These guys from Alabama promise to make a good impression on new listeners and fans of their music and shows. Josh, Philip and Zach are in town to bring about their rough cut sounds of rock, pop, soul and shoegaze with a bit of Jackson Brown's influence. The Thomas Functions have rarely been thought of, but that all might change with their shows.
This group consists of a beautiful combination of neo-classical strings and chamber-rock music that make them sound like scene leaders. They come congregating together to create a good symposium of folk elements - i.e. banjos and acoustic guitars. They blend in beautifully with more formal instrumentation. They convey themselves as both instantly accessible and tirelessly rewarding, with vague and mysterious vocal emissions further adding colour to their already vibrant mix and there's enough going on here to give the group its own enjoyable place with their music. Their instrumental focus is well heard of especially live, their commitment absolutely precise and yet varied arrangement works as its own composition for their albums and performances. In their shows, you'll find elements of full-on drone and dramatic atmospherics with their quick piano parts over a low bass pulse feeling like the pace of a slow shanty before breaking into suddenly portentous keyboard.
North Star Bar:
This New York City front man, guitarist, singer/songwriter is back to his hard-riffing best, a literate rock n'roller to the tips of his Cuban heels. The genuine article in an age dominated by phonies. After three critically acclaimed solo records, dozens of world tours and TV appearances, Jesse Malin found himself back in New York City questioning his next move. From his days fronting seminal hardcore trio Heart Attack and infamous glam punks D Generation, then seven years on the road as a solo artist, Malin had cultivated a devout fan base. Hard to believe that here was a time for over a year he didn’t play or record. Over the summer of 2009, in the basement of Avenue A watering hole Hi-Fi, the songs came forth. Malin, with impresario Don DiLego, drummer Randy Schrager, guitarist Matt Hogan, and bassist/DJ Tommy USA, worked with his newly formed band to bash out an album’s worth of gritty anthems, and The St. Marks Social was born. A solid band, but one with an open door to Malin’s community of musician friends - longtime partner in crime Ryan Adams, pop singer Mandy Moore, fellow label mate Brian Fallon, and former bandmates from D Generation Howie Pyro and Danny Sage.