Manic Productions Presents
A Great Big Pile of Leaves
LVL UP, A Paper Tugboat, Langosta
295 Treadwell St.
Hamden, CT, 06514-4140
This event is all ages
A Great Big Pile of Leaves
Brooklyn, NY-based trio, A Great Big Pile of Leaves got their start in 2007 when guitarist/singer Peter Weiland and drummer Tyler Soucy took time from their prior projects to start writing material of their own. The first six songs came together as the self-released EP The Fiery Works, which the duo put out as a free download on their Web site. As word spread online, the band’s fanbase grew along with Weiland and Soucy’s
excitement to get back to recording.
Continuing with the formula of self-producing, The Fiery Works II followed shortly afterward and was also released as a free download. Within the next year, the digital releases were downloaded over 12,000 times and the group prepared for a live setting with the addition of Tucker Yaro on bass. After playing several shows and writing a batch of new songs over the next few months, the newfound trio prepared themselves to record a full-length record Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?
LVL UP was formed by Dave Benton and Mike Caridi while attending school at SUNY Purchase in late 2010. The project was intended to be a creative outlet for lofi pop songs with an emphasis on brevity. After recording a few demos and garnering a positive response, LVL UP became a full band with the additions of Ben Smith, Nick Corbo and Greg Rutkin. October 2011 saw the release of LVL UP’s debut full length "Space Brothers" on cassette, followed by a vinyl release in February 2012 on Evil Weevil Records. The record received modest attention, exciting a small but dedicated fan base in the northeast United States.
LVL UP saw departure of guitarist Ben Smith late 2012. The now four-piece entered the studio winter 2012-2013 to record their second release, "Extra Worlds". This release experimented with both hi-fi and lo-fi recording techniques, while still keeping to the indie-rock/pop song structure of "Space Brothers". "Extra Worlds" was released on Double Double Whammy in April of 2013.
LVL UP has shared the stage with bands such as Real Estate, Beach Fossils, Japanther, The Babies, Bomb the Music Industry, and Joyce Manor.
A Paper Tugboat
A Paper Tugboat is an indie rock band from Connecticut. Their sound has been compared to the all-American rock’n’roll of Wilco and Delta Spirit, the quirky 90s-tinged work of Pavement, and the emotional gravity of Pedro The Lion. A Paper Tugboat has shared the stage with such artists as The Low Anthem, River City Extension, Kevin Devine, Dear and the Headlights, Cotton Jones, The Stepkids, and Bear Hands among others. This summer Tugboat will begin work on their fifth album, Horse Farm, while continuing to make a name for themselves across the northeast.
Hailing from South Windsor and Manchester, Connecticut, Langosta began in 2008 when bassist Stew Henderson and guitarist Matt Donovan began writing music together in the Henderson basement. Some of these first melodies would later evolve into songs on the Langosta Super Nature EP. After jamming with several different drummers over the next couple years, they added drummer Zack Abramo to the mix in 2010. From there, the trio began fleshing out the earlier melodies into full-length songs. With the addition of Gabe Sciarra on guitar in summer 2012, the band was complete and began playing live shows across Connecticut and Massachusetts under the name Super Nature while continuing to write and record the songs for their EP. Changing their name to Langosta, they released their first EP, the Super Nature EP, in March 2013. The 4-track EP represents the quintessential roots of Langosta’s music. Drawing on a heavy range of influences, Langosta attempts to weave together intricate melodies while keeping up the high energy that drives their music and performance. With a fan base that’s constantly growing, Langosta will continue to play shows in and around the area in the coming months, while working to record a full-length album to be released later this year.
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