At the very beginning of 2015, a bunch of strangers in Brooklyn, each desperately needing a new music project, found each other through Craigslist – as desperate people are wont to do. The bunch soon whittled down to a core of four – Adam Garcia, Steph Leary, André Pilette and Dan Wilson – and what they found in each other was not only a great musical connection, but some really special friendships.
They decided to coin themselves IMUNURI after the name came to André in a dream – like most good decisions do – and they hit the ground running. They wrote a heap of songs and played tons of shows in and outside of New York City, including seasonal shows at the beloved Rockwood Music Hall and music festivals in random parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. In May of 2016, they released their debut EP, Euphoric State (which you can download for free).
Then, in the fall of 2016, IMUNURI became a scattered object: André and Steph moved to Bloomington, Indiana so that Steph could corrupt the youth at Indiana University, while Adam and Dan held down the fort in Brooklyn. But they refused to let space defeat them! So, over the past year, André and Steph have recruited some Bloomington musicians to spread IMUNURI’s music to the Midwest. And back home in New York City, the original four band members, with the addition of Mitch Sumner on keys and Mari Stoner on backing vocals, reconvene every few months to play shows at Rockwood Music Hall in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and at Bar Chord in Ditmas Park (our neighborhood bar in Brooklyn).
Meanwhile, the band has been working on their first full-length album, Elephant Shaped Trees, the making of which has occurred in three different states, at five different recording studios, with eight guest musicians. Stay tuned…