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Overcoats1Overcoats, the singing and songwriting duo of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell have released their debut album “Young” on the Arts & Crafts label. Nicolas Vernhes (Dirty Projectors, Daughter) and Autre Ne Veut joined the duo in co-production. “Young” follows on their self-titled debut EP released in June 2015, which was instrumental in their meteoric rise. It is impossible to ignore the creative power behind the full, rich and pleasing consonance of their voices leaving the listener with a salient tingling sensation. Their arrangements give cohesion to multiple genres including electronica, pop, folk, soul and even jazz. Overcoats begins their European tour in Dublin on 16 May. They perform in Paris on 23 May.

HVUM: This afternoon we have the opportunity to visit with the female duo Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell – together known as Overcoats. It’s a real pleasure for HorizonVU Music to have the chance to visit today and we look forward to hearing you live. Let’s talk a bit about your background, what’s been going on with Overcoats.

We’ve been to your site and to the many profiles and announcements found online (LA Music Blog. For Folk’s Sake, Drunken Werewolf, All Songs Considered and many more). We know that you are NYC-based and that you are one-time college roommates while attending Wesleyan University. After graduating in 2015, you moved to Dublin for a few months and really got into the Irish music scene. We have a following of promising young female want-to-be professional musicians and they appreciate success stories. So, let’s hang for a moment on the backstory.

Take us through your decision to come together as Overcoats, how you launched your project and came to sign on with Gaby Alvarez and Thomas Winkler at Votiv Management as well as your label Arts & Crafts. We know that’s a lot to talk about, so please hit the bullet points for us.

H: Thanks so much! We’ve had a really wild couple years. We graduated from Wesleyan University in 2015. We had startedOvercoats3 writing music our final year there. All of our friends were looking for jobs after college, making plans…and all we could do was write. It inspired and fulfilled us so much. We recorded our EP at college, put it online, and got good responses. We decided to go for it, and moved to Dublin to write and figure out what we really wanted to sound like.
J: Dublin was really formative for our music. We were going to folk shows and open mics during the evening, and then dancing in clubs at night. The combination of folk storytelling and songwriting and the corporeal, repetitive nature of electronic music was really influential for us.
H: We moved to New York a few months later and kept working at it. At SXSW, we met Tom and Gaby (our managers), who helped us put a team of people together that could help us achieve our goals. We signed to Arts & Crafts (record label) last summer, made our album in the fall of 2016, and now we’re here. It’s all been kind of a whirlwind, with some very slow pockets of time in there.
J: Our advice to people pursuing this would be, just keep working at it. We worked hard whether or not we were getting recognized for it because we believed in what we were doing. And that’s what made other people believe too.

HVUM: What made you gravitate to NYC? Why not (say) California?

H: New York was definitely more comfortable for us. I was born there and had spent time there in college –
J: And I’m from there.
H: We had family and friends there, which sounded very appealing after stranding ourselves in Ireland – haha!

HVUM: It’s been written that your Hozier cover “Cherry Wine” ties to your relationship? Tell us about that connection.

J: Cherry Wine is a song we started covering in Dublin. For us, the song represents friendship and unconditional love. Hana and I have a foundation of love and support for each other.
H: “Way she shows me I’m hers she’s mine / open hand or closed fist would be fine” – for us, means, I will take you any way you are. It’s about being there for that person no matter what.

HVUM: Briefly tell us a bit about your music backgrounds. Do you have formal training or do you consider yourselves to be self-taught?

H: A bit of both. I played a lot of instruments growing up. I started with piano, then moved to guitar, and later dabbled in banjo and harp. Singing has always been a passion, though.
J: I had no musical training growing up. I’m teaching myself piano and bass right now. If you can sing, you can make any instrument with your voice. You don’t need training!

HVUM: Reflecting back on your career development thus far, what do you consider to be your keys to success as well as the most difficult barriers you have encountered?

H: Something that has been difficult is that there’s not much certainty or stability in this industry. It can be really difficult to take care of yourself and staying stable when everything around you is always changing.
J: For example, last summer, we decided to leave to New York and move to Northampton – we complete moved out of our apartments and arrived in Northampton. 3 days later, we found out we were going on tour for 2 months with Matt Corby. We had to move out.
H: Everything happens really fast. But I think one of our keys to success has been being able to roll with the punches. JJ and I both traveled a lot in our childhoods and have talked before about how it made us really adaptable. It helps to be able to go with the flow and trust the process.

HVUM: What advice can you give to a young woman wanting to be in the music business?

H: I think women who are headed for the music industry should do it. There needs to be more of us! My advice would be persevere!! It takes hard work but if you keep going you can find success.
J: I agree. In the industry women often have to create space for themselves and for each other. The industry is inherently male dominated, so it can be hard to achieve your goals, sonically, aesthetically etc. So my advice is to believe in your vision and fight for it.

Overcoats2HVUM: Some of your music has been compared to the sounds of Chet Faker and Simon and Garfunkel (for example). Do you have specific influences in your minds? Do you share influences or do you have to reconcile differences in co-creation?

J: Those two are a couple of our favorites! I think we also feel that we were influenced by Amy Winehouse, Bob Dylan, the Dixie Chicks, Coldplay…who else?
H: More contemporary artists would include Sylvan Esso, Ibeyi, Jamie XX, Lapsley, Joseph, Hinds, Margaret Glaspy.
J: Yes, we share most of the same influences and very rarely disagree about the way we want something in our music to sound. We share one vision and occasionally take different sonic paths but for the most part we’re on the same page. And if we’re not, we embrace the tension created by two differing choices.

HVUM: In addition to your incredible and widely recognized harmonies there is a lot going on in your music from folk to electronica – folktronica. How do you describe your music and the cohesion of genres we identify with your songs? Or do you?

H: I think we described ourselves as folktronica pretty early on when we were releasing our debut EP. We felt like we were bringing storytelling into electronic music and bringing 808s and moog bass lines into folk music.
J: So it felt like we were straddling the two genres. We actually feel like a song is finished and ready for release when you can no longer define its genre. It feels like we focus more on the songwriting than what genre it’s fitting into.

HVUM: Let’s take time out for “Little Memory” recorded on the April release, “Young”.

HVUM: Has your perspective on music and working together changed between the release of your EP in 2015 and “Young”?

J: We never really had any idea what it would be like. We had nothing to go off. So it’s been a steep learning curve. Figuring out the music business and touring. Parts of it have been harder than I imagined. Recording our album and touring so often we’re really taxing. But simultaneously, parts of this career have exceeded my wildest dreams — connections with fans, incredible performances, holding your own vinyl in your hands.
H: Yeah, that was pretty nuts. We’ve definitely learned so much about the industry that we couldn’t have possibly known before diving head first into it.. In terms of working together, I think we’ve only gotten better at it. Better at reading one another, communicating, sharing ideas. We’ve been working together almost every day for 2 years now. And we’ve known each other for 6 years.

HVUM: On the production side you’ve worked with Nicolas Vernhes and Autre Ne Veut. Tell us a little about your relationship with your producers. As far as Overcoats is concerned, what makes for a good producer or producers?

J: They were both incredible to work with. As was Myles Avery who we worked with on the debut EP. A good producer, in our opinion, walks a fine line and needs to let us remain at the helm while offering us the resources to create the sound we are striving for. Offering creative ideas, pushing us to expand arrangements, be more adventurous with percussion, or with sounds.
H: Also crucial to this album was our producers pushing us and creating an environment in which we could give the best vocal performances possible.
J: Arthur and Nicolas are both incredibly talented, insightful, and think outside the box. They respected our vision, helped us achieve it and made sure we all pushed ourselves to the limit.

Overcoats4HVUM: Are there any particular interests along social or political lines that particularly important to you?

H: I was a religion major in college so discrimination along religious lines, religious freedom, and islamophobia are of interest to me, especially given the current political climate.
J: I studied Middle East history and politics in college and that still remains important to me. I follow what’s happening in Palestine and when we’re not touring I volunteer at the Arab American Family Support Center in Brooklyn which has a free immigration clinic to help folks with their legal questions. Both of us try to remain politically and socially engaged or at least conscious.
H: When we’re touring, it’s hard to do anything except survive- eat, sleep, drive, play a show… then repeat. The interesting thing about touring post Trump election is that we are heading to a lot of cities where many folks voted for him. And we wouldn’t ordinarily have the opportunity to travel to so many of these cities . It feels especially important to play in these places for anyone who wants to be there with us. And it feels important and good to yell “the future is female” at the beginning of The Fog, given that women’s futures are being controlled by the current administration. There is a lot at stake.

HVUM: Finally, what outside of music do you consider fun? What do you do for “kicks”?

H: We’re both visual artists as well as musicians so we often paint or draw for fun. For real fun, we love bowling.
J: Yeah sorry, we’re losers. Our hobbies include painting, bowling and going to concerts and I think that’s about it!

HVUM: Losers? No way! Painting and bowling are very cool! Hana Elion, JJ, l thank you very much for taking time twith us. We know that you’ll continue to perform and release exciting new work in the near future, so let’s stay in contact. We’ll see you in Paris very soon!

Visit Overcoats at http://www.overcoatsmusic.com/


WALL

WALL
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Weyrd Son / Wharf Cat Records

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WALL was (yes, was – the band broke up summer last year) a post-punk or no wave band based in Brooklyn. Before hanging it up, the band realized much acclaim in NYC and beyond (SXSW). The hard-rocking band of Vanessa Gomez (drums), Vince McClelland (guitar and vocals), Elizabeth Skadden (bass and vocals), and Samantha York (vocals and guitar) has recorded an LP which delivers on the NYC underground brand. For those who recall the 1970’s when sleazy and sometimes dangerous venues in downtown Manhattan notably defined and radiated a music culture (for example, CBGB, Mercer Arts Center ), WALL does not disapoint. But WALL is much more than a 1970s-80s derivative band. There’s a lot going on beyond the churning sound ascribed the The Velvets, fuzz-noise of Television with Tom Verlaine and Richard Hell or the provocative and confrontational work of Lydia Lunch. For example the jangle pop, underground pop sound that sprung out of the Athens, Georgia music scene (PYLON) comes to mind. Exceptionally, what goes on is not chaotic non-sense. It is a well-integrated source relating feelings of helplessness, confusion, and worry with irresistible strength. This ten-track LP from “High Ratings” to “River Mansion” earns top recognition.


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Strip Darling at Freddys in Brooklyn! Photo Credit: Melinda DiOrio

Strip Darling at Freddy's in Brooklyn! Photo Credit: Melinda DiOrio

As an illustrative support of Strip Darling’s Debut LP “Mend” the band teamed up with Harmonic Distortion Productions and Marco Motti Shalma to develop its first video. The footage showcases the emblematic NYC band in a wide array of settings – from Brooklyn’s South Slope local pub, Freddy’s Bar & Backroom, to the W Hotel in Times Square, to Bowery Presents Mercury Lounge and East Williamsburg’s Paper Box.

The audio used is from a live performance of “Steal my Birds” written by lead singer / keyboardist Jacque Ryal which was captured by audio engineer Paul Johnson at the band’s February 12th, 2014 Mercury Lounge show. The live performance captures the same raw and redemptive essence achieved on the band’s Debut LP “Mend”.

Strip Darling is currently in talks regarding a release of the live single.

Visit Strip Darling at http://www.stripdarling.com/


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Joe Hurley’s Announces Sunday’s Ourland Fest, NYC Celebrating Irish Culture at Lincoln Center

L-R Joe Hurley, Alphie McCourt, Tami Lynn

L-R Joe Hurley, Alphie McCourt, Tami Lynn

Dear friends,

Hope you’re well and having a great summer.

Below is exciting news of next Sunday’s Ourland Fest, NYC’s first ever day long free festival celebrating Irish culture at Lincoln Center.

Sunday July 29, 2-10pm, Lincoln Center Out of Doors present OurLand: Celebrating Irish Culture in America!

The Music, The Bards, The Magic!
Artistic Director Joe Hurley
Presented in Partnership with The Gathering Ireland 2013
In Association with The Consulate General of Ireland
A day of Irish Music, Poetry, Literature, Theatre, Dance and more!

There will be a Limited number of VIP Packages that include Invite to exclusive VIP After-Party, seats in the OurLand reserved section in Damrosch Park & Many More Perks. Links for Donation Levels will be avail Thursday!
Full Artist Listing evolving on Facebook.
Here’s a taste of some of the Stars:
Pulitzer Prize Winner William Kennedy (Ironweed)

L-R Hanora ODea Kilkenny, Consul General Noel Kilkenny, Blue Oyster Cults Joe and Albert Bouchard, R and R Hall of Famer from Alice Cooper Group Dennis Dunaway, Joe Hurley, Thomas Bahler associate producer and arranger of We Are The World

L-R Hanora O'Dea Kilkenny, Consul General Noel Kilkenny, Blue Oyster Cult's Joe and Albert Bouchard, R and R Hall of Famer from Alice Cooper Group Dennis Dunaway, Joe Hurley, Thomas Bahler associate producer and arranger of We Are The World

Film/Broadway Actors Cara Seymour (Gangs of New York)
Angelica Page (“The Best Man”)
Tony Winner Michael Cerveris (“Evita”)
The Cast of Once, 2012 Best Musical
Malachy and Alfie McCourt
Flogging Molly’s Matt Hensley
New York Dolls Sylvain Sylvain
Best-Selling Novelist Peter Quinn
R&R Hall of Famer Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper)
Bob Dylan’s band leader, Tony Garnier
Joe Hurley & the Gents
Ireland’s only 2 Star Michelin Chef, Conrad Gallagher
Irish Supergroup Cherish The Ladies
Lez Zeppelin’s Shannon Conley
Get Smart’s Barbara Feldon
Thomas Bahler “We Are The World”
Tribute to Alan Lomax
Soul Legend Tami Lynn (Stones “Exile”)
Willie Nile
And for the finale!!! JOE HURLEY’S ALL STAR IRISH ROCK REVUE!
www.roguesmarch.com/irishrevue
www.facebook.com/JoeHurleysAllStarIrishRockRevue

Introduced by Irish Consul General Noel Kilkenny, and Artistic Director

Joe Hurley, “Our Land” will celebrate the artistic, literary and musical heritage of Ireland, the mark it made on America and the cross-cultural ties that bind the two countries.

An all-day extravaganza exploring how the Irish helped to build NYC, with ‘Nothing But Their Genius’, while shining a light on Irish and Irish-Americans contribution to the American Songbook and culture., OurLand takes place at multiple spaces on the Lincoln Center campus.
We’ll move through the fair and into the night with song, dance, poets, authors, artists, street performers, exhibits, book and CD signings.

Gathering The Bards: From Galway to Rockaway – 2pm, “The Bards
Stage” aka Hearst Plaza

Weaving the art of storytelling with original works & classics, Irish-American culture in verse and song …

Joe Hurley with Broadways Angelica Page

Joe Hurley with Broadway's Angelica Page

Pulitzer Prize Winner William Kennedy, Actors Cara Seymour, Angelica Page, Barbara Feldon Aedin Moloney, Malachy McCourt, Alfie McCourt, Novelists Peter Quinn, Tom Kelly, John Swenson, Thomas Bahler, and Mike Farragher, Musicians Cherish the Ladies, Kirk Kelly, Niamh Hyland, Colin Broderick, David O’Leary, WB Yeats Society of NY, Gerard McNamee, Salina Mailer, Faith Hahn, Marni Rice, Dana McCoy, Honor Molloy, John S. Hall,Trisha McCormack, IAW&A and more in a wildly eclectic and interactive parade of The Jewels of Ireland’s Bards.

The Auld Triangle – “Nothing but my Genius” – at 5pm, Josie Robertson Plaza

Take a wild,magical stroll on Raglan Road with buskers, poets, painters, and dancers that will stir your soul. Behan to Beckett, Christy Moore to James Joyce – Bring your voice– Alive-Alive Oh! (w/ Flogging Molly’s Matt Hensley, The Mercantillers, Marie Reilly, Seamus Kelleher)

6pm Thousands Are Sailing -’The Sailing Stage’ aka Damrosch Park Bandshell

A Performance from the cast of ONCE, winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards incl: BEST MUSICAL!

Then it’s A Parting Glass: Celebrating the legendary ALAN LOMAX’s work preserving
Ireland’s Musical Heritage. Lomax’s recordings in Ireland are a shared musical treasure and will be honored with Round Robin-style Irish-Americana performances led by Lomax archive director Don Fleming, Cherish the Ladies, Lianne Smith, and special friends. With the original 2-track recorder onstage used to capture these historical Irish recordings, The 78 rpm project will also be there for new live versions of these gems!

At 7pm, Joe Hurley and The Gents take the stage
The New Yorker called Hurley “One of the city’s deepest pop singers, both in his vocal range and the level of his soulfulness… mesmerizing.” Their set

Floggin Mollys Matt Hensley

Floggin Molly's Matt Hensley

will include a performance of Hurley’s CD Let the Great World Spin, created with and inspired by Colum McCann’s Award Winning novel. The Gents feature Tony Garnier ( Dylan Bandleader) Ken Margolis, Megan Gould, Steve Goulding, special guests Flogging Molly’s Matt Hensley & the gospel trio Antonique Smith, Tami Lynn, & Faith Hahn.

8pm Joe Hurley’s All-Star Irish Rock Revue!

A Beloved NYC institution, “that receives rave reviews every year” NEW YORK MAGAZINE

The All Star Irish Rock Revue celebrates Ireland’s musical gifts to the world as guests dive into “The Great Irish Songbook,” performing the timeless classics of Thin Lizzy, U2, Van Morrison, The Undertones, Pogues, Elvis Costello, Stiff Little Fingers, John Lydon & more.

Co-host Ed Rogers

Co-host Ed Rogers

Co-hosted by the critically lauded Edward Rogers, early confirmations include Willie Nile, Tony Winner Michael Cerveris, Ellen Foley, Tami Lynn (Dr. John, The Stones) R&R Hall of Famer Dennis Dunaway, Film Star Antonique Smith (‘Notorious’), The New York Dolls’ Syl Sylvain, Led Zeppelin’s Shannon Conley, Owen McCarthy, UK’s Stephen Frost, Tish & Snooky, Mary Lee Kortes, Sam Bisbee, Joe McGinty, Sherryl Marshall, Tricia Scotti, Blue Coupe, Jamie Noone, Al Landess, & members of Rogue’s March, The Mekons, Cracker, The Ian Hunter Band, Blue Oyster Cult. MD is Chris Flynn. IRR Band includes Jeremy Chatzsky, Mark Bosch, The Gents & Guests.

Artistic Director Joe Hurley has sung and recorded with artists ranging from The Chieftains to Judy Collins and Shane MacGowan, Sam Shepard to Flogging Molly, Jimmy Webb to Maude Maggart. His collaboration with Irish Novelist Colum McCann, on The CD ‘Let The Great World Spin’, led to their acclaimed tours of Europe together.

Hurley, Johnny Depp and Keith Richards recently won two Audie Awards for their narration of Richards’ international Best-Seller LIFE, including the ‘AudioBook of the Year’ Award. With Rogue’s March and The Gents he’s released many critically-acclaimed CDs, and his ballad ‘Amsterdam Mistress’ is featured on SONY MUSIC’s ‘Whiskey In The Jar-Essential Irish Songs’ alongside classics from The Pogues, Dubliners, and Clancy Brothers.

Hurley and 75 authors entered the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records for their 24 hour live- broadcast global readings on peace. www.AuthorsForPeace.org
‘OurLand’ is an outgrowth of the annual All-Star Irish Rock Revue Charity Concerts that Hurley has held at sold-out venues around New York, since 1999.

We hope to see you at the OurLand Gathering. There are no strangers here, only friends we haven’t met yet.
‘The Gathering Ireland 2013 is a year-long celebration of Ireland and all things Irish. A once in a lifetime opportunity to come and experience all that is great about Ireland. 2013 is the year to visit Ireland or come home. Be part of it.’
www.discoverireland.com

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