Gondola, The Highway, The Jean Jackets, The Lords of Liechtenstein


We live in Brooklyn.
There are five of us.
Loud, soft; yeah we can do that.
We like to cuddle.

The Highway

The New York-based psychedelic rock band The Highway came into being nearly a decade ago. Daniel Tortoledo (vocals and bass), Adam Douglass (guitar), Griffin McMahon (keys) and Ted MacInnes (drums) connected over shared influences, both earthly and intangible: Philosophy. Perspective. The vastness of outer space. Mysticism. Hitchcock’s psychological mindfucks. Grassy fields and dense forests. Color. The expansiveness of the United States. The result of their collaboration is a singular sound—one that has the ability to completely take you over. Within the cacophonous, but highly orchestrated, rock trances is a writing process steeped in tradition. The Highway adheres to the mantra of less is more, and there is order here in the chaos of sound. Starting with simple chords, the band creates a spacious structure in which to elaborate. Adding psychedelic arrangements and soulful lyrics (sung with fervor by Daniel Tortoledo) they infect with potent nostalgia. They elicit a feeling of having discovered something entirely new. Their songs ebb and flow, often building to a riot—a well-crafted wall of sound, punctuated by the tweaked out echoes of dreams and philosophical spoken lyrics. In September 2010, The Highway released their first album: Forest People. And after a month-long winter tour of the US, The Highway returned home with the basis for their sophomore album. In June (2012), they laid down their new tracks at a Converse-sponsored studio in NYC. Very soon in March 1 the band is hitting the road with the hopes of coming back to the city with new material to be recorded soon.

The Jean Jackets

Jackson Phinney: Songwriting, guitar, vocals, misc.

Dominick Knowles: Songwriting, drums, percussion, recording, misc.

Christine Spilka: Songwriting, guitar, vocals, aloe vera enthusiast

Joe Marotta: Songwriting, bass, clavier, saxophone.

The Lords of Liechtenstein

Acoustic-rock duo The Lords of Liechtenstein was born out of a parental mandate. Dan Rauchwerk had been playing in bands for years when his dad insisted that he include his younger brother Noah in his musical endeavors. “Just let him sit and play bongos or something,” their dad said. “He looks up to you so much.” With that burden of guilt on his shoulders, Dan grudgingly allowed Noah to accompany his solo acoustic sets on bongos. Eventually they settled on the name The Lords of Liechtenstein as it is the only nation that currently can be rented out for corporate functions. It was not until it was too late that they realized that the name carries the unfortunate internet acronym “LOL”. Over the years the Lords have grown together as musicians, making a once-forced union both voluntary and necessary for their musical survival. Today, Noah’s position in the band includes playing a variety of instruments including ukulele, piano, and assorted percussion as well as singing. Dan’s role has remained the same since their early days; he still is a guitarist and a vocalist. Together, they write songs that in a technical taxonomical sense can be classified as acoustic-rock, but in reality incorporate elements of folk, reggae, and funk. These songs use simple yet catchy melodies to draw an audience in. They then hit that audience with lyrics that are easy to understand, but which provide powerful social and emotional commentary on the world in which they live. They have brought their music to audiences all over the Northeast in energy-packed live shows which, through the hilarious onstage banter and the fact that the brothers occasionally kick each other onstage, demonstrate a strong bond of brotherly love.


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