credit: Michelle LoBianco

Mary Shelley

Mar 16, 2024

10:00pm – 10:40pm CT


Punk music you can dance to. That’s what you get from the genre-hopping, instrument-swapping members of Brooklyn's Mary Shelley. Post-punk rhythms are imbued with elements of dance/disco beats, shoegaze, hip-hop and more, while influences stretch across generations, sounds and styles, from IDLES to Dolly Parton to Kendrick Lamar. Always, the electric four-piece scraps rules in favor of creative impulse, ensuring each new song sounds nothing like the last.

Of their debut single “Bourgeois de Ville,” The Deli wrote, ”It’ll probably make you wanna dance the pogo or smash things… due to your spasmodic dancing” while Look At My Records! said it "brings to mind the (barely) controlled chaos of The Birthday Party, with a touch of… Jim Morrison? If you gave him a triple-shot red eye?" It’s this energy that powers their performance and has led loyal fans to pack venues, basements and backyards—from BK to the UK, and stages in between—for shows that encompass the human experience at-large.

Named for the author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley means to look deeper into what you see. To not miss the human being inside the monster.

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Brooklyn, NY, United States
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