4.21 A wknd w/ Mary Shelley
The band on Brooklyn's best booths, story-spinning bartenders and their album release show TONIGHT at The Sultan Room
THE SETLIST ON A THURSDAY?! WHAT… WHO… HOW?!
Don’t question it, but DO take it as an excuse to immediately sign off of Slack, rip your pants off, hurl your laptop out the window, flip your desk over, chug a High Life and begin your weekend a whole damn day early.
(*Bands do BK is in no way liable for any damages—bodily, financial or reputational—that may result from the aforementioned actions.)
The occasion? That would be the Mary Shelley album release show TONIGHT at The Sultan Room! Following the 4/20 (😎) drop of their debut record Look at You, the BK punk trio—named after the author of Frankenstein, in case you also received your K-12 schooling down south and have the Texas public education system to scapegoat for your personal lack of literary knowledge— is taking the stage with Beeyotch, Consumables and Laura Galindo (who is featured in Mary Shelley’s third single, “The Nursing Home Jig”!) and it’s gonna be one hell of a ball/blast/hoot/holler/all those good, good things.
In case you’re unfamiliar with Mary Shelley, a dynamic cast of genre-hopping, instrument-swapping musicians, allow us to provide some brief background. Since releasing their debut single “Bourgeois de Ville” back in September, the band was dubbed Best Emerging Artist in the Deli’s poll that fall, took third in Our Wicked Lady’s Winter Madness battle of the bands in February and dropped five singles before Look at You hit those sweet, sweet internet airwaves just yesterday.
As for what you’ll find on the band’s first full-length (should you care to read up before you turn it up), our friends over at Look At My Records! did a damn good job summing it up here, while the band members themselves had the following to say about the record:
“With this album we borrowed from all the music we love and mixed it together to make something new and fresh, yet familiar. Each song looks into the psyche of a character on the verge of a break, then back at you, and back at ourselves. The POVs on the album range from addicts in love and beleaguered fraternity pledges to nursing home residents who feel their world falling apart. Each of the characters we use exemplify fears and anxieties, things and people in the world we love or hate. Using these other voices makes it easier to find that vulnerability - when we say ‘look at you, look at what you do’ we’re really saying ‘look at us, look at how we feel.’ There’s punk, there’s new wave, elements of shoegaze and hip-hop. It’s a real hodge-podge of what we love and what we’ve been excited to mix together and try out.”
When it comes to the stage, let’s just say this is where Mary Shelley really shines—but hey, don’t take our word for it. Score a sneak preview // pregame tonight’s show via video with a recording of the band’s September 2021 live session at Bushwick’s FirstLive Studios here.
As for the rest of your (unofficial) three-day weekend, read on! The delightful dudes of Mary Shelley have crafted some lovely plans just 4 u, and once again, you’re set up for a v v v nice time.
So go forth and plz go have a great Thursday (+ Friday/Saturday/Sunday), you champions! You’re great and we love you. Enjoy~
[BUT FIRST: PRESS PLAY]
Carbo load your goddamn brains out at Danny’s Pizzeria in Bushwick with their glorious meatball subs and then go work off the calories dancing at the Sultan where Mary Shelley, Laura Galindo, Consumables, and Beeyotch will be bringing the house down.
[Editor’s note: the band really, really likes Danny’s Pizzeria.]
Grab some of the best Mexican food in NYC at Nene’s Taqueria and then take that to-go because you don’t wanna miss the chance to catch the HEAVY rocking Joudy joined by Outernational and the man who will be joining us onstage tonight working guitar, synth, bass, and everything in between - COUVO!
Then maybe swing by The Broadway in Brooklyn for some of the best cocktails and dive bar vibes you can find in the city. Maybe you’ll catch another great act, as they always have amazing live music upstairs!
Swing by Kellogg’s Diner for a CLASSIC diner feel with some of the best booths in the diner-world! After you finishing munching on some syrup-soaked waffles, take your stuffed butt over to one of two places: For the ones who wanna dance amongst a sea of people go to Hammerstein Ballroom to see THE Charli XCX - but for those who wish to rock, check out Mary Shelley pals Punchlove as well as Wince and Delia down at Purgatory.
Hit Mr. Deli on Bushwick and Dekalb and grab the Time for Gym sandwich (egg whites, avocado, chicken) and a piña colada smoothie. Then maybe mosey down to the great Our Wicked Lady to see a band were big fans of - Moonunitt - along with Slomo Sapiens, Lady HD and Cold Sugar. Then you should probably go to one of the coolest bars along Broadway - Lone Wolf - where on Sundays Cas the bartender will tell you INCREDIBLE stories.
Enjoy the weekend.
Feature image (provided by the band): Michelle LoBianco
We’ve got a pub date, baby! Stoked to share that Bands do BK — THE BOOK will be on sale 9/6/22! This has been quite the journey (turns out writing a book takes a very long time) (WHY DIDN’T ANYONE WARN US?!) and we can’t can’t can’t wait to share it with you. Pre-order date coming soon! Woo!
New(ish) stuff from local (+ once-local) artists we love, listed in no order whatsoever:
“IF YOU DO” video // Trace Mountains
“Louis” video // Charlotte Rose Benjamin
“R U Content” // Colatura
Post Grad EP // Modern Diet
“Secrets” // Atlas Engine
Over My Head // Cherrywood
Here’s a look at the shows we’ve got coming up next month and beyond. Mark your calendars and come hang!
5.22 BdBK x New Colossus Fest Summer Sunday @ 18th Ward Brewing w/ War Violet + NEVVA + Marinara + Shred Flintstone + Mary Shelley (FREE!)
5.25 BdBK Presents: Phranque (album release) + Nuclear Family Fantasy (album release) + Ouster Nash + Hot Knives at Our Wicked Lady
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