José Oyola & The Astronauts, Violent Mae

Manic Productions Presents:

José Oyola & The Astronauts

Violent Mae

Lion's Teeth

Wed, May 28, 2014

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm


New Haven, CT

This event is 21 and over

José Oyola & The Astronauts
José Oyola & The Astronauts
Jose Oyola & the Astronauts is an experimental indie rock project based out of New Haven, CT. Originally a solo songster, Jose Oyola began writing music in a crammed apartment on Chapel Street. As the buzz surrounding his songs grew, seemingly so did his apartment where he was regularly throwing local music events. Over time the little hole in the wall came to be known as Taco Hut Headquarters, and began looking for a larger space.

Now occupying a large 5-bedroom apartment on Orange Street, Taco Hut Headquarters has become a hub for new local CT music and a stable of musicians from that community have teamed up to become the Astronauts. Jose's original songs have flown to new heights with the Astronauts while forging new beginnings for New Haven based music.

Jose Oyola & the Astronauts released their debut album “Give, Give,
Give. Take, Take, Take.” On February 2nd, 2013 in front of a sold out crowd.

CT Indie proclaimed, "Jose Oyola is New Haven's savior."

They have been mentioned in the Hartford/New Haven Advocate,
Celentano Press, Groove Magazine, townofnewhaven.blogspot, CT Indie
and CT.COM.
Violent Mae
Violent Mae was never intended to be a band. Becky asked Floyd to record and produce her first solo album, and as soon as they hit the studio, chemistry and dynamics between the two sparked the evolution of an artistic partnership. The self-titled debut initially released in 2013 garnered national attention and was re-released early in 2015 when it hit college radio riding a wave into the Top 100 for 6 weeks on the CMJ Radio chart.

Kid is the sophomore release from Connecticut based duo Violent Mae. Rising out of Becky Kessler’s guitar driven songwriting and multi instrumentalist, Floyd Kellogg’s production style, the record is a document of a band coming into its own. The duo create a dynamic fuzzy low-rock sound with opening tracks “In The Sun” and “In My Ring”. Guitars play both atmospheric and bass backbone parts while the drums take on melodious, yet driving roles throughout. Random found sounds captured during their self-produced recording sessions at a rural organic farm contribute to an eerie mood and become an integral part of the music. On title track “Kid”, they strip the music down to the barest of elements and Becky’s low reverberant vocals take the listener on an aching melancholic journey. A certain sadness permeates the record but the listener can always find a silver lining sense of warmth and strength. You get an air of adolescence and how fleeting anything of significance might be, including love. On “Flame”, Becky sings “better hold onto me tight / I’m ready to go / straight into the stars / we’ll blow them all away” and that’s an apt description of Violent Mae and their new record Kid. It builds to “Neon Halos”, a bold song about the feeling of helplessness connected to modern experience with sing along “oh oh well hell / oh oh well oh hell oh” and comes back down to the earth with the personal lament “Birthday.”
Lion's Teeth
Lion’s Teeth makes the kind of music you listen to with the windows down, the wind in your hair, singing at the top of your lungs. Formed in 2009 in the heart of downtown New Haven, Lions teeth combines elements of folk rock, alternative and indie rock to create music that makes you want to move your feet and sing along.

As diverse as the city in which they were formed, Lion’s Teeth is a shining example of collaboration in an increasingly disjointed world. After playing as a solo artist for several years, singer/songwriter/eternal optimist Chris Kiley enlisted bass player/sweater aficionado Rob Aceto and drummer/yahtzee expert Mike Knobloch to form a full band. Lions Teeth quickly became known for their memorable melodies and rich vocal harmonies, recording their first 3 song EP in late 2010 and opening for national act Cage the Elephant at Toad’s Place.

Mid-2011, The band recruited guitarist Ian Biggs to add a third vocal part and expand the Lion’s Teeth sound with his massive guitar leads. With a new member and new songs, Lion’s Teeth is in the process recording a new EP, which will be released in early 2013.
Venue Information:
254 Crown Street
New Haven, CT, 06511