EW writes: "While the Emmys were on last night, Jesus On The Mainline played the Music Hall of Williamsburg and were off the hook!"
The fifteen-piece jam band Jesus On The Mainline are poised to become one of the biggest bands in New York, delivering their unique blend of blues, soul, funk, jazz and bluegrass to eager hipster audiences around the city. A sold-out Mercury Lounge crowd found themselves transported to a bygone musical era channeling tinges of Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker and Stevie Wonder. For them, music- making seems to be about going onstage as much for themselves as for their audience, and reveling in the joy of hearing each other play. Inasmuch as it is fun to watch them enjoy performing, Jesus on the Mainline make sophisticated and wonderful music.
Here it is--the second single, titled "Sister City, Brother Bone", from our upcoming EP. Check it out at the exclusive premiere from Folk Radio UK , or the player below.
I gave an interview to Vents Magazine. Here's an excerpt:
Vents Magazine: Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Andrew Neesley: We’re great, thanks!
VM: Can you please introduce and tell us more about Jesus On The Mainline?
AN: This is Andrew Neesley, singer and band leader. We got together as a band in late 2012.Many of us have played together in previous bands, one-off gigs, tours, etc. Tomek, our bassist, and I worked together on an album for another band a while ago. We liked working together–and found out that we’re both from Wisco. That sealed the deal. Tomek brought aboard his roommate at the time, Dave Scalia, our drummer–also from Wisco. Singer Mel and I have been making music together for years and, you guessed it, is also a Wisco transplant. The story runs the same throughout the band. The finest musicians I know, and with whom am very close friends.
Read the rest of the interview here.
Oh man. You guys did it again. Another sold out show at Joe's Pub. Thanks Natalie for a killing opening set and for everybody in the band for pulling off a great night of music. Thanks also to the staff at Joe's and everybody at 3 Sheets Saloon during the afterparty. Good times.
See you at the next one!
Man... It was cold as hell on Jan. 6. But ya'll made it out anyway for an intense night at Rockwood.
We did this show with my good friend Sarah Goldfeather and her band along with Tim Emmerick and his band Firelights. Tim sings, plays guitar and banjo, and writes with me in JOTM. You heard him do his solo thing at this show.
Sarah released an EP this evening as well. I'm a fan of her unique songwriting.
Check out the photos from Rockwood Music Hall, shot by photographer Marc Santos.
I'm still pumped from this show. Mercury Lounge is deceivingly big--yet an intimate atmosphere. You can get right up into the show from just about anywhere. Perfect venue for JOTM. And the club was at capacity with you fine people. What a fun night.
Mel Flannery Trucking Co. released an EP following their opening set. Which killed. Of course. So does the EP, called Autoheart. Check it out.
Check out some photos from the show here.
Holy shit. Our recent show at The Bowery Ballroom sold out. There were almost 700 people at the show. Blowing my mind.
The music played by opening bands Hudson Hank, heylady, and Pete Ayres Band were great. Sam, Josh & Nina, and Pete--thanks for all your hard work.
Everybody at The Bowery Ballroom was a pleasure to work with. And thanks to Hair Of The Dog for kicking ass at the after party. You guys rock!
And the band... What can I say? The guys and gals are the absolute best. I cannot think of a group of people I'd rather take the stage with.
We've got some ideas cooking for the fall. See you then.
Here it comes. We're headlining The Bowery Ballroom in ten days.
The band is going to play a few new tunes. I think you'll dig them. You'll have to show up to hear what they are.
Opening for the band is Hudson Hank, heylady, and Pete Ayres Band. All good friends. Hudson Hank is releasing their debut album that night.
There are only a few tickets left; get yours today.
PS There will be a FREE open bar afterparty.
Holy shit! We're headlining THE BOWERY BALLROOM! This is the band's biggest show yet, and we want YOU to be a part of it.
Just last night, we hit at Arlene's Grocery, to yet another capacity crowd. We're bummed some of you couldn't get in! Don't miss out on this show! Get your tickets today: http://bit.ly/1bwHaDt
I can't believe it's been only 11 months since we first took the stage. What a blast it's been so far. Thanks for all of your support!
Joining us on August 20 will be our friends Hudson Hank, and Pete Ayres Band! Hudson Hank will be releasing their debut album produced by Coldplay bassist, Guy Berryman. We've a few other special guests that we'll announce closer to the show.
Well, we sold out Joe's Pub. The show rocked. I had so much fun. The band killed. Joining us on this show was Luis Bonilla, trombone extraordinaire. Man did he fucking kill it as well. No rehearsal, just stand up and kill it.
Hudson Hank opened the night with a set of synth-driven original music. They're led by JOTM trumpet player, Sam Oatts. He's one of the smartest musicians I know. He's been all over the world playing trumpet and singing.Their debut album was produced by Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman. Keep an eye and out and an ear open for it.
Thankfully the Joe's Pub stage was a little bigger than to what we're accustomed...
See you at the next one on March 27 at Rockwood Music Hall. Pops Neesley is playing tuba. Mel is singing a solo set to kick off the night. My buddy Pete Ayres is doing a full band set, then we headline the night.
Hi ya'll. Our show on Dec. 4th went great. The crowd was at the capacity of the venue. We had to turn people away! The band barely fit on stage. Actually, we didn't. Mark on tuba was holding down the low end from off stage. Hilarious. But that's what I dig about Rockwood, the intimate vibe.
The staff is awesome too. I used to work with the bartender Elena--she's the jam. You should go back, see more good music, and tip her lots.
It was a full week of non-stop music. First Mel had a solo show on Monday, then we lit it up on Tuesday, Natalie was playing Thursday night. Amanda had a show the following Tuesday. Even our ol' buddy Adam was playing Rockwood on that Sunday. While I hate sweeping superlatives, it was all great.
Community is good for the soul.
What up. I'm writing. Here on listentothemainline.com. I'm going to interview the band, creating an episodic podcast about our music. I'll also be posting the transcripts of the interviews here on our blog. Something similar will be done for our fans. I like getting to know people, hearing their stories. They make for good compositional inspiration. You can join in on all the fun but tagging your Instgram photos with #jotm. They'll appear here on the site. It'll be fancy I swear. Fuck yeah. Hit me up on Twitter too @neesley. I'm not going to create a separate account for JOTM, although you can tag #jotm on Twitter. Whatdoyaknow, we're also on Facebook. This will be the last time you'll hear me pumping all that shit up though, at least for a while. I don't respect the people begging you to follow them on this social network or that social network. It screams desperation. When I stopped focusing on how many fucking Facebook friends the band had, and on the music I'm writing, life became a bit more enjoyable. Who knew?... Though I do enjoy using social networking for providing a means to keep in touch with long-away friends and family. If you like the music, listen. That's it.