Hovvdy, True Blue
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 16 and over
Palm plays rock music backwards. Eve Alpert and Kasra Kurt's guitars occupy themselves most often with the pace-keeping work typical of a rhythm section. Meanwhile, Gerasimos Livitsanos' bass and Hugo Stanley's drums perform commentary and reportage from their deeply embedded positions at the front. The band is firmly attached to the physicality of rock, but not as much its tone; their instruments tend to sound like any number of things at any given time.
None of the members of Palm are formally trained on their instruments. The band formed in 2011 at college in Upstate New York, when high school friends Eve and Kasra met Gerasimos and Hugo. In those early days, the band was just beginning to forge its collective musical identity through experiments in recording and performing live.
Their first album, Trading Basics (2015), was written in Hudson, NY, a riverside outpost where the group could clarify its intentions outside the direct influence of nearby cultural capitals. That year, the members of Palm relocated to Philadelphia, where they continue to live only a few blocks apart from one another. This proximity has facilitated a level of collaboration necessary for a sound so slippery to remain in the firm grasp of its players.
On 2017's Shadow Expert EP, they made use of the steady hand granted by a tireless touring schedule, cutting their songs to efficiencies of pop confection without sacrificing the avant-adventurism at the center. The effort was met with praise from such outlets as Pitchfork, Stereogum, Spin, and Tiny Mix Tapes, who likened the sound variously to Stereolab, Slint, Sonic Youth and Broadcast. With Rock Island (2018), Palm excuses the company of these myriad influences with a sly brush of a hand, ushering the listener into a new domain, thrillingly strange for all its familiarity.
Hovvdy is Charlie Martin and Will Taylor — a duo from Austin, Texas crafting home-recorded melancholic pop and rock songs. In April of 2016, they released their debut LP, Taster.
"… it feels like Will Taylor and Charlie Martin have found themselves as songwriters. Here, everything coalesces, noise works in tandem with itself, and the melody is given force." - Noisey
"Hovvdy's music feels like sunbathing—instantly warm, soothing, granting ample time for hard reflection. The Austin duo of Will Taylor and Charlie Martin have grown their sound from the seed of tender, fuzzy bedroom pop into something more nuanced, more expansive in instrumentation and feeling." -Impose
"There's something about Hovvdy's quietly-remarkable new album that shifts this oft-found perspective; the dim light it radiates almost framing the stark sense of solemnity rather than illuminating those darkened, shadowy corners." -GoldFlakePaint
$16.00 - $18.00
Tickets on sale Fri, 6/15 @ 12pm EST
Lower Level Lounge and Bar Open at 7pm