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      March 23, 2019

      Saturday  10:30 PM

      217 East Houston Street
      New York, New York 10002

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      lespecial carves their own path in contemporary rockmusic, veering from hip-hop to metal, prog to house,pensive indie-rock to apocalyptic dub... and yetsomehow still present a unified musical vision.These three childhood friends from Connecticut play off of a lifetime of shared experience intheir writing and performance. In a power trio, it's essential that each of the players can utterlycaptivate you at any given time. Each individual has a lot of weight to carry and is only asstrong as the weakest link. In the studio, as on stage, it seems at first blush that JonGrusauskasdelivering lyrics that call for your attention and seamlessly moving from guitar tokeys to samplesis handling the entire upper end of the spectrum... until you consider howbroad the melodic embrace of rhythmatist Rory Dolan and low end wizard Luke Bemand:injecting splashes of color and wicked chops into their heavy groove foundations or drivingassaults, this dynamic battery simultaneously eases and propels lespecial through fractiouschanges of mood and tempo.The bands fearless pursuit of a synthesis of the musical idioms that inspire them has, thusfar, culminated with the release of their second album, cheen, on October 31, 2017. Polevaulting over traditional genres, cheen is a snapshot of a band flexing their remarkablecreative muscles. In a traditional sense, cheen is a risky album: it asks the listener to suspenda categorical approach and dig into their own eclectic unconsciousness, to adapt a phrase,and appreciate the flow of the record from start to finish, as it moves guided by an unseenplan. If there is an underlying thematic structure, it is one that is anchoredmusically andlyricallyby horror flicks, 1980s video games and lespecials indictment of the current culturalstate of affairs. Not overtly political, angry or morose, cheen seems to observe the zeitgeistand respond to it. lespecials willingness to take this risk of presenting an album full of flavorsand feels is a reflection of the respect they have for their fans, present and future: they simplydon't underestimate the listener, and that itself is refreshing.Never willing to sit back and settle into a groove, lespecial pivoted quickly from touring insupport of the release of cheen into a whole new format: collaborating with and supporting theiconic Bay Area hip-hop emcee and producer, Zion I, on tour dates and a forthcoming album.There are also plans to release remixes of cheen tracks from some of their producer friendswho hold lespecial in the highest esteem.

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