RIVER CITY EXTENSION

Psyko Steve Presents

RIVER CITY EXTENSION

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER, OWL & PENNY

Tue, March 24, 2015

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is all ages

RIVER CITY EXTENSION
RIVER CITY EXTENSION
River City Extension was born restless, curious, and conscious. It is a monster and a gentleman. Formed by singer-songwriter Joe Michelini in the fall of 2007, the band has proved to be an important addition to the development of independent folk music, and has earned the respect of everyone from seasoned punk rockers to Brit-pop legends.
After spending years building an invaluable local followin...g as a solo artist, Joe's moniker became a symbol of hope for musicians in his hometown of Toms River, NJ; like lost souls, the members of River City Extension were drawn to each other. Taking a year and a half to carefully finalize their line-up, the band went into the studio to record their DIY EP, Nautical Sabbatical. The record was self-released on January 1st of 2009, and they had no other option than to hit the road.
Be it Joe by himself, with one member, two members, or five, River City Extension toured diligently across the North-East and the Midwest, just hoping that someone would listen to the call of their wild, insatiable need to play, write, feel, and inspire. By the winter of 2010, their dream was beginning to come true.
The band had started to record their full-length album The Unmistakable Man, with no budget, no plan, and a lot of faith. As word began to spread, they found themselves supporting bands like Cake, Robert Randolph, and The Avett Brothers, in and out of their home state. Near the end of production, the band signed a deal with XOXO Records (The Gaslight Anthem, Let Me Run), and shortly there after blasted the press with what would be the new flagship of this venerable Asbury Park punk label. The Unmistakable Man was released on May 11th, 2010 with national distribution and international promise. RCE quickly garnered the attention of important music outlets such as Paste, Spin, and NPR, as well as being validated by timeless international performers such as Glenn Tilbrook of the band Squeeze, who would later make a cameo on the vinyl release of the bands first LP.
Now, River City Extension is growing up. With one national tour under their belt, countless regional tours, and a slew of new material, the fabric of these eight east-coast pioneers has been sewn to the highways of America in a way that cannot be torn, seen, stepped on, or fully understood. It is growing, it is evolving, and it is seeking the best and the worst in all of us, in hopes that we will find a common ground on which to stand with our fellow man; in hopes of writing an anthem that we can strap across our hearts and sing together with pride and understanding. This train does not stop, and these tracks do not end. For we have promises to keep, and miles to go before we sleep, and miles to go before we sleep.
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER
Serving in the US Navy as a real-life air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro sent home 4-track demos he had written and recorded during his deployment. With his enlistment up, Munro returned to hometown Boston and discovered an impressive number of fans, prompting the genesis of the aptly-named rock band Air Traffic Controller.

With a refreshing, modern day, indie rock sound resembling The Decemberists, ATC further infuses its compositions with unforgettable pop sensibilities in the vein of Petty, McCartney, and Springsteen. Munro keeps it honest, with autobiographical lyrics and well-crafted storytelling reminiscent of classic singer/songwriters such as Paul Simon and Cat Stevens.

One of Dave's demos reached LA-based singer/songwriter and record producer Bleu. Munro states; "I was floored to find out one of my musical heroes wanted to produce us. With Bleu onboard, the production is much more epic" and in December of 2009 the band released its debut album, The One to a zealous audience. Accolades and award nominations soon followed, as did airplay on tastemaker radio stations such as 92.5 The River and WFNX, as well as positive coverage in publications such as Business Week, Performer Magazine, The Boston Globe, and The Boston Phoenix.

Nominated for an MTV "Best Break-Out Artist" Video Music Award in late 2009 and winner of "Best Indie Rock Act" of the 2010 Boston Music Conference, Air Traffic Controller soon found itself on many of the Northeast media outlet's Best-Of lists.

Fast forward to 2011, Air Traffic Controller were ready for round two with Bleu. Having a home-run success on Kickstarter and raising over $12k to support the production of "Nordo" – the team set out and made a brilliant All-American Indie Pop record that can call up musical references to Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons and Brendan Benson. Taking advantage of band member Steve Scott's experience with composing, the band went the distance and recorded a forty piece orchestra on the song "Blame." This new album also features band member Casey Sullivan singing on two duets "You Know Me" and "Any Way."

This year, the band has debuted songs from "Nordo" around New England in venues like the Tupelo Music Hall in NH, Acoustic Long Island, and Boston's legendary singer-songwriter venue Club Passim. Dave and members of Air Traffic Controller were hand-picked by WERS and Reykjavik Calling to play with Eli "Paperboy" Reed and Will Dailey at The Paradise Rock Club for an unforgettable evening of collaborations with Iceland's top emerging artists. WXRV has also hand picked the band to perform at the historic 92.5 the River Music Hall for their series Live In The River Music Hall which will air on the station and on Comcast On Demand starting in May.

The band's music has been used by Disney World Resorts, Ecko and Hollister stores worldwide, and licensed to Lincoln/Mercury, NBC Television, USA and CW Networks. The band will also have a featured musical intro in an upcoming episode of MTV's scripted show Inbetweeners. WERS Radio calls Air Traffic Controller "One of Boston's finest independent bands" and during the height of The One's radio campaign the band's debut became one of the top three most-added albums on college radio stations nationwide.

The band features Dave Munro on lead vocals and guitar; multi-instrumentalist Steve Scott on lead guitar, keys, and more; big brother Richie Munro on drums; Casey Sullivan on bass, banjo, and backing vocals; with violinist Alison Shipton and Kiara Perico on viola. The band often performs live accompanied on stage by an entire string section to capture and recreate its brilliant, full sound... one that consistently identifies Air Traffic Controller as one of the fastest rising original acts in the country.
OWL & PENNY
OWL & PENNY
Layering intricate acoustic fingering, intertwined with oftentimes haunting lyrical imagery and falsetto vocal harmonies that cascade and soar like ghosts through a fog, Ryan Osterman (Owl & Penny) has created a setting of mystery, nostalgia, and feral nature in his music. References of the forest and animal-like spirits along with the almost pulmonary pounding of large drums, marching through gravel, clapping and banging on buckets (and sometimes, even more odds and ends); it becomes difficult to not feel carried into the lands he describes within his music. Currently completing his 3rd release 'Milk & Sugar,' Osterman is perpetually evolving further away from his minimal folk-like origin and into something much more dark and colossal. Yet through the shadows, there is still a profound glimmer of hope shining through the branches with songs like "Acorn" and "Jules" that are solidified by strong instrumentation and devastatingly beautiful orchestral arrangements. Drawing inspiration from artists like Sigur Rós, The Tallest Man On Earth and Gregory & the Hawk, 24 year old Ryan Osterman has been performing since early 2006 and has self-released many demos and samplers prior to and in between the releases of his albums (Stolen Silver and Fever Dreams) on River Jones Music. Although he is young, do not let this dissuade your impression; Owl & Penny will surely leave you immersed inside a world of anthropomorphized nature and dreamlike qualities that will resonate between the walls of your heart and mind over and over.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/