The Unlikely Candidates

The Bowery Presents:

The Unlikely Candidates

$pawn$, Recent Rumors

Fri, April 14, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over

The Unlikely Candidates
The Unlikely Candidates
Based out of Fort Worth, Texas, The Unlikely Candidates are an indie rock band initially formed as an acoustic duo by childhood friends Kyle Morris and Cole Male in 2008. Eventually expanding the lineup to include guitarist Brenton Carney, bassist Jared Hornbeek, and drummer Kevin Goddard, the band was also able to expand its sound in bigger, more sweeping directions. In 2013, the band signed on with major-label Atlantic and released their debut EP, Follow My Feet. In early 2016, the Unlikely Candidates returned with a hooky new single in "You Love Could Start a War," which made a strong showing on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.
$pawn$ sound is a stripped-down aural landscape as intimate and darkly compelling as a midnight road trip. Hip-hop beats underpin burly synth lines, indie-rock guitar riffs and ethereal vocals for a sonic mix that feels both foreign and instantly familiar. It’s the brainchild of Ali McNally and Chris Scheurich, and for the multitalented duo, the project feels intensely personal.

“This is closest to the type of music I always hoped to make,” says McNally, who previously fronted synth-pop band YYZ (Universal).

McNally and Scheurich began their musical collaboration when Scheurich filled in as a drummer for YYZ. The two decided to try writing together and, in a fruitful burst of inspiration, stayed up all night penning four songs in two days. Scheurich (bass, guitar, drums) creates backing tracks over which McNally (vocals) writes melodies and lyrics.

Scheurich’s and McNally’s diverse musical backgrounds contribute to $pawn$ mashup of sounds. A Toronto native, McNally cut her teeth gigging with an all-girl punk band at age 14. Scheurich was a blues guitar wunderkind who played the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at age 12 and had gigged at every venue in the city by age 15.

“This music embodies everything we like,” McNally says.

“It’s a vague expression of emotion, whether it is lyrics that can be interpreted 10 different ways or mood-related guitar tracks,” Scheurich adds.

Hip-hop producer Sean Carey and recording engineer Liam O’Neill polish the tracks into their most distilled essence. The duo’s live show brings an energy that’s palpable but cerebral--Scheurich on guitar and McNally doing vocals. With their debut EP complete, $pawn$ next goal is to bring their sound to stages around the world.

“The idea is to tour as a duo,” Scheurich says. “Everything we are referencing is really stripped-down from the beginning.”
Recent Rumors
Recent Rumors
Venue Information:
Gasa Gasa
4920 Freret St
New Orleans, LA, 70115