Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
Saturday September 29 2018
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM
••• 21 AND OVER
The Essex Green
psych americana folk
The Wild Kindness
indie rock, jangle pop
The Essex Green
Sasha Bell, Jefferson Rush Baron,
Christopher Ziter, Lowell Thompson,
-The Essex Green are loyal and proud residents of Brooklyn, New York. The group consists of present and former members of the erstwhile Vermont outfit, Guppyboy, and The Ladybug Transistor. They are also a band that once recorded an entire album under a completely different name The Sixth Great Lake. It's a veritable musicologist's fantasy.
The Essex Green are a rare breed in today's unilateral homescape. A musical menage a uno, Sasha Bell, Jeff Baron and Christopher Ziter have conspired to bring forth, with the accompaniment of various gifted friends, their most original composition yet The Long Goodbye. With the spirit and panache of a National Geographic exploration, The Long Goodbye covers old yet not always familiar territory; at the same time bringing not a common but rather a collective soul to its sound.
The Long Goodbye is the second full-length recording from The Essex Green and their first release on Merge Records. Their first full length, Everything Is Green, was released by the fine folks at Kindercore Records just before the turn of the century (1999). Following that, a five-song music novella entitled The Essex Green was released in 2000 by The Elephant 6 Recording Company.
Over the last few years, The Essex Green has toured across the U.S., performing with such contemporaries as The Ladybug Transistor, Of Montreal, Beachwood Sparks, The Aislers Set and Apples In Stereo. They have also made the voyage across the pond for a UK tour with Australia's The Lucksmiths. Plans are in the works for extensive U.S tours this spring and fall, with a tour of Europe's finest houses sandwiched in between.
The Long Goodbye is a shimmering jewel of a record. The sort you will find yourself listening to over and over again, tuning in to the layers and layers of sonic viscera. And each time you will find something new. The Long Goodbye finds the band in top form as it peels away some of the masque-committee and brings forth The Essex Green's richest sound yet.
-from Taos, NM
-Begun in 2010 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Trummors is a duo formed by songwriters Anne Cunningham and David Lerner. Dave, known to some for his years of work with Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, plays acoustic guitar and sings. Anne, who holds a PhD in Comparative Literature, sings and plays harmonium–a hand-pumped reed organ primarily used in drone music. With a revolving cast of musicians, the two songwriters have forged a lush sound that has been called "raga country, country as inner voyage.”
Early on in the group’s existence, Cunningham and Lerner moved from Brooklyn to the considerably calmer surroundings of West Saugerties in upstate New York. Trummors debut album, Over and Around the Clove, was released by Ernest Jenning in 2012, and reflected their recent change of scenery with a set of spare, earthy songs that brought a slightly psychedelic filter to country-rock. Comparing the record to “the gentler moments of the Grateful Dead’s American Beauty”, Alternative Press praised Over And Around The Clove as “the latest proof that the well of traditional American music is truly bottomless.”
In 2014, the duo moved again, this time to Taos, NM where they currently live. They soon began work on new songs that would become their third LP, titled Headlands. Fittingly, Headlands draws inspiration from enduring archetypes of the American West. Songs of rambling misadventure and fleeting freedom are shot through with the occasional bracing dose of reality. Sonically, the record traffics in Trummors’ signature easy 70s rural grooves and sweet close-harmony vocals, but also features more expansive and dynamic musical interplay.
Headlands was recorded and mixed by Jarvis Taveniere (Woods, Real Estate), and produced by Kevin Barker (Vetiver, Fruit Bats), whose b-bender telecaster work accompanies every track. Additional musicians include Dan Horne (Cass McCombs, Circles Around the Sun) on pedal steel, Kyle Forester (Crystal Stilts, Woods) on piano and saxophone, with Chad Laird & Steve McGuirl (Prince Rupert’s Drops) on bass and drums, respectively. Will Dyar (who performs with the band on occasion) mastered Headlands at Hills Audio in Santa Fe, NM.
The Wild Kindness
Mike Alexis: guitar, vocals
Ben Montesano: drums
Jim Rivera: guitar
Ross Murray: bass
-from SF Bay Area, CA
-Having previously played in notable SF Bay Area bands Actionslacks, Film School, AM Magic and the Decoration, the Wild Kindness came together as friends with a collective desire to continue creating dynamic, compelling music. After a handful of shows and many months holed up in a room in Marin working on songs, Mike Alexis (vocals, guitar), Ben Montesano (drums), Ross Murray (bass) and Jim Rivera (guitar) made their way to Tiny Telephone studio in Oakland.
The band’s upcoming debut, to be released on 20-Sided Records, is both a progression from, and nod to, the indie rock of their collective past. With far reaching influences such as the Verlaines and Close Lobsters, to name a just few, as well as more recent bands like Cymbals Eat Guitars and Alvvays, there’s a solid melodic sensibility throughout these songs, delivered with an incisive bite. The Wild Kindness play a style of amplified beat music that is circa now, always following their instincts and keeping songcraft in high regard.