Challenger (Record Release Show)

Challenger (Record Release Show)

Art Decade, Silverbird, Brian Merrill

Fri, May 30, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Hall - Brooklyn

Brooklyn, NY

$8.00

This event is 21 and over

Challenger
Challenger
Challenger is an indie band from New York City, helmed by producer/songwriter John Ross and rounded out by a backing band for live performances. Ross self-released Challenger's debut LP The World Is Too Much for Me in 2012. The album's epic pop sound drew comparisons to Small Black, Peter Gabriel, and Tanlines. The 405 called it "a wonderfully varied and solid piece of electronica" and Consequence of Sound added, "There is a grandiosity and bombast to each tune, echoing with the noise and reverb of polished sequences and crisp synth lines."

Back To Bellevue is the band's second full-length, which Ross wrote and recorded in his childhood bedroom in Florida, on an extended "vacation" from the hustle of Brooklyn life. Challenger's songs are cinematic, borrowing influences from Ross' work as a film and television composer. Back To Bellevue features vocal parts from Ian Dudley of Inner Outlaws and Jon Lawless of First Rate People. The album will be released digitally on May 27, 2014.
Art Decade
Art Decade
"Plenty of indie-rock bands might use the occasional orchestral arrangement to flesh out their songs; more still drape their productions in synth symphonies. It’s the rare band that builds the balance of their album around a 15-piece orchestra as Boston four-piece Art Decade has done on its self-titled sophomore effort. The result is, as they call it, symphonic neo-indie classical. Although a push of buoyant strings puts the air in the wings of songs like opener “No One’s Waiting,” this is still at its core a rock ’n’ roll record. “Harbor Light” churns on dirty bass chased along by a piano lead before the strings give an extra charge in a rousing sprint to the finish. “Idle Talk” segues from a gentle strings passage into a hip-hop drum loop broken up by shuddering violin passes, then explodes into a sweetly sung pop-rock chorus. There’s a lot of conceptualizing of genre, and experimentation with form here, but fortunately they haven’t ignored the most important part of any rock band’s arsenal, symphonic or otherwise: the tunes." -- BOSTON GLOBE
Silverbird
Silverbird
Rising in the New York City music scene is Silverbird. With influences as diverse as Wilco, Heartless Bastards, and Sparklehorse, and a life story that includes a stint playing with Lana Del Rey and in the NYC jazz scene, Silverbird represents a startlingly raw new talent. Their music fearlessly treads through an emotional landscape that, combined with infectious melodies and swirling, intricate rhythms, provides an absolutely enchanting first listen.Armed only with basement tapes and rough demos, Silverbird caught the attention of English producer Kristopher Harris (Smoke Fairies, Story Books) and a partnership was formed. Out of this partnership comes Silverbird’s new EP Surface Life, due for an early 2014 release. Silverbird has had a run of successful shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn, with recent plays at Cameo and a support slot for Rey Pila at Baby’s All Right. Plays in Manhattan include Pianos and the Decades Records CMJ Showcase with the band in Heaven.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/