Spirit Animal

PopGun Presents

Spirit Animal

The Ludlow Thieves, D.A. Stern + The Sanctuaries, Midnight Spin

Jul 17

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

Glasslands Gallery

Brooklyn, NY


This event is 21 and over

Spirit Animal
Spirit Animal
Recent blog chatter and "recommended if you like" comparisons indicate the following: Spirit Animal sounds like 90's Red Hot Chili Peppers meeting LCD Soundsystem when, suddenly, both are karate chopped in the neck by Faith No More.
The Ludlow Thieves
Staggering from the wreckage of a car accident that claimed seven lives and left him the sole survivor, The Ludlow Thieves’ front man, Danny Musengo, had a shift in perspective. He was finished working the midnight shift at a gas station on a highway in Iowa; he was moving to NYC and dedicating himself to music. Having grown up singing gospel songs in his church, music was where he found peace and purpose, especially after the accident.

The Ludlow Thieves are the realization of the sound, sensation, and dedication he had been pursuing since the accident.

Dan Teicher, the band’s guitarist and producer, had been looking—albeit, impatiently—for the right band for his entire life. With a master’s degree in classical music composition, he honed his craft while biding his time. He scoured NYC for band mates with similarly outsized ambitions that were capable of the enormous sound he dreamt of.

At a party, DT asked a friend if he knew any singers with a unique voice. The friend passed along the contact info for Danny Musengo, describing his sound as “Rod Stewart on two packs of smokes.” Within weeks, DT and Danny had met and were at work on The Ludlow Thieves, a moniker DT had cooked up while writing songs that would appear on the band’s debut.

Days before the duo was set to record some of the songs, the drummer scheduled for the sessions tore ligaments in his right hand. In a panic, DT contacted another mutual friend asking for a drummer that was “trained in jazz, had rock ferocity, and knows the pocket of a beat like a funk drummer.” He was given the name of Walker Adams, a Berklee Grad from the Upper West Side of Manhattan who had played with St. Vincent. The sessions went so well, musically and personally, that Walker was immediately asked to become a permanent member of the band.

Together, the trio have sculpted tunes equally at home in Nashville and Brooklyn. With a sound that is as enormous as it is exuberant, the music’s intensity can be traced back to a highway in Iowa where gratitude and purpose ignited a band.

The Ludlow Thieves are DT, Danny and Walker, but a revolving cast of hoodlums fleshes out their sound by shaking, scraping, banging, slapping, singing, stabbing, and seducing music out of their instruments. They have found friends in singers, pianists, string ensembles, orchestral brass players, jazz trumpeters and saxophonists, and countless audio engineers. These mischievous melodic mutts are essential to bringing The Thieves’ indulgences to musical fruition live and in the studio. All in all, there are over 30 instruments on their debut album.

The sound is occasionally lush and often covered in dust; it is a rustic exploration of the grand and the intimate through an American lens.

The songs and arrangements came easy, but the recording process was like trying to take a whale for a walk—a slow, challenging, and ambitious undertaking. Recalling the recording process, DT says, “Music is a demanding mistress, and this album had me asking for mercy at some points.” Sculpting the sound through a long process of trial, error, and trying again, the completed album is exactly what The Ludlow Thieves hoped it would be—an engaging, dynamic, experimental record with strong roots in the American songwriting tradition.

Still, before even releasing their first album, their music has been featured in commercials and films, and they have been voted Artist of the Month by New York’s premier independent music magazine, The Deli.

DT says he and the rest of the Thieves advise all listeners to keep a mop close by during initial listening sessions of the album—“there are going to be a lot of melted faces out there. Floors might get stained with the rock sauce.”
D.A. Stern + The Sanctuaries
D.A. Stern + The Sanctuaries
Named after lead singer David Stern's mother, The Sanctuaries' Annette doesn't sound like a debut record by a group of guys in their early twenties. It's smarter and more patient than that. The New York-based quartet have made a grand introduction by mixing the colorful tones of '60s legends like The Byrds and The Zombies with the witty indie rock of Pavement and Yo La Tengo. Their songs are catchy without being sugarcoated, partially because David Stern sings with the dry cool of a Stephen Malkmus.

Beautifully recorded by Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Sleater Kinney) in his Nashville-based studio, Annette has a feeling of timelessness. Moments such as the "Sleepwalk" inspired "I Saw Her Through The Campfire" give it a classic appeal, the 8-minute Neu-influenced drone of "Soft Crime" adds depth and mystery, and "Heaven Is a Mountain" and "Fooled By Youth" provide catchy melodies to immediately latch onto forever.
Midnight Spin
Midnight Spin
Brooklyn rock band Midnight Spin was voted winners of the 2010 Independent Music Award for Best Indie/Alt./Hard Rock Song "Trigger Finger Itch". The band is currently working on their debut full-length album in NYC that will showcase both their songwriting range and overall ambition. Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Weezer) has signed on to produce/mix the project.

The quintet was also voted NYC's Best Emerging Artist of 2009 by the Deli Magazine's readers, and at the 2010 CMJ Music Marathon, the Examiner.com declared them one of their "Top 10 CMJ Picks." And it's easy to see why - knifing guitars, driving basslines and powerhouse drumming give Midnight Spin an aggressive indie rock bent, while intricate keyboards and strong harmonies provide a familiar melodic dynamic. It doesn't hurt that drummer Danny Scull and singer Mike Corbett have been playing together since they were thirteen.

After moving into a cramped music studio under the JMZ train during the winter of 2007, the two friends and musical mates set out to pave the streets of Brooklyn with their brand of loud, exuberant rock. Ben Waters, a multi-instrumentalist and college roommate of Danny's, was recruited to play bass, while the band received a gift from Craigslist when experienced guitarist and vocalist Jim Terranova responded to a post. Keyboardist Jeremy Cohen completed the lineup when he first took the stage with the band in July 2009 at the release of their debut EP, the critically-acclaimed Through the Mojo Wire.

The band, described by the Midpoint Music Festival official guide as "a classic rock-informed amalgamation of The Killers, The Strokes, and The Bravery," recently wrapped up a summer tour promoting their Nic Hard-produced EP. Barely two years in, Midnight Spin has already accomplished what few bands ever do, including sharing the stage with Guns 'n Roses, seeing their first music video aired on MTV, and selling out legendary venues like New York's Mercury Lounge.
Venue Information:
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249