On June 2nd, we visited for the first time to Issyra Gallery, located in the Neumann Leather Building (Hoboken, NJ). And on this day, ONE ART promotions (hosted by Danny Shot) put on a spoken word and musical session for the visiting fans. Poets and authors, Kymberly Brown and Chuck Joy started the night with their published poetry – all easy to absorb and to consume. For musical line up: Courtier, Mr Flannery and His Feelings, and LES Sinners and EV Jubilee were on the list.
Mike Flannery, admittedly, has many feelings. And layerings. And complexities. Many times his music bears that out and opens that notion to interpretation. He loves how his music is interpreted. It SHOULD be. Flannery is a musician and producer. His associations have been with Little-T and One Track Mike. In the past couple of years, he had launched the project ‘Mike Flannery & His Feeling’. It is a band that features many talents who contribute to his live and studio record sound. Some of the list of fabulous artist include: Pete Creekmore, John Avallone, Nathan Gwinne, Eric Tait, Sam Monaco, George Overlord, Michael Ward-Bergman, Simone Giuliani, Jacob Lawson, Tris McCall, Kena Anae, Jonathan McElroy, Dan Flannery- to name a few. In addition to his musical projects, he is one of the principals of his music studio JUMPING GIANT (his sound design, editing business).
In 2017, his debut album ‘Try Your Hardest’ was released by Rhyme & Reason Records. As one of his long time good friends and fellow rocker Tris McCall put it: “[the album] is a repository of everything he’s learned in a lifetime spent on the creative edge of show-business.” To us, his album is certainly an aggregate of his ‘feelings’, ‘desires’, ‘opinions’, and ‘wants’. They then are grind into powder for a existential re-birth with Rock n’ Roll hearts and energies.
For example, one of his best on the latest album is a song named ‘Welcome To Bangor’. The sultry diminution of a single, takes you to that local hot-spot, burning inside and with the hot charcoals of the world on your shoulder – the song calls out to you. Psych yourself within, lick the riffs of stories (which are unbound). The ‘location description’ piece, has the rock-out provocations, just like a nice hit in the cheeks of your musical habitations. Listen to the solo piece and you can understand it. Hone it.
Make it your own.
And that is the goodness of what Mike Flannery’s gift basket of music, brings. His thorough mix of pop-music development and production form the early 2000’s and to the current rock project, his music continues to evolve and tries its darnedest to include and engage the listening audience. The sense of that opinion is clear as day, and it seems he’s just getting started. Combined with his on-stage charm, we can’t wait to see all of his further goals met.
It had been a while since we’d seen Mike Flannery perform live (last time at The Hutton), but we sure were very pleased to see him this night at the Issyra Gallery, doing his thing for the crowd. And the crowd enjoyed every song and his efforts.
Issyra Gallery is a contemporary art gallery/space curating pieces from central and western Africa. The Gallery opened in September 2012 and welcomes inquiries. Issa Sow is the owner and curator of the gallery, which holds monthly shows at their intimate stage.