DONYC, Death and Taxes, Cameo Present:
Bear Hands, Snowmine
Ludwig Persik, Vensaire
93 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
This event is 21 and over
"For the past month, we've been telling everyone within earshot about Bear Hands, an unsigned up-and-comer out of Brooklyn that should be on the radar of every indie label." -Entertainment Weekly
"..While hints of lo-fi indie and post-punk v2.o float about on their debut, the songs catch fire from their own spark. No grungy depression or post-millennial anxiety, just solid tunes.." -Alternative Press (top 100 bands of 2008)
Press has been off the hook in the US and the UK for their debut 4 song ep "Golden" which was produced by Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Pelican) and for their live shows. Bear Hands have been fortunate enough to share the stage with bands such as MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Ra Ra Riot, Ambulance Ltd, Cursive, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Le Savy Fav etc. They take to the road again in January 09 for a headlining East Coast/Mid West run in the US and then return to the UK in February for a two week tour to support their Singles Club release on Too Pure/Beggars.
In August 2006, Dylan Rau (vocals/guitar) brought together Ted Feldman (guitar), Val Loper (bass) and TJ Orscher (drums) in a small NYC practice space. The original plan was to flesh out some demos Rau had been working on but each quickly saw and heard the potential for a band; a band that would be unique sounding yet widely accessible.
Focusing on the rhythm and percussion that Orscher and Loper bring, they strive to bring the driving beat to the foreground and to marry it with the contemplative lyrics of Rau and inventive guitar lines of Feldman. This musical creativity combines and combats ideas set forth by pioneers of the rock genre.
The Brooklyn five-piece embraces an indie pop sound rich with echo pedals, tribal beats, electro-acoustic soundscapes and classical orchestrations. The band is fronted by new-classical composer Grayson Sanders, whose vocals have been compared to Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, and Jim Jones of My Morning Jacket.
Born in the USSR, raised on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Ludwig Persik is a multi-instrumentalist youngster whose music is a collage of new wave psychedelia and folk.
Incorporating darker elements and pop forms, Ludwig establishes a satisfying hybrid that was once a hallmark for musicians of the Bowery scene: His childhood was spent napping on his parents laps at clubs like CBGBs, absorbing the dilapidated finesse of the avante garde that was coming to an anticlimactic end in the nineties.
Vensaire is kind of like Animal Collective on acid, it's really catchy but dreamy and trippy at the same time. The boys in the band are a good looking bunch and put on a great show (when they aren't too wasted). They are brand-spanking new, so talk about this band at a party and reach uber-hipness. - Guest of a Guest
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