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The Space Merchants, Chimes, Light Therapy, Dude Magnets @ The Living Room BK
Aug 16, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm| $7
AUGUST 16, BROOKLYN, NY – Following the June 9th release of their debut album out on Aqualamb Records, The Space Merchants are playing a kick-off show to their East Coast tour at the Living Room, Brooklyn.
More about The Space Merchants:
A self-proclaimed “country band traveling through space,” The Space Merchants drive, jangle, and twang their way through sweet, haunting jams, as majestic as they are minimal. Theirs is a lo-fi psych experience, befitting of interstellar exploration as well as lonely highway trucking.
Naming The Velvet Underground, Black Sabbath, and Bobbie Gentry as musical inspirations, and mining the realms of science fiction, religion and myth in their lyrics, the co-ed Brooklyn band marries backporch Americana with brain-blowing transcendence, a juxtaposition they themselves sum up as “like Johnny Cash explaining current theories in astrophysics.”
On perfectly composed songs like “One Cut Like the Moon” and “Mainline the Sun,” female and male voices intertwine in rich harmonies over bluesy guitar- and organ-driven rock. The instrumentation is classic, the song structures are tried and true – The Space Merchants follow a recipe that has been working since the birth of rock n’ roll, yet these are songs that seduce, abduct, and lead guided tours of other worlds.
While they sound as if they were born playing these songs, the ‘Merchants are in fact a new band and this is their debut. Drummer Carter Logan is a longtime collaborator of filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and currently plays with Jarmusch in the band SQÜRL. Bassist/vocalist Aileen Brophy was formerly in an X-Ray Spex cover band with Brian Viglione of Dresden Dolls and Violent Femmes.
“While traipsing through the same atmospheric layers as the horde of shoegazers out there, The Space Merchants’ ‘Mainline the Sun’ still has a few boots on the ground. Mainly it’s singer/guitarist Michael Guggino’s touch of gravel and the la-la-ladies doing harmonies who don’t go the easy angelic route. If neo-Paisley Underground is useable, let’s.”
“A unique brand of lo-fi psych rock… their huge-yet-minimal sound, mixing psych with blues and country-style riffs to make something great.”
“Like some proverbial psychedelic mish mash of The B-52s… It’s a curious mix of the psychedelic, country, shoegaze and college rock but works so well due to its almost carefree attitude… You can’t help fall for the wonderful charm inherent here. Timeless and fun… Hitch a ride with these merchants, they’ll look after you and take you on a hell of a terrific trip.”
–Echoes and Dust