Ray Mazza and The Gutter Bandits, Mail the Horse, Alana Amram & the Rough Gems

Ray Mazza and The Gutter Bandits

Mail the Horse

Alana Amram & the Rough Gems

Thu, April 25, 2013

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

The Rock Shop

Brooklyn, NY

$8.00

This event is 21 and over

Ray Mazza and The Gutter Bandits
Ray Mazza and The Gutter Bandits
A driven folk rock group from the NYC area, Ray Mazza and the Gutter Bandits has created catchy folk music with lyrical depth. Their edgy sound combined with their energy filled live performance is infectious and leaves the crowd wanting more. It’s a little bit of folk rock and a little bit of alternative mixed in with a lot of awesome!
Having just recorded and mixed their debut LP at Killingsworth Studios in L.A. Produced, engineered mixed and mastered by Tomas Costanza, Suzy Shinn and David Baker the band looks forward to releasing their debut CD, touring and spreading their name!
Mail the Horse
Mail the Horse
Mail the Horse found their start in coastal New Hampshire but moved their straight rocking sound to Brooklyn a couple years ago where it could drink too much, work too much, fall asleep on the subway, get picked up by a prostitute and learn how to have a sense of humor about how sometimes life sucks all the time. Their new home and the sound that came with it are finding it's physical manifestation in the form of a 12” LP called “Great Kills,” due out this September on the Western Mass based TinyRadars label.

“Great Kills” plays like a collection of love songs to the failure of love; there is little love on this record, but plenty of proof it exists. Sonically the band has one foot strongly grounded in the tradition of master craftsmen like Bob and Bruce but clearly this is a band that understands that great rock music is always changing. What comes out wears something like the jeans your mom used to buy for you, somewhere between a working man's boot-cut and the slim fitting tapers of MTH's Brooklyn neighbors. “Great Kills” is sturdy, reliable rock and roll that still demands you to listen to better music than your parents did.
Alana Amram & the Rough Gems
Alana Amram & the Rough Gems
Since 2003, Alana Amram and The Rough Gems have built a loyal following and recorded prolifically. Awaiting the Flood says"Amram's voice is distinct and mesmerizing.... haunting." "The Rough Gems provides drive in the way Crazy Horse added a punch Neil Young's music" - No Depression. Pick Up on Delancey 7" (2007), Self - Titled EP (2008), were followed up by Alana's traveling chronicles - Painted Lady LP (2010). "I have a real good feeling that we'll all be seeing a lot more of this up and coming star" The Fader wrote.

In 2011 Alana made her critical breakthrough with Snow Shadows: Songs of Vince Martin (2011). Her interest in Fred Neil led to a tribute album to Fred's lesser known singing partner, 60's folk legend Vince Martin. This record not only exposed Vince's music to a new generation but also was Alana's most successful record to date. Snow Shadows featured string arrangements by Van Dyke Parks and John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful.) Elmore Magazine wrote, "The Rough Gems strike pure gold.... Aural pleasure and lyrical treasure take you on a fantastic, romantic, wild ride." Blurt Magazine summed it up simply, "She hits her mark".

Alana is a second generation road warrior (as a little girl she would sleep offstage in guitar cases while her gifted father, composer/ performer David Amram played late into the night) and has played over 100 live shows around the country each year. She has been featured live on NPR, WFMU, WDVX, WMBR, WFUV, WBAI, WNCW and other college and XM/ Sirius radio shows. Her music and unique style have been used by Stetson and Buffalo Trace Whiskey.

Always playing and fervently writing, Alana is in the process of recording a fourth LP, Motorbike. This batch of songs - heavily road tested - show the band's greatest maturation. They have expanded their genre melding sound, making the Rough Gems voice in rock and roll unique.

In addition to the band, Alana has played bass for Cliffie Swan / Lights (Drag City), Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black internationally and guested vocals on numerous recordings. She is a filmmaker/ visual artist as well.
Venue Information:
The Rock Shop
249 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.therockshopny.com/