Wry Climate/The Milkman's Union
Wry Climate began in the fall of 2010 with Dan Nelson crafting and recording demos with the basic Pro Tools set up in his University of Southern Maine dorm room. The project grew into the recording of a full-length record with Noah Cole joining on drums over the winter. Bridge Ice, Wry Climate's forthcoming release, is a guitar-driven indie rock album with atmospheric layers surrounding satisfying melodies and lyrics about the comforts/complexities of Maine winters, the World Wide Web and heavy machinery. Nelson has performed extensively with his previous band 9th Rail and as a solo artist as far away as MusicFest 'n Sugar Grove in North Carolina and the Obz Café and Swingers in Cape Town, South Africa. Wry Climate's January 7th performance at Frontier will be the Bridge Ice limited edition physical CD release concert, with the album becoming available online on November 22nd. Wry Climate's live show features the trio heard on the album: Dan Nelson on vocals and guitar, Noah Cole on drums, Jasper Boyd on bass, along with DJ Furhman on guitar and Jon Simmons on keys.
The Milkman's Union is an enigmatic three-piece based in Portland, Maine. While their sound can most easily be characterized as indie-rock, idiosyncrasies abound. Drawing from classical, jazz, folk, electronic, and various non-western musics, the band infuses rock grooves with deft melodic hooks and rhythmic flourishes that combine for a unique sound. Gabe Birnbaum of Ampeater.com writes "the music conjures up its own cloud of mood the moment it comes on". Seven Days writes that the band is "startlingly gifted" and "hyper-literate". The Bangor Daily News writes, "If Radiohead was more influenced by country and folk music than by electronic and jazz, they'd probably sound like The Milkman's Union."
Over the past two years, their sound has been broad enough to share the stage with diverse acts such as Deerhunter, The Morning Benders, Wintersleep, Ben Kweller, Woods, S. Carey, White Hinterland, Ducktails and Kate Voegele. They've grown popular in the New England college circuit and have played at Dartmouth, Wellesley, Trinity, Middlebury, Wesleyan, Mt. Holyoke, Bowdoin, Bates, UMaine Farmington, UMaine Augusta, Clark, SUNY Purchase and Colby in the past year alone. They were recently named the Deli Magazine's New England artist of month for March and were runner-ups in the Portland Phoenix best indie act of the year. Their latest full-length 'Roads In' is currently in rotation at more than 100 independent radio stations across the U.S. and Canada. They released a 7" single featuring guest vocals from fellow Mainer Lady Lamb the Beekepeer on Eternal Otter Records in September.
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