The Kickdrums, Erica Glyn, Genghis Hans
249 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
Doors 7:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
The Kickdrums are a Brooklyn-based indie rock band and production team headed by singer/songwriter/producer, Alex Fitts. Fitts began his career in Cleveland, Ohio producing hip hop tracks for local artist and quickly built a reputation as a "go to" producer for emerging talent. His knack for blending hip hop and alt rock scored him production placements with Kid Cudi, 50 Cent, Kanye West and Slaughterhouse. As he sharpened his skills as a producer, his desire to write, produce and apply his talent to recording his own music grew even stronger.
In 2007, tired of the redundancy of the radio rotation, Fitts decided to delve deeper into his alt rock roots and along with his close friend and partner, Matt Pentilla, began experimenting with his love for electronic music. With their focus shifting, The Kickdrumsstarted distancing themselves from working with outside artists. Fitts would spend his days penning songs and unraveling chord progressions, while Pentilla would break down records and flip obscure samples on his drum machine. All the rules were thrown out the window and the end result was a mesh of alt rock, soul and hip hop that has proclaimed The Kickdrums as the premiere genre-bending band of this generation.
The Kickdrums have been well known amongst the blog elite for their release of cross-genre mixtapes that not only showed how in tune they are to emerging music but showcased the future of their sound. In 2009, he made his debut as an artist by releasing the critically acclaimed mixtape "Just A Game". Backed by brands like URB, Complex, Livemixtapes and Us versus Them, the band would go on to self-release two more albums, a series of festival mixtapes and run of singles leading to the 2011 official album debut, Meet Your Ghost, on Last Gang Records. Meet Your Ghost quickly earned a cult following with tracks featured in episodes of Chuck, Cougartown, Suits, Demoted, EA Games release, "SIMS3" and upcoming "coming of age" comedy, 21 and Over, from the directors of The Hang Over.
In the Spring of 2012, Fitts released another highly anticipated mixtape "Follow the Leaders". This latest installment greater exposed Fitts talent as an artist highlighted by features from some of hip hop's most buzzed about upcoming artist such as Rockie Fresh, Casey Veggies, MGK and Exquire. "Follow the Leaders" would go on to have two tracks reach number one on the HypeM charts and earn rave reviews from the top hip hop and indie music blogsites. The Kickdrums have surely grown into their distinctive sound and earning their space in the upper echelon of musicians dedicated to pushing creative boundaries.
"With the release of her new album, STATIC, the New York based musician, recording engineer and producer creates a world of unique trip-hop, psychedelic sounds that trigger Burtonesque images, while her distorted melodies and enticing vocals take you on a journey through your imagination." – The Deceptive Cadence
New York City based musician, Erica Glyn, has been playing music for as long as she can remember. Her passion and drive for her own development has exploded in her latest work, STATIC. The new album was written, recorded and produced solely by Erica, with contributions from a collection of well-respected artists. She produced a unique and intriguing sound, mixing elements of trip-hop, rocktronica and a splash of psychedelic rock with her captivating vocals and commanding lyrics. Erica leans towards the unconventional, experimenting with instrumentation and tonal effects, which garner her comparisons to boundary-pushing powerhouses like Florence Welch and Fiona Apple.
Erica's vampy, garage-pop lures listeners into "a world of the unusual and strange", from the albums opening sultry and hypnotic track, "Commonplace", to the warped, dream-like "Beautiful". The poptastic, "All I Wanna Do", hits you with an undeniable beat right off the bat, it's commercial appeal coupled with an edgy sound and stuck-in-your-head-for-days lyrics. Each song from STATIC takes you deeper into the fantastical world of Erica Glyn, a landscape of pulsating beats, surging synthesizers, elegantly volcanic melodies, and dark, poetic lyrics.
Erica began her career working with Grammy nominated producer/engineer Bob Power, on albums by India.Arie, The Roots, Ozomatli, Citizen Cope and Meshell Ndegeocello among others. Erica has opened for Jonathan Richman of the Modern Lovers in Istanbul, and played alongside the likes of St. Vincent and Citizen Cope. Recently she has worked with Joel Hamilton (Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Sparklehorse) on projects including Candice Anitra, Watussi and Blakroc. In addition, Erica has collaborated with the likes of Blair Wells (Q-tip, Parts and Labor), John Ginty (Citizen Cope, Jewel) and Jesse Krakow (Craig Wedron, Shudder To Think, Julee Cruise).
As an engineer, she has worked with a variety of notable personalities that include Hillary Clinton, Richard Clarke (Audie Award), Stephen Colbert, Frank McCourt (Audie Award), Joan Rivers, Uma Thurman, Dr. Oz, Mariane Pearl (Audie Award), Valerie Plame, Michael J. Fox (Audie Award) and John Lithgow (Audie Award), the latter two projects both garnering Grammy nominations.
Erica also produces, composes and performs music for multimedia installation projects with live video artist Laia Cabrera and live animator Isabelle Duverger, which has taken her to Spain and France. Other notable performances by the collective are Shifting Gaze, a multimedia project realised in Times Square, October 2010, as part of Spain Art Fest´10 curated by the Consulate General of Spain NYC, Times Square Alliance and Coolture Spain.
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