. Made up of childhood friends who have known each other since kindergarten, the musical connection between them reflects these deep roots.
Consisting of Dan Tamberelli on bass, Matt DeSteno on guitar, and Joe Ciarallo on drums, with all members contributing vocals, the band is a mainstay at bars, clubs, music halls, colleges and festivals up and down the eastern United States, consistently consistently building buzz and refining their presence in both the live and studio settings.
When the members of Jounce graduated from college in spring of 2004, the band relocated to a somewhat secluded property bordered by the Holyoke State Forest in Amherst, MA. They traveled extensively, playing hundreds of shows and sharing bills with influences including the Benevento Russo Duo, The Flaming Lips, Medeski, Martin and Wood and The Slip.
After several years, the band returned home and moved back to the New York area, where they eventually landed in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Jounce's self-titled debut album was released on June 29th, 2006 to rave reviews. The opening song "You Tell Me" garnered 3rd place in Relix magazine's Winter 2006 JamOff Competition out of over 500 submissions and the band began playing increasingly larger rooms including New York's Highline Ballroom and Gramercy Theater.
The band's sophomore effort, "These Things," was released March 31st, 2009 on GreenFence Records. The album was produced by Jounce and Rob Stevens (Magnetic Fields), and mixed and mastered by renowned producer Rob Fraboni (The Band, Rolling Stones, Bob Marley). The album contains nine tracks of previously un-released Jounce originals as well as a rendition of Guide By Voices' "The Hardway." Songs like "Too Far Gone" and "Who Hates "The Office" show the band's ability to deliver tight rock anthems. "Cold Fog" shows they can ease into a tune and still bring you away. "Truth Defines" and "The World at Large" mix catchy choruses with instrumental prowess.
Jounce welcomed guest musicians Marco Benevento (The Duo), who played keyboards on "Yenny" and "These Things" and Tom Hamilton (Brothers Past, American Babies) who added guitar and vocals on "The World At Large," "Cold Fog" and "These Things." Upon releasing "These Things," Relix magazine named Jounce one of their artists "on the verge."
The Backyard Committee
The Backyard Committee is an improvisational roots rock band from New Haven, Connecticut. They specialize in ever-evolving song interpretations and putting on one-of-a-kind, spontaneous performances. Particularly in and around New England where they live.
Lucidmike writes the songs, and his friends play ‘em. Each member is encouraged to add his or her own personal voice and style, the only condition being that they remain fully engaged at all times.
Digital tools like auto-tune, click tracks and samples are commonly used to make music flawless these days, but the band tends to like it better when they leave all the mistakes in. For this particular project, the human element is the most important. And if someone makes a mistake… hey, at least they were reaching for something.
The project retains the spirit of exploration established by classic acts like the Dead, Bob Dylan and Neil Young but it’s equally inspired by bands like Guided by Voices, Pavement and Neutral Milk Hotel — it’s a back-to-basics sound, but not a throwback.
The improvisational nature of the band makes it a comfy fit for festivals, extended two-set club shows or secret psychedelic parties in the woods. Band members and the audience alike are invited to become completely immersed in the experience… in order to get the most out of it. To dance. Or just sway. And sing along. And maybe come on stage and play a song. Tapers are encouraged to record at all shows.
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