with Special Guests Swimmer
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
Doors 10:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
lespecial carves their own path in contemporary rock
music, veering from hip-hop to metal, prog to house,
pensive indie-rock to apocalyptic dub... and yet
somehow still present a unified musical vision.
These three childhood friends from Connecticut play off of a lifetime of shared experience in
their writing and performance. In a power trio, it's essential that each of the players can utterly
captivate you at any given time. Each individual has a lot of weight to carry and is only as
strong as the weakest link. In the studio, as on stage, it seems at first blush that Jon
Grusauskas—delivering lyrics that call for your attention and seamlessly moving from guitar to
keys to samples—is handling the entire upper end of the spectrum... until you consider how
broad the melodic embrace of rhythmatist Rory Dolan and low end wizard Luke Bemand:
injecting splashes of color and wicked chops into their heavy groove foundations or driving
assaults, this dynamic battery simultaneously eases and propels lespecial through fractious
changes of mood and tempo.
The band’s fearless pursuit of a synthesis of the musical idioms that inspire them has, thus
far, culminated with the release of their second album, cheen, on October 31, 2017. Pole
vaulting over traditional genres, cheen is a snapshot of a band flexing their remarkable
creative muscles. In a traditional sense, cheen is a risky album: it asks the listener to suspend
a categorical approach and dig into their own eclectic unconsciousness, to adapt a phrase,
and appreciate the flow of the record from start to finish, as it moves guided by an unseen
plan. If there is an underlying thematic structure, it is one that is anchored—musically and
lyrically—by horror flicks, 1980s video games and lespecial’s indictment of the current cultural
state of affairs. Not overtly political, angry or morose, cheen seems to observe the zeitgeist
and respond to it. lespecial’s willingness to take this risk of presenting an album full of flavors
and feels is a reflection of the respect they have for their fans, present and future: they simply
don't underestimate the listener, and that itself is refreshing.
Never willing to sit back and settle into a groove, lespecial pivoted quickly from touring in
support of the release of cheen into a whole new format: collaborating with and supporting the
iconic Bay Area hip-hop emcee and producer, Zion I, on tour dates and a forthcoming album.
There are also plans to release remixes of cheen tracks from some of their producer friends
who hold lespecial in the highest esteem.
with Special Guests Swimmer
We are Swimmer, a Rotten Roll band from Burlington, VT. Rotten Roll is a more nuanced way of saying "Rock N' Roll
and other shit." Other shit is a more nuanced way of saying "jazz, funk, electronica, and other shit." Swimmer is
comprised of Matt Dolliver (keys / saxophone), Cotter Ellis (drums), Joe Agnello (guitar) and Jack Vignone (bass).
After the bands conception at Plymouth State University, Swimmer has cultivated a fanbase throughout the country
through unique, high-energy performances. Swimmer has shared the stages with bands such as Dopapod, Pigeons
Playing Ping Pong, Aqueous, Kung Fu and many other heavy-hitters in the scene. Swimmer has performed at
festivals such as Disc Jam, Wild Woods and Strange Creek.
$12.00 - $15.00
Tickets on sale Fri, 2/8 at 12pm EST
Citi® Cardmember Presale: Tues, 2/5 at 10am - Thurs, 2/7 at 10pm EST
Code: Enter the first six digits of your Citi® card.