Isadora is a Brooklyn based quintet, born in 2012. The band consists of Aaron Mendelsohn (vocals, guitar), Ian Mellencamp (bass, vocals), Jesse Bilotta (drums, vocals), Nick Burleigh (guitar, violin), and Josh Rouah (keyboards, guitar, vocals).
The band began as a duo, writing dreamy, melodic pop tunes inspired by the compositions of early Andrew Bird. The lineup grew and shrank, eventualy swelling into its five-piece formation. The evolution in the lineup has inspired an evolution as well in the band’s sound. Isadora has arrived at a rich, textured sound, sometimes going purely on feel and sometimes highly composed.
Surprise is one of the touchstones of Isadora’s sound – the band will set up a certain expectation but then deliver more fully on something else lurking beneath the surface. An explosive burst of rhythm shocks you out of a smoother introduction on their first release, “On the Rights,” and takes you somewhere you’d never have expected.
“Whale Belly was formed by Todd Bogin and Nick Smeraski in 2010. What started as two friends’ experimentations in songwriting and recording has turned into a debut album called …The Smile at the End of the Slope, an intense, raw mix of determined folky-blues-rock which has been receiving enormous praise. In their short existence, Whale Belly has toured as a supporting act for nationally-known bands, been featured on various radio stations, and gained a cult following around Brooklyn with fun and rollicking live shows.” — Mercury Lounge website
Tuesday, July 16 | Doors open 9pm | Mercury Lounge | $10
“If you thought their first EP was enough to make you want to douse yourself in LSD and UV paint, you haven’t heard anything yet. With everything from dreamy lush synth to heavy drumbeats, Peru EP is befittingly 80’s from beginning to end and has all the perfect components of modern new wave.” — Impose Magazine
Watch Papertwin‘s video for “Peru”.