Date: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 3:00 pm
Duration: 2 Hours
Beach Party featuring
Free | 3 p.m. (Doors at 11:30 a.m.)
Beekman Beer Garden
Northside Pier 17
Beekman St. at South St.
Swirlies formed in 1990 in Boston/Cambridge, and quickly became notorious for their loud, wall-of-noise guitar music, as well as a twisted quiet side, which propelled them to the forefront of the city's "chimp rock" scene, pitting dreamy, guitar-based pop against noisy, experimental tendencies. Often compared to My Bloody Valentine, the original band featured Damon Tutunjian (guitar/vox), Seana Carmody (guitar/vox), Andy Bernick (bass), and Ben Drucker (drums).
Swirlies released a series of EPs and four albums on the Taang! label before moving on to Bubblecore Records for 2003's Cats of the Wild Volume 2. A handful of singles have also appeared through Slumberland, Pop Narcotic, Working Holiday and others. Plus, the band has released a number of cassettes, CDs, and downloadable albums on its Sneakyflute Empire label.
This summer, Swirlies are together once again performing a smattering of rare live shows on the east coast, with original band members Damon Tutunjian and Andy Bernick, joined by Rob '(The) Doctor Laasoko' Laakso (Amazing Baby) and drummer Adam Pierce.
Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Psychedelic Horseshit is rooted in lo-fi punk experimentation, and makes a dense, playful racket that veers between being challenging and genuinely catchy. Formed on a whim in 2005 after meeting at an "all night rave scene," the band has kept a step ahead of the lo-fi noise pop scene they christened 'shitgaze' by drawing on a broad range of influences.
Currently consisting of Matt Whitehurst (vocals / guitars / drum programming / harmonica / keyboards) and Ryan Jewell (drums / percussion / keyboards), the duo released it's second proper LP titled Lace (FatCat Records, 2011), marking a major shift that includes upgrading their sound and delivering a coherent set of bustling, uptempo, hook-laden, melted outsider pop songs. FatCat proclaims the signing of Psychedelic Horseshit as on par with the label's landing of Animal Collective and Black Dice, 8-years ago, viewing the band as similarly vital artists.
New York City's once ubiquitous free Sunday afternoon indie rock shows on the waterfront are heading to the lower Manhattan side of the East River this summer via a new six-week music series dubbed Beach Party, slated for July 10 through August 14 at Beekman Beer Garden.
The array of acclaimed bands scheduled to perform include:
July 10 Cheeseburger
July 17 Xray Eyeballs w/ Frankie and the Outs, and
July 24 Swirlies w/ Psychedelic Horseshit
July 31 The Raveonettes w/ Eternal Summers
August 7 Mission of Burma
August 14 tba
With the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and East River as their backdrop, the respective bands will take the stage on the Beekman Beer Garden's 200-ton sandy beach at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoons.
Presented in association with producers involved with the indie-oriented Seaport Music Festival on Pier 17 (south side) and the RiverRocks series on Pier 54, the Beach Party concerts are free, and limited to 1,100 people. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and all shows are 21 and over.
In true beer garden form, the venue features craft beers - including Sixpoint Crisp Lager, Blue Point, Ommegang Witte Beer and Magic Hat #9 - poured from taps along two 40-plus foot bars.
During inclement summer weather, the Beekman Beer Garden's 10,000 square-foot beer garden tent will house shows, thereby ensuring no storm-related cancellations.
In addition to a full bar, the venue offers a menu of traditional beer garden fare, created by Buddakan alum Jason Mayer, including German bratwursts, cheddarwursts, and burgers, as well as lobster and crab rolls and clams on the half shell.
Accessible by the J, M, Z, 2, 3, 4, 5 at Fulton Street or the A, C at Broadway-Nassau, the Beekman Beer Garden is located at Beekman Street and South Street on the north side of Pier 17. More information on the Beach Party music series is available at BeerGardenEvents.com and/orSeaportMusicFestival.com.
Beach Party is produced by Beer Garden Events and Dima Productions - founder & curator of the Seaport Music Festival, recognized for presenting a plethora of indie music's most relevant breaking and established bands on the Pier 17 stage in lower Manhattan (www.SeaportMusicFestival.com).
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