starnes and shah:
Starnes&Shah, featuring vocal duo Dania Abu-Shaheen (guitar/vocals) and Zilpha Starnes (keyboards/vocals), was formed in Astoria, NY in 2005. Bring a poet/songwriter from Lebanon together with a choirgirl from Dallas, Texas, and you get a unique musical counterpoint. The songs range from pared down acoustic ballads to rock anthems complete with choral arrangements and layered guitar effects. They are stories rendered with Dania’s poetry and music. Zilpha’s harmonies play between exchange and tension to produce a signature sound. Starnes&Shah released their fourth album “Shilling For Dreamtown” on 11/9/13. The 12-track album packs the duo’s catchy rock’n'roll punch along with vocal and compositional complexity. Quirky synthesizers and hard-driving guitars augment their trademark harmonies to conjure up nuanced narratives. “Shilling For Dreamtown” featuring the previously released singles “24 Million” and “Gatling Girl,” explores themes of loss and new beginnings in the journey of indie musicians. Describing this record as their most honest album to date, the ladies have put it all out there through a musical narrative which tells the story of being them: struggling artists, working women, loyal partners, yearning expats and much more. Starnes&Shah have also released an acoustic EP titled “Here Again on the Island” (2006) and 3 full-length albums, “Summer in the Woodshed” (2007), and “Pink White Blue Green” (2009), “Red Brick Tide” (2011) featuring full band arrangements. S&S have played shows in Northeastern cities including Burlington, Portland, Boston, Philadelphia, and their current home city, New York. They continue to play regular shows in New England and New York, and will be touring to promote “Shilling For Dreamtown” in 2014.
Gone By Daylight: Born from pop-punk roots and a Rock n’ Roll spirit, Gone By Daylight incorporates a magnetic voice and pop-rock song writing, brimming with hooks and rock riffs. Influences include (but not limited to) Third Eye Blind, Guns n’ Roses, Blink 182, Tom Petty, and of course, The Beatles.
The band is comprised of born front man and song writer, Eric Paquette (Lead Singer, Guitar); master-thinker and fret shedder, Jeff Lynch (Lead Guitar, Vocals); rhythm-locked to perfection with his drummer brother and two revolvers tattooed across his chest, Jordan King (Bass, Vocals); and the no-bio-can-ever-do-him-or-his-stage-presence-justice, Shaanan King (Drums). The band solidified this line up in January of 2011, and has found management with John O’Leary of JWorks Management. Shortly after, the group inked a Production deal with Universal Publishing and EMI Recording artists, Kurtis John and Michael Nadeau. The team has been on an all-out writing and recording spree, completing upwards of 30+ songs between the producer’s Los Angeles and Connecticut studios.
GBD members have been playing their North East music circuit together for years and have shared the stage with My Chemical Romance, Brett Michaels, Ed Kowalczyk of Live, Lifehouse, Misfits, Starting Line, The Academy Is, in addition to an appearance at Warped Tour and are currently moving their way through the ranks of Bamboozle’s The Break Contest. The band performs consistent shows between New York City and Boston and has recently set up a Saturday night, club residency at the popular touring band stop, Arlene’s Grocery in NYC.
The band will be staring in an upcoming Axe Body Spray commercial filmed in NYC’s legendary Bowery Ballroom and aired in Latin America and Spanish speaking counties, thanks to House Casting and Imperial Woodpecker film company.
H2Awesome : H2Awesome! is our nerd rock Band. We play ridiculous rock songs about geeky stuff. But we are also a creative gang of hooligans from NYC; Comic Book Writers, Artists, Filmmakers, Screenwriters, Comedians and Directors. We love all things geeky and will gladly bond with you over them… but not in a creepy Human Centipede like way…that’s just gross…
The Red Herrings: My memory is shot, so I forgive you all if this is incorrect. But I believe the band first formed in 2002. At the time frontman David Altschul and bassist Mike Wiesemann had just moved into Brooklyn after a short stint of higher education. Long time friends since grade school they were reuinted with also old time middle school pal drummer John Koetzle who was living in downtown Manhattan. Bored with their tedious day jobs, needing a release of creative expression they formed the Red Herrings. Unfortunately almost as soon as the band was formed it was nealy ripped apart as John's job took him away to LA for about a year. Luckily for us the job didn't pan out and John returned with the band reuniting. After a few years of collective brainstorming they released an LP, courtesy of Smash Studios, Better Living through Hippocracy. The tracks were simple yet catchy, however outside of the mainstream and rough around the edges. To describe the sound abstractly, the goal was to create a picasso-esque minimalistic oversimplified rawness that could appeal to anyone who appreciates rock. Some inspirations of the sounds were The White Stripes, ACDC, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Weezer, etc. Despite the tight tracks the band was not quite ready to go live yet.
We were still missing something. Come brother to frontman David, Kurt Altschul in August of 2006 to fill the empty void. Kurt brought a whole new sound and dimension to the band including his flair for reggae and spanish music. Once he arrived everything fell into place. The band found themselves back in the studio, courtesy again of Smash Studios where they found their sound. The first live show was in June 2007 at Desmond's Tavern. Since then they have been performing regularly at The R Bar, Alphabet Lounge, Mercury Lounge etc.
Probably the most interesting about the band is our day jobs and how busy we actually are. John Koetzle is a bond trader on wall street, making millions of dollars a day for the Bank of Tokyo. Mike Wiesemann works for the man himself Bloomberg News Inc. as a computer programmer, at least being at the keyboard all day keeps his fingers lose for bass. Kurt Altschul the youngest of the group, will have a full fledged masters in architecture come May of 2008. And myself, David Altschul, am a doctor, in my residency for neurosurgery. I have the craziest schedule working about 100 hours per week, but when we get the time together we make good use of it. Enough about us, go check out our music.
-David Altschul, MD