CROSS-POLLINATION CCLXVI - TUES DEC 1ST - 7:30-10 PM
HORSES MOUTH
THE ARMCHAIRS

Brooklyn-based band Horse's Mouth writes songs that draw from many eclectic influences and soundscapes. The band's debut album (self-titled) just dropped on March 20th 2010, and they've now landed back home having returned from tour. "A Brooklyn native, Carbone met his bandmates, drummer J.J. Beck, bassist Matt Scott, violinist Heather Sommerlad, and multi-instrumentalist Michael Chinworth, at Bennington College. The members of Horse's Mouth have been playing Carbone's songs together in various forms and with various other musicians since 2005 (including, at one point, a 17 piece orchestra), though Horse's Mouth as a band only officially dates back to 2008. You can hear the chemistry between the musicians almost immediately upon listening, and especially on watching some of the live footage shot by Connor Kammerer and Pixelhorse- The live performances are impressively faithful to the record without losing any of the feeling of fun and spontaneity that comes from the itchy arrangements...music that maintains its mystery is often far more effective, and Carbone does exactly that here, giving us lyrics oblique enough to mean a great many things and music that skates through so many moods and meters and feels that it's hard to say just what exactly makes it feel coherent, though certainly something does. Perhaps it's the common sounds of each member's voice (they all sing, excluding Beck, the drummer), or the distinctly personal style each has on his or her instrument. Perhaps it's that all Horse's Mouth songs feel odd in precisely the same way, the product of Carbone's unique and unified vision, impossible to pin down completely but evocative and pleasurably strange, like a fairytale landscape (not one of the neutered ones where everyone is nice and boring, but the Hans Christian Andersen kind, where little girls get their feet cut off with axes)." - (AmpEater.com)

The Armchairs stand up for the hungry kids. Playing together since February 2008, this unlikely quartet puts on intense live shows that feature (but are not limited to) readings from the communist manifesto, hot dog costumes, light-up helmets, abrupt tempo changes and audience participation. Drawing influence from bands such as The Kinks, The Zombies, Deerhoof and Ween, The Armchairs have only just begun to unleash their fury on the unsuspecting public. Two DIY tours of the eastern seaboard, countless regional & NYC gigs (Pianos, Lit Lounge, Union Pool, Death by Audio, official CMJ 2009 showcase at Local 269) and a 10 song demo later, they are hard at work finishing their debut LP, "Science & Advice."

LISTEN TO HORSES MOUTH LISTEN TO THE ARMCHAIRS
CROSS-POLLINATION CCLXVI ::: Tuesday, DEC 1ST
7:30 - Doors Open
8:00 - HORSES MOUTH | tavocarbone.bandcamp.com/ | myspace.com/horsesmouthband
8:45 - THE ARMCHAIRS | sonicbids.com/thearmchairs | myspace.com/thearmchairs
9:30 - Cross-Pollination set ft HORSES MOUTH & THE ARMCHAIRS!!
10:00 - Guitar Hero