Pleasures Unknowable

New York cult indie pop artists My Favorite returned in 2022 with Tender Is the Nightshift: Part 1, their first extended play release in nearly 20 years. Full of imperious new wave and plastic soul, the group scavenges the digital debris of the 20th century to fashion a pre-apocalyptic soundtrack for a new millennium’s malaise. Founder and singer/songwriter Michael Grace Jr is joined by long time collaborators Kurt Brondo & Gil Abad along with new members Michael Avishay and Emilyn Brodsky. Together they loot a junk shop full of tragic totems to explore love and loss— remaking/remodeling dim corridors of memory into bright passages forward.

Barely out of their teens in 1994 when their debut single “Go Kid Go” was spun by John Peel, My Favorite was formed in the archetypal suburbia of Long Island. Among the strip malls and subdivisions, five kids formed a half-band/half-art project during their freshman year at state college in Stony Brook. Raised on new wave via the legendary WLIR, while encircled by the local hardcore scene, the band tried to merge ‘80s high-concept pop with the DIY energy of punk and indiepop. Two full-length LPs followed in 1999 & 2003, with the latter record The Happiest Days Of Our Lives named best of decade in Pitchfork's P2K guest editors edition. They return now in what Grace calles his 'Xeroxy Music' period — songs full of lush, glitchy ambience like an Orphean glance back at paradises lost.

Saturday, February 3rd at Berlin Under A
25 Avenue A (entrance on 2nd Street under 2A bar), NYC
Doors at 7pm. $10 in advance. 21+ with ID.