Great Lakes, The Inner Banks, Talsness

Great Lakes

The Inner Banks


Sat · April 5, 2014

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Great Lakes
Great Lakes
GREAT LAKES formed in 1996 in Athens, Georgia and released a self-titled debut in 2000. Though fronted by Ben Crum since its inception, the band has always enjoyed the contributions of a rotating cast of accomplished collaborators. Their debut benefitted from contributions by members of Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power, of Montreal and many others, and garnered strong reviews from Mojo and Uncut, which led to festival appearances in Europe and an opening slot for Belle & Sebastian. After Crum left Athens for New York in 2002 the band went through many iterations, releasing three more albums and many singles and touring the US and Europe many times. The list of collaborators grew to include many players who made names for themselves with the likes of Talibam!, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Beirut, The Ladybug Transistor and many others. While the band's debut and 2002's The Distance Between established Great Lakes' reputation as accomplished purveyors of top-notch late 60s-inspired psychedelic pop, over time Crum shifted the band's focus towards more organic and natural instrumentation, beginning with 2006's Diamond Times and continuing with 2010's Ways of Escape, and increasingly incorporated more folk and country music influences as his songs veered away from psychedelia and began to take on a greater degree of emotional depth. The band's more recent records have been praised by Magnet, Allmusic, No Depression and many others. A fifth Great Lakes album is currently in the mixing stage, and is expected to see release in 2014. All of the band's albums are available from Orange Twin Records.
The Inner Banks
The Inner Banks
Brooklyn band THE INNER BANKS is the musical alter ego of married couple Caroline Schutz and David Gould and their revolving cast of talented friends. Since forming in 2006, THE INNER BANKS has eluded easy categorization, and in its upcoming third release Wild, the band shows no sign of bucking that trend. The ensemble’s rich, cinematic orchestration skews the traditional country twang of instruments like the lap steel by integrating string sections, wurlitzer and layered female vocals. THE INNER BANKS draws inspiration from a wide variety of traditions—British folk,‘60s pop, shoegaze, film music and Americana among them—but ultimately emerges with a sound that is grander and more unique than the sum of its parts.

SPIN magazine has noted,"The musical pastiche of The Inner Banks is an exercise in euphony, with each disparate sound complementing the piece as a whole. Epics from anthills, each track is grand in scope yet completely unassuming, a piece of a soundtrack that never swells but always delivers." While Terrascope (UK) has described the albums as "crammed with shimmering pop nuggets well worth discovering... the sound of Americana played by Air."

A rich musical history gave rise to THE INNER BANKS’ eclectic sound. Caroline’s grandmother starred in Broadway musicals in the 1920s, and her mother sang regularly in New York and performed with the USO during the Korean War. Caroline also made her mark as the principal singer-songwriter for Folksongs For The Afterlife, whose 2003 full-length record Put Danger Back In Your Life earned a devoted following, as well as praise in Magnet, Time Out New York and Entertainment Weekly. David holds a Master’s degree in ethnomusicology and has a rich background in composing and producing, as well. A true multi-instrumentalist, he played banjo and upright bass in his previous band, The Bootleg Remedy, but has added lap steel guitar, acoustic finger-picking, sound collage and various analog synthesizers to his Inner Banks palette. David also founded DAG! Records in the early 2000s, which now serves as the vessel for his and Caroline's music, as well as a few acclaimed outside projects.

Wild is THE INNER BANKS’ most substantial release yet, offering 13 new tracks. It is also the most hopeful. Whereas prior albums The Inner Banks and Songs from Disko Bay, the latter of which was written after the death of Caroline’s father, struck a more ominous tone, Wild is a more vibrant exploration of identity, destiny and transformation. You can hear the contrast from the opening notes of the title track, "Wild," a propulsive alt-country burst of energy that contemplates the road not taken. As the album progresses through the dark angular folk of "Box and Crown," the cinematic swell of "Sketch" and the unexpected levity of "Found Holiday," there are plenty of surprises and mood swings to go around. Like a good road trip mixed tape, Wild is a soundtrack that ebbs and flow, but ultimately, one that leaves plenty of room for the listener to write their own story into it.

The New Yorker
"...Surreal and soothing indie-pop."

No Depression
"A musical pastoral from Caroline Schutz and David Gould, Wild paints its landscapes with American and English folk traditions, lush strings, keyboards and periodic rock eruptions. The 13 songs depict a winding path with winsome pop songs, mini-concertos for lap steel, and pensive English folk-rock..."

Huffington Post
"If you could conjure a future past, a time both technologically advanced and bucolic, would passionate data shepherds still prove digitally-rendered pleasures of valleys, groves, hills and fields while gamboling on beds of roses? You may fetch up on such a golden shore while lost in Wild, the new release by The Inner Banks..."
The Deli Magazine Album of the Month
"The Inner Banks have found a convincing middle ground between Americana and Dream Pop in the form of a mature, arousing pop with orchestral tendencies. Wild has all the right features to be the album we were waiting for to properly celebrate the upcoming summer. "

"The musical pastiche of The Inner Banks is an exercise in euphony, with each disparate sound complementing the piece as a whole. Epics from anthills, each track is grand in scope yet completely unassuming, a piece of a soundtrack that never swells but always delivers."

"...A celestial cornucopia of breathy vocals, swirling orchestration and stirring aural landscapes... Breathtaking... Not to be overlooked... Some of the most lush and eclectic songs released this year."
Talsness is a trio that nocturnally emits benignly perverted space pop. Jimmy Buffett for creepy stoner uncles.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215