Live Concert Photography: Baeble Music Bands and Brews at Industry City, Brooklyn 8/11/16 feat. Handsome Ghost and Drowners
Led by its creative mastermind Boston, MA-born, New York-based Tim Noyes, indie pop act Handsome Ghost can trace its origins to when Noyes began writing more folk-based material while in college. After graduating, Noyes taught English for three years at a Bronx high school during the day and played shows and open mic nights at night. Eventually, the contrast between playing clubs and being in the classroom became a bit too difficult and a publishing deal encouraged him to take the risk and be a full-time musician. And although he started in folk music, Noyes felt himself creatively moving away from folk music as his tastes and influences became more eclectic — and acoustic music seemed to present certain creative limitations. Feeling as though he were at a creative crossroads, Noyes briefly considered returning to teaching, a potential move to the suburbs or joining his father’s family business before starting Handsome Ghost, an electro pop project that’s recently caught the attention of the blogosphere for a slick and anthemic sound paired around lyrics that explore maneuvering the confusing space between seemingly endless and irresponsible youth and the compromises and responsibilities of adulthood, between desperately trying to figure shit out and not having a clue at all.
(Photo Caption: Handsome Ghost performing at Baeble’s Bands and Brews at Industry City last week.)
Currently featuring Welsh-born singer/songwriter and model, Matthew Hitt (vocals, guitar), Jack Ridley III (guitar), Erik Lee Synder (bass) and Daniel Jacobs (drums), New York-based indie rock quartet Drowners caught the attention of the blogosphere with the release of their 2013 Between Us Girls and their self-titled full length effort, both of which are comprised of material that sonically owes a debt to the The Smiths. And adding to a growing profile, the band has opened for the likes of internationally acclaimed acts such as Arctic Monkeys, The Vaccines, Foals and Temples, Cage the Elephant and SKATERS, and have played at Coachella — and they’ve been touring to support the release of their sophomore effort On Desire.