The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (with Sean Lennon)

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The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (with Sean Lennon)

Workman Song & The Highway

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

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The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (with Sean Lennon)
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (with Sean Lennon)
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger are a six-piece psych rock band led by Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl. Their second album, Midnight Sun, takes the listener on an auditory voyage of soaring whimsical keyboards and crunching space-age guitars that blends original melodies with kaleidoscopic freakouts. Midnight Sun injects a surreal landscape with colorful, classic hooks. It celebrates the unusual and the grandiose but fundamentally just rocks hard and feels good. The group have recently toured with Beck, Flaming Lips and Tame Impala.

BEST ALBUMS OF 2014 - Rolling Stone Magazine
BEST SONGS OF 2014 - NPR Natinoal Public Radio

"12 out-of-body transmissions that channel Bends-era Radiohead and Syd Barrett whimsy."   4 stars **** - Mojo Magazine 
"An epic psychedelic wig-out"  (8/10 rating) - NME 
"rich thunder of lysergic-rock textures and dream-pop lyricism" - Rolling Stone 
“It was just the most awesome live show I’ve seen in ages.” - Robin Hilton, NPR
“Midnight Sun is a monumental gem of an album… " (8/10) - PopMatters
"Some of the best that psych-pop has to offer"  (8/10) - Under The Radar 
"Midnight Sun is a sprawling classic for a hot New York City summer." - Relix
Workman Song & The Highway
Workman Song & The Highway
Workman Song, a.k.a. Western Massachusetts via Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sean McMahon, is known for two things: his storytelling and his voice, a passionate, ancient-sounding but agile wail that shares that elusive thing also possessed by -- or in possession of -- Cat Stevens and Jeff Buckley.

The world of Workman Song, who calls his music “art folk-rock,” is wide and deep. The story is circuitous. Cutting his teeth in the Western MA music scene where the hometown heroes are J Mascis, Sonic Youth, and Sebadoh, McMahon's musical pedigree shows hard time spent studying under avant-jazz legends Ran Blake, Joe Morris, and Anthony Coleman alongside future members of Lake Street Dive, Guerrilla Toss, and Cuddle Magic. He played in bars and churches after graduation and was briefly inclined to pursue religious ministry, a fact about McMahon’s life that inevitably finds its way into his musical tales. He has spent the last three years on the road nationally and internationally with his own act as well as playing sideman to Bird Courage, Wilder Maker, and Streets Of Laredo, supporting the likes of The Kaiser Chiefs and Albert Hammond, Jr. and making auspicious stops at SxSW, Bonnaroo, and Governor’s Ball.

This is all to say that the 27-year old artist, in addition to being a songwriter of astonishingly prolific output (never expect the same set twice if you follow his concert appearances), is something of a musical mutt, and a busy professional artist with unusual inspirations. Press have called McMahon “the cooler version of Alex Ebert [Edward Sharpe]” (Slug Mag) and drawn comparisons to Ruben Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and “Unplugged” Cobain. The Deli writes, “he lists medieval European music, North Indian classical music, Greek devotional chants, gospel and Neil Young as some of his inspirations...what McMahon has developed is a sound that transcends anything currently in the New York music scene.”

With two full-lengths and several EPs under his belt, McMahon’s reputation for eclectic, prolific, and earnest songwriting is spreading further and wider. His most recent single release, the grunge-pop psych-shred melee “Crazy Girl” chronicling his own wildchild romance, has gone viral, with thousands of listens on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and Spotify. A new full-length is in the works with Wilder Maker’s Gabriel Birnbaum producing. The lid is shut tight on the contents, but McMahon says his “Hasbro test audiences” have been privy to the “colorful” new material as he’s been teasing it in small New York venues with his backing band The Highway, featuring younger brother and renowned pipe organist Griffin McMahon (keys), Daniel Tortoledo (bass), and Ted MacInnes (drums).

Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249

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