[NHM] New Haven Music

EULA (Record Release), M.T. BEARINGTON @ Cafe 9, April 29th

This Friday, April 29th Eula will be celebrating the release of their new record Maurice Narcisse with a show at New Haven’s “musician’s living room,” Cafe Nine.

Eula have been a mainstay in the New Haven music scene for several years now and, by sheer effort, have earned themselves the reputation as one of the hardest working bands in the state. Despite the fact that two-thirds of the band now reside in Brooklyn (guitarist/singer Alyse Lamb and drummer Nate Rose (aka DJ Booty Beats) moved there late last year), the trio (along with bassist Jeff Maleri) have long sworn their allegiance to the Elm City and continue to do so with regular area shows. Although releasing several demos and EPs throughout their 6+ years as a band (including 2009’s memorable Language of Threat EP), Maurice Narcisse is, surprisingly, Eula’s first full-length album. Clocking in a 10 tracks, Maurice Narcisse was first previewed by a 3 song demo (including the title track as well as songs ‘Dirty Hands’ and ‘Texas Stampede’) in October of last year. As the demos (and now record) indicate, Eula continues to grow musically, carving out a unique blend of jagged arrangements, spiky rhythms and hyperactive melodies that, although firmly rooted in post-punk defies easy classification. There is an almost child-like playfulness at work within their songs that distinguishes them from many of their contemporaries. What makes this playful abandon work though is the way in which it is tempered by the band’s super-tight rhythm section and by the brevity of the compositions (seldom do their songs last beyond three minutes). On top of their work ethic and drum-tight sound, Eula is also known for their kick-ass live show. Having just returned from a Midwest tour in support of the new record, the band should be in good form for Friday night.

Opening for Eula will be fellow Elm City stalwarts M.T. Bearington whose creative take on indie-pop and rock has gained them a significant reputation in their own right. Matt Thomas & co. recently released their acclaimed sophomore album Love Buttons on Safety Meeting Records (including limited edition vinyl!) so make sure to pick up a copy of that as well.

If When You Go:
EULA (Record Release)
@ Cafe 9

Friday, April 29th
9pm / 21+ / $5

Manic Productions presents Grandchildren, M.T. Bearington @ BAR, April 20th

The latest installment of Manic Productions‘ free weekly show series at BAR arrives this Wednesday, April 20th with Philly’s Grandchildren and New Haven’s M.T. Bearington.


Many may remember Grandchildren’s previous New Haven performance at Cafe Nine last November (also a Manic show) for the group’s cacophonous arrangements, significant usage of percussion and complex yet tight vocal melodies. Since then Grandchildren have gained some pretty good momentum on the east-coast club circuit, most recently opening a series of shows for Brookyln’s O’Death. In addition their live show itself has gained a ‘spectacle-to-behold’ like stature amongst indie-rock audiences. This group seems poised for bigger and better things so be sure to catch them right in your own backyard this Wednesday for FREE.

M.T. Bearington

Opening the night will be New Haven indie-popsters M.T. Bearington. For this show Matt Thomas and company will be celebrating the vinyl release of their highly anticipated new LP Love Buttons on Safety Meeting Records. After the release of the first M.T. Bearington album, 2008’s Cloak of Nouns and Loss (which was mainly a Matt Thomas solo effort), M.T. Bearington became a full-on band (and a pretty good one at that) and as such have dedicated a lot of energy into making Love Buttons a ‘band’ album. And from most early accounts, they have been wildly successful in doing so. A limited edition of 300 vinyl LPs will be available (which you can pre-order through Safety Meeting) so make sure you get your copy early!

What better way to celebrate 4/20 than with some great live music??

If When You Go
Manic Productions presents
M.T. Bearington

Wednesday, April 20th
@ BAR / 254 Crown Street / New Haven
21+ / Free / 9pm

Golden Microphone presents THE BACKYARD COMMITTEE, BRAD AMOROSINO (of TITLES/M.T. BEARINGTON) @ Neverending Books – March 11th

This Thursday, March 11th local outfit The Backyard Committee will be making their debut at downtown New Haven’s favorite bookstore Neverending Books. Presented by Golden Microphone, the Backyard Committee features singer, songwriter, Alternate Routes guitarist and Advocate contributing writer Mike Sembos. Many may also recognize Sembos from his days fronting local popsters Superfallingstars and on bass with New Haven favorites Kennesaw. Sembos recently put together The Backyard Committee while on break from touring with the Alternate Routes as a means to document a lengthy backlog of demos collected over the past few years (or more). According to the band’s Myspace page, once enough of said demos are recorded for an album, “there will be one.” In addition to their engagement at Neverending Books, the Backyard Committee already has several shows lined up at local venues like Daniel St., Rudy’s and Cafe 9. Joining Sembos & co. will be a solo performance by Brad Amorosino of Titles and M.T. Bearington, yet more great local melodic rock worth checking out.

If You Go:
Neverending Books
ALL AGES / $5 suggested donation
music starts after 7pm

MATES OF STATE, M.T. BEARINGTON @ The Space – Feb. 20th
February 5, 2010, 5:23 pm
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Manic Mark (of Manic Productions) has been churning out some quality shows lately. One of his next shows features two of the areas more popular bands, Mates of State and M.T. Bearington, at the Space for a special early show on Saturday, February 20th. Mates of State, who recently relocated from New Haven to Fairfield county, will be kicking off a mini-tour of the Northeast on Feb. 17th. Starting in Burlington, Vermont, the tour will also include locals M.T. Bearington for all dates. Their stop at the Space is surely to sell out so make sure you purchase tickets early. Here’s the full list of tour dates:

Feb. 17th – Higher Ground, Burlington, VT.
Feb. 18th – Portland City Music Hall, Portland, ME.
Feb. 19th – Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA.
Feb. 20th – The Space, Hamden, CT.
Feb. 21st – The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY.

If You Go:
Manic Productions presents
*Early Show*

@ The Space
ALL AGES / tickets $14
DOORS OPEN 3:00pm!

Safety Meeting and Tweefort present M.T. BEARINGTON, LA STRADA, THE FICTIONAL WEST @ Rudy’s – Feb. 6th
February 1, 2010, 11:02 pm
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Safety Meeting and Tweefort have teamed up to present a three band bill at Rudy’s this Saturday, February 6th. Included are locals M.T. Bearington and The Fictional West as well as Brooklyn’s La Strada.

La Strada is best likened as an indie/chamber pop outfit which incorporates strings and accordion into their instrumentation. The band is currently playing a few sparse dates before heading down to Austin, Texas for SXSW. In the meantime be sure and stop by the Rude to check them out for yourself.

Also performing will be locals M.T. Bearington. Matt Thomas and company will soon be supporting former ‘Stavenites Mates of State at the Space later in the month and on a mini-tour of the Northeast. They are best described as psych-driven indie rock with some solid songwriting to boot. From all accounts they’ve been killing it live lately so make sure you don’t miss their set.

Last but not least will be the Fictional West. Although not so fictional, this New Haven based trio combines interests in indie pop and ’80s new wave sounds with satirical themes to create some nice low-key tunes in the process. The band recently released a single on the recently expanded Tweefort so make sure you check it out.

If You Go:
Safety Meeting and Tweefort present

@ Rudy’s
21+ / $4
music starts around 10pm