Knitting Factory Presents
Only Son, Strawberry Runners
Only Son is the music of NYC-based songwriter Jack Dishel.
His third LP as Only Son (self-titled) was co-produced by Jonathan Bates of Big Black Delta and released in October 2017. Many of the songs from the album are featured in episodes of :DRYVRS, a comedy web-series that Jack wrote, directed and stars in.
His previous album, "Searchlight", features a duet written and sung with Regina Spektor and guest appearances by Kishi Bashi, members of The Strokes and Little Joy.
In the years following the 2006 release of his debut album, "The Drop To The Top", Dishel toured the world opening for fellow NYC songwriters Regina Spektor and Adam Green, sang on their albums and also lent his voice to records by Kimya Dawson and Nickel Eye. In addition, he sang and played guitar as a touring member of Little Joy.
Before creating Only Son, Dishel released two albums under the name Stipplicon and was lead guitarist for The Moldy Peaches.
"Only Son reminds me of an amazing place I've never been to." - Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes
“The young American is a future headliner without a doubt.” –BBC Birmingham
“Features spare poetry that would have made a late 1960s John Lennon proud.” – Hybrid Magazine
“Funny and charming and talented enough to win us over.” –The Seattlest
“He possesses a turn of phrase that is quite extraordinary.” –Spitz (London, UK)
"Only Son has been praised far and wide for his dazzling lyrics and stage presence." -Austinist
Strawberry Runners is the project of songwriter, Emi Night. Originally formed in Denver, CO, the band came to life in 2013. They are now based in her current home, Philadelphia.
You might fall for the shimmering guitars and trumpet hooks wrapped around bittersweet memories of Emi’s youth in the Ohio River Valley or her plaintive vocals that hint at a country-music education. The music is so catchy, so energetic and relaxed in turn, that on first listen you could miss the narrative being told, where love and pain bloom side by side.
The richness of her music is in Emi’s tender and easy integration of the varied styles she’s called home: with a humble faith in brevity, melody compels every word; with the mystery and familiarity of a hymn, the music stays in your ear like pop, and flares up with punk-rock verve; poignant scenes are conjured with respect, compassion, and generosity. These are the kind of songs that ring true no matter how close or far they hew to the incidents that inspired them; they are pictures painted from a life too often troubled by violence and fear but also graced with an inheritance of compassion, determination, and — best of all for us — music.
"radiant pop...a beautiful retreat from this hellish current landscape." - Tom Johnson, Gold Flake Paint
"songs on the EP unfold with the unhurried pace of the supremely confident, blooming from intimate, spare folk to homespun indie-pop grandeur full of horns and harmonies. And at the center of it all is Night’s voice, plainspoken and clear, facing down life’s hardships with quiet grace" -Peter Helman, Stereogum