Courtesy Tier – Those Mockingbirds, Isle of Rhodes, The Inns
Courtesy Tier is always a surprise, sometimes even to themselves. Layton (drums) and Omer (guitar) have been playing together for the last seven years, but they weren’t always a duo. As members came and went, they perpetually conceptualized themselves as a four and sometimes six piece band. Then, during their second winter in New York, the boys had run out of other band members. Regrouping in a closet size practice space under the Smith Street overpass, they finally had enough room to rehearse, and they liked the sound. By the following summer they were ready to record, but a New York budget requires some finagling. With three mic’s in a 7×7 room, “The Resolution” was born.
Contrary to how most bands describe themselves, Those Mockingbirds like to keep the self accolades to a minimum and let the music do the talking. Of course, there are some basic facts like the band resides in the state of New Jersey that would be irresponsible to not share. Or that they released their debut EP No Symmetry in 2010 and topped Amazon’s Movers and Shakers chart. They also once kidnapped the Numa Numa guy and held him for ransom. Now, about the music; they are a rock band consisting of all kinds of sounds like drums, guitars, more guitars, keyboards and violin. At times dirty and heavy, or ambient and unresolved, it’s music that is appropriate to work up a sweat to in a dirty basement. It strives to portray raw emotion, both musically and lyrically, relying only on their musical instincts. Some may even say that these four guys and one girl are quite hedonistic, because they are all about doing what feels good. It feels good to be bad, but, you know, the good version of bad.
Isle of Rhodes was founded in the spring of 2011 by front man and keyboardist Rob Farren. Farren, who had previously played keys with Aphonic (of Detroit), and synth bass with Kiss or Kill decided that he would like to strip his rig down to one keyboard: a Rhodes. An eclectic choice for an instrument, the Rhodes is a vintage keyboard with similar circuitry to an electric guitar. The Rhodes was made famous by the work of soul and funk artists, such as Stevie Wonder, and Bernie Worrell. Farren, influenced by that sound, focused on creating a contemporary rock version of Rhodes playing. Using all analog gear, including tape delay, distortion, wah, and phaser pedals, Farren has sculpted a sound evocative of a three-piece guitar band. Featuring Colin Behram on drums, this two-piece band, has garnered attention for its flowing melodies and huge sound, drawing comparisons to bands such as The Shins, The Magnetic Fields, and Radiohead.
Lauren and Tyler of The Inns met in the often unpredictable world of New York City freelance gigging. The two active musicians founded Phillstock Entertainment in the fall of 2011 and The Inns is the flagship band. The second Phillstock show that they produced had an allstar line up of bands and this selfishly caused Tyler and Lauren to want to be added to the bill, so they enlisted drummer extraordinaire Jeff Gretz and started a band called The Inns. It turns out they didn’t suck, and now here they are..
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Event Category: Live Music
When: August 28, 2013
Where: Mercury Lounge
More Info: http://www.mercuryloungenyc.com/