Manic Productions Presents:
Field Mouse, This Old Ghost, Caravela
295 Treadwell St.
Hamden, CT, 06514-4140
This event is all ages
There are moments when the members of Westchester, New York's Moving Mountains wonder if they should've been born a decade earlier. Their Triple Crown Records debut, Waves, harkens back to the early 2000s and finds inspiration from bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Engine Down, Cave In, and Further Seems Forever.
"A part of us wishes we were a band that were emerging in 2001...but in a weird way, it motivates us to pick up where some of those bands left off," says frontman Gregory Dunn.
Moving Mountains have sought to create something special, and Waves does an incredible job of proving that. The songs are teeming with resplendent, ethereal, guitar-driven atmospherics that slowly fade into your consciousness.
Gregory Dunn co-founded the band as a studio project in 2005 with drummer Nick Pizzolato. Dunn and Pizzolato wrote and recorded a self-titled demo EP that was leaked to the public in early 2006 and was followed by 2007's Pneuma, which Deep Elm Records re-issued the following year.
"After we put out Pneuma, we formed a band to perform those songs live, and that's when we got guitarist Frank Graniero and bassist Mitchell Lee," explains Dunn.
That newly formed band's first collective effort would be Foreword, a dense, 36-minute four-song EP that they released in late 2008 on their own label, Caetera Recordings. By this time, bands like Thursday, Say Anything, The Dear Hunter and Polar Bear Club had begun championing the band and inviting them on the road.
"The Say Anything tour was our first big, full U.S. tour, where we were playing in front of 1,000 people a day. We built up a ton of momentum and it just worked out. We've been so fortunate because it hasn't been about trying to sell our band on people -- it's been about trying to get in contact with them directly and then just crossing our fingers," Dunn says.
The experience of watching crowds react to their basement creations heavily inspired them when they set out to begin work on Waves in late 2009.
"Our goal with Waves was to have someone be engaged from the start to the end," declares Gregory Dunn.
Engaged they will be. With Waves, Moving Mountains has produced a powerful collection of majestic, post-hardcore songs that contain a textured urgency that reaches farther and harder than any of their previous work. Lyrically, the album speaks of loss and faith, intertwining topics that Dunn has long dealt with.
"When the band first started, a very close friend of mine passed away. That was one of the big motivations for all the lyrics on Pneuma. They're very figurative and overly metaphorical, because I was embarrassed to talk about it at that time. With Waves, I said to myself that it's the last time that I'm going to write about it, so I'm going to be really blunt, honest and straightforward about the subject. Pneuma, Foreword and now Waves have all been about that... a lot of it is also my struggle with understanding faith and existence... and just about questioning those ideas--and most importantly--how to overcome that to appreciate what you have."
Field Mouse is a four-piece dream pop band from Brooklyn, NY. Seamlessly interweaving influences from shoegaze, indie, and power pop, Field Mouse offers lush sonic textures and expansive soundscapes to complement the airy, wistful vocals of singer/guitarist Rachel Browne. Through complex and delicate harmonies, the songwriting of Browne and guitarist Andrew Futral breathes new life into common themes of lost love and renewal.
The band has been honing its sound since its formation in 2010, and has solidified its lineup with the recent addition of bassist Danielle DePalma and drummer Geoff Lewit. Their first release on Small Plates Records finds the group realizing its musical vision, incorporating rich synthesizers and feedback to give an edge to its soaring arrangements and pop sensibilities.
This Old Ghost
This Old Ghost is Ian McGuinness, Karri Diomede, Ryan Sniffen, Robert Pizzolato and Brendan Coughlan. McGuinness put the band together in 2011 after moving home to Westchester, New York from a year and a half in Los Angeles. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Good Old War, Death Cab for Cutie, First Aid Kit and Fleet Foxes, This Old Ghost has found their own unique yet comfortable sound.
Caravela is a rock band currently residing in Westchester and Brooklyn, NY. The band consists of brothers Frank and Stephen Graniero, both of whom share instrumentation duties. They released an EP entitled "Belvedere" in 2010 and a full length named "Coat of Arms" in the winter of 2011. They are now writing for the next record, playing shows around the northeast, and perfecting the art of drinking and dancing at the same time.