PopGun & Neon Gold Present
The Echo Friendly, Connor Hanwick & Peggy Wang DJ Sets
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 8:00 PM (event ends at 11:30 PM)
This event is 21 and over
Detroit native and current NYC resident Alex Winston released her debut album King Con early in 2012 and garnered critical acclaim for her uncanny ability to craft songs that remain with any listener. Having been compared to the likes of Joanna Newsom, Lykke Li, PJ Harvey, and Kate Bush, Winston returned to the public forum in September 2013 with "101 Vultures" highlighting her unique ghostly vocals and lush melodies.
Since then, Alex Winston has premiered a new remixes of the track and played a few selective shows. She is currently writing and working on the finishing touches of her new album before heading into the studio in 2014.
Check for regular updates via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlexWinstonOfficial and follow her on Twitter: @IamAlexWinston.
"101 Vultures" can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/alexwinstonofficial/101-vultures/s-ziNlc
The Echo Friendly
There are infinite songs about relationships, and certainly music can take love to a new, magical level when presented with the right song and the right people. But rarely do we come across an interplay of music and love as symbiotic–as desperately codependent–as it does in the work of debut indie outfit The Echo-Friendly. The band, half of which resides in Memphis and half in NYC, offers its icebreaker debut single “Same Mistakes” on Cantora Records.
Jake and Shannon, who comprise the lead vocal duet of The Echo-Friendly, also make up the long time off and on couple whose trials bleed profusely, and unabashedly, into the band’s music. Penned by Jake and refined by Shannon, every lyric can be considered a literal account of real-life events in the relationship, including actual conversations and conflicts, without metaphor or regard for the musicians’ privacy. The result is a textured narrative of the labors, travails and psychoses of a messy relationship, all delivered in a refreshingly digestible indie-pop package. In an age where our lives are more public than ever, The Echo-Friendly renders us all voyeurs to both the beauties and imperfections of entangled love.
The single “Same Mistakes” is a palatable introduction to the band’s love journal. In it, we find the highly relatable frustrations of repeating mistakes, breaking promises to yourself, and realizing in many ways you’re still the immature teenager you were 10, 15 years ago. It’s an anthem of angst for first-world young people faced with the melodramas of growing old without growing up, and the burdens they place on their lovers as a consequence. “Same Mistakes” gives a voice (two of them, actually) to these unspoken universalities, with complements from a steady guitar pulse and growing harmony that aches with distortion at the song’s instrumental break. The E-F’s Cantora debut is a deliberately compassionate confession to falling short of the adult we’re all supposed to be.
Frontman Jake Rabinbach has spent the past two years touring as part of Cantora artist Francis and the Lights’s band, and has released and performed music under his band Jump Back Jake in addition to releasing the November ‘10 online EP “Still Not Sorry” by Jump Back Jake and The Echo-Friendly. While the lead singers, Jake and Shannon Esper, hail from and live in New York, the band records at High/Low Studio in Memphis, where bandmates Jake Vest and Greg Faison take up residence. The foursome is well into completing its first EP, expected to come out this fall.