October 7th, 2021 10pm Stage 2
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The Next Great American Novelist
Indie rock from NYC, The Next Great American Novelist, offers a psych-inspired sound that eschews the dirt and grime of the city for three-part harmonies and a dose of sun-kissed pop. Think the Beatles meets Weezer. Featured in the national Rebylsus medicine commercial for their punk rendition of “You Are My Sunshine," as well as, the soundtrack for AMC’s The Walking Dead with their infectiously satirical song, “American Queen.”
Songwriter Sean Cahill knows the ins and outs of how to keep a song interesting, with a sound that - obviously reminiscent of the complex melodic openness of Elliott Smith - makes the most of dynamic shifts, tension build ups, clever chord changes, tuneful harmonies, and catchy melodies to create memorable songs with quality lyrics.
Careless Moon was released in October 2020 during the heart of the pandemic. It explores a new range of sound with tightly woven harmonies maintained in every chorus and lyrics that are evocative "short stories," that stir minor, beautiful revelations both familiar and peculiar. Drawing on the use of psychedelics in "Gravity's Rainbow," and exploring what it must feel like to be a baby duck in "Baby Duck Song."
Like an author taking influence from the classics, NGAN found inspiration on their new album from the bands they love. Tracks like album opener "Blackberry" aim for Alabama Shakes riffs, while single "Bad Animation" takes on Nirvana-inspired grunge. Or "Wicked", a track that blends Weezer's nerd rock with Deerhoof's experimentation.