PJ O'Connor (of The Bogmen), Bastards of Fine Arts

PJ O'Connor & the Fine Arab Chargers

A percussionist and drummer by trade, PJ now steps forward with a new batch of songs that he has written which depict a New York City at a very unique time in its history. “Disdain is Mount Vesuvius and New York City’s the new Pompeii!”, O’Connor sings in his track “Television’s Golden Age”. The record that he hopes to put out in early 2019 aims to reflect these ominous and foreboding times yet ultimately holds faith in human compassion. New York’s gritty exterior secretly conceals a caring heart.

Produced by his long-time collaborator Bogmen frontman Vic Thrill, the record includes contributions from talented friends that PJ has made along the way while playing with both Radio 4 and The Bogmen. Traces of both of those bands can be heard in these songs all while bringing something fresh. PJ is particularly proud to debut this band at Mercury Lounge having played there for the first time with The Bogmen in April 1995.

Bastards of Fine Arts

BASTARDS OF FINE ARTS is a new band with old roots. Matt Keating and Steve Mayone are both songwriter veterans and multi-instrumentalists, singularly releasing multiple albums over the past two decades.

Both began their careers in the 1990’s, moving from bands to solo artists: Keating has released 11 albums. NPR says: “In a career spanning more than 20 years, Matt Keating has established himself as one of America’s great under the radar songwriters. His work is rife with clever and incisive tunefulness."

Mayone has released 5 albums. Americana UK says: “The stark truth is Mayone is a master songsmith. He crafts and molds his stories eloquently and intelligently and there’s not many that you can say that about.”

Keating and Mayone joined forces in 2016 and began a productive songwriting collaboration, putting up a new song weekly on social media for a year in their online music series, NEW SONG FORWARD FRIDAY. Joined by Jason Mercer on Bass (Ron Sexsmith, Oh Pep) and Greg Wieczorek on drums (Norah Jones, Autumn Defense), they’ve been performing around NYC and the Northeast and have a monthly residency at the 11th St. Bar in the East Village. Their debut album is due for release in 2019.



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