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Alison Shearer Quintet and Fellaheen at The Way Station
Dec 17, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
8pm- Alison Shearer Quintet
For fans of: Kenny Garret, Snarky Puppy, Maceo Parker, Lettuce
The Alison Shearer Quintet fuses harmonically diverse melodies with funk grooves to create a sound that is versatile and fresh.
Genre: Alt / indie / Americana
For fans of: Tom Waits, Lou Reed, the Band
Fellaheen whips up a lyrical mix of alt rock ’n’ roll, scratchy blues, Americana-rama, and downbeat jazz informed with a murky existential wit, comparable to the likes of Tom Waits, Wilco, the Velvet Underground, and Kurt Weill. More deeply-rooted influences include Beggar’s Banquet-era Stones, the Beatles, Captain Beefheart, Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen, and Mose Allison.
Fellaheen is led by Bruce Hanson, a somewhat-grizzled veteran musician born in Chicago and raised in New Jersey, who specializes in writing slightly off-kilter original songs about shady characters, particle physics, love ’n’ hate, and works of art in the age of mechanical reproduction. Joining Bruce in Fellaheen’s live performances are Ben Dumbauld (accordion, percussion), David Evan (lead guitar), Kaveh Haghtelab (drums), and Nick Sullivan (bass, vocals).
On March 1, Fellaheen will release a new full-length album (recorded primarily at Seaside Lounge Studios in Park Slope, Brooklyn), entitled “You Either Get Hands or Get Wings”, the followup to its highly-acclaimed 2012 release “Death & Frolic”.
“Armed with oddball, brilliant compositions containing humor, verve, alacrity, and mysteriousness, [Fellaheen’s] songs play out as a cinematic noir soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t exist. Bruce Hanson plays the world-weary, self-destructive private dick hellbent on solving the vicissitudes of his own psyche.” —Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Weekly
“You just gotta admire the ambition, ingenuity and imagination at work…. [Fellaheen] skillfully blends elements of moody jazz, gritty blues, and melodic alternative rock into a fresh, compelling and harmonic synthesis. The cool, raspy vocals likewise hit the soulful spot. Ditto the quirky, yet incisive lyrics. Best of all, there’s a hypnotic smoky atmosphere evident throughout which adds immensely to the overall sonic richness of this excellent and inspired oddball project.” —Joe Wawyrnizak, Jersey Beat Magazine
“What does cigarette smoke sound like? It sounds like Fellaheen’s “Always on the Way.” The smoke suffuses the lead vocal and oozes through the song’s twin accordion cushion. Listening to this, I imagine a Parisian café, filled with scientists and artists making secret plans. That may sound bizarre, but the musical setting here makes it entirely plausible.” — Oliver di Place
“Trippy, dark, and rumbling like a clumsily approaching lumbering monster waving a bong, [Fellaheen] will shroud you in storm clouds and blow your mind. Immersing yourself in this darkly swirling (and highly intellectual and literate) music is not a bad way to channel your darker energies.”—Jennifer Layton, Indie-Music.com