San Fermin Steals the Indie Scene
Classical music melds with hipster Brooklyn indie rock on San Fermin's haunting
self-titled debut. It's possible that the only thing better than listening to this perfect record at home with headphones
on is seeing them take the stage live with an eight-piece live ensemble - it will blow your socks off.
San Fermin, the band fronted by Ellis Ludwig-Leone, is ready to show 2014 how it's done, with shows lined up in early 2014
from Brooklyn all the way south to New Orleans. You can expect more chances to score San Fermin tickets in the future as they
work out their schedule and become part of the lineup for more popular festivals, like the Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta.
Ludwig-Leone was classically trained at Yale and wrote his debut album while holed up in a studio in the
mountains of Canada. He completed the whole album in six weeks and had his friend Allen Tate, along with Jess Wolfe and Holly
Laessig of Lucius, help out on vocals. He was in many bands in high school and college, but he didn't make music the center
of his career until he was finishing up at Yale. Also notable: he worked with prominent composer Nico Muhly, known for his
work with Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear and Antony and the Johnsons, on a number of different film scores and operas. Their
label, Downtown Records, has released other awesome acts, such as Cyndi Lauper, the Cold War Kids, Eagles of Death Metal and
David Gray, just to name a few.
Although backed by other talented musicians, San Fermin is primarily
the work of composer and songwriter Ludwig-Leone, who hails from Brooklyn, New York. A dazzling blend of rock, chamber-pop
and modern classical composition, the unique sound of the band's music appeals to a variety of audiences. Ludwig-Leone's songwriting
focuses on issues ranging from youth and nostalgia to anxiety and heartache, and he somehow manages to blend them all together
into original sentiments.
During his studies of musical composition at Yale, he dabbled in performances
with a handful of bands and teamed up with Nico Muhly to help compose a few different projects, but his real breakthrough
didn't come until he fully committed himself to his work after college. His first album, "San Fermin," gained him considerable
praise from music critics across the country, from Paul Krugman of the New York Times to indie music review site Pitchfork
"San Fermin", the self-titled debut album, was released in September 2013. The album received
attention from notable publications around the country, including Pitchfork's declaration of the lead single, "Sonsick", as
being "deliciously infectious" and NPR, who called the record "one of the year's most surprising, ambitious and evocative
records." The album is acollection of individual songs and a cohesive, thematic record that plays seamlessly from start to
finish. He composed the lyrics and arrangements in full before bringing in collaborators to enhance the tracks with orchestrations
Ludwig-Leone is joined onstage by an entire eight-piece live ensemble that knows
how to deliver gloriously epic operatic and electronic break beats complete with horns, strings and other bells and whistles
in songs that NPR declares are "as easy to love as they are to admire." San Fermin tickets are in high demand ever since The
New Yorker lauded the band's onstage performances, so be sure to grab your tickets early.