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This was the first Bands + Brews that took place in our own office space in Brooklyn's Industry City and it was everything we could have possibly asked for. Intimate, laid-back, and dare I say... Lit? Well, it was lit. With more than enough beer to quench the thirst of the crowd (thank you, Blue Point) and memorable live performances from incredible young artists, it felt like more of a party than a show. It was most certainly a night to remember.

The evening opening act, Hannah Gill and the Hours, turned in a performance that was rife with heartbreak tunes and clanking glasses. Gill managed to make our office feel like a hole-in-the-wall jazz club for a few songs. "We have a jazz project - like private events and for swing dancing gigs - and then I babysit as well. Nanny by day, musician by night," Gill explained to Baeble in between songs.

Have a to listen to the opening song of the night, "Austin," and tell us that you don't love it (spoiler alert: you won't be able to, because it's the most catchy, memorable song we've ever heard). And get ready to swoon over the jazzy charisma of Hannah Gill and The Hours.

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Brews with Hannah Gill of Hannah Gill and the Hours.
Have you ever played a show like this before? Central Brooklyn, no.
But it's definitely one of a kind.
I really like it.
This first tune that we're going to do actually we released as our single and Brad wrote it actually at some guy's wedding and coincidentally the guy's name gave him the idea for the song.
And I couldn't necessarily come up with an idea for a video when the time came and then Brad said, "You know what, just trust me.
I've got something in mind.
Clear your weekend for next weekend.
" And next thing I know, we're on a plane flying down to Austin, Texas to film this video in like 12 hours.
So we hired a marching band and had some good Tex Mex and it was a great time.
So this one's called Austin.
I moved to Texas on a whim to see if I could fit in
and I felt like a proper lady.
And before long I met a man,
I feel in love, you understand.
He was all I could think of.
Oh, oh, oh, oh, Austin, you were my first lover.
Why do you say you love me if I meant nothing to you?
Lord, Austin, you were undercover.
Why do you say you love me
and then found another?
Oh, oh, oh, oh.
I moved to Kansas to move on
I drank whisky until dawn but I miss that loving
Oh, I went back to find that man, I found him and goddamn,
he was with another.
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.
Austin, you were my first lover.
Why do you say you love me if I meant
nothing to you? Lord, Austin, you were undercover.
Why do you say you love me and then found another?
Don't you say my name because obviously I'm yours
ever since you walked out that door.
This is what they meant
when I heard you say that you can't come home again.
I moved backed home, settled down, got a job in my hometown,
and I felt like a bruised woman.
Before long, I began to think
that man would be the death of me.
So, I'm gonna kill him.
Oh, oh, oh, oh.
Austin, you were my first lover.
Why do you say you love me if I meant nothing to you?
Lord, Austin, you were undercover.
Why do you say love me and then you
found another? Lord, Austin, you were my first lover.
Why do you say you love me if I meant nothing to you?
Lord, Austin, you were undercover.
Why do you say love me and then
you found another?
- Thank you, guys.
So, this next one that we're going to do is a tune that I wrote when I kind of first moved up to New York.
I moved up to New York about two years ago from Eastern Maryland.
And, yeah, I mean, this was my first personal song that I wrote that actually the lyrics had any true meaning to me.
Most of the time I just write what I think sounds good and flows.
But I guess this tune is something, you know, one of those rare moments that you just have this stupid amount of self-confidence and you feel like you can either destroy the world or take it over.
So, out of that confidence, this song came.
So, this song is called Change In Blue.
Oh, oh, oh, oh Something dark is coming over me.
I feel it pushing like a storm against the sea.
Something strange is coming over me.
I feel the tides change and a fire
blazing inside of me.
I'm gonna push back the sea,
you're gonna fall to your knees.
I'm gonna howl at the moon
like it's made for me.
I'm gonna paint myself in blue.
I'm gonna start myself anew.
I'm gonna howl at the moon because
I'm free, because I'm free, because I'm free.
Oh, I'm alive.
Oh, I feel new.
I feel like I'm gonna, I'm gonna use you
I feel the rain on my face.
I feel the thunder roll as it
as it sets my pace.
Oh, I'm gonna push back the sea,
you're gonna fall to your knees.
I'm gonna howl at the moon like
it's made for me.
I'm gonna paint myself in blue.
I'm gonna start myself anew.
I'm gonna howl at the moon
because I'm free, because I'm free, because I'm free.
Lord, because I'm, I'm free.
I'm gonna push back the sea,
you're gonna fall to your knees.
I'm gonna howl at the moon like
it's made for me.
I'm gonna paint myself in blue.
I'm gonna start myself anew.
I'm gonna howl at the moon
because I'm free, because I'm free, because I'm free.
Something dark is coming over me.
I feel it pushing like a storm
against the sea.
- Thank you.
- How's the New York scene treating you now musically compared to your hometown? - When I moved to New York in 2015, September 2015, I really...you know, I got to go out and I got to see all of my friends play in this amazingly talented...like trad jazz bands and all those stuff.
So, it captivated me.
And if you had a conversation with me within those like first four months, I'm pretty sure I would annoy the crap out of you because all I was talking about was this fun jazz club I found and what swing dancers I met, and I was super annoying.
But, yeah, no, I think through that, I definitely saw that it wasn't an option just to kind of go out and do...improve your craft and to keep making music for people to enjoy.
So, I kind of found us if you will in that cliche sort of way.
It's amazing.
I have so many different personalities and interests and hobbies and New York helps me fit them all, so it's great.
- Cool.
- Yeah.
- So like I said, I moved to New York City two years ago and I would love to tell you that doing my own original music and things like that take up all of my time and provide all of my rent money but we all know that's not true, at least not in these beginning stages.
So one thing that I've really taken to is I've always had a big passion for jazz music and I love swing dancing.
And so, we... Bran and I started a little 1940s, 1950s jazz side project and it's been going good.
And we feel like it would be a shame if we'd play it for all of you lovely people and didn't jazz it up just a little bit.
So, here we go.
This is St.
James Infirmary.
Oh, oh, I went down, I went down to the St. James Infirmary
to see my baby.
He was stretched down
on a long white table, so sweet, so cold, so fair.
Let him go.
Let him go.
God bless him where- wherever he may be.
He can search and search this whole wide world
but he'll never find a woman like me.
When I die, bury me in straight lace
shoes, put on a box bag, suit, and expensive hat.
Put a $20 gold piece, gold beside my watch James,
so the boys, they know I die standing by.
music
Oh, oh, oh.
Oh, I went down, I went down to
the St.
James Infirmary to see my, my, my baby there.
He was stretched out on a, on a long white table,
so sweet, so cold, so fair.
Let him go. Let him, let him go.
God bless him wherever, wherever he may be.
He can search, search this whole wide world
but he'll never find, never find a woman like me.
Oh, oh, oh.
- Thank you.
Thanks, guys.
- Before one of your songs, you were talking about how like paying rent by being a musician is not really a realistic thing when you're starting out.
- Yeah, for certain, yeah.
No, I mean, I would love to say so but I think a lot of people that...you know, you play a show and they're like, "Oh, yeah, we'll give you a hundred bucks.
" And you have to split that between like four people and travel and house, like it's just...it's impossible. So, yeah.
No.
Yeah, we have a jazz project as well that we do, like private events and like for swing dancing gigs and things like that, and then I babysit as well.
- Really? - Nanny by day, musician by night.
- That's awesome.
- Why don't we take a moment to introduce these lovely guys playing with me, huh? We've got Danny Jonokuchi on trumpet and piano, Jason DiMatteo on bass, and Brad Hammonds on guitar.
This next one that we're going to do is an old one as well.
It's called Medalson, Medicine, there we go.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Ah.
Would you like some of your medicine?
Take it down with your Reline
Gonna make you high, you feel just fine.
Take it down with your nicotine
to lit up your zavastine.
Gonna get so high, you feel just fine.
And you will fly, and you, you're gonna fly.
And brother, you're gonna fly alone.
Would you like some more alcohol to fill up all these empty holes? Gonna make you high, you feel just fine.
Take it down with your cocaine
to erase all these senseless pain.
Gonna get so high, you feel just fine.
And you will fly, and you, you're gonna fly.
And brother, you're gonna fly alone.
Grab hold of your first device.
Let me know if things are fine.
I'm only here to serve your, your basic need.
Everything you feel can be free.
And brother, you're gonna die alone.
Here comes some more of your medicine.
Take it down until the bitter end.
Gonna make you high, you feel just fine.
Take it down with your cocaine
to erase all these senseless pain.
Gonna get so high, you feel just fine.
And you will fly, and you, you're gonna fly.
And brother, you're gonna fly alone.
- Thank you.
- And you just had a really lengthy string of shows all around the country, I saw.
How was that? - It was amazing.
We opened for this guy named Brendon James, super sweet.
It was great.
We hit the west coast first.
That was awesome.
I had never been to the west coast before, never seen the Pacific Ocean.
So we went swimming in San Diego before it got cold.
But of course I didn't know that the Pacific Ocean is always cold so that kind of sucked.
But, yeah.
No, it was great.
We went all the way from Phoenix up to Seattle and then flew over to the east coast and went from New York down to Georgia.
So, lots of fun, very tiring.
The moment I got home, I got the flu.
So my body was like, "Okay, now you can die.
" People around me walk back and forth
between their day-to-day lives, but I don't mind.
Storms around me trickle around
through the, the midnight sky, but I don't mind.
You're gonna have to, to face it.
You're gonna have to let it in.
Because up against the wall might it seem to fall short,
so short to me, to me.
Yeah, and after all
beauty seem to fall in trees.
Oh
The bones are breaking, making room for the ghost of you,
I never knew.
When castles crumble,
beating down the walls that you, you never use, left abused.
You're gonna have to, to face it.
You're gonna have to let it in.
Yeah, because up against the wall
might it seem to fall short, so short to me, to me.
Yeah, and after all beauty seem to fall in trees.
Oh, oh, oh, oh
- Give it up for him, huh? To knock them down, to feel the ground below, below, you feel.
And move with the rain, let the thunder set the beat.
Yeah, because up against the wall might it seem to fall short,
so short to me, to me.
Yeah, and after all
beauty seem to fall in, oh, oh, oh, yeah.
Because up against the wall might it seem to fall short,
so short to me, oh, to me.
And after all
beauty seem to fall in trees.
- Thank you, guys.
Everyone, give it up for Danny.
- What's coming up next for you in the New Year? - The New Year, so we are just hoping to get out and play more music, you know.
I'm going to go home for a few days in December, you know, spend some time with the family.
And then, we've got a jazz gig on New Year's in the city.
And so, it's going to be great.
We're going to start The New Year fresh and write some more music and just meet some more wonderful people like you guys and keep having all these great experiences.
So, this last one we're going to do is actually the name of our EP.
It's called The Water.
And I wrote this tune just because it's just...that... I don't know.
It represents that feeling of just wanting to just let go and say, "Screw it.
I'm going to do what I want, be what I want, go where I want.
" And sometimes that's hard to achieve and it can be incredibly difficult.
But when it happens, it's one of the best feelings in the world.
So this one's called The Water.
Thanks, guys.
- Two, three, go.
Don't you hear the water rolling down the morning,
rolling down the morning and running to the sea?
Can't you feel my heartbeat, steady as a drum, babe,
steady as a drum, babe, and calling to me?
And oh, how time move slow and, and feel it in,
feel it in your soul.
Let me hear you go,
"Oh, oh, oh, oh.
" I wanna feel the water
as it washes over me.
I wanna run with the water
but it pulls me out to sea.
Don't you feel the yearning
burning within, yearning for the skin of the one you cannot win?
So, come a little closer, oh, deep inside your mind
all the times through good times when you feel.
Go as I move slow
and, and feel it in, feel it in your soul.
Let me hear you go, "Oh, oh, oh, oh."
I wanna feel the water as it washes over me.
I wanna run with the water but it pulls me,
oh, oh, oh, oh.
- Who's ready for a sing along? Super simple, This is going to be recorded so you can't let me down.
It's going to be on...oh, ready? Oh, oh, oh, oh.
- It's nice and easy.
Oh, oh, oh, oh.
- Now "ah" nice and loud.
Ah, ah, ah, ah.
- One more time, as loud as you can, come on.
Ah, ah, ah, ah.
- Yeah, here we go.
Ah, ah, ah, ah.
I wanna feel the water as it washes over me.
I wanna run with the water but it pulls me out to sea.
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh,
But it, oh, pulls me, pulls me,
oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.
- Thank you, guys.
Give a big round of applause for Danny, Jason and Brad.
We're Hannah Gill and The Hours, thank you guys so much.

Artist Bio

Hannah Gill & The Hours combines 70s lo-fi pop and rock with contemporary soul and blues and transforms them into sweet and sultry songs that overflow with feeling. Steered by soulful 19-year old vocal powerhouse and songwriter Hannah Gill combined with skilled guitarist, songwriter and arranger Brad Hammonds, the group offers up lush vocals and sparkling fretwork touched by improvisational jazz that gives the duos hypnotic recordings and dynamic live performances otherworldly gravity. Hannah Gill & The Hours first EP, The Water is a
collection of songs about embracing lifes adventures, breaking free from societys mold and finding personal freedom.

Brought together by their shared love of many musical genres and styles, Hammonds and Gill initially connected through a family friend, who felt their sensibilities and improvisational approach to songwriting and performing would click. The two enjoyed a profound creative chemistry and decided to officially come together as Hannah Gill & The Hours in 2015. Once Gill relocated to New York City, they brought a substantial collection of their songs to producers John White and Rich DeCiccio at Whitewater studios in Brooklyn. Mixed by multiple Grammy winner Tim Latham, this collection turned into their debut EP, The Water. Available now via iTunes, Amazon and Spotify!

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