Tue February 14th, 2017
Minimum Age: 21+
Doors Open: 8:00PM
Show Time: 9:00PM
Event Ticket: $10
Day of Show: $12
This is a general admission event at Union Pool: 484 Union Ave, Brooklyn 11211
Hard to categorize, easy to love, 79.5 has been making tons of noise around New York City for the past year. With three lead vocalists, Kate, Nya, and Piya and a band that pulls influence from every corner of a record store, it’s no wonder they are already taking the scene by storm. They are an act that gets put on as an opener and shortly there after is asked by the venue to do a month long residency. That residency leads them to a full page write up in The New Yorker before they even have a single out. The long and short of it is that 79.5 wins over the listeners wherever they play with an infectious energy. Between the arrangements of bandleader Kate Mattison and the prowess of all the players, their sets run a gamut of energies and tempos, whether breaking it down to a capella, turning it up to disco, or mastering the middle, they run the groove, and the crowd follows suit. Take all of that and put it in the studio with Big Crown’s own Leon Michels on production duties and you get a record we can’t wait to put out in the world, a record on which every song was recorded live to tape in one take.
“Terrorize My Heart”, a tune leaving no room for gray, finds the ladies of 79.5 walking the line between vulnerability and forthrightness. Setting out with admonishments of love and infatuation that are checked by the bluntness of women who’ve lived in the Big Apple for years, “is it her or is it me, that’s how it’s gotta be”. A smashing rhythm section covered in punching rhodes chops, flute parts, and dubbed out reggae rhythm guitar sets the perfect vibe for the ladies to trade off leads and come back together in three part harmonies: All the while taking the whole tune from half time to double time.
The B side, coined the Disco Dub mixed by Jens Jungkurth, finds Michels’ production taking “Terrorize My Heart” from the change where it goes to four on the floor and lacing it with drums and a clap track that absolutely pushes this tune over the edge into the realm of dancefloor banger. Tombstones fall over, the earth cracks open, and dead people get up and dance when this comes on…
Photo Credit: Rosie Cohe
The Shacks — equal parts and Shannon Wise singing in her soft whispered voice — sound like they’re playing alone with nobody watching. This dreamy, voyeuristic sound was born in a Queens, NY studio in 2014. And while they describe themselves as a rock band, don’t expect the conventional kind.
The story goes that Max brought Shannon to the studio. Max was playing guitar on a track produced by Leon Michels — the producer and co-founder of Big Crown Records — and Michels needed a vocalist. They put Shannon in the booth to try it out. It was her first time ever recording. Then, in one take, the song “Strange Boy” had a singer who completed the vibe. The Shacks were born.
There are elements of doo-wop and early, pre-Elvis rock in their musicianship. Combine that with a deeply personal songwriting approach and it’s a familiar-yet-fresh sound. Like The Five Keys met Neil Young and cut a record with Brigitte Bardot — but in English.
Here’s the thing: Max and Shannon are barely in their twenties. Most of their musical influences are from before they were born. It’s contradictions like this that signify something intriguing is happening with The Shacks.
Max and Shannon met while going to the same NYC high school. By that time, Max was already a musical wunderkind.
Raised in Princeton, NJ, at fourteen Max emailed Gabe Roth of Daptone Records with a rough, home-recorded demo. By seventeen, he had penned the lead single, “Sinner,” on Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens’ 2014 Cold World LP.
Shannon comes from a strong musical pedigree. Her father, a producer, ran a Manhattan recording studio, and her mother is a singer-songwriter. Artists and bands of all stripes passed through her life growing up. While her history isn’t yet as extensive as Max’s, she’s writing it right now. Her infectious, eclectic voice and songwriting skills are testaments to her remarkable natural talent.
Their first record together, entitled Haze and forthcoming on Big Crown Records, is jointly produced by Shrager and Michels. Each song sounds both like an exploration and reflection of the relationship between Shannon and Max. You can hear a kind of invigorating creativity between them — songs written for and about each other, trying to express the inexpressible aspects of youth and love.
“We just want people to get excited about real music again,” says Max. “When we record we try to capture what’s happening — in our lives, things between us, something in the studio that day, just something honest. Not something pieced together and hyperreal.”
In a modern culture where most music is manufactured and artificial, Max Shrager and Shannon Wise want to introduce their generation to a more honest kind of music. A kind that’s written from life and made with integrity and value. And all this before either of them can rent a car.
NYMPH has been fiercely active in the New York psych, noise, experimental and jazz scenes for many years. The outfit’s expansive approach confounds easy genre ascription; the current lineup can be said to exhibit a seamless and exuberant amalgamation of heavy psych, free jazz, modern minimalist composition, krautrock and visionary desert blues.
NYMPH has served as free-jazz legend Arthur Doyle‘s New York ensemble, The New Quiet Screamers; working with an innovator and master of the form like Doyle has magnified the group’s commitment to communicative improvisation and a palpable sense of spirituality made manifest via performance. Recently, the band officially released two live albums with Arthur Doyle on Amish Records as “Arthur Doyle & His New Quiet Screamers – First House” (for more info see http://www.amishrecords.com).
Additionally, NYMPH collaborated on an official remix with Neneh Cherry for the high profile remix companion-disc to her highly acclaimed album The Cherry Thing.
Witnessing NYMPH at peak power is akin to witnessing ritual.
NYMPH has toured North America and Japan extensively and has shared stages with Bombino, Deerhoof, Man Forever, Psychic Ills, Loren Connors, Thurston Moore, Arthur Doyle, Zs, Mike Wexler, Imarhan, Excepter, Talk Normal, Extra Golden, Sean Lennon & GOASTT, Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple), Chris Forsyth, Steve Gunn, among many other local & international acts.
Legendary NYC venues NYMPH has repeatedly performed at: Le Poisson Rouge, The Stone, Tonic, Zebulon, Glasslands, 285 Kent, Secret Project Robot, Baby’s All Right, Sunny’s Bar, Union Pool, Death By Audio, Shea Stadium, just to name a few among dozens of others!
DJ Danny Akalepse
To get a sense of who Danny Akalepse is you have to look at his track record. DJing since 1993, he came up as a Battle / Party DJ in Hip Hop?s Golden Era where it truly was your skill set that your reputation was based on. With more than two decades of djing under his belt he has become highly respected in Soul, Funk, and Hip Hop circles the world over. Dividing his time in the early days of his career between radio, battles, DJing for Parrish Smith of EPMD, and collecting records he developed both his ear and rounded out his skill set as a DJ.
Moving from LI to Brooklyn in 2000 Lepse started really pushing his mixtapes, selling more copies than a lot of indy labels sell albums. These mixes landed him a ton of residencies, most notably an 8 year 2 night a week gig at the now legendary APT in NYC. Sharing the bill with the likes of Bobbito, Jazzy Jeff, DJ Premier, and his now partner in crime Rich Medina, Lepse?s fan base went through the roof. When APT closed it?s doors in 2009 Rich & Danny brought their Wednesday night to a new venue renaming the party PROPS, which they have since taken all over the U.S. and Europe. When you hear Lepse DJ it?s a mix of new, unknown, and classic tunes spanning nearly all genres taking the party on a dynamic journey. An avid record collector, he has a library of easily over 20,000 pieces, so playing just typical tunes is out of the question. His ability to ignite dance floors while pushing the listeners has put him on stage with the likes of KRS-ONE, Cypress Hill, Kenny Dope, DJ Spinna, Lord Finesse, J-Rocc, DJ Scratch, and Just Blaze to name a few. DJing on the road all over the states and Europe for the past ten years heavily, he continues to grow his brand and make his mark.
Danny is also the Co-owner and label manager of the world reknown Brooklyn imprint Big Crown Records, home of Lee Fields, Lady Wray, EL Michels Affair, Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, The Shacks, Paul & The Tall Trees, 79.5, and many more.