Christina Courtin / Tan Vampires / The Sea Life
Friday, Aug 09, 2013 9:00 PM EDT
(8:00 AM Doors)
Union Hall, Brooklyn, NY
21 years and over
According to her mom, Christina was a mild mannered, easy baby. She
didn't need much growing up in Buffalo, NY, except for a violin and a
'Barbie and the Rock Stars' Barbie doll. The singing began as early as
she can remember, always obsessing over singers, singing, and songs.
She decided at a very early age that music was to be her life.
While in New York City honing her violin skills at the Juilliard
School, something wasn't sitting right. Only violin and no singing?
Word got around Christina wasn‘t a one trick pony. A band was formed,
shows were played, beautiful magical times were had, and her
self-titled debut record was released on Nonesuch in 2009.
Which brings us to now. Christina Courtin's new sophomore release
entitled 'Varsity' was recorded in Brooklyn, NY and Austin, TX with
the help of Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail of Dead, White Rabbits) and
Ryan Scott. Felt and heard as a new chapter in her musical life, this
record has more of the real Christina in it... attitude, edge, and
ROCK. Hundred Pockets Records is to release it on March 5th, 2013.
When Christina isn't writing and singing her own material, she
performs regularly as a side man and session musician in and around
NYC. She has contributed violin/viola work to Fun., Dirty Projectors,
Sara Watkins, The Knights, YMusic, Marianne Faithful, Yo-Yo Ma, Sufjan
Stevens, Antony and the Johnsons, Marc Ribot's Film Noir Project, Iron
and Wine, and Teddy Thompson.
While gaining comparisons to the likes of Radiohead, Wilco, Jim James, Neil Young, Modest Mouse, Local Natives, Bon Iver, and Death Cab for Cutie, Tan Vampires have created a genre-less sound that is uniquely their own.
Originally started as a solo project by lead singer/songwriter Jake Mehrmann, it was not long before he acquired an all-star line-up of Seacoast New Hampshire musicians to establish their full-bodied sound. Tan Vampires released their debut album, "For Physical Fitness", on September 20th 2011. During their record release week the band supported well known artists including Yo La Tengo and Okkervil River and also headlined three sold out shows of their own. In October 2011, the band performed at two official CMJ showcases in New York City and since have continued to build their fanbase in Boston, New York and around the northeast. Tan Vampires kicked off 2012 by performing Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The remainder of the 2012 is being dedicated to recording a new EP and working diligently on writing, recording, and touring the United States of America.
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