PopGun Presents


Neighbors, Silent Rider

Jan 11

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)

Glasslands Gallery

Brooklyn, NY


Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Somewhere inside the glowing rectangles, Emil found album worthy tinkerings of nylon strings, waterfalls of voices, flutterings of bells whistles and synths. So goes descriptions of danceable weirdpop act Emil & Friends. As a boy Emil would show up to guitar lessons with a produced track on a cd, with no guitar. Heads were scratched. Emil would show up to a dj gig with only a guitar. Brows were lifted. Years passed. Attics were changed into bass drum batcaves...

The solace found in multitrack recording allowed Dr. Young guns to forget about the headaches of premature live shows and concentrate on creating a foundation for a sound to you we now present. Inspired by the hunt for lost relatives, cures for heart conditions, obsessive letter writing, snacks, and hot trax; created from start to finish on his own, his ep and upcoming albums, along with a slew of covers and remixes, will leave the enemy waving white flags, and shall soon be yours for the taking.

Be careful where you bring him as he may just push the principal off of the stage and grab his megaphone and scream "food fight!"

Sent from my iPod
Being a musician in a city with high rents, small apartments and expensive practice spaces can be tough, but fortunately, for Brooklyn-based song writer Noah Stitelman, those limitations have not slowed his creative process. In fact, Stitelman’s latest project could be called a homage to those on his street that don’t seem to mind living in close quarters with musicians.

“The band name is simple,” says Stitelman. “I have awesome neighbors.”

Formed in 2009, Neighbors came together following the break up of Stitelman’s former band. Joined by Mark Shaw, Brian Harney, Steph McParty, Sam Broe and Julie Noyce, Neighbors signifies a more focused vehicle for Stitelman’s song writing. “I’ve really been able to sit and work on parts for a long period of time. One song could take four months to write, but as long as I am actively working on writing, something will come out,” he says. And the change in process is clearly evident on Neighbors’ debut full length, "Good Luck, Kid"

Produced by Kyle "Slick" Johnson (Modest Mouse, The Hives, Rogue Wave), at Johnson's studio in Philadelphia, "Good Luck, Kid" features a smaller range of instrumentation than Stitelman’s past work, but with a bigger sound. “Really, the focus here was on trying to just make great songs with as little as possible. I just knew what I wanted to make” he says.

Neighbors’ lush, layered blend of synth and guitar, coupled with Stitelman’s stripped down delivery, channels subtle reminders of ’80s UK new wave and ’90s synth pop, but never drowns in a sea of obscure influences from another era. “I really wanted this record to be grounded in the present,” says Stitelman. And as a testament to Stitelman’s vision, the rigors of present day life are reflected: caustic daily relationships, deadpan advice, wrong turns. “The lyrics focus on growing up and relationships you have with friends and co-workers, and how to communicate,” says Stitelman.

And clearly, Stitelman and Neighbors are taking their own lyrical advice seriously: “Having been in a lot of bands, I know what the pitfalls are. We’re just trying to have a good time and make good music.”

In a word, you couldn’t ask for nicer Neighbors.
Silent Rider
Silent Rider
Silent Rider is the moniker of the indie-electronic project fronted by Brooklyn-based producer Reed Kackley. His style stitches together bits and pieces of several genres, often-utilizing melodramatic vocals, swelling synths, somber piano tones, heavy basslines and concise, hard-hitting percussion. Silent Rider assembles dark, melancholic progressions and textures pulling from downtempo, trip-hop and electronic pop.

The debut, self-titled, album was released in September of 2012, and features vocals and co-production by Michael Santiago. In Addition, Silent Rider has released a number of official remixes over the past few months, for artists such as Lucius, Vacationer, Houses and Drop The Lime. Over the past year, Silent Rider has been steadily generating buzz with numerous features on respected blogs and several tracks reaching the Top 10 list on Hype Machines' "Most Popular" page. They have also garnered attention for their live show, sharing bills with bands like Tesla Boy, FM Belfast, Lovelife and Black Onassis.

Currently, the project is a 3-piece with the addition of percussionist Aaron Goodrich and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Payne. A new EP is in production, featuring Kackley on vocals and building upon a more organic soundscape.
Venue Information:
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249