Born Cages

Born Cages

For Born Cages, freedom stands paramount. The New York-based alternative rock outfit thrives on creatively seeking that freedom, whether it's in the studio or on stage. There's no rulebook. There's no template. There's simply unhindered art in its purest form when Vlad Holiday [lead vocals/guitar], Amanda Carl [keyboards/backing vocals], Steve Kellner [bass guitar/backing vocals], and Dave Tantao [drums] converge. As a result of that shared boundless mentality, a delicate alchemy of raw guitars and shimmering electronics powers I'm Glad I'm Not Me, their forthcoming full-length debut for Razor & Tie. All boundaries and chains might just be broken in the process.

In 2011, these four musicians were naturally drawn to each other. Each had made his or her own imprint on the fertile New York scene, and their bond proved instantaneous. Within their first year together the band's self-released online demos stirred major buzz. Soon, NYC's most prominent rock radio station Q104.3FM started giving them frequent airtime, New Music Seminar dubbed them an "Artist on the Verge," their in-studio performance at the Gibson showroom was featured in Times Square, and they shared the stage with the legendary Guns N' Roses for two sold out shows.

Signing with Razor & Tie in 2012, the quartet commenced work on I'm Glad I'm Not Me with producer Jon Kaplan at Brooklyn's Mission Sound Studios [Metric, Arctic Monkeys]. They further honed their singular and signature style.

"It's loud, ethereal, and fuzzy," exclaims Holiday. "The perfect balance of electronic and guitar music has yet to be found. We're striving to achieve that balance. The mood and energy of the band are very real. The music is mysterious, exciting, truthful, embellished, vague, specific, dark, and happy. In other words, it's life."

Everything comes alive on tracks like "Don't Look Back." Literally plucked from a dream Holiday had one night, the song teeters from elegantly entrancing keys to an anthemic groove just before erupting into a scorching solo.

"Have you heard a song so fucking great you wished you could go back in time and write it yourself?" he asks. "I had a dream one night about this song. The band playing it was a fictitious, blurry symbol of youth and revolt. I woke up from the dream and still had the melody in my head. I picked up my guitar and recorded the main riff in less than a minute. I guess in a way, I plagiarized my subconscious."

Born Cages exist to capture moments like that. Rather than suppressing any emotions, they embrace them no matter how wild. It's an ethos encapsulated within their very name.

"The band name is a symbol for discontentment," reveals the singer. "It's being unsatisfied with what you're given, but actually doing something about it. Cages aren't meant to be escaped from unless there's extreme passion and motivation. It's a symbol which alone is meaningless, but with enough people can change the world."

There's no shortage of passion or motivation when it comes to the group's songs, and they might just wake up an entire culture in need of revolution. "There's a line in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris that I keep coming back to," says Holiday. "It goes, 'The artist's job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.' That's our attempt with this album. I want the listener to get inspired to live without fear. I want people to feel impetuous and free because that's what rock music should be about."

Lion's Teeth

Lion’s Teeth makes the kind of music you listen to with the windows down, the wind in your hair, singing at the top of your lungs. Formed in 2009 in the heart of downtown New Haven, Lions teeth combines elements of folk rock, alternative and indie rock to create music that makes you want to move your feet and sing along.


As diverse as the city in which they were formed, Lion’s Teeth is a shining example of collaboration in an increasingly disjointed world. After playing as a solo artist for several years, singer/songwriter/eternal optimist Chris Kiley enlisted bass player/sweater aficionado Rob Aceto and drummer/yahtzee expert Mike Knobloch to form a full band. Lions Teeth quickly became known for their memorable melodies and rich vocal harmonies, recording their first 3 song EP in late 2010 and opening for national act Cage the Elephant at Toad’s Place.

Mid-2011, The band recruited guitarist Ian Biggs to add a third vocal part and expand the Lion’s Teeth sound with his massive guitar leads. With a new member and new songs, Lion’s Teeth is in the process recording a new EP, which will be released in early 2013.

All In Blind

All in Blind is a Rock band from New Haven, CT.The group has existed in one facet or another for almost ten years and has undergone many sonic evolutions during that span. After releasing an edgy Rock EP entitled "Bury Your Exits" a little less than a year ago, the group has undertaken a new direction again; returning to their groovier roots (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimi Hendrix, Parliment-Funkadelic). While many would say that a band must stick to its sound and follow its chosen path this Elm City group believes in evolution through creativity and will always ignore the afore mentioned imposed walls.
All in Blind has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with acts such as Our Lady Peace, Capital Cities, Alterbridge, The Misfits, Zox, All Time Low, Everlast, Hot Rod Circuit, Badfish, TREOS, Thrice, Dredg, and Marcy Playground.

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Wednesday, September 11 · 9:00 PM at BAR