Dead Swords

White Eagle Hall Presents

Dead Swords

Wooing, Seaside Caves

Fri · March 15, 2019

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is 18 and over

Dead Swords
Dead Swords
Dead Swords, the brand new, New Jersey-based outfit comprised of Alex Rosamilia of The Gaslight Anthem and Corey Perez of Bottomfeeder and Let Me Run, are proud to announce the band’s debut album titled Enders. The brainchild of both Rosamilia and Perez, the band plays a ghostly brand of shoegaze, or, perhaps, a more soothing kind of black metal, expansive in both purpose and ambition.

Being released on Friday, March 8, 2019 on Human Blood Records, the debut showcase picks up where its two previous EPs, Skeletons and Broken Souls, left off and is a record that's clearly inspired by and obsessed with both Disintegration & Loveless. Lyrically, the album also speaks to Rosamilia's continued fascination with death. In scope, the album is his overly morbid take on loss and what happens after we go. Check out the album’s first single, “Ender,” now streaming with Revolver and Spotify.

Helmed by Rosamilia and Perez with the help of engineer/producer Kevin Dye (gates), Enders presents itself as a highly determined recording featuring a large cast of contributors that include three bass players: Frank Marra, Darrell Coco, Mike Maroney (“Tonight”), Benny Horowitz of The Gaslight Anthem/Mercy Union/Antarctigo Vespucci (drums on “Tonight”), Erica Rosamilia (vocals on “Ender”), Trevor Reddell (drums on “Fumetsu”), poet Mischa Pearlman (“Interlude 04” and “Interlude 05”) and more. Leading the collection is the album’s closer, “Ender,” a widescreen, 11-minute journey that captures the very essence of what Rosamilia set out to accomplish with the band from the outset.

“When I started Dead Swords, I really wanted to focus on letting the music be able to breathe,” Rosamilia says. “I have always been a fan of bands like Pink Floyd, My Bloody Valentine, or The Cure; bands that write songs that sprawl about over the course of seven-t0-eight minutes. ‘Ender’, as well as the rest of the record, is my homage to those bands and those songs that take you for a 10-minute trip without you realizing how long you've been sat there."

Despite the torrent of guitars at the center of these funereal and nihilistic songs, there's hope and beauty in these songs too, dreams that refuse to succumb to the nightmare of the real world and the bleakness of our own ever-impending mortality. Listening to Dead Swords is like being lost in the loneliest darkness. Theirs is a world of overwhelming static and feedback, of eternities-long melancholy, of the purest beauty shrouded and obscured by the blackest night. It's the sound of being alive centuries before you were ever born.
Fresh NYC trio Wooing present their debut EP, Daydream Time Machine. Fronted by multi-instrumentalist Rachel Trachtenburg - a performer in the New York music scene since she was six years old - Wooing offer hauntingly beautiful vocals backed by echoing guitars. The lead single, “In Colour”, displays the vintage influences come into play: the urgency of underground 90s rock (i.e. Helium, Quasi) meets the psychedelic Syd Barrett sounds of the 60s.

Trachtenburg started playing as the drummer in her family’s Seattle-born group, The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, who played Conan and drew the attention of Rolling Stone, NPR and Spin. Trachtenburg went on to perform in Supercute! and The Prettiots. Wooing, comprised of Trachtenburg (vocals), JR Thomason (guitar) and Rosie Slater (drums), have existed for just over a year. Trachtenburg and Thomason met while performing with disaster master R. Stevie Moore, while Trachtenburg and Slater had previously toured together in Supercute!.

The three-song EP Daydream Time Machine, produced by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Come), Wooing covers a wide scope of material. Inspired by a documentary on LSD experiments performed on housewives in the 1950s, Trachtenburg wrote the lead single, “In Colour”, in which she beautifully croons a direct quote from the film: “I wish I could talk in technicolor.” The video, directed by John Zhao, encompasses the vintage aesthetics of the track accompanied by gorgeous, dream-like visuals. The band’s reveries, however, aren’t always sweet; “Tear World” comments on our species’ abusive treatment of whales, while “Two Can Keep A Secret” destroys the comforting facade of security within relationships, made all the more profound set against the backdrop of their upbeat and energetic sound.
Seaside Caves
Seaside Caves
Beautiful Noise SEASIDE CAVES are a dreamy smear of sticky lipgloss across a sullen, shadowed face; crepuscular hazy androgen neu-wave pop for the New Jersey beaches. Their sound harkens back to the dawn of synth-pop and conveys those feelings of despair, depression, and alienation that mark the end of analog and beginning of digital.
Venue Information:
White Eagle Hall
337 Newark Ave.
Jersey City, NJ, 07302