Drowners formed in early 2012 when singer/guitarist Matt Hitt booked a show before he'd gotten a band together. He sent some demos he'd written to guitarist Jack Ridley and bassist Erik Snyder, friends he'd met in bars in downtown NYC and started playing shows. Drummer Lakis Pavlou joined a few months later. They released a 7" in the UK in February and are currently balancing boozing and band practice.
Summer People was formed in 2008 in Binghamton, New York. Their debut album "Good Problems" was released in 2010 on Red Leader Records. In 2011 their sophomore full length "Teamwork" was released on Low Light Records, coinciding with a tour to SXSW and multiple tours throughout the year. A split album with Cleveland, Ohio’s HotChaCha, "Do it.", was released on Exit Stencil Recordings in August 2011.
Summer People has toured relentlessly in their veggie-oil van, playing Austin City Limits, SXSW 2011 and 2012, the Foburg Music Festival, and countless shows throughout the East and Midwest. They have shared the stage with a diverse palette of artists such as Wavves, Future of the Left, Tera Melos, Young Widows, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Balance and Composure, The Octopus Project, Parts and Labor, Marnie Stern, Kayo Dot, Polar Bear Club, and—amusingly—Fountains of Wayne.
Summer People’s music has been described as "punk rock meets lounge-side crooner on a twisted bender from hell...blending painfully beautiful blues, erratic punk, and even rhythm-heavy salsa" and "recalling traces of the Cramps with a Nick Cave delivery." They have also been compared to “the Doors on steroids” by a sound guy in Texas. Summer People began writing their latest full length “Burn The Germs” in the summer of 2012. They recorded it in October 2012 with producer Hunter Davidson in Binghamton, New York. “Burn the Germs” took most of the aforementioned comparisons and clipped the bells and whistles, focusing on the raw aspects of their sound.
The Can’t Tells are a three piece band (think Gang of Four minus one) from Brooklyn performing music in the classical punk style but with modern conveniences. The sound is borne of an alternate reality where Elvis Costello was in Black Sabbath but everything else was the same; brash but lyrical, efficient yet melodic. Live, the situation is decidedly sweaty and relentess, punctuated only by instrutment switches or brief (apolitical) musings. Audience members can be heard to say “that was actually pretty good” and many help themselves to the band’s legendary merchandise.
The Can’t Tells met at music school but they promise to not talk about it too much. While at school they did, however, learn to work the microphone, and last year endeavored to create the next great American DIY record. The resulting full length, No Television, will be released in Spring 2013 on Medical Records (UK). It contains some fast and slower songs, and some that start slow but end up fast, expertly sequenced into an elegiac tone poem to life as a group of scrappy late-twentysomethings in Brooklyn.
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Rewards (DJ Set) spinning before, between & after bands
Rewards is Aaron Pfenning, producer and songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. Pfenning co-founded the band Chairlift in 2005, wrote and produced their Columbia Records debut Does You Inspire You, and has released his first Rewards single Equal Dreams featuring Solange Knowles, on DFA Records.