Alex Napping (Record Release), Peaer, gobbinjr, Long Neck
Starts May 13, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Ends May 13, 2017 @ 11:30pm
Austin-based quartet Alex Napping draws from the deeply personal and the sonically groovy to create storytelling with a beat. Founded in 2013, the group includes lead singer and guitarist Alex Cohen, guitarist Adrian Sebastian Haynes, bassist Tomás Garcia-olano, and drummer Andrew Stevens.
In 2014, the band released their debut album, This Is Not A Bedroom, on Punctum Records. With a guitar-focused sound, this first release reflects nostalgia for early romance and self-discovery, drawing from collective conversations about youth and its limitations. As an expansion of the themes found in Bedroom, Alex Napping released Trembles Part I & II in 2016, a pair of expressive singles hinging on a short story composed by Cohen. Trembles caught the ear of both NPR and BBC Radio 1, earning featured spots on their respective SXSW coverage. Mise En Place, the band's upcoming sophomore full-length, weaves together the uncertainty of adulthood with a personal desire to establish existential structure. It also marks the band's first release with San Francisco-based Father/Daughter Records. Revolving around a formative relationship, this album tells the story of Cohen's conflicting roles as both person and partner while highlighting a sophisticated, dimensional sound from the band at large. In Mise En Place, arrangements take center stage, overwhelming the guitar-centric sound that had dominated their early releases. This new band dynamic comes together articulately in the album's lead single, Living Room. Moody and honest, with tracks that express both joy and isolation, Mise En Place explores the struggle to evade traditionalism, define personal success, and balance the expectations of love.
Mise En Place comes out on Father/Daughter Records on May 5th, 2017. You can find the band somewhere between Austin and New York City.
Peaer is the project of Purchase, NY-based musician Peter Katz. On his 2014 debut, The Eyes Sink into the Skull, he translated the fear of slowly fading away into opaque and understated rock songs. The material on its follow-up, Peaer’s forthcoming self-titled sophomore LP, is crisper and more assured. On “Pink Spit,” the album’s lead single, Katz’s droll tone intimates that he’d rather opt out of life’s many power struggles altogether: “I don’t want to support this system of deciding what goes in front and what goes up and what gets fucked,” he sings.
gobbinjr (lower case please) is Madison, WI-native turned lil nyc bb Emma Jerk Witmer’s unapologetic new project. Her debut album 'manalang' (again, leave your caps at home) is the blunt, peachy child of Witmer’s angsty yet sophisticated approach, creating a bedroom-panorama of earwormy, hazy melodies. While a fair amount of music relies on the spark of collaboration, gobbinjr explores the simplicity of a one-mind/one-voice songwriting process. Witmer keeps to herself, thus she kept her album to herself… writing and recording every single detail of it. The result is one individual's unfiltered, unfettered statement, something so ethereal it nearly transports you into Witmer's own daydreamy world.
Long Neck is the moniker for singer/ songwriter Lily Mastrodimos.