Bambi Kino, Charles Bissell and Kevin Whelan of The Wrens, The Big Bright, Palomar (original line-up reunion!), White Collar Crime

A Benefit for PS154 in Windsor Terrace

Bambi Kino

Charles Bissell and Kevin Whelan of The Wrens

The Big Bright

Palomar (original line-up reunion!)

White Collar Crime

Friday · May 30, 2014

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

$15.00 - $20.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over

Bambi Kino
Bambi Kino
Bambi Kino has been formed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Beatles concerts in Hamburg, Germany.

Bambi Kino are: Mark Rozzo (Maplewood), Ira Elliot (Nada Surf), Doug Gillard (Ex Guided By Voices), Erik Paparazzi (Cat Power)

Hamburg, 17th of August, 1960: Five young musicians from Liverpool take the stage of the small and slightly scruffy "music and vaudeville" club Indra. On a side street of the notorious Reeperbahn and lost to the general public... this is the Beatles first gig in Hamburg. It is also the start to an unparalleled carreer which will shake the foundations of the music world.

New York City, summer 2009: Four young Beatles+Hamburg fans from New York put together "Bambi Kino", named after the infamous first accommodation of the Beatles, in the back of the Bambi cinema, Paul-Roosen-Strasse during their first stint in Hamburg. Their dream: A concert at the Indra to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first gig at just such location.

Hamburg, August 2010: In cooperation with Tapete Records, "Bambi Kino", comprised of members of internationally reknown bands such as Nada Surf, Cat Power, Maplewood and Guided By Voices, will play a run of four shows at the Indra, starting on the 17th of august. The band will resurrect the sound and the spirit of those heady days in August 1960 by performing exactly the same songs that comprised the Beatles set fifty years ago!

The love of detail, passion for the project and fine reputation of the musicians involved in "Bambi Kino", as well as the historic location will make this a "once in a lifetime" event that is sure to stir up much attention Nationally and Internationally. Performing the original Beatles 1960 Hamburg setlist, "Bambi Kino" will be the first band to bring this chapter of music history back to life, putting them light-years ahead of the slew of Beatles coverbands the world over.
Charles Bissell and Kevin Whelan of The Wrens
Charles Bissell and Kevin Whelan of The Wrens
The wrens get a call in 1989 off their first demo asking if they want to open for comeback band - The Fixx. The catch is that they must sell 1000 tickets. The wrens fail to sell even 6 tickets and sadly, the Fixx cancel. The ‘80s draw to a close.
The wrens get a gig as the house band on the on Cape May/Delaware Ferry. The wrens later get fired after performing the Pixies’ “debaser” to the mostly senior citizen crowd.
The wrens move to a house in Secaucus, NJ. (The wrens will continue to live together and record at home for the next 10 years)
The wrens make their first 7”, Low (1993), and send a copy to Camille Sciara at Grass records/Dutch East India. She offers a deal over the phone, faxes a contract and they are signed in one day - becoming label mates and friends with Brainiac, Toadies and others....
The wrens issue first full length, Silver (1994), to surprising and wonderful critical acclaim.
The wrens’ first tour’s first show is in Omaha, Nebraska playing to an overwhelming five-person crowd that includes Robb, Conor, and Todd of the as-yet-unfounded Saddle Creek label/scene (Conor and Todd of Bright Eyes and the Faint respectively). The wrens and the creek become friends, and over the next few years play many shows together, have many sleepovers, and later issue a split 7" w/ Park Ave on their Saddle Creek label.
Wrens continue to tour domestically & in Europe through 1995 and begin work on follow-up lp.
Grass records is bought from Dutch East India by Alan Melzter, to acquire the wrens – inexplicably now the label’s flagship band. The wrens release their second full length, Secaucus (1996), for Meltzer’s revamped Grass to even more (equally inexplicable) wonderful critical review.
Halfway into first tour supporting Secaucus, the wrens are told that if they do not sign their new fairly-high-dollar recording contract, all promotion for Secaucus will be stopped. The wrens, frowning on strong-arm tactics, do not re-sign and as promised, all promotion (including support for a pending tour of Europe with Brainiac) is pulled. The head of the record company, infuriated, commences layoffs of involved record company personnel and vows that “the next band to walk through that door will be made famous - at any cost”. The next band through the door is Creed. Grass Records becomes Wind Up Records. Creed becomes famous at any cost.
The Wrens ditch their really-way-too-big new york law firm representation and spend second half of 1996 and most of 1997 in hilarious courtship ritual with various labels through new attorney.
In the meantime, the wrens release an ep, Abbott 1135 (1997) for Camille’s new label, Ten 23, and more critical riches follow. The wren’s music is used in several MTV programs, some independent films and a handful of compilation cd’s. And in 1998, they are asked to perform opening night of 1998 World’s Fair, EXPO ‘98, in Lisbon, Portugal.
1998: Interscope Records A&R on hearing the Abbott 1135 ep, continues hilarious courtship ritual. Sadly, A&R gets laid off in ugly corporate merger before signing the wrens. Happily though, A&R later emerges at competitor label and signs the strokes.
1999: The wrens go into hiding to write/ record next record for friends, richard & stephanie reines’ Drive Thru Records. In 2000, Drive Thru cements distribution & money deal with MCA.
Spring 2002: the wrens emerge with a new full length, the Meadowlands. And wary of more involvement with another major, happily decide to release the Meadowlands in a partnership with good friend, Cory Brown’s Absolutely Kosher Records in the Spring of 2003.
July 2002: the wrens throw drunken hoe-down to celebrate final completion of the Meadowlands. Party highlights include erasure of all Meadowlands multi-track master tapes.
Fall 2002: wrens update bio
Advance to Spring 2014...Charles and Kevin play a benefit show at Bell House.
The Big Bright
The Big Bright
The Big Bright is the new musical collaboration from Glenn Patscha & Fiona McBain of Americana stalwarts Ollabelle, and Liz Tormes, critically acclaimed, neo-noir singer/songwriter.
Formed around a shared guilty pleasure—vintage New Wave and ’80s Brit-pop (think Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, The Cure)—The Big Bright finds the beating heart in the melodies, lyrics and frailties hidden in the overblown, overly-familiar period arrangements of retro-pop favorites, translating them into smart, dreamy—and original—contemporary pop soundscapes.
Palomar (original line-up reunion!)
Palomar (original line-up reunion!)
Palomar is a three-lady and one-man outfit that hails from Brooklyn, where it was one of the founding bands of the aughts New York sound along with the likes of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Walkmen, and The Strokes. Over the last decade, Palomar has released four albums while playing shows with indie rock staples such as Luna, Mates of State, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, The Helio Sequence, Spoon, and The Wrens. Pitchfork described Palomar’s last album as having a “delicate balance between adorability and raw power.” Get ready to hear some more on our 5th album, Sense & Antisense.
White Collar Crime
White Collar Crime
White Collar Crime is an art punk band fronted by Sander Hicks, and includes Nick Colt on keyboards, Dale W. Miller on percussion, and Jon Berger on bass. The lack of guitar has always been a part of our signature sound: minimalist, emotional, driving rock. White Collar Crime seeks to poke you with the provocative nature of punk, while being fun, funny, wry, entertaining, and at the same time, a little disturbing. We write songs about 9/11, the police state, the failure of Obama, and our forsaken illusions about love.

White Collar Crime with Sander Hicks are a punk band, and are not to be confused with the other NYC band who are using the same name.

The group started as a pit band for Hicks’ musical play “Sealove, Manager” at the Ohio Theatre in Soho, in 1996. Since then, we have played Warped Tour (DIY Fest stage), Punk Island, the Fireside Bowl in Chicago, Silverlake Lounge in LA, and at luminary New York City venues including CBGBs, Wetlands, Tonic, Parkside Lounge, Cake Shop, and Pianos.

After taking several years off to pursue other projects, the members of WCC returned to performing live in 2013, having several highly successful outings, including an opening slot on the NYC tour stop of the Alternative Records’ super group Ultra Bide. WCC are currently preparing to record their third full-length album.

Here are a few of the nicest things anyone has ever said about us:

"In a recent performance at Desmond's Tavern, Hicks jumped across tables and lassoed chairs with a microphone cord while starring down nonbelievers. When he called for revolution – at the time he was spinning from a ceiling fan - the band clicked immediately into tight punk cabaret and a friend turned
to me and said, "this is the best band ever."

“I believed him: my neck was shivering and I was ready to storm the White House. WCC are the real thing: Crass and DK, a band for cocktail hour, The Sound of Music, the best live band of 2001.
—Brandon Stosuy, Prose Acts

“White Collar Crime is doing one helluva job re-inventing punk rock in their own vaudeville type manor. …The band's lyrical content focuses on a lot of political matter, yet they do so in a surprisingly catchy manner.”
—Kurt Morris, Action Attack Helicopter
Venue Information:
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215