Meet the Band: Andrew Neesley (vocals), Mel Flannery (vocals), Amanda Brecker (vocals), Tim Emmerick (vocals, guitar, banjo), Tomek Miernowski (bass), Dave Scalia (drums), Pascal Le Beouf (keyboards, organ), Andrew Miramonti (guitars), Simon Kafka (guitars), Mike Gorham (trumpet), Augie Haas (trumpet), Natalie Cressman (Trombone), Frank Cohen (Trombone), Mark McGinnis (Tuba), Jake Goldbas (Percussion).
A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND: In 2013, Neesley, who lives in Harlem, transitioned out of a band he had been in and started writing some new tunes. "The nature of my writing gravitates toward a larger ensemble," he says. "The group kept getting bigger and bigger. Tim started writing some songs for the group and now it's a co-writing process. We write a large portion of the songs."
A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING: The band's music recalls any number of bands, including the Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, the Black Crowes, Joe Cocker and Janis Joplin. "I think the names that we have listed as touchpoints for how the band sounds all apply at certain times," says Emmerick. "Those were things that other people have heard. We applied them retroactively. Andrew and I really love the same music. We have varying tastes, but we'll send links of songs back and forth all the time. We tend to love the same kind of stuff. We'll get really inspired by a certain sound or rhythm or even just a guitar sound or an organ sound or a brass sound. We'll just go down the rabbit hole in pursuit of that certain sound. We like to borrow ideas from other people as long as it goes through the filter and becomes our own. The range is so broad, it's had to narrow it down. The band is really a discovery project. We don't try to keep it too close to one particular sound."
WHY YOU SHOULD HEAR THEM: Last year, the band released its acclaimed debut EP. With its heavy blues guitar riffs, "Sister City, Brother Bone" possesses a classic rock vibe — think the Black Keys with an old school horn section. The band has started to assemble tunes for a full-length, which it hopes to record this summer. "We're most proud of the new music, which comes from an incredibly collaborative perspective," says Neesley, adding that the group will be playing festivals and touring extensively during the summer as well.
WHERE YOU HEAR THEM: facebook.com/listentothemainline
WHERE YOU CAN SEE THEM: Jesus on the Mainline performs with Seafair, Ohio Weather Band and the Kickback at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, at the Grog Shop.