Tall Firs (Ecstatic Peace) + Gareth S Brown + Hank Haint @ Brudenell, Leeds - 28th sept - THIS SUNDA
Tall Firs + Gareth S Brown + The Hunter Gracchus + Hank Haint
@ Brudenell Social Club 28th September
£5 advance, £6 door
Tall Firs are a New York City based underground electric folk rock band, originally formed in 1990 by Dave Mies and Aaron Mullan in Annapolis, Maryland.
The band consists of guitarist and vocalist Aaron Mullan, guitarist and vocalist David Mies, and drummer and vocalist Ryan Sawyer. Their self-titled full-length album was released in 2006 on the independent music label Ecstatic Peace!.
Tall Firs grew out of an over-the-phone collaboration between teenaged David Mies and Aaron Mullan, who were school friends that lived too far away to walk to one another's houses. Allegedly, the two would sit at home and cue up cassettes from the Circle Jerks and Sex Pistols to play over. They would not play their first concert until eleven years later.
In 2001, the band was signed to Ecstatic Peace!, the record label of Thurston Moore. Their first self-titled album was made in the Sonic Youth studio, and after Moore and Andrew Kesin, heads of Ecstatic Peace! heard the album, they asked to release it.
The band has played such venues as Tonic and The Stone. They base themselves in New York City's Williamsburg neighborhood, and have opened for or played with bands such as Sonic Youth, Oneida, Awesome Color, and P.G. Six. They are currently[when?] on a nationwide tour with Emily Haines.
Tall Firs' next album, entitled Too Old to Die Young, was released in March 2008.
Aaron Mullan began collaborating with Chris Corsano before moving on to work as a sound engineer and instrumentalist. David Mies played in the Baltimore, Maryland-based scuzz-rock scene before moving to New York. Drummer Ryan Sawyer hails from Texas and was one of the first drummers in the band At the Drive-In. He moved to New York City in 1997 and has recorded or played live with acts such as Mekons, Massive Attack, TV on the Radio, and The Fiery Furnaces. In addition to his role in Tall Firs, he serves as a member of Stars Like Fleas and Eye Contact. Ryan participated as drummer 62 in the Boredoms 77 Boadrum performance which occurred on July 7, 2007 at the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in Brooklyn.