[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

Fake Babies @ Rudy’s – Feb. 13th
February 12, 2010, 5:59 pm
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Fake Babies, one of New Haven’s better known (and active) synth-based groups, will be performing tomorrow night (February 13th) at Rudy’s, the bar where everybody knows your name. Fake Babies are currently at work on their debut full-length album which, according to the band’s Tumblr page, is slated for a Spring 2010 release (possibly on the local Safety Meeting Records). To tide the masses over until then, the duo recently made a video for the song “Sophisticated Thighs” with director Jimi Patterson (see above).

If You Go:
and maybe another act?
@ Rudy’s
21+ / $3 cover
music starts after 10pm

Safety Meeting and Manic Productions presents BLOOD WARRIOR, SIDEWALK DAVE, GET HAUNTED, PONYBIRD @ Cafe 9 – Feb. 20th

As if the upcoming Mates of State/M.T. Bearington show on February 20th at the Space wasn’t enough for Manic Productions, a second Manic show (this one in conjunction with Safety Meeting Records) is scheduled later that same day at Cafe Nine. Performing will be the New York based Blood Warrior, New Haven’s own Sidewalk Dave and Ponybird, and New London’s Get Haunted.

Blood Warrior, described as ‘a unique take on indie-folk and more traditional music of the Americas,’ originally started as a recording project but quickly developed into much more than that. Blood Warrior’s distinct instrumentation, featuring guitars, Casios, chord organs, autoharp, marching drums, percussion and four part vocal harmonies, really keeps things fresh, as does some unexpected hooks buried within. Featuring members of O’Death and Super Monster, among others, Blood Warrior definitely seems to be worth checking out. Local alt-country/aggro-folk quartet Sidewalk Dave, primal-duo Get Haunted and the sometimes full band, sometimes stripped-down solo indie-folk Ponybird fill out the bill. Overall, a highly recommended show for fans of indie-folk and Americana.

If You Go:
Safety Meeting Records and
Manic Productions present
@ Cafe Nine
21+ / $5 cover
music starts after 9pm (stop by after Mates of State!)

The Vultures, The Velcro Lewis Group @ Cafe 9 – Jan. 7th

Lest we not forget, Safety Meeting Records will be presenting a show this Thursday, January 7th at Cafe Nine. Appearing will be none other than New Haven’s own garage/surf/insane rock trio The Vultures. The Vultures new record ‘Chingus,’ which was released this past September on Safety Meeting, is a monster. Be sure to check it out! Joining the Vultures will be Chicago’s The Velcro Lewis Group. Featuring members of Plastic Crimewave Sound, the Velcros brand of blues rock/garage psychedelica compliments the Vultures well.

If You Go:
Safety Meeting Records presents

@ Cafe Nine
21+, $4 cover
show starts at 10pm