PopGun Presents


Little Silver, Inner Banks

Feb 05

Doors: 8:15 pm / Show: 8:15 pm


This event is 21 and over

Yellowbirds is the moniker for the latest musical exploits of Sam Cohen—guitarist/songwriter/vocalist in the psychedelic collective Apollo Sunshine. Cohen grew up in Houston, Texas, and while the Texas of his teens may have been home to Big Oil, Enron, the Bush family, and the drab grey Astros jerseys of the 90s, he prefers to think of it as the Texas of yore, home to: Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, the Space Program, and rainbow orange Astros jerseys. It stands to reason, then, that his current home of New York City must be the mythical Empire City: Rocky Mountains of architecture, epicenter of modern art, home to Charles Mingus and The Velvet Underground.

It was with these timeless inspirations in mind that Sam Cohen created Yellowbirds’ The Color. Double-speed auto-harp glissandos, glowing backwards pedal steel, bubbling echo and fuzz guitars coalesce into a warm wall of sound. As existential lyrical themes emerge, delivered over psyched-out aural landscapes, the picture emerges of a dust-blown, 4th dimensional Future West. This is Cohen's quixotic world where "only the purist tones can be heard."
Little Silver
Little Silver
Little Silver is Erika Simonian and Steve Curtis, whose two voices square off in lockstep over the bed of their guitars. The band's debut recording The Stolen Souvenir is a bare and intimate window onto a small set of gorgeous
songs, and is out now on their Record Park label.
Erika is a one decade veteran of NYC's songwriter circle, with praise from The New York Times and a Lilith Fair appearance to her name, and Steve is a founding member of and writer for Hem, with whom he has sold over 85,000 records worldwide and performed all over. Hem's trademark jewelbox lullabies are a central feature of Little Silver's sound as well, though with the
help of Ray Rizzo on drums (Dawn Landes, Doveman) and David Tarica on bass (Mia Riddle), the band also reaches out, venturing into bold and experimental sounds.
The Stolen Souvenir was co-produced by Phil Palazzolo (New Pornographers, Ted Leo) and mixed by Brandon Eggleston (The Mountain Goats, Josh Ritter). The band is currently preparing for debut performances on the east and west coasts this spring, and will be back in the studio in fall 2011 to put
together a longplaying record.
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Inner Banks
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.
Venue Information:
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249