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Hodera headlines Mercury Lounge's Halloween Night party

By booking for Halloween night an intensely emotional, not-scary-at-all band like Hodera, this year the Mercury Lounge is certainly "thinking outside the box." On the the other hand, though, the New Jersey based quartet is pretty much guaranteed to fill the small Lower East Side venue, since their quality brand of post- Americana has been making ears turn since their 2015 debut album "United by Birdcalls." Breakout single "Breathe Easy" (streaming below) showcases their ability to merge inventive arrangements and personal lyrics wilthin a more traditional alt rock formula. This year's brand new sophomore LP "First Things First" is a work whose consistency confirms a band at its peak (check out single "North Dakota", also streaming). The Mercury gig will serve as the band's release show in the city. Also on the bill, more "Halloween appropriate" locals like Peaer and A Deer A Horse.

Hodera kicks off Northeast tour at Aviv tonight (08.17)

Much like many great New Jersey artists before them, Hodera craft highly personal and relatable songs that maintain a casual tone. Similarly to artists like Brand New and La Dispute, their debut album United By Birdcalls evokes the mood of emo and pop-punk, but steers clear of unnecessary drama (and unbereable whiny vocals!): the band's intimate stories are told with sincerity. The project is led by Michael Smith, who wrote most of the record on his first guitar in a small room while dealing with bouts of depression. Much of the instrumantion projects a calm atmosphere, while the lyrics give the listener a look inside of Smith’s head and his quest to get rid of his negative thoughts. Tracks like “Dear Forefathers” and “No, I’m Not” slow things down on the LP’s second half by capturing a more melancholy and stripped down vibe. Hodera will be kicking off their Northeast tour with sports. and Terrraveer tonight (August 17th) at Aviv! - John Honan


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