Tan Vampires, Various Cruelties, Old Abram Brown

Mon, February 18, 2013

8:00 pm


Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Musically, it is probably easy to peg Vassals' songs as an update of the Pixies' quiet/loud binary opposition (and when you listen live - they are LOUD), but so much more can be found here in terms of the songs' restraint, craftsmanship and lyrical dexterity. From start to finish, Vassals' songs often grow in intensity from buoyant initial verses to bruising choruses, though upon close listening underneath a structure of pop melody remains. Even in the caustic, feedback-drenched choruses there is that insulating force of hummable melodies, channeling the charged energy of the songs like those overhead power lines carrying electricity across the country.
Tan Vampires
Tan Vampires
While gaining comparisons to the likes of Radiohead, Wilco, Jim James, Modest Mouse, Local Natives, Bon Iver, and Death Cab for Cutie, Tan Vampires have created a genre-less sound that is uniquely their own.

Tan Vampires released their debut album, "For Physical Fitness", on September 20th 2011. During their record release week the band opened for well known artists including Yo La Tengo and Okkervil River and also headlined three shows of their own. Tan Vampires played two official CMJ showcases in New York City and have enjoyed returning to both Boston and New York for shows. The band just returned from playing Sundance Film Festival and is excited to take their music to a national level.
Various Cruelties
Various Cruelties
Fusing classic British guitar pop with Motown and Stax grooves..the missing link between the Arctic
Monkeys and the golden age of doo-wop
The Guardian London

The world is theirs for the seducing
Evening Standard London

A talent for ska-inflected, hook-filled rock
Sunday Times London

Formed by frontman Liam O'Donnell in London just two short years ago, Various Cruelties is an
alternative indie soul incarnation. The four-piece outfit fuses classic British guitar pop with Stax
grooves to create a form of shabby Motown pop.

Their self-titled debut album has been made available through their own label, Almanac Recordings,
which is climbing the iTunes charts and currently top 50 whilst climbing the Billboard New Artist

The album was recorded by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Goldfrapp, Foster The People) and the track “If It
Wasn't For You” is currently used in the holiday TV commercial for the diamond jeweler, Zales, where
previous artists Alabama Shakes and Black Keys were used.

Various Cruelties have supported Kasabian, The Vaccines and Grouplove and have appeared on the
BBC’s Later with Jools Holland alongside Lou Reed, Metallica and Aaron Neville.

Their cover of Ian Brown’s “F.E.A.R.” is currently being used as the trailer for the a HBO series

Various Cruelties is the musical alias of the prodigiously talented Liam O’Donnell – a teenage Strokes
fan with a sweetly soulful voice and a head full of classic soul standards, equally in thrall to the ‘New
York cool’ of Richard Hell, Percy Sledge and Orange Juice.

Born in London to a Scottish father and an Irish mother, and a distant relative of Oscar Wilde,
O’Donnell moved to Leeds at an early age where he spent his teenage years following the well-
trodden ‘indie’ path - summer bank holidays at the Leeds festival and a record collection full of Verve
and Stone Roses albums. Yet an early taste for the soul-classics made him realize musically there
existed a world beyond.

Moving to London, it proved a struggle to escape the the ‘singer-songwriter’ tag. A booking at
Mumford and Sons Communion night in Brighton proved to be a turning point – realising he had no
desire to tread the well-worn ‘troubadour’ path and inspired by recently supporting the Villagers, Liam
decided to do what he wanted; ditch performing under his own name and, inspired by an Ed Ruscha
exhibition, start working under the Various Cruelties tag. There first gig was at Londons infamous
Madam Jo Jo’s in support to the fledgling Vaccines in December 2010.
Old Abram Brown
Old Abram Brown
Dylan Vukelich, Eric Bolton, and brothers Erik and Carson Lund came together as Old Abram Brown in New Hampshire to create their signature sound of textured indie rock, influenced by elements of rock and folk. Since 2008 they've toured the country, released three albums including a series of nine remarkable, live videos which demonstrate the band's powerful songwriting and commanding live performance.
Venue Information:
Cameo Gallery
93 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11211