Ports of Spain
From the back of the bar, Ports of Spain instantly scan as a full band, so it's a shock to discover their mathy shoegaze-pop is constructed by just two musicians . Ilya Gitelman uses octave pedals and loops to play lead, bass and rhythm guitar simultaneously, while Sam Carlson contributes vocals, keyboards and drums. Don't be fooled -- Ports of Spain are not another band that trades directionless loopy jazz odysseys for pure songcraft. Their equipment never gets in the way of their complex melodies. They write actual songs, consistently avoiding complication for the sake of complication. They juggle tons of ideas in every song, creating a noise that's consistently about to fall apart. That it doesn't is incredible by itself. Their brilliant songs may seem like a bonus under these circumstances, but don't underrate Ports of Spain. Even as these two guys spew chaos into crowded clubs, their songwriting is always there to remind you why a grounding in planned songcraft keeps so many of the best bands tethered to excellence. Ports of Spain belong in their company. Ports of Spain have played with bands like Tera Melos, Hospitality, Beach Fossils, Fang Island, Pissed Jeans, Pile, ONWE, Speedy Ortiz, Morning Teleportation, Kal Marks, The Paper Kites, and Solids.
"Ports of Spain is a small band with a large potential for success."
- Paste Magazine
"Gitelman re-creates parts he played in the studio — sinewy chord progressions, sub-octave bass riffs, surf-rock strumming patterns and arpeggios — without necessarily being constricted by them, and also sings. Carlson croons bright melodies, plays tom-driven beats, bashes cymbals and works a keyboard with one hand. Each man's routine is a tightrope act, synchronized with the other's."
- The Courant
"Ports of Spain goes a sonic step beyond the two-man band paradigm."
- Connecticut Post
"New Haven's Ports of Spain are Worth Seeing Over and Over"
- The New Haven Advocate
Dead Painters is a band from Brooklyn, New York. Benjamin plays the drums and sings sometimes, Japeth plays the guitar and sings, Jordan plays the bass guitar and sings.
Procedure Club is a collaborative "DIY-pop" project founded by Andrea and Polish emigré Adam Malec in New Haven, CT. The two began recording as a natural progression from their boredom with living in poverty, sharing musical tastes in underground, lo-fi pop of the 80s and 90s as well as an admiration for Baroque period classical composers. Long-time collaborator Tim Borkowski recently joined, along with Wes later on, lending further architectural support for Procedure Club's evermore plangent yet disquieting soundscape.
After their releases on Slumberland Records, beko disques (France), and 16 Tamborines (Japan), the band took a hiatus from recording and performing. Their latest effort, Pinky Swear, is a culmination of months and months of recording literally hundreds of lo-fi pieces of music, most of which were shelved, abandoned, unfinished, or lost.
With undercurrents of haunting airiness and mechanical instability, Procedure Club’s latest work is like a ghost driving the Beast Of Turin through a hailstorm. The song structures consist of heavily reverbed melodic vocals, stuttering mechanized drum beats, dirty bass, synths, and alternately washed-out and jangly guitars.