The Bowery Presents
Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons

The Felice Brothers, Ben Howard

Wed, February 6, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Barclays Center

Brooklyn, NY

$55, $39.99

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Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons
“We wanted to do something unashamed,” says Ben Lovett. “We’re confident and happy to be where we are as a band — everything that’s happened with us has exceeded expectations, and it’s all been a surprise, it’s all much bigger than what we were prepared for. So when we came to recording this record we had a choice: to shy away from that, or to realize that people dig what we’re doing, and make something robust, with that energy.”

It was December 2010, and Mumford and Sons had been on the road since the previous summer: a glorious, eventful, yet relentless time. Standing somewhere between exhilarated and exhausted, the plan now was for the band’s four members to spend a few weeks apart, write, recuperate, and then reconvene in Nashville in the New Year, with the intention of trying out material for their second album.

The informality of the set-up in Tennessee perhaps helped to dispel any nerves they may have had about following up 2009’s Sigh No More — an album that had gone four times platinum in the UK, and twice platinum in the US. The band assembled in the front room of a house and set about sharing the songs they had been working on alone. “It was a coming together, a sharing of some stuff,” explains Lovett (keys, accordion, drums), “a pool of ideas that would come out of our time apart. So if there was nervousness, it wasn’t nervousness about the record, it was nervousness about how a couple of these new song ideas would go down. But we knew we were going to play music, and it wasn’t time to get into the nuts and bolts of it, it was more like we were starting another year from this point. And that felt very good. Very fresh, and natural.”

Out of that time in Nashville came a couple of songs for the new record — the gorgeous Lovers’ Eyes and Hopeless Wanderer. Then followed more touring, performances at the Grammys and the Brits, before the chance came in the summer to head into a studio in Bermondsey, south London. Here the band recorded the title song for the soundtrack to Wuthering Heights, as well as finding the footings for several of the new album’s songs: Babel, I Will Wait, Not With Haste, Broken Crown, Lover of the Light.

“And then,” recalls Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, guitar, drums), “we went down to a farm in Somerset and played the 10 song game, which is where you have to write 10 songs each in a set period of time without any criteria for quality.” The result of the 10 song game, the band recall with some amusement, was firstly that Ted Dwane (string bass, drums, guitar) has a natural propensity for writing murder ballads, and secondly a new album track named Reminder.

“It’s such a nice exercise because it removes your focus on perfection,” says Dwane. “You drop your guard down and you sort of bash about.” For Mumford, it also helped to re-focus to the material already amassed. “There were various points in the album where we felt maybe we needed to inject more directness, and maybe that’s what Reminder did,” he says. “There’s a bit more obscurity in this album and Reminder is a really emotionally identifiable song. I think I Will Wait was the same. And in terms of making the best record we could we felt like we needed those songs.”

2011 took shape slowly — throughout that year they were establishing the album’s “cornerstone songs”, discussing the new material with producer Markus Dravs — who had also steered Sigh No More (“He’s like a mind master,” says Lovett) and engineer Robin Baynton (“He has the best ears,” says Mumford “but he’ll never sacrifice vibe for accuracy”) finding more writing and studio time wherever their schedule would allow. But more importantly they were trying to work out just what kind of record they were making. “I don’t think any of us had any idea then about what we were trying to do,” says Lovett, frankly. “We had a body of songs and we just really wanted to record them. And we thought that was all you needed. But we learned that wasn’t quite the case.”

Shortly before Christmas, they decided to stand back and take stock of what they had, heading down to Lovett’s parents’ home in Devon for a review of the new material. “And that’s really where we had the vision for the album,” says Mumford, “or where it solidified.” “We were suddenly really confident and happy with what we were making,” adds Dwane. “We were all on-site, all pistols firing. I think the album started to assert its own identity a little bit, it started to make sense, and we knew then what we were making.”

Babel’s identity Dwane describes as simply “Very us. When we made the first album it was to be a snapshot of Mumford & Sons in 2009. This is exactly the same — but it’s us now, and there’s a lot of the live energy in there — that was very much what we were trying to capture. Creating the album over the course of a year, going into the studio then back out touring, then back into the studio … it’s almost as if the road has rubbed off on the album.”

The influence of the phenomenal live band Mumford & Sons have become is much in evidence on Babel, from the fire and fury of the title track to the keen and tender yearning of the album’s closer, Not With Haste. “I think over the past few years we’ve realised how much we have to play the songs that we’ve recorded,” says Mumford. “So we thought harder about these songs, feeling confident that we could play them again and again and again, and that however you record a song gives it its own life.”

As a result, several songs on Babel were recorded live. “When you’re in a room with headphones and microphones and no one else, you play it quite differently to how you play it live,” says Mumford. “Having played live as much as we have these past five years, it’s probably made us a bit more high-octane, a bit more adrenaline-filled, but because of that we probably also need to counter it more. But we really wanted to allow permission for quiet songs on the album, so that we could allow permission for them live as well.”

More than anything, there is a real a sense of completeness to Babel, a satisfying wholeness and a kind of musical and lyrical wealth — romanticism tempered by strength and vigour; a brawniness balanced by beauty. “I think there’s more subject-matter on this album, and I think we’ve grown up a little bit,” says Mumford. “I feel like it’s more exposed, more naked. Ted always talked about wanting to make an album like a story,” he adds. “Not necessarily one that has a plot, but one that you can listen from top to bottom and it makes sense. I think that’s what we’ve tried to do, and what we’ve done.”

Winston concludes, “And now we’ve finished it we can get touring again, which is what we set out to do when we started the band. Back to business.”
The Felice Brothers
The Felice Brothers
The Felice Brothers kicked off in 2006. They did what any delinquent youths, lost in upstate New York with dim job prospects would do: become obsessed with traveling the world and playing extremely loud rock and roll. After settling on minor matters like who plays what (Ian Felice- vocals/guitar, James Felice- accordion/keys/vocals, Greg Farley- fiddle/vocals, Josh Rawson- bass/vocals. Recent addition David Estabrook- old friend/new drummer – completes the current line up), the band procured instruments, cans of sardines and packed up tents and devoted their lives to studying the art of song craft, from Hoagie Carmichael to Kurt Cobain. They also began figuring out how to actually play those instruments. It was a long way to the top.

The Felice Brothers name is a reference to James and Ian Felice’s provenance. They were two of seven children born to a family in upstate NY. They started young, playing under old bridges, back yard BBQs, small town sidewalks, and it’s in that spirit that eventually took their act to NYC, busking the subway platforms where they made a couple new friends and a whole lot of enemies with the MTA and New York’s Finest. Without day jobs or steady places to sleep the boys completely immersed themselves in their new line of work. They spent their days writing hundreds of songs in an old chicken coop, their nights hustling weekly gigs at any restaurant or bar that would feed them.

After a few years their devotion and extreme lifestyle choices paid off. The band has been traveling the world for 8 years now, playing major festivals like Coachella to Midwestern dive bars to ancient churches in Bavarian Germany. They are known for their wild and intense live shows that channel some kind of Lynchian Replacements fever dream. Their sincere, intelligent song writing always the backbone of their live interpretations.

Oddly enough, The Felice Brothers’ new album Favorite Waitress marked the first time the band ever recorded in a proper studio. Produced by the band’s longtime producer and collaborator Jeremy Backofen, the album is their most fully realized statement yet. After diligently working for a year, mining through a hundred songs worth of material, they took off last December for Omaha and knocked the whole thing out in a week. During the year of pre-production the band transformed into the most disciplined assembly line in the music game: Brill building meets halfway home. Focusing on playing together in a room, the band was all muscle, a study on five piece minimalism, able to power through scum bucket linoleum floor blues and turn on a dime into mysterious and lush dreamscapes. They were a classic car glimpsed in a chrome dream, sleek and transparent blazing through the night sky. Or some might say they became your favorite waitress, a comforting face calling you by your name knowing exactly what you need and laughing at all your jokes. Getting you through another rainy day. They built their vast world of sound and now they are simply driving through it.

Favorite Waitress is about fantastic escape from the terrifying realities of modern life. First single “Cherry Licorice” is an ode to never growing up, retreating from a domestic nightmare into a world of soda pop rivers and candy corn comas. “Meadow Of A Dream” feels like that perfect summer day in the woods lost in some primitive western shoot out with the neighborhood gang, when you wish you would never hear any parent cry for supper. “Saturday Night” describes the mythical properties of that magical time of the week when anything can happen, searching through the smoke and shit talk with a couple bucks in your pocket and a head full of teeth that could use loosening.

Favorite Waitress is The Felice Brothers’ 5th official release (in addition to 6 mix-tapes) and marks their first release for new label Dualtone (The Lumineers, Shovels & Rope, Guy Clark). These 11 total releases range from the backwoods kitchen sink folk of God Bless You, Amigo, to the swamp strip-mall Space Odyssey of Celebration, Florida. The band has appeared at Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, and Coachella and toured with the Killers, Mumford and Sons, and Bright Eyes.
Ben Howard
Ben Howard
Ben Howard is excited to announce a full North American tour this winter, his most extensive and longest tour ever in the United States. Beginning on January 15 in Dallas, the tour will bring Ben from coast to coast through February. Ben will head to the US in October for two shows in Los Angeles (October 27 at the El Rey Theatre) and New York City (October 29 at Music Hall of Williamsburg). For his full itinerary, please see below.

Ben Howard is touring in support of the release of I Forget Where We Were to be released on October 21st 2014 through Republic Records. It was produced by drummer Chris Bond at Deep Litter Studios in Devon. The album is available for pre-order now.



Pre-Order: Ben Howard I Forget Where We Were

Listen to new track "Conrad" from I Forget Where We Were now.

Listen: Ben Howard - "Conrad"

Fans can also preorder the physical album & the vinyl (which includes one extra song) via Ben's website: http://www.benhowardmusic.co.uk/

Ahead of the album's release, Ben Howard performed I Forget Where We Were in its entirety on Zane Lowe's Radio One show last week as part of the BBC's Even More Music Month. Ben and his five-piece band are the first artists to ever perform an entire album live on Radio One.

The first single from the album, "I Forget Where We Were," is streaming here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ki5HBBEtfak

The single follows the epic eight minute taster, "End Of The Affair," posted online earlier this summer: http://po.st/EOTAaudio

I Forget Where We Were Tracklisting:
1. Small Things
2. Rivers In Your Mouth
3. I Forget Where We Were
4. In Dreams
5. She Treats Me Well
6. Time Is Dancing
7. Evergreen
8. End Of The Affair
9. Conrad
10. All Is Now Harmed

Vinyl Tracklisting
1. Small Things
2. Rivers In Your Mouth
3. I Forget Where We Were
4. In Dreams
5. She Treats Me Well
6. Time Is Dancing
7. Evergreen
8. End Of The Affair
9. Conrad
10. All Is Now Harmed
11. Am I In Your Light?

I Forget Where We Were follows the release of Ben's hugely successful debut album, Every Kingdom. Every Kingdom, released in October 2011 sold in excess of 1 million copies globally, received a Mercury Music Prize nomination, and was the catalyst for Ben picking up two Brit Awards in 2012 for British Breakthrough and British Solo Male Artist.

In support of the album's release,

www.benhowardmusic.co.uk

Ben Howard Live:
10/27/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The El Rey Theatre TICKETS
10/29/14 - New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg TICKETS
1/15/2015 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
1/16/2015 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall
1/17/2015 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
1/19/2015 - Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre
1/20/2015 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
1/21/2015 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
1/22/2015 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
1/24/2015 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
1/25/2015 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
1/27/2015 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
1/30/2015 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
1/31/2015 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
2/2/2015 - Toronto, ONT - Massey Hall
2/4/2015 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
2/6/2015 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
2/7/2015 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore
2/10/2015 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Expo Hall
2/11/2015 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
2/13/2015 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
2/14/2015 - Vancouver, BC - U.B.C. Thunderbird Stadium
2/15/2015 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
Venue Information:
Barclays Center
620 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11217