On The Rise at LPR is a music series dedicated to showcasing up and coming bands from the New York City area. LPR is committed to finding some of the best local talent and exposing our patrons to bands that we truly believe in.
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Coastgaard official site | Coastgaard on Facebook | Coastgaard on Bandcamp |Coastgaard on Soundcloud
There is something timeless about the music of Coastgaard that, while playing to a listener’s sense of nostalgia, still feels fresh, current and innovative. On their upcoming sophomore release, Devil On The Balcony, the band has meticulously arranged dynamic chord progressions over immediately engaging rhythmic motifs, reminiscent of 50’s and 60’s rock and roll, to form the foundation of what will undoubtedly be a breakthrough record. Whether it be the blending of vintage and modern or the seamless integration of order and chaos, Coastgaard has found a special musical niche in their ability to merge what does not immediately seem compatible into something beautiful and inherently unique.
With all of the sonic exploration that takes place on Devil On The Balcony, the band doubles down on their commitment to capitalizing on the endearing nature and organic qualities of live instrumentation. According to the band, there is a “certain level of flexibility that cannot be duplicated using electronic elements in music”. Its this flexibility that allows the band to explore different emotional ranges and sonic directions that really solidifies a lot of the more defining characteristics of Coastgaard’s sound.
Matt Miller (Guitar, Lead Vocals)
Sean Glassman (Guitar, Vocals, Keys)
Paolo Codega (Bass, Vocals)
Brian D’Alessandro (Drums, Vocals, Keys)
Little Racer official site | Little Racer on Facebook | Little Racer on Twitter | Little Racer on Instagram | Little Racer on Spotify
2014 saw New York City’s Little Racer debut on PaperCup Music with the infectious Modern Accent EP – six tracks consummating west coast vibes with ‘80s Brit warble and trash, all wrapped in charming melodies reminiscent of pop’s golden era. It transported their growing audience to a beachside bungalow, where Noisey declared Little Racer the house band, with “surf – disco drums”, and a vibe “like Brian Wilson, but sexier.” The record made its mark on tastemakers throughout the year – BrooklynVegan, PAPER, Paste, SPIN, FILTER, CMJ, as well as radio stations such as BBC 6 Music, WFUV, and a placement on KEXP’s “Song of the Day” podcast. Dubbed both new and nostalgic, the band hailed comparisons between New Order, The Pixies, Modern Lovers, Surfer Blood and Wild Nothing.
They spent the months to follow cutting their teeth in New York’s club-circuit, sharing the stages of the Bowery Ballroom, Baby’s All Right, and Mercury Lounge, with the likes of Bear’s Den, Cheatahs, Drowners, and THUMPERS. The band caught the attention of Paste during the CMJ Music Marathon, where they witness the band, “bang out fun, sweaty, sun-drenched beach-rock that amped up the crowd.”
Taking all that noise and sweat on the road, the band headed down the East Coast on tour this March, hitting the Savannah Stopover Festival, where CMJ caught their set calling it, “UK-inspired guitar pop with enough energy to get you to shake off that hangover and start dancing.”
After recording a live session for KEXP at the Cutting Room studio in Manhattan, the studio’s engineers invited Little Racer in to record. This second effort, a breezy four-song EP entitled Foreign Tongues, was released on PaperCup Music, June 2015. Continuing with shimmering guitars, playful lyrics, and driving rhythms, Foreign Tongues is a document of a few friends carving out their place in the madness of indie rock. Building upon the sounds of these two EP’s Little Racer are currently working on their first full length LP.
Little Racer: Elliot Michaud // Wade Michael // Ish Nazmi // Ali Yildiz
Photo credit: Melissa Tilley
Dentist official site | Dentist on Facebook | Dentist on Twitter | Dentist on Bandcamp | Dentist on Soundcloud | Dentist on YouTube
Dentist comes from the oceanfront urban landscape of Asbury Park, New Jersey. Their sound combines the freedom of the beach atmosphere and the urgency of the city into a fuzzed out, surf punk-tinged brand of indie pop with hooks and infectious melodies to spare. The ethereal vocals of Emily Bornemann are countered by the sometimes aggressive, but always addictive sounds of the rest of the band. In addition to Emily on rhythm guitar, those sounds are generated by Justin Bornemann (guitar), Nick Kaelblein (bass), and Rudy Meier (drums).Dentist formed in 2013, built around the songwriting partnership of Emily and Justin. The pair had been writing songs and performing together in various ways since their first meeting in 2008 at the legendary punk hangout, TGI Friday’s.The band released their self-titled debut album in 2014, which Pandora described as “a deliriously infectious collection of fuzzy, California-styled, indie pop jangle and sun dappled garage rock crunch.”On the strength of their debut, Dentist toured extensively in the Northeast and shared the stage with a variety of national acts, including JEFF the Brotherhood, Laura Stevenson, Television, Screaming Females, Ringo Deathstarr, Mrs. Magician, and more. More recently, the band completed a tour through the American South over to Texas, picking up new fans along the way. Dentist is already planning on touring through summer 2016; in the meantime they’ll still be hitting their favorite East Coast haunts.Dentist will be releasing their sophomore album, Ceilings, this June via Asbury Park’s Little Dickman Records. For the second time, the band worked with Andy Bova at Simple Sound Studios. Ceilings builds on the sounds of the debut album while managing to retain all of the irresistible elements that made the first record a compelling listen. Showcasing their evolution as a band, the songs have a new sense of space and airiness: Emily’s vocals come to the foreground, and Dentist explores new ground, lyrically and sonically.At its core, Ceilings is still the sun-soaked party, the addictive listen begging to be put on repeat – however, just below the surface, is a depth that reveals a band truly hitting their stride.