Elison Jackson, Head With Wings, Ports of Spain
250 State Street
New Haven, CT, 06511
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 9:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Elison Jackson is a garageâ€“folk/ psychedelic rock band from Philadelphia, PA & New Haven, CT. The band has put out three records and several bedroom-demo mix-tapes since 2011. Their third LP, â€śDo Not Fear To Kill A Dead Manâ€ť, was released in the fall of 2013 to critical acclaim. Featuring basement organs, haunted lyrics and Neil Young-esque guitar jams, their sound has expanded significantly from its folk roots, moving forward with a strong foundation into blues, 80's analog synth, and prog-rock. Their newest record, a 5-song collection titled "Silver Sounds: Hallucinations", takes a step further in the band's sonic progression. Heavier drums, driving synth, and atmospheric bowed upright bass fill out the songs in a way the band has never achieved before.
Staying busy since their beginnings in 2010, Elison Jackson has emerged as one of the most consistent and unique bands in CT. Sharing the stage with Elvis Perkins, Akron/Family, Mystic Braves, Simone Felice and other like-minded contemporaries, the band has built a loyal following in CT and beyond. Primary songwriter and singer Sam Perduta currently resides in Philadelphia, PA, after living and basing the band out of New Haven from 2012-2015. The band plans on touring extensively in the Spring and Summer, and will be releasing "Silver Sounds: Hallucinations" on 12" record at the end of 2016. They are currently in the studio recording a follow up at the infamous "Blazone" in New Haven, CT.
"..evokes sepia tacked imaginary, the drawers of memory materialize in present as a mysterious revenant....as if "Time Out Of Mind" was recorded by a band of twenty-somethings in a garage: lucid madness"- Gabriele Benzing, OndaRock Italy
â€śWith two solid full-length albums and a handful of EPs and singles now to their credit, Elison Jackson has established itself as one of Connecticutâ€™s most consistently interesting young bands. Their most recent LP, last fallâ€™s â€śDo Not Fear to Kill a Dead Manâ€ť (Telegraph Recording Company), is an assured nine-song collection of rootsy rock songs...â€ť- Rolling Stone contributor Eric Danton, Listen Dammit
"Elison Jackson comes across as being possessed with an inherent wisdom bound by some ancient knowledge capable of evoking eerie comfort from shaking hands with the vague and wistful memories of lives past." - Drop Zone LA
Head With Wings
The sudden appearance of Head with Wings within their geographical area, ironically resembles something of a â€śfalling from the skyâ€ť phenomenon.
Four gentlemen, born and raised on a diet of anthemic 90â€™s rock and artistic British gloom, seemingly came out of nowhere in 2012 to very quickly prove themselves as one of the most exciting and forward-thinking alternative music outlets in their region.
It has never been a simple task, marrying emotional weight, sophistication, accessibility, and hunger for innovation in oneâ€™s art formâ€”and Head with Wings do not scramble to rise to this challengeâ€”it just happens.
Dark and thoughtful enough to earn the approval of the most self-righteous music fanatics, but universal and heartfelt in a way that renders genre constriction meaninglessâ€”Head with Wings could appeal to anyone with a set of ears and an open mind.
Worlds apart from the trends of the moment, and defiantly unique on even a world stage, the quartet brings their engrossing sound to life in a way that is unmissable on their debut EP, Living with the Loss.
The four tracks comprising the short, but poignant work, produced by rising New Haven-area production talent, Frank Sacramone, capture a band, hardly a year into their existence, standing atop their own creative islandâ€¦and the view is stunning.
Ports of Spain
"Ports of Spain present the listener with a sound standing firmly on the cutting edge, but with a feeling so natural one wonders why no ones done it before."
- Dirigible Press
"Winter's Teeth â€” a plinky, reverb drenched, airy, indie-rock song, replete with washes of background vocals tribal drums. The musical proficiency and layers of high quality production apparent on this track mark Ports of Spain as a band to watch."
- The Noise (Boston)