Knitting Factory Presents
Frands, The Diviners, Avery Mandeville
After 5 years of hitchhiking, restaurant life, and general post-college rebellion, Maine-native Aaron Waldman signed a lease on Havemeyer Street, adopted the moniker “Frands” and began recording Frands’ debut album “Americana Beauty” in his bedroom. Inspired by lo-fi artists like Alex G, Car Seat Headrest, Elliot Smith, and the Mountain Goats, Waldman tracked bass, guitars, keys, and vocals in his bedroom- working closely with producer/lead-guitarist/awesome friend James Beer during the process for reasons both musical and mental. Drums tracked in various rehearsal spaces and additional vocals contributed by neighbor Jenn Consaga round out the final product: A gritty NYC blend of Indie-Folk-Rock songwriting in the styles of Big Thief and Velvet Underground, finished with Dream-Pop notes reminiscent of Cigarettes After Sex. Singles and videos will drop in June and July, with the album release planned for late August.
Avery Mandeville is a singer-songwriter from New Jersey. She has performed as a solo acoustic artist since her teenage years and more recently with her band as Avery Mandeville and the Man Devils. Her debut EP "Salty" was released in early 2017. Her unique vocal style has been compared to Roy Orbison, Angel Olsen, silk taffeta, a river of bourbon, and a car backing out of a gravel driveway. Her music is of personal and political concern, with a penchant for honesty, imagery, profanity and the taboo. In 2011, Bruce Springsteen gave Mandeville $20 while she busked with friends on the sidewalk. She was nominated for multiple Asbury Music Awards in 2016 and 2017 and named one of 8 New Jersey musicians you need to know in 2018 by the Asbury Park Press.