A lot of what And the Wiremen play is southwestern gothic, all eerie desert atmospherics and images of death and disillusion, but they put their own spin on the style, sometimes minimalist, sometimes thrashing it a little. They’re sort of a darker, more raw, masculine counterpart to Las Rubias del Norte… like Tom Waits without the cliches. Honest artistry, plain and simple. CLICK TITLE FOR FULL REVIEW.
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2 for 1 Well Drinks
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8PM - 1AM
BRASS BATS W/ PETE SIMONELLI, FRED WRIGHT, PAUL”WATTY” WATSON
Brass Bats are a collaborative and improvisational trio whose members include Paul “Watty’ Watson (Sparklehorse, And The Wiremen) on cornet & trumpet, Fred Wright (Nervous Cabaret) on treated cornet and Pete Simonelli (Enablers) on vocals. Simonelli by turns recites, shouts, bellows, and half-sings poems through the intricate sounds and noise of Wright and Watson.
DANIELLE DE PICCIOTTO
Danielle de Picciotto will be reading from her book, “The Beauty of Transgression” at Small Beast on Monday, August 8.
The Beauty of Transgression is Danielle de Picciotto’s memoir of Berlin. The book brings together her accounts of musicians, fashion designers, and club owners as well as other artists and their milieus with unique first-hand descriptions of milestone places and events. It is not only a fascinating collection of stories about key individuals, but also gives an authentic and detailed overview of why Berlin has become one of the most appealing metropolises for creatives from around the world.
To underline the Berlin atmosphere she is portraying film clips and photographs will be projected during the reading and her husband Alexander Hacke of the legendary German Band Einstürzende Neubauten will present electronic soundscapes in between the chapters.
THE DUST FIVE FLASH w/LAURA ORTMAN and DANA SCHECHTER
Brooklyn’s Laura Ortman plays violin, electric guitar, piano, the Apache violin, pedal steel guitar and sings. In addition to playing with Family Dynamics (w/ members of Stars Like Fleas) and collaborating with visual artists, she also has completed two solo albums both recorded by Martin Bisi. She is White Mountain Apache and works as a hairstylist at NYC’s Fringe Salon.
AND THE WIREMEN
And The Wiremen is a Brooklyn-based ensemble led by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Lynn Wright. As the primary songwriter and lyricist, he specifically works and collaborates with core members Paul Watson (Sparklehorse) on trumpet, Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu) on bass, and longtime partner-in-crime, Jon Petrow (Cloudroom) on guitar (with whom Wright also shares time in another laudable Brooklyn-based outfit, Bee and Flower). The experience, ingenuity, and craft this collection of musicians brings to the table is further enhanced by their collective willingness to defy genre. They are improvisatory, whimsical, and pleasurably good at leaving a listener playing a song-to-song guessing game. At times heavily Latin-influenced—- with strokes of Cumbia and an underpinning of Columbian and Brazilian percussion—- these songs comfortably move into jazz, avant-pop, or blues—- sometimes within the same number—- despite a deceptive minimalist approach to song structures. Lyrically, Wright is cogent, funny, and literate; a virtuoso, really. He has a knack for catchy one-liners (hardly throw-away’s) and passages that sound indebted to some wily trident of Faulkner, South American Surrealism and Film Noir—- aspects which combine to push both the music and Wright’s smooth, cool-as-a-cucumber delivery into the lofty realms of fable.
168 Delancey Street
New York, NY 10002
Take the J.M or Z train to the Essex Street stop or the F train to Delancey Street stop. Please refer to www.hopstop.com for more details.
From Brooklyn, take the first right off of the Williamsburg Bridge onto Clinton Street
Somewhere between a dusty 1920’s speakeasy house band and mid-90s alternative act lie Brooklyn’s, And the Wiremen.
The band’s self-titled debut sounds like the drunken bastard child of Radiohead and Murder by Death with its Southern-fried noir pulses and smoky, jazz club undertones. The band is rounded out by frontman and guitarist Lynn Wright; guitarist Jon Petrow, bassists Eric Eble and Tony Maimone; drummers Jason Pharr and Pippin Barnett; brass man Paul Watson and backing vocals by Tim Ward and Andrew Megginson.
Typically, any band that takes as many sonic liberties as And the Wiremen do have a tendency to create music that lends themselves to bad drug trips. Gratefully, this is not the case with this band. Sure, each track can swing from one genre to the next—such as “The Names” with its wacky jazz section and Latin inspired guitar lines—but the songs never feel forced and are devoid of a jarring sonic left turn. Instead, the transitions are smooth and edited together well; much like psychological thriller of a film.
For fans of musical adventure or bands like the Flaming Lips, Morphine or the Talking Heads, wrap your ears around And the Wiremen. With every passing listen, you’ll find another hidden layer that sweetens the experience each time.