The Big Easy, Well Wisher,   Sharkswimmer, Hypemom

Wed Aug 3 2022

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Knitting Factory - Brooklyn

361 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211

$12.00

All Ages

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Knitting Factory Presents
The Big Easy, Well Wisher, Sharkswimmer, Hypemom

  • The Big Easy

    The Big Easy

    Indie Rock

    If you need advice on how to make it through a long year, The Big Easy has some tips. Founded in 2014, The Big Easy was, for a while at least, the solo project of singer-songwriter Stephen Berthomieux . But that was never his intention. “I’ve always had a rotating cast of musicians around me,” says Berthomieux. “The initial idea was that no matter who floated in or out around me, The Big Easy would always be a thing.”
    With a lineup finally solidified around him, The Big Easy is now an actual band, and Berthomieux is using that fact to give the project a soft reboot. “I wanted this to be a brand new, refreshed band. It’s not just me, it’s us,” he says, “When I talk about The Big Easy, I say ‘we,’ because it’s not about me anymore. The proof of that can be heard throughout A Long Year , The Big Easy’s debut record on Forged Artifacts.
    As you may have guessed, the album’s title is a direct reference to a year in Berthomieux’s life that was anything but simple. After going through a break-up, he moved out of his parents’ house in New Jersey and into Brooklyn — then quickly had to turn right back around and move back to New Jersey. It was in the midst of this that Berthomieux dug in to find the creative spirit inside of himself. Songs came out one by one, and as The Big Easy’s lineup solidified with Stephen Adams on guitar and Pete Clark on drums, an album slowly started to take shape.
    From the first notes of “It’s All Fun And Games Until Some Gets Hurt,” The Big Easy starts A Long Year with bombastic, buzzing music that sounds tailor made for a raucous loft party. The song draws a loose circle around emo, pop-punk, and indie rock, but without playing by any of those genre rules. Though “It’s All Fun And Games Until Some Gets Hurt” surfaced on a previous release, it reaches its final form here, with a catchy lead guitar line that literally sounds like a rush of serotonin running through your body. “That song kind of felt like the first song I wrote for this record, without even knowing I was writing a record,” says Berthomieux.
    Though it opens on a note of pure ebullience, A Long Year dances across genres and stylistic boundaries, and not in some calculated way. The members of The Big Easy don’t pull from any one box, so they don’t fit in one either. “I never wanted to sound like any one band; I just wanted to create a record with a sonic personality. I wanted it to be so distinctive, that you know it was The Big Easy’s A Long Year because the drums sounded like this or the vocals sounded like that,” says Berthomieux. That meant accurately documenting the band’s personality instead of settling on some slick, studio-crafted sound. “I love lo-fi music because it conveys so much personality. Sonically, I was trying to bridge the gap between being something accessible, where it was clean and loud enough to hear what you needed to hear, but it had that lo-fi, band playing in a basement sound to it,” says Berthomieux.
    Much like the year it chronicles, the recording process for A Long Year t ook longer than Berthomieux expected, but all that work pays off in the final product. Produced and engineered by Tom Warren, then handed off to Erik Romero for mixing Christian Deutsch for mastering, the record took on the personality of the people Berthomieux trusted to help make A Long Year exactly what he always envisioned. “The process was really long and drawn out, but I thinkthat’s what makes the record what it is in a weird way. The Big Easy is a lo-fi indie band, and all the other genres we fall into, punk, emo, whatever, I don’t care; we are going to be the band that brings you this really raw personality, while making it as accessible as possible, without losing that essential aspect of where I came from as a musician.”
    Elements of everything from Cursive to PUP to the Beach Boys surface on A Long Year, and on repeat listens, those sonic reference points feel all the more apt. With songs like “Fake It Till I Make It” and “If I Knew It Was The Last Time,” The Big Easy confidently transforms on a dime, dodging predictable patterns to instead create big cathartic moments that feel truly earned. That’s because everything about A Long Year feels informed by struggle, but not mired in it. By the record’s end, both The Big Easy and the audience have gone on a journey, and they’re both better off for it.
  • Well Wisher

    Well Wisher

    Music

    Originally started as a solo project for NJ songwriter Natalie Newbold (formerly of dollys, current bassist in The Front Bottoms), Well Wisher has taken shape as a full band with Lucas Dalakian (formerly of Romp), Lynsey Vandenberg, and Matt Viani. The group spent much of 2019 and early 2020 on the road sharing the stage with acts including Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, New Found Glory, Speedy Ortiz, Bad Bad Hats and many more. From the opening notes of their debut record released by 6131 Records, This is Fine, it's clear the band are not afraid to brandish mighty guitar riffage front and center with personal and heartfelt lyricism.
  •   Sharkswimmer

    Sharkswimmer

    Indie Pop

    Like so many forebears in punk and rock before them, three-piece Sharkswimmer formed their gritty, textural indie-punk sound in the depths of Brooklyn. The band’s main songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Justin Buschardt moved to the city in 2014 from Austin, Texas, where he cut his teeth as the front-person for post-hardcore group Inside Voices, which eventually became a touring  project and a wellspring for new musical ideas. Upon moving to New York, however, his sense of artistic community had flagged. It wasn’t until he opened solo for Vinnie Caruana of Long Island punk mainstays The Movielife to a warm reception that his vision for Sharkswimmer began to crystallize: “That sort of pushed me to be like, Oh, shit, people seem to be into this thing that I’m doing by myself,” he says. “But I really want to be able to do it with a full band.” 

     

    3 EP's, tons of sweaty shows and a couple of changes in their lineup later, Sharkswimmer is now composed of bass player/vocalist, Dana Lipperman of Brooklyn art-rock band, Gorgeous, Jesse Reed on drums and Buschardt on vocals/guitar. They are set to record their first full length in Feb of 2022, showcasing their evershifting sound.

  • Hypemom

    Hypemom

    Post-Punk

    HYPEMOM birthed in 2013 and is aging with vigor. The trio play catchy, frenzied postpunk that gets your feet misbehaving and your cortisone levels bumping. They hope you can’t make out their lyrics but they’d love if you sang along. Please call HYPEMOM especially on holidays.

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Knitting Factory Presents

The Big Easy, Well Wisher, Sharkswimmer, Hypemom

Wed Aug 3 2022 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Knitting Factory - Brooklyn Brooklyn NY
The Big Easy, Well Wisher,   Sharkswimmer, Hypemom

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