On Monday, March 14,the synthdriven/atmospheric pop duo, The Receiver, will perform at The Rock Shop, 249 4th Ave, in Gowanus. Then, on Tuesday, March 15, the band will also perform at The Shillelagh Tavern at 47-22 30th Avenue in Long Island City.
The Ohio band, comprised of brothers Casey and Jesse Cooper, have had their music featured on a number of indie films and FX’s “Dirt” TV series.
They’ve recently released their third studio album, “All Burn,” which happens to also be their first self-produced effort.
On the album, the brothers work with mixer Danny Kalb, whose known for his work with Beck and Foster the People. Mastering on the album is done by Brian Lucey, who previously worked with The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys.
The music featured on “All Burn” is supremely complex. There is a mix of modern electronics with a nostalgic feeling of yesteryear. The melodies are tight.
It’s no wonder that MTV2 listed The Receiver as an up-and-coming band on the TV series “On the Rise.” In fact, the slowed-down vocal work on their single “To Battle an Island” is almost angelic.
The “To Battle an Island” music video, directed by M.J. Smith, also lays down a quirky concept and the visuals contrastingly works with the actual song.
“I had the pleasure of jumping into freezing water wearing a hazmat suit multiple times, which gave me the sensation of being water boarded,” Casey said. "Jesse conveniently sat that part out. Even so, working with M.J. Smith was a blast. We didn't have anything specific in mind for the video, so he conceptualized and we all just ran with it.”
He added that he loved giving other artists a chance to interpret their work, and Smith certainly did so with the scenes of “peaceful" landscapes, sci-fi elements and hazmat suits.
"So while in the song I tried to make being rejected by my girlfriend sound as cool as possible, the video sort of twists and plays with that concept with the main character trying to escape the entire time,” Casey said.
If you cannot catch The Receiver at The Rock Shop or The Shillelagh Tavern, the duo will also be performing their last New York show at Thai Rock, located at 375 Beach 92nd Street in Rockaway Beach on Wednesday, March 16.