Galuminum Foil + Feeling Anxious PR Showcase
Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, Crazy Pills, Luke Wesley, Bryan Dunn, Michael Wagner, Steve Waitt Music, Belle Mare
249 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Teen Girl Scientist Monthly
Bred and born on the windswept shores of Brooklyn, NY, Teen Girl Scientist Monthly jangle, stomp and spark, spitting sunny guitars, anthemic shout-a-longs and fuzzy garage pop by the hat-full. They just released Modern Dances - an LP of sharp shout-a-longs and bright light head-bangers.
TGSM’s infectious sound (a la Unicorns and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!) is Morgan Lynch’s feral yowl, Matt Berger’s antsy chicken wire lyre, and the pure low purr of Master Gliva’s thick strings, all made the more merry on the wings of Mel Lusk and Pete Scalzitti’s synthetic suites and the pummel Daniel Muhlenberg's skins and rims. They like drinking and they like dancing.
Equal parts garage, punk and soul, NYC trio Crazy Pills channel the
ghosts of rock and roll past, present and future to make you nostalgic
for something you’ve never heard before.
Growing up in a large family, Luke Wesley’s musical influences were all over the place. Born and raised in the small north central Ohio farm town of Shelby, he spent his time listening to anything from Dion and the Belmonts and The Beatles to Guns N’ Roses and The Clash. The variety of influences coming into the household helped shape Luke’s pop rock brand. “There was always a cassette tape from a Billboard compilation that I was desperately trying to wear out. That combined with the eclectic tastes of my older brothers made for an interesting cornucopia of music around the house.” says Luke.
In Elementary school he started learning percussion, but later, in High School, things began to take off musically as Luke started to teach himself piano. Today he has taken those musical influences and the percussive attack on piano to craft a decidedly unique modern brand of blue eyed soul. Luke’s smoky, soulful voice drew comparisons on his debut album (Because We Never Talk About It) to the likes of Marc Cohn and Bruce Hornsby.
On his sophomore effort (Who Are We Kidding?), Luke set out with producer Chris Cubeta to take his music in a matured direction. What they created is a collection of songs that groove and flow like Wesley’s first record, but with a more concise lyrical style coupled with giant synth sounds.
The bulk of this second album was written just before and during recording on a much more accelerated timeline than used previously. Says Luke: “This album was made in a year, from the time I started writing the songs to the time we finished mastering. It was a lot quicker than I had ever done before. The challenge of coming up with 25 songs in a handful of months and then working with those songs to come up with something that you can pare down and be really proud of…it’s gratifying.”
But Luke recognizes that this album was a collaborative effort, “I wrote these songs and then brought them to my regular band (Dave Burnett & Mike Tuccillo). We worked for a few days on tightening up arrangements and figuring out how we wanted to make the songs work, and then we went into the studio with Cubeta. At that point it was a lot of Chris and I going back and forth in the control room as we developed the album you hear now.
“I wanted to make a group of songs that went together stylistically and conceptually, but I get bored easily sometimes so I also wanted the album to have a diversity in its influences.” Luke said about the album, “I think that Chris and I achieved that.”
Bryan Dunn has been performing both solo and in bands in Austin, Tx. and NYC since 1993. The projects have ranged from straightforward rock groups to Irish folk songs and ultimately to Bryan Dunn and the Convenients which combine all the myriad influences into one glorious rock and roll mess. His uncle, who toured in a rock band when he was younger, first taught him how to play guitar when he was 14, and since then, he's been playing and writing songs whether or not anybody was around to listen to them. He devoured 60s rock in high school, especially the Beatles, but after moving to Austin for college, he started listening to anything available in the eclectic music scene there. After moving to NYC and having some success as the front man for Simple Thing and the guitarist for Maggie Kim, he struck out on his own, put together the basic lineup for the Convenients, and plays frequent shows both solo and with the band around the city.
Michael Wagner slaps ukuleles to make them sound like drums. He also screams his head off while playing manic guitar songs inspired by the Belgian master Django Reinhardt. You probably haven't seen anyone quite like him, and if you say you have you're probably lying.
Whether he's playing quiet listening rooms or bellowing over obnoxious crowds while envisioning those he hates most: Michael would like to remind you that, while life may be utterly miserable and devoid of any real meaning, it doesn't mean you can't have fun.
Michael could also use a real PR person.
Belle Mare is a twist of old-time chanteuse, adorned with glinted pianos, and spacious textures.
London native Amelia Bushell caught the attention of Thomas Servidone while performing at an open mic in Brooklyn, NY. The chance encounter between the two turned into a collaboration that would quickly become Belle Mare.
After just the first two meetings between the two, the duo had written their first two songs, one of them being their first single, "The Boat of the Fragile Mind", a haunting pop ballad that would define their signature blend of serene vocal melodies, ornamented with subtle pianos and dazzling synth textures.
Within the next four months, the duo wrote and recorded their first full length album, The Boat of the Fragile Mind, all in the modest confines of Thomas's apartment in Brooklyn.
With influences ranging from Sibylle Baier and Mazzy Star to darker indie acts such as The Notwist and Grouper, Belle Mare effortlessly compounds a modern vibe with retrospective leanings to create something nostalgic yet exploratory.
"There are those moments after clicking through hundreds of bands and coming up empty-handed when you finally click on one and the sounds that exude from your computer hit the spot and make you feel like all that time clicking and searching was worth the wait. The band's debut EP,The Boat of the Fragile Mind is gorgeous. It's melancholy and elegant and ethereal. It's folky dream pop at its finest and I can't stop listening to it as of late" (Brian lion-www.underthegunreview.net)
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