Slam Donahue, Tiny Victories, Lost Boy

Slam Donahue

Tiny Victories

Lost Boy

ITAL DJs (Spinning Between Sets)

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Doors: 11:30 pm / Show: 11:59 pm

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

tickets available at the door. cash only.

Slam Donahue
Slam Donahue
Slam Donahue is a New York City based band led by singer/guitarist David Otto and bassist Thomas Sommerville. They build their identity out of bootlegged recording programs, department store keyboards, and keen, thoughtful melodies. After meeting as youths, playing in rival bands, and then finally collaborating; the duo’s skills grew to complement each other in their attempts to test pop music’s conventions. Sometimes skirting into new wave, R&B, hip hop, they are after something new and beautiful.

The two ceaselessly try to one-up the other, pushing towards a sound defined by the sharpest of hooks and exactly the right atmosphere. Self taught and studied under the usual cavalcade of your parent’s sixties/seventies icons, John Lennon, David Bowie, Paul Simon, as well as an enthusiastic interest in the history of pop music, idolizing Irving Berlin, Joe Meek, and David Byrne, the band quickly raised attention with eclectic live shows and free cdr mixtapes. Outpacing their surroundings, house parties and dive art spaces, they moved on.

Leaving a trail of short-lived band members and meticulous, though admittedly lo-fi, home demos, the duo arrived in New York in the summer of 2010. Carrying songs that ranged from pop anthems, complete with the requisite big bang chorus, to burners with get busy hi-hats and falsetto acrobatics, the band ran their way through countless back rooms and showcases.

Signing with Cantora Records in 2012, Slam Donahue finds a new, much nicer home to record in. The old place was well documented in those demos; you could hear the bounce of the walls, our feelings at the time. But, the new place has more promise and a bigger backyard.

Tiny Victories
Tiny Victories
Tiny Victories’ debut full-length album, Haunts, is full of memories. People you used to know. Rooms where you lived, streets you walked down. The lover you haven’t spoken to in years who still lives in your dreams. Because the past is never dead. It’s not even past.

Sometimes music is memory. The emotional memory of a songwriter, distilled into a way of viewing the world. Some songwriters are cartographers, mapping an inner landscape of hope and regrets. Each song is an invisible city, populated by ghosts. That is the land, and these are the people, drawn on by Tiny Victories’ songwriter and frontman, Greg Walters.

Tell your ghost to leave me alone—

I can’t sleep no more in my own home.

The surprise is that Tiny Victories’ music is often joyous, even celebratory. Synths and electronic squiggles crash against pounding beats in ecstatic, orgiastic rhythms. Lyrically, though, Tiny Victories' latest album is a compendium of love and loss. The contrast creates rooms of light and shadow (in “Scott & Zelda” or “Systems”) or the oceanic catharsis of a party at the end of the world (“Austin, TX” and “This Revolution”).

Haunts is a statement of purpose—and a point of arrival. The songwriting evolved in a more focused direction, with a tighter structure, building on a bedrock of experimental sonic architecture. Synth lines cut through through the dense underbrush of electronic soundscapes.

Tiny Victories' latest album was produced and mixed by industry veteran Alex Aldi (Passion Pit, Holy Ghost!) and mastered by Chris Gehringer (Yeasayer, Chairlift, Jay-Z).
Lost Boy
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/

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