The Mary Onettes

PopGun Presents

The Mary Onettes

Ski Lodge, Vox Pop, DJ Kip Berman of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Feb 19

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Glasslands Gallery

Brooklyn, NY

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

The Mary Onettes
The Mary Onettes
The Mary Onettes' critically acclaimed debut was described as the perfect mix between A-ha and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Now they are back with a grandiose new album. Imagine a Swedish equivalent of The National on a diet of speed, Planet Earth DVDs, and 80's guitar pop singles and you'll have a vague idea of how amazing this is. "At their best, the band positively nailed the bruised romanticism and exquisite melancholy that marked a certain strain of that decade's [80s] best pop." -- Pitchfork
Ski Lodge
Ski Lodge
Twenty-plus years of stories, twenty-plus years of perfecting music's craft, Ski Lodge's Big Heart is exactly what a debut record should be: the culmination of a creative force's life on this planet. Andrew Marr, the multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter behind Ski Lodge, has created a deeply personal record that overflows with lush melodies and insatiably catchy choruses. His songs occasionally deal with dark matters—infidelity, painful break-ups, loneliness, disjointed father-son dynamics—but Marr bathes them in a blissful light ripe for sing-alongs.

"I try to write songs honestly, and a lot of the things going on in my head that I struggle with might be deemed 'dark,' but I don't think that means I can't sing about them in a way that is musically upbeat or poppy," Marr says, from his home in New York City. It's a dichotomy that also translates to Marr's choice for musical moniker. He explains the name Ski Lodge "evoked an image of being warm by a fire, alone or with friends, while outside exists the cold and cruel winter."

Big Heart, Ski Lodge's debut full-length, out this summer on Dovecote Records, is Marr's fullest realization of this hot and cold split. Marr wrote all of the lyrics and music, and played nearly every sound that ended up on the record. However, this was the first time the 26-year-old worked in a professional studio with a producer, the indelible Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Fool's Gold), over several weeks in Los Angeles. The combination of Marr's intrinsic songwriting and Pesacov's LA-defining production skills resulted in music with fuller breadth and scope than Ski Lodge's previous release without losing any of the wry innocence that made 2011's self-titled debut EP so much fun.

The one exception is the lead single "Just To Be Like You," which was recorded with the full band in Upstate New York using producer Kevin McMahon (Walkmen, Real Estate). Prefix Mag called the track "sugary sweet pop," while Pitchfork warned its readers not to "be deceived by the energetic, hopscotching riff" before lauding the single's dark depths. The song and its accompanying video of cult imagery are an exploration of contrast that fits in perfectly with both the album and Ski Lodge as a whole: deeply affecting and unmistakably danceable.
Vox Pop
VOX POP'S BEGINNINGS can be traced to the most boring subsection of North London suburbia before they moved to Edinburgh, Scotland. After performing at the Glastonbury Festival in a previous musical incarnation, they migrated to a sleepy, fog-enveloped town just south of San Francisco called Pacifica, where they wrote a set of songs in a house with an outdoor shower and uninterrupted view of the Pacific Ocean.

Much of their soon-to-be-released debut album was then recorded in a small room in Oakland, CA before they ventured down to Los Angeles to mix their first EP, "French/Funeral", with Danny Kalb (Beck, Ben Harper).

En route, they lost one member (who must remain nameless) to the British Secret Service organization MI5, and felt obliged to tell another potential guitarist - after much deliberation and pangs of guilt - not to make the cross-country trip from rural Pennsylvania to San Francisco because they had neglected to mention to the talented but devout Quaker that their Californian drummer occasionally practiced Pagan ceremonial rituals.

After narrowly escaping vehicular death in Los Angeles, Jamie and Katherine fled to Hope Street in New York City, walked into the first venue on the Lower East Side that caught their eye and knew right away that they had to recruit both the quirky guitarist in tight white trousers and the tight drummer with a big smile and flowing locks playing behind him.

They have since joined forces in a purple Brooklyn basement bedecked with a disco ball.
DJ Kip Berman of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Venue Information:
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249