Wild Belle, Caught a Ghost

Wed May 7 2014

9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

Mercy Lounge

One Cannery Row Nashville, TN 37203

$12

Ages 18+

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  • Wild Belle

    Wild Belle

    Alternative Rock

    Wild Belle are an American indie rock band, composed of siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman, who grew up in and around Chicago. They appeared on Conan on November 26, 2012. Their debut album, Isles, was released by Columbia Records on March 12, 2013. They have released three songs from the album: “Keep You” in February, “Backslider”, and “It’s Too Late”. 

    Elliot and Natalie Bergman are two of four children born to musician parents, who brought them up in a house full of music. Elliot, the older sibling, is a multi-instrumentalist studied at the University of Michigan where he started an Afrobeat band called Nomo. His younger sister, Natalie, started performing with Nomo, playing tambourine and singing backing vocals when she was sixteen. Elliott and Natalie decided to branch off with their own project and chose the name, Wild Belle. Wild Belles’s debut album, entitled Isles, was released on March 12th of 2013 on iTunes and Amazon digital download, as well as released in stores in online in physical format. Natalie and Elliot Bergman named their album Isles, due to every track resembling its own island, drawing in influences from reggae, soul, and jazz music. Wild Belle has gained recognition through touring with Toro y Moi in the past.

  • Caught a Ghost

    Caught a Ghost

    Alternative Rock

    Jesse Nolan describes the name of the band ‘Caught A Ghost’ as referring to the sensation of being filled with the spirit of the past. “It’s an old expression,” he says, ” blues musicians used to say you caught a ghost if you gave a good performance ….. like you were possessed.”

    As the songwriter, producer and lead singer of the band, Nolan is a devotee of music from bygone eras. He has a deep affection for vintage soul, delta blues, and 90s rap alike. As Nolan explains, “It’s definitely like being possessed. Music is an obsession for me.  What’s not to be obsessed about? I don’t think that makes me unique, it makes me human.”

    What does, however, make Nolan unique is his musical dexterity. He plays all of the instruments on Caught a Ghost’s full length debut, HUMAN NATURE, with the exception of horns and some of the drums. The record recalls influences from the soul and rock n’ roll traditions (Stax, Motown, Sam Cooke, and,of course, the Rolling Stones) and yet still feels distinctly modern with references to hip-hop and electronic recordings from the 90s to the contemporary.  “I had a very rich musical upbringing.” Nolan says. “My dad, who is a musician himself, exposed me to a lot of great music. He’s a Stax/Motown fanatic, and obsessed with seeing live concerts.  My first live musical experiences were seeing my dad’s band play, but I would credit my musical awakening to a Hollywood Bowl show with Tom Petty. I also grew up in the 90’s watching MTV and listening to rap, so I’m into tracks that hit hard.”

    “Caught a Ghost is ultimately about a collective experience.” Nolan says. “It may have genesis in my weird brain, but it’s ultimately about creating a community.” That spirit is reflected in the makeup of the band, which includes Stephen Edelstein on drums, who was Jesse’s kindergarten classmate and singer/percussionist Tessa Thompson, known to audiences for her acclaimed acting roles in such films and TV series as Veronica MarsCold CaseCopper and Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls. She also stars in Dear White People, which won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

    Anyone who has seen Caught a Ghost play live can testify to the communal spirit. In addition to playing high energy shows, with as many as nine musicians and various dancers onstage,  the group often makes use of projections, performance art and audience participation.

    The result: Caught a Ghost produces a sound and aesthetic that separates them from other Motown devotees.  Of course there are threads of the classic influence that are apparent, but, for exampleNo Sugar In My Coffee achieves a secular gospel vibe, incorporating elements of southern blues, but powered by a machine-like groove and a big sub bass.

    There is the hypnotic synth line on Time Go as well as the use of dubstep wobble bass with a full Motown horn section on Sleeping at Night.  The diversity of influences in Caught a Ghost that spawned from Nolan’s mad scientist approach to composition has sparked many a comparisons to other Los Angeles native, Beck.

    Every song feels on some level like a great big remix. “I love the aesthetic of taking something old and repurposing it.” Nolan says. “But we don’t tend to use samples – we’re just sampling musical muscle memory. It’s a very imprecise process really, like a Jackson Pollock painting…..splashing sounds around. We’re imperfectionists.”

Mercy Lounge & Bowe, Inc. present

Wild Belle with Caught a Ghost

Wed May 7 2014 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Mercy Lounge Nashville TN
Wild Belle, Caught a Ghost
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$12 Ages 18+