Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Jarrod Gorbel (The Honorary Title), MT Bearington (solo), John Parson

Wednesday, January 26, 2011, Manic Productions presents

photo: Matthew Kristall 2009
254 Crown Street
New Haven, CT

9:00pm - 21+ - Free

bios from Manic's page

The Honorary Title began several years ago as a moniker for Brooklyn singer-songwriter Jarrod Gorbel's solo folk musings, but later evolved into the full-fledged quartet responsible for 2007's critically acclaimed Scream and Light Up the Sky (Doghouse/Warner Bros.) Gorbel has come full circle this year, stepping out from behind the Honorary Title name and recording two remarkable new discs. His recently-released tour EP, Ten Years Older and the upcoming Devil's Made A New Friend - Gorbel?s debut solo LP - mine classic soul, traditional folk and Americana, incorporating strings, horns and female backing vocals for a sound more lush and organic than any of his previous work. We recently saw him open for Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon) and thought he was fantastic. We hope you do, too.

M.T. Bearington (solo)
Matt Thomas knows how to write a song. That much is certain. He's been the front person for many a band; In Vain, Leaves of Lothlorien, Weigh Down, Short Pants Romance, and the short lived but still talked about Orange Forest. Amidst the chaos of the last couple years, as one band fell apart and another reunited, Matt started writing songs for himself, bringing them home and recording them in his house at the end of late nights, early mornings, and whenever he found the inspiration. The end result, "Cloak Of Nouns And Loss" is a beautiful collection of pop psychedelic folk bliss, owing as much to Brian Wilson as to Roy Wood, complete with highs and lows, perfect harmonies and lush tones. With the exception of a bass line here and a drum track there, the album was recorded, mixed, and performed by Matt Thomas alone. Now, with Weigh Down on hiatus, Matt has assembled the Bearington band to bring his bedroom recordings to life. Safety Meeting Records

John Parson captures the same woodsy Northeast CT charm from which he comes, driving strong-yet-quirky guitar rhythms beneath dense, poetic lyricism and chanting choruses. John began playing alongside the trio String Theorie, has shared the stage with other CT emerging bands Heirlooms, Goodnight Blue Moon, and most recently supported Denison Witmer on a stop during his Autumn 2010 tour. Still commonly accompanied by Joel Weik of String Theorie, Weik incorporates his finger style harmonic and percussive layers to the performance. John Parson's voice is shockingly beautiful, like a New England snowfall in April. The hand sewn, limited edition EP "Coaster" is available at live shows only. Production is in final stages for a full-length album, due for release on Reel Tape Records in Spring 2011.

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