Labor Day Party

Manic Mondays:

Labor Day Party

Pleasure Beach, Ourselves Alone, Tier, Every Branch

Mon, September 3, 2018

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

Cafe Nine.

New Haven, CT

FREE WITH RSVP ($5 at the door)

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

RSVP closes at 2pm on day of show. $5 tickets will be available at the door until capacity is reached.

Pleasure Beach
Pleasure Beach
Pleasure Beach is a band formed in Middletown, CT, in early 2015. Taking cues from post-punk and new wave groups, the band also cites the musical history of cities like Minneapolis and Los Angeles as influential. Taut guitar lines and warm synthesizer texture stretch and pulse through the band's sharp and present songwriting. At times tense and sparse, the arrangements also reach lush peaks where the group's playing interlocks in compelling form.
Ourselves Alone
Ourselves Alone
"There’s a spectrum of sorts when it comes to melody in instrumental rock. Some bands will introduce one melody and chisel it over time, using the power of repetition to drive a narrative. Other bands will compile many melodies played in quick succession, opting for variety rather than development.
New Haven trio Ourselves Alone is undoubtedly in the latter group. The band pick from an ostensibly infinite supply of technical guitar phrases, jazzy chord progressions and rapidly changing soundscapes. Their fast, noisy and unpredictable approach places them amongst other rising math acts like Lingua Nada and Space Corolla, bands who march the fine line between glowing coherent pop sensibilities and all-out dissonant cacophony.

The proof is in the pudding as you delve into Elusive Firsts. This new LP is another firm foot in the ground for Ourselves Alone, an album that matches the vivacity and madcap stylings of bands like Postmadonna and Tera Melos. Elusive Firsts will surely strike a chord with the emo revival nerds, pop punkers, jazz dorks, and math rock pundits alike, borrowing from each of these genres to forge its sound. This is an album so densely packed with instrumental quirks and interludes that there’s going to be something you like in here. Trust us, it’s a very dense fruit tree."

- Nikk Hunter Fecking Bahamas
Tier is an alternative rock and grunge band based in Middletown, CT. The band formed when ex-Night Owls vocalist Matt Banta and guitarists Dan and Travis Dings approached Middletown drummer Andrew Moore in early 2017. Their sound is rhythmically driven, yet powerful, lying somewhere between atmospheric punk and shoegaze.

Citing bands such as Balance and Composure, Turnover, and The Cure, the group compiles their sound from contrasting individual musical backgrounds. No stranger to the scene, Matt Banta has been an active booker in central CT for years, hosting countless bands both touring and local at his venue in Middletown. He has played in a few bands besides Night Owls, including CT emo rockers Yuppy Flu. Dan Dings and Travis Dings are twins, and their genetic bond is evident in their creative and efficient approach to songwriting, as well as in their striking, dark harmonies. Achieving regional success and a new business perspective while touring with Night Owls, Matt, Dan, and Travis have shared stages with the likes of Touché Amoré, Turnover, Basement, Defeater, Code Orange, and more. Andrew Moore has been playing out since 2011 in genres anywhere from pop, funk, and blues, to rock, indie, and emo. Touring with NJ folk rock heroes Hodera and managing his own CT indie rock trio, Off The Trolley, Andrew came to Tier with full intentions of pushing the edges of alternative and starting a band serious enough for touring.

After the celebrated release of their introspective debut EP “Ego Death” in late 2017, Tier followed up with "Ego Death II" in February of 2019, playing a sold-out release show with internationally acclaimed CT emo band, The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die. This sophomore EP was the band's first physical release, pressed via Rhed Rholl Recordings.

Tier has just concluded a short Northeast tour as they finish recording new material for a late summer release.
Every Branch
New Britain four piece delivering brooding & melodic alternative indie-rock.

steven - vocals & guitar
jared - bass & vocals
nathan - guitar
ronnie - drums
Venue Information:
Cafe Nine.
250 State Street
New Haven, CT, 06510