The Bowery Ballroom
The Damnwells

The Damnwells

The Rebecca West, Greg Holden

Fri, March 15, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

This event is 18 and over

The Damnwells
The Damnwells
Formed in 2001, the Damnwells represent the songwriting efforts of singer/guitarist Alex Dezen, whose mix of alt-country and alternative pop/rock is supported by a variety of talented musicians and producers. The group took root in Brooklyn, where Dezen was joined by ex-Whiskeytown drummer Steven Terry, bassist Ted Hudson, and guitarist Dave Chernis. A series of EPs helped cement the band's sound and the Damnwells were soon asked to tour in support of Cheap Trick. After the tour The Damnwells headed to their Manhattan Mini Storage space, which doubled as a rehearsal space and makeshift studio, to record their first full-length album. Pairing Dezen's slow, codeine-laced ballads with up-tempo rock, they completed Bastards of the Beat before signing a deal with Epic Records.

In a rare display of confidence, Epic released Bastards of the Beat in 2003 without any major revisions, allowing both the band's artwork and track list to remain intact. When the Damnwells returned to the studio two years later, however, they found themselves dropped from Epic's roster, an incident that was later captured on the documentary "Golden Days". After months of uncertainty, the band found a new home at Zoe/Rounder Records and issued Air Stereo in late 2006. The record widened the Damnwells' sound with lap steel, piano, and sublime harmonies. A tour alongside the Fray helped the band to expose larger audiences to their music.

In 2008, Alex Dezen enrolled as an M.F.A. candidate at the University of Iowa, where he participated in the acclaimed Iowa Writers' Workshop. During a period when Ted Hudson was working in the New York City tech startup community, specifically at Hunch.com, Alex continued recording music. The band's third album, One Last Century, was released in partnership with Paste Magazine, which offered the album as a free digital download. Dezen and Hudson rejoined in the studio where they recorded material for an album called No One Listens to the Band which was entirely funded by fans though PledgeMusic.com. The band's Pledge campaign raised almost double the amount they set out to raise which allowed them to spend more money on recoding, production and a 2011 tour to support the release. As a result of the success of their campaign, the Damnwells was signed in late 2010 by the newly formed PledgeMusic Recordings for the release of No One Listens to the Band Anymore.
The Rebecca West
The Rebecca West is an Acoustic/Americana family trio featuring Alex Dezen of Brooklyn indie-rock band The Damnwells, alongside his sister and longtime collaborator Cameron and brother in law-- producer/drummer/ songwriter Matt Hammon. Named for Matt's favorite author, The Rebecca West take listeners from the swampy footstomping "Next of Kin" to the strummy pop of "Lost and Found," then on to the haunting harmonies of "Enough" on the band's first release. The EP (iTunes "Lost and Found") is a stunning collection of deeply personal songs, dressed to the nines with dense familial harmonies, lilting strings and shimmering acoustic guitars. After a shockingly successful Kickstarter campaign for the EP, the band immediately began writing and recording for their first full length album, due out late 2013. They are thrilled to be playing their first hometown NYC show (Alex and Cameron grew up in NYC) on March 15 at the legendary Bowery Ballroom.
Greg Holden
Greg Holden
So far 2012 has been a pretty good year for Scottish songwriter and New York City resident Greg Holden. It began with a #1 song in Holland. His song "The Lost Boy" topped the iTunes Charts in The Netherlands during the nationwide Radio 3FM charity campaign "Serious Request", raising over €50,000 for Red Cross. Following this, Greg's entire Dutch tour sold out three months before it even started, creating a lot of excitement for his two month European Tour.

Following the very successful tour which included appearances on Holland's three biggest radio stations and live sessions with some of their most influential DJ's, Greg returned home to New York City to some even more impressive news - His song "Home" which he had written a few months earlier was to be performed in the finale of American Idol by finalist Phillip Phillips. To Greg's astonishment, Phillip's not only took the title of 2012's American Idol, but "Home" smashed Idol records after selling 278,000 copies in it's first week and rocketing to the stop of the US iTunes Charts. It has officially been certified Gold. It also hit #2 in the Billboard Digital Singles Charts. Shortly after that Greg was interviewed and featured in the prestigious Billboard Magazine as well as being talked about on numerous music blogs including VH1, MTV, American Songwriter & SPIN.

Greg's second studio album "I Don't Believe You" (funded almost entirely by his fans after raising a staggering $30,000 in one month on Kickstarter) and produced by veteran producer Tony Berg (Bob Dylan, Weezer, Aimee Mann, Phantom Planet) was released in May 2011 and debuted at #6 in the UK & US iTunes Singer/Songwriters Charts. It was then re-released in Holland in March 2012 entering the Dutch Album Charts at #11. 

Greg has also done numerous tours in the United States including a month opening for indie starlet Ingrid Michaelson.
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/