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Prince Rupert's Drops:
At the inspired urging of original bassist Brad Truax (Home, Dan Melchior's Broke Revue, Interpol, to name a few) the somewhat secretive Prince Ruperts Drops were formed in the Brooklyn of 2005, comprised of acclaimed comics-artist Leslie Stein (guitar, vox), fellow former Broke Revue-er Bruno Meyrick-Jones (guitar, vox), and former Osprey Steve McGuirl (drums, percussion). The band soon drew com
parisons to the likes of The Groundhogs & Captain Beefheart- a sound that quickly developed and broadened to accommodate the emerging song-writing styles of each member. Following Brad's departure in 2008 to focus on high-end tour-managing, the band were joined by longtime friend and multi-talented bass-player Chad Laird (Land of Tomorrow, Jantar), thus adding another powerful cylinder to the songwriting engine. Their increasingly versatile and engaging approach has won them occupying support slots for acts broad in scope as psychedelic noiseniks Black Dice to country rockers Oakley Hall (to whom Steve has lent his talents on occasion). In 2012 PRD has been joined on stage and in the studio by another longtime-friend and former guest-musician, synthesizer-sorceress Kirsten Nordine (Jantar), turning the musical feast into a rich sonic banquet set to wow the ears of one and all.
The formation of The Revivalists was all about chance, but everything since then has been a combination of hard work, awesome music, and friendship. The septet has been playing nonstop since 2007, crafting a genre-hopping sound that rounds out traditional rock instrumentation with horns and pedal steel guitar and mixes the divergent backgrounds of its individual members with the humid, funky undercurrents of the band’s New Orleans home. The result is like English spoken with an exotic accent: familiar, yet difficult to pin down.
Religion aside, a revival is all about the tangible electricity that can only be created when enough like minds are crammed under a single roof for a singular purpose. It’s a spiritual spectacle, a carnival of the divine, a whole greater than the sum of its parts. The same could be said for The Revivalists’ searing live performances. The band has a knack for bringing music to life on a stage, and they have tuned their talents to Swiss-watch precision over years of relentless touring. Their bombastic showmanship is the outgrowth of a desire to connect with audiences on a personal level, and that intimate connection is what elevates their shows above simple entertainment.
True to their name, The Revivalists lean more heavily on the older styles and warmer sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n roll, but the band isn’t afraid to dabble in electronics and sleight-of-studio when it’s right for the song. The group tends not to bother with questions like “does this sound like us?” or “does this fit with our other stuff?”, instead allowing songs to define themselves and take shape organically, each on its own terms. Is this a dark, heavy rock manifesto driven by a steel guitar line that borders on electronica, or is it an airy, acoustic story about star-crossed lovers, rich in vocal harmony and sparsely arranged until the coda? This one’s funky, that one’s sweet, this one’s heavy…
"Either they replicate specific moments in the history of 20th-century American music that we cannot concretely pin down, or they are designed to reflect a set of unwritten expectations and parameters"- Pitchfork
The Midnight Hollow:
The Midnight Hollow started in San Francisco in 2011 as Spencer Draeger's solo project. After his band of 9 years unexpectedly ended, the only thought was to take a turn away from calculation, touring and spend a year writing without a band. Spencer recorded the early recordings in San Francisco-- laying the foundation before making the jump to NYC in October 2011. After the move and countless jams with jaded musicians, Draeger finally met Andrew Segreti (drums) and Trevor Murphy (guitar, synthesizers).
TMH is built for a live stage and times is morose, psychedelic, soulful but most of all authentic in it's fluctuating moods and building rhythms. Draeger's satire of classes, and the homogenized media's infinite repeat have centralized a broad theme in just an EPs worth of material set to release Winter 2012.
Walk down dingy Eldridge Street where the Lower East Side gives to Chinatown and you'll know where this band found their name. The group's members are no strangers to the bars and venues of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn and they've navigated a dirty street or two. Sticking together for awhile but never with the intention of playing as a band until the name "Street Smells" hit them late one night
and led to a few weeks of gags and what ifs. The song titles came, then the album titles, then artwork and eventually they had a career's worth of material on paper.