Elison Jackson, Museyroom, Berdmajick, Lea

Elison Jackson




Fri, February 3, 2017

8:00 pm

$7.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Elison Jackson
Elison Jackson
Elison Jackson is a garage–folk/ psychedelic rock band from New Haven, CT. The band has put out three records and several bedroom-demo mix-tapes since 2011. Their third LP, "Do Not Fear To Kill A Dead Man", was released in the fall of 2013 to critical acclaim. Featuring basement organs, haunted lyrics and Neil Young-esque guitar jams, their sound has expanded significantly from its folk roots, moving forward with a strong foundation into blues, 80's analog synth, and prog-rock.

Staying busy since their beginnings in 2010, Elison Jackson has emerged as one of the most consistent and unique bands in CT. Sharing the stage with Elvis Perkins, Akron/Family, Mystic Braves, Simone Felice and other like-minded contemporaries, the band has built a loyal following in CT and beyond. They're spending the remainder of 2015 recording and touring, and will be releasing a new EP by the year's end.

"With two solid full-length albums and a handful of EPs and singles now to their credit, Elison Jackson has established itself as one of Connecticut's most consistently interesting young bands. Their most recent LP, last fall's "Do Not Fear to Kill a Dead Man" (Telegraph Recording Company), is an assured nine-song collection of rootsy rock songs..."- Rolling Stone contributor Eric Danton, Listen Dammit

"Elison Jackson comes across as being possessed with an inherent wisdom bound by some ancient knowledge capable of evoking eerie comfort from shaking hands with the vague and wistful memories of lives past." - Drop Zone LA

"This is an experienced group of musicians and they possess one of the most polished live sounds in the Connecticut scene." -Neat Beet
Museyroom’s beginnings can be traced back to 2003, when guitarist and singer, Jack Donovan, and multi-instrumentalist, Ben Cohen, began to write and record their own songs. Working in Ben's basement, they developed intricately layered pop songs on a four-track tape recorder using an old Casio keyboard, a tenor saxophone, and an acoustic guitar. The two bonded over influences ranging from The Strokes to Bob Dylan to John Coltrane, resulting in a musical eclecticism that is reflected in Ben and Jack’s earliest songs, which combine narrative-based lyrics with complex and nuanced melodies.

After playing together in a series of bands, they met drummer Matt Coppola, and together formed what would become Museyroom—a name derived from James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake, which references a sort of alternate dimension that the group would soon create with its musical output, sonically mirroring an unexplored, variable universe.

Their first release, a self-titled EP, was recorded over the course of a week in the summer of 2009 with singer Luke Rathborne at Williamsburg's Motel Studios. With the inspired addition of a Wurlitzer found on the sidewalk and a stripped down drum kit—the kick turned on its side and played like a floor tom—the suite of four songs is a lo-fi snapshot of the band’s sample-filled live set at the time.

Over the past few years, the three musicians have been holed up in the studio, painstakingly capturing the breadth of their imagination in the form of a pop song. Blending delicate impressionist-inspired melodies with the rhythmic sensibilities of hip-hop, Museyroom’s forthcoming album, ​Pearly Whites​, is a dense and ambitious work of rare quality.

The threesome developed the songs on ​Pearly Whites​ over a three-year period while each was living in a different city. The challenge of that geographical separation aroused feelings of nostalgia and idealization, which seeped their way into the lyrics and sounds of the album. As a result, the record flows with intimacy and emotion juxtaposed with challenging rhythms and electronic soundscapes, making it a truly original experience that fully propels the listener into the Museyroom.
The current project fronted by songwriter James Fonicello, Lea have been developing a following on the strength of a summer single The Duck House, produced by Bill Readey in New Haven CT, and sharing the stage with artists like OVLOV, Florida = Death, Hellrazor, The Head and Speedy Ortiz within the past few years. They have become a scene favorite as much for their characteristically chaotic indie rock as for their involvement in the scene itself. Over the years the members of Lea have played at, lived in, and booked for such D.I.Y. hotbeds as Daggett Square, Taco Hut, and Fort Flesh. While the names and lineups may change, the sound of Lea remains constant. Going a step beyond the Pixies loud/soft paradigm, Lea hits on something harder to define - a swing between focus and mess that's mesmerizing. They have a series of singles to be released over the Fall of 2016, followed by a debut studio album.

For fans of The Pixies, Prince, Pavement, Polvo, Pile, Petty. Tom Petty.
Venue Information:
847 N Third Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19123