Originally from New York and now based out of Los Angeles, Jerkagram is a fraternal twin duo making music that unfurls a chaotic psychedelic whirlwind at one time while a minimalist ambient wash at another. The duo's creative rhythm, layered guitar textures, and unhinged drum patterns allow for an organic, hypnotic, and epic experience. The raucous twosome is influenced by a very wide array of musical styles and philosophies, from the buoyancy and heavy punk sensibilities of The Melvins to the orchestral post-rock of Explosions in the Sky as well as the loose and maniacal free jazz of Sun Ra. Live, they have infectious, boundless energy with a penchant for improvisation, making no two shows the same.
Landing was started in 1998 and includes Aaron Snow, Adrienne Snow and Daron Gardner. They have released eight critically acclaimed full lengths and a slew of EP's and 7" singles on labels including K Records, Geographic North, Strange Attractors Audio House, Ba Da Bing!, Music Fellowship, and Mind Expansion. Landing's music has been described as "inhabiting that amorphous space where time itself expands and contracts according to a delay pedal setting, and dream pop blurs into dream proper"- 8.0 Pitchfork. Inspired by first wave shoegaze, space rock, psych, krautrock, post-punk, post-rock, ambient, drone, and experimental musics, Landing forges these influences into "some of the best avant-prog and lo-fi space rock around" - 5 star review Mojo.
Landing has toured extensively across the USA, playing with bands including Windy & Carl, Kinski, A Place To Bury Strangers, Dirty Projectors, White Rainbow, Hood, Bardo Pond, Sonic Boom, Paik, and many more. As veterans of the space-rock, shoegaze, psychedelic music scene, Landing has been invited to two Terrastocks and the Brainwaves festival.
Ourselves, Alone is the result of longtime collaboration between Nick Restivo and Mike Cueto.
They met at a work meeting because Nick was wearing a Don Cab shirt and Mike made it known that Don Cab was one of his favorite bands.
Jamming ensued and they produced a decent amount of material to play with.
Fast forward almost two years later... Mike and Nick had a few songs ready to record and Mike's kind of cousin in law offered to produce them.
After helping Mike write bass parts, Steve was offered the opportunity to stand in as permanent bassist, and he took it.
Ourselves, Alone is currently wrapping up a three song ep produced by Steve Perez that will be ready just in time for Summer's long car rides.
Keep your ears to the ground.
Stefan Christensen & Friends
Since the demise of long-running New Haven punk outfit Estrogen Highs, the bands' leader, Stefan Christensen, has stayed busy with an outpouring of solo recording. Incorporating influences ranging from Xpressway/Precious Metal Records artists like The Dead C, Gate, Alastair Galbraith, and Peter Jefferies, the UK DIY scene, Ohio weirdo and outsider punks, and the Twisted Village contingent, and always tinging it with his own personal brand of song writing and noise making, to create sounds that drive forward, despite their keen observance of the past. With songs ranging from 40 second damaged acoustics to 20 minute freakout noise jams, the exact sound is hard to peg down. The live shows see Stefan solo or joined by 'Friends,' a revolving door of New Haven noise makers, who create often lengthy free form rock music. Stefan's first solo cassette was recently reissued by Minneapolis' Night People Records, and two upcoming releases on Buffalo's the Loki Label loom just around the corner, with even more coming down the line on the newly minted C/Site Recordings.