The Please, Please Me, Brandon Patton
Todd Lewis Kramer
250 State Street
New Haven, CT, 06511
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
The Please, Please Me
The P l e a s e, P l e a s e M e is an indie pop trio from Austin, Texas with a few tricks up its sleeve.
Featuring two drummers who left New York City to chase their musical dreams, the Please, Please Me is ”poetry you can dance to.” Frontwoman Jessie Torrisi beckons with her sultry voice one moment and duels with Agustin Frederic on the toms the next. The cream in the cookie is cellist Alissa McClure, and her army of sound effects.
It’s fun music for smart people, evoking the brashest, most inspiring women of our time from beat poets like Patti Smith to divas like Chrissie Hynde. The songs — poetically flirtatious and unforgettable — constantly dare the audience to “Go for it. Own your desires.” If you go, expect to be pulled into the act.
Jessie Torrisi’s debut album Brûler Brûler is “swagger & sexiness,” “an attention-grabber,” “pure desire,” “graceful sublime indie pop” and “year’s best debut.”
Brandon Patton, songwriter and instrumentalist, currently resides in New Haven, CT.
Patton also plays bass under the pseudonym BL4k Lotus for MC Frontalot, progenitor of "nerdcore hiphop." MC Frontalot's band and its first national tour was the subject of the documentary Nerdcore Rising. The Wikipedia entry on MC Frontalot can be found here.
Patton also performs with playwright Prince Gomolvilas in the underground theater duo Jukebox Stories, called one of the 10 best plays of 2008 by the East Bay Express.
He composed the songs for Love Sucks: the Musical, a Shakespearean take on the punk rock of the 1970s, which won honorable mention at the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Patton's previous album, "Should Confusion," was nominated for Album of the Year by the 2004 Independent Music Awards.
He also sometimes plays bass for Futureboy and Jonathan Coulton.
Todd Lewis Kramer
Singer-songwriter Todd Lewis Kramer will release his debut full-length album, Fairground, on May 13th of this year. Fairground, named for the street Todd grew up on outside of New Haven, CT, was produced by Jeremy Siegel (Kendra Morris, That Handsome Devil) and Sam Merrick (has drummed with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Toots and the Maytals, Kendra Morris and That Handsome Devil). The LP is a collection of Todd’s deeply personal stories told with raw, tremulous vocals with songs about being in love, getting hurt/longing for someone and self-reflection.
Todd has been writing songs since he was 16 and has spent the last 10-plus years searching to find who he is as a musician. While this record is a culmination of those formative years, it also marks the beginning of the next chapter of Todd's career.