The Inklings

The Inklings


Female fronted Brooklyn based indie rock quartet with influences that range from The Velvet Underground and The Pretenders to Elliott Smith and Death Cab for Cutie.


The Williamsburg, Brooklyn, indie rock quartet The Inklings began in the winter of 2004 as the band behind the music of Dani Linnetz, who had already achieved a degree of notoriety as a nationally touring singer/songwriter. Guitarist Peter Imbres, a member of the Williamsburg-based avant folk band Royal Nonesuch and leader of The No Name All-Stars recording project, and bassist Eli Schneider, formerly of Zealrecords' Timesbold and also in Royal Nonesuch, had previously collaborated with Linnetz on her first full band recording, Caller Seventeen (Sly Dog Records, 2004), and Imbres had toured with her briefly on lead guitar. The move from backing up Linnetz's solo project and forming The Inklings came to fruition when she reconnected with a friend she knew from her time living in San Francisco, drummer Mark Willey, who was then playing with the NYC jazz group Lojazar.

The band got off to a precarious start as rehearsals had to be scheduled around Linnetz's full-time touring schedule and the band members' various other projects, but soon they started squeezing in rehearsal time at odd hours and while Linnetz was on the road and spontaneously collaborating on new songs. The songs tended towards a departure from Linnetz's solo sound and so the decision was made to separate the two projects and The Inklings were formed. The name The Inklings is a reference to the shadowy creatures that live under Tokyo in Haruki Murakami's book "Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World," which is a reflection of the new slightly darker, but yet decidedly unpretentious, sound. Gigs were rescheduled and, within a few months of forming, the band played their first showcases in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco to enthusiastic audiences.

The Inklings are currently finishing up their debut CD 'Rhizomes' and it will be available early March 2006. The band will also be playing Sly Dog Records showcases at the upcoming CMJ Music Marathon in New York and South by Southwest in Austin. There are tentative plans for a European tour in the Summer of 2006.


Band members played on the 2004 Sly Dog Records release "Caller Seventeen" by Dani Linnetz (lead singer of The Inklings)

Debut album Rhizomes released March 5, 2006.

Set List

All originals. 1.5 Hr set.