Show Preview: Spirit Kid, The Russians & The Famous Winters At The Middle East In Cambridge, MA on Dec. 1
Indoor Recess Presents:
With The Russians & The Famous Winters
Dec 1, 2011
Middle East – Cambridge, MA
Headlining the show at the Middle East Upstairs on 12/1 will be Spirit Kid (Boston). An upbeat band, they bring a modern twist to Beatles-style bubblegum rock. This year has hosted a flurry of activity for Spirit Kid, starting 2011 by wrapping a mini-tour with Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves, spending a week in February as the Sonicbids Artist of the Week, making it to the finals of the Rock & Roll Rumble in April, and playing the main-stage of the Harvard May Fair in May. Spirit Kid’s new EP, Happiness, dropped this summer, and in addition to regaling audiences with their poppy tunes around Boston, they’ve been nominated to capture the title of “New Artist of the Year” at the upcoming 2011 Boston Music Awards. Come see what all the fuss is about, and join this up-and-coming band as they close out their whirlwind year by headlining a show at the Middle East Upstairs!
Spirit Kid and The Russians (Boston) have been trying to play together for some time now – unsurprising since it’s a very natural fit. While The Russians, too, have an updated 60s/70s style, front-man Scott Janovitz explores the darker, psychedelic side of the pop-rock genre, resulting in what Performer Magazine called, “…a space-pop excursion not unlike James Mercer and Danger Mouse’s recent collaboration, Broken Bells, wrought with breezy guitar riffs, summery synths, lively melodies, and memorable hooks…” His songwriting talent has not gone unnoticed – last year he won the title of “Singer/Songwriter of the Year” at the Boston Music Awards, and The Wall Street Journal named their Crashing The Party LP one of 2010’s best albums, describing it as “a thoroughly realized work bursting with hook-filled songs and deft musicianship.” The Russians’ harmonies and “ooh-oohs” may be more haunting than those of Spirit Kid, but that doesn’t make them any less catchy.
Kicking off the show will be the Famous Winters (Providence), a relatively new-to-the-scene trio with a pervasive sound. Another English blues-rock influenced band, their self-dubbed “melodancholy rock” riffs are eerily beautiful. Strained vocals and icy lyrics make July’s debut EP, Carnival Sky, a short but incredibly strong introduction. The Famous Winters may not have been partnered long, but their chemistry reads powerfully in their music – this will be a robust way to kick off the evening.
While Spirit Kid, The Russians, and The Famous Winters’ influences are similar, each act brings a distinctly unique take on representing like-genres. From disquieting to dancey, playful to haunting, with each band’s immense level of talent they reach deep in the annals of English rock’s extensions to culminate in an evening truly rich with musical flavor. One of the best venues in town, some of the best bands in the area, the music’s going to be kickin’ rad, and you’re not going to want to miss it!
18+, $10/$12, Doors at 8pm