About This Event
Blonde Otter with Nisa, Punchlove
Hi, we are Blonde Otter, a rock band formed in The Bronx. We are five friends: Matt (drums), Rob (bass, vocals), Stephen (rhythm guitar), Michael (vocals), and Dan (lead guitar). We write and perform fresh yet familiar, fun yet earnest music. We recently released our first full length album that we produced at Red Convertible Recordings. We’re very proud of it and people seem to enjoy it. We look forward to returning to Bowery Ballroom and are delighted to be performing with Nisa and Punchlove, two very talented and inspiring must-see artists. We look forward to seeing you there!
New-York based singer-songwriter Nisa was first inspired to begin writing songs after an old guitar teacher encouraged her to draw from the enchanting storytelling of fearless acts like PJ Harvey and the Cure in her own work. Born to Albanian immigrants in the Bronx and raised on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Nisa’s homegrown indie sound is the product of her coming-of-age in a transnational and curious household at the center of a diverse and accepting arts community. She began playing at open mic night at Sidewalk Cafe in high school, eventually joining a rock collective in college that performed regularly around Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Early in 2020, Nisa returned from time spent living in London to launch her solo project in New York. Unable to immediately begin studio work amidst the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, she co-produced and released two singles “Forget Me / Giving” and “Colossus,” receiving recognition from multiple independent blogs and tastemakers.
Her forthcoming debut EP, Guilt Trip, is an eclectic mix of songs rooted in emotional detachment and reticence, especially surrounding dissolved relationships and a failure to communicate. Working with close collaborator/guitarist Fritz Ortman, as well as producer Ronnie Di Simone, Nisa assembled a band from area musicians, including drummer Zac Coe (Del Water Gap) and guitarist Nick Cianci. The songs, written solo, were arranged with the help of Di Simone at his private studio, Brick Box, and recorded at Studio G in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. While each song embodies a different stage of the turbulent and ambiguous journey toward self-acceptance, the tracks are united by a sense of anxiety and the desire for change.
Punchlove is an NYC-based dreampop/shoegaze band formed by musicians and audio engineering students Jillian Olesen (vocals/guitar) and Ethan Williams (vocals/guitar). Ethan and Jillian began writing music together as a response to being sent home from the Czech Republic where they had been living abroad at the onset of COVID-19. The duo later expanded to include Joey Kinnan (synths/guitar), Wil Ren (bass), and Ian Lange-McPherson (drums). Jillian and Ethan self-recorded and produced their debut EP “Terminal” in its entirety, which was released in March 2021. The group is currently working on a new release for Summer 2021 and they are planning to play more shows around the New York area.