These United States

These United States

Southeast Engine, Daniel Wayne

Sat, September 24, 2011

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Rock Shop

Brooklyn, NY

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

These United States
These United States
These United States surrender themselves to unbridled rock and roll exuberance: ringing guitars, thundering drums, desperate yearning bordering on hope. By turns larger-than-life and disarmingly intimate, this is folk in the truest sense - a record of the moment, of the cultural and emotional forces that animate everyday existence somewhere down below the headlines. (But never apart from them.) And These United States play it the way folk was meant to be played: hard, fast, big, slow, long, loud, loose, at last unburdened. They play like they mean it. Like there's never been a better time to be alive.

Over the last four years These United States has played 800 shows, released four albums and gained the support of NPR's All Things Considered, World Cafe, and Mountain Stage, Spin, Paste, Filter, NY Times, Village Voice, Brooklyn Vegan, JamBase, The Onion, Daytrotter, My Old Kentucky Blog, KEXP, KCRW, WXPN, and WFUV. Festival highlights include: Lollapalooza, High Sierra, Pickathon, Glastonbury, Mt. Jam, XPoNential, Joshua Tree, Celebrate Brooklyn, and Forecastle.

“…novelistic songs packed with dense narratives and loose, ragged-edged folk, rock and Americana…”
– NPR

"TUS' intoxicating third album brilliantly captures the overwhelming joy of simply being alive."
– Spin (8 out of 10 stars)

"Superb ... a rambunctious alt-country band with story-songs that are both tangled and aphoristic." "equally at home with quiet, morose tales and galloping punky-tonk adventures."
– NY Times

"One of indie-rock's - no, make that American rock's best kept secrets."
– Bruce Warren, WXPN
Southeast Engine
Southeast Engine
Southeast Engine was formed in 2000 by Adam Remnant (lead vocals, guitar) and Leo DeLuca (drum kit, percussion). Both attended the same high school in Dayton, Ohio and grew up in "The Gem City" during its musical heyday of the 1990s. Underground bands like Guided By Voices, Brainiac, and Swearing At Motorists made significant and long-standing impressions upon the two youngsters.

Around 2000, the pair moved to Athens, Ohio and were equally inspired by the Appalachian old-timey and folk music of the area. Thus, Southeast Engine is a unique hybrid of the Dayton, Ohio musical underground and the Athens, Ohio folk scene.

Longstanding member, Michael Lachman (keyboards, Wandering Genie) began playing with the band soon after its formation. The three are now joined by Jesse Remnant (Adam's younger brother) on bass guitar and harmony vocals and multi-instrumentalist, Billy Matheny.

The Wrens (Absolutely Kosher Records) have been pivotal to Southeast Engine's progression. The two bands played together for the first time in 2005. Charles Bissell, songwriter for The Wrens, really took to Southeast Engine's music and lead the band to Cory Brown of Absolutely Kosher / Misra Records. The band signed to Misra in February of 2007 and released "A Wheel Within A Wheel" later that year.

"From the Forest to the Sea" is the title of the group's next album. Recording commenced in a forsaken, 1800s high school auditorium in the hills of Stewart, Ohio. It will be released in early 2009.
Daniel Wayne
Daniel Wayne
If you haven’t heard a truly great voice lately, you might want to check out Daniel Wayne. There’s no doubt that distinguishing yourself as a singer-songwriter can be difficult; it’s a style where it’s easy to be mediocre, difficult to be great. But that voice puts to rest the doubters – sweet through the middle and upper ranges and flawless on the high notes, Wayne is instantly recognizable as well as accessible. A good example can be heard on the haunting, lonely solo number, “Pub’s Crawl”, which also takes an abrupt turn into a religious hymn at the end. Humble and appreciative between songs, the Ohio native comes across likable as well (the Midwestern thing again?). As for his songs, many are tinged with a light country twang, and navigate both indie gloom and homespun folk themes with equal skill.

I will admit that I had not heard of Wayne before I caught this Glasslands Gallery set opening for Jessica Lea Mayfield (that recording here), but apparently I was behind the curve. A sizable crowd showed up to catch his opening set, and by the end, a pretty full house was paying rapt attention. Wayne split the set equally between solo acoustic and full-band electric numbers, and we have served up a streaming example of each below (along with the complete-set download, of course). When the full band comes in during the first chorus of “Birds,” you can tell that Wayne’s big voice is equally if not better suited to the full-band treatment. The full-band songs also give Wayne a broader palette for his arrangements, and he takes full advantage on songs like the countrified “Virgin Saint”, streaming below. Despite being the first opener of the night, Wayne put forth a full 50-minute set that alone was worth the show’s price of admission. As Wayne himself put it in a recent interview on the CBS News website, “Every time I get on the stage, I give it everything I have.” This was only my first Daniel Wayne performance, but that sure seemed to be the case.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK22 “open cardiod” microphones and a flawless soundboard feed provided by Josh Thiel, the house engineer at Glasslands. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

http://www.nyctaper.com/?p=8012

"(DANIEL WAYNE) is one of the TOP 5 NY ACTS you MUST SEE IN 2012"
- CBS.COM

"If you haven’t heard a truly great voice lately, you might want to check out Daniel Wayne. There’s no doubt that distinguishing yourself as a singer-songwriter can be difficult; it’s a style where it’s easy to be mediocre, difficult to be great. But that voice puts to rest the doubters – sweet through the middle and upper ranges and flawless on the high notes, Wayne is instantly recognizable as well as accessible."
-nyctaper

"Cincinnati-bred, Brooklyn-based auteur Daniel Wayne pens dark Americana with indie melancholy and a distinct bluegrass twang." (TIME OUT NY)

"One of the stand-outs of the night was Daniel Wayne....a cross between Harry Nilsson and the spooky tones of "Twin Peaks." EXAMINER.COM

"..., but Daniel Wayne went on first, stole the show, and was an incredibly hard act to follow." -DAILY NUGGETS BLOGSPOT

"Daniel Wayne plays that steel string, sunburst Guild guitar like his mama told him not to. He dresses like Johnny Cash, has attitude like Bob Dylan and plays bar chords with his thumb. You’ll think this guy’s a real-live outlaw until he sweetens up between songs and starts calling the audience “y’all.” Sometimes bluesy, Daniel Wayne has a classic country backbone with eerie undertones: like if Jerry Reed had written the Natural Born Killers soundtrack. Slow songs like “Far From Here” sound like My Morning Jacket, while “The Fool” gristles like a basey Townes Van Zant song."
-Jenny Luczak, Deli Magazine

"As a photographer, there are certain artists that when I study them on stage before a show, I know despite a seemingly placid and pure appearance, some sort of musical fury is seething beneath the surface about to be unleashed. People like Shilpa Ray or Langhorne Slim come to mind. In the case of Daniel Wayne, you can add a baby-faced fury to those qualities. While not loud or fast, he performs with a delicate strength - precise and passionate. His style of singing and playing is such that there's power in the silences between strums and verses, that's how much he had the crowd on a string. The bottom line is that he's got that can't-be-taught magnetism which solo male singer-songwriters tend to try to compensate for with a harmonica....it's always rewarding seeing and shooting a star on the rise lighting up a small room before they go on to be shared by the rest of the world." (GIMME SHUTTER REVIEW of
Daniel Wayne 05.05.11 @ Mercury Lounge NYC)
Venue Information:
The Rock Shop
249 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.therockshopny.com/