Jerseyband

Search & Restore presents Jerseyband Album Release

Jerseyband

Gato Loco, Hirschfeld/Nazary Duo, Eric Biondo as Master of Ceremonies

Thu, August 16, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

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Jerseyband
Jerseyband
Jerseyband plays Lungcore - A new genre that infuses a horn-driven band with heavy metal values

What does a screaming hardcore metal vocalist have in common with a jazz trumpeter? For Jerseyband, it is one in the same. The band’s unassuming trumpeter, Brent Madsen intermittently pulls the horn from his lips just long enough to let out his version of an ape on a rampage. One moment, Madsen screams, “Move my carrot!” and the next, your head is spinning because Jerseyband has already exchanged the gates of hell for a jaunt in Peewee’s Playhouse. Backed by drums, electric guitar, and guitar synth, Jerseyband’s horns (three saxophones and a trumpet) cut through meaty arrangements that shock their audiences into submission. Enthusiasts have compared their sound to Mr. Bungle, Zappa, and Meshuggah but one thing is clear; this band is best categorized under their own genre of horn driven metal called Lungcore.

Jerseyband was born in Rochester, NY during the Spring of 1999. We were all attending the Eastman School of Music and had been friends for a few years.

Ed had some gigs booked for the summer and wanted to put together a group. Several future members (or maybe all of us?) stayed late after a class to play together and the concept was born.

At first the band consisted of four horns, a keyboard/sampler/ turntable guy, and a drummer. The music evolved out of everyones compositions. We rehearsed and prepared for our first shows. Most of the songs that we played in our first rehearsals ended up on our first album, “Tragedi In The Mangky”. (the title was born during a late-night trip to the icy shores of Lake Ontario)

Over the next year or two, we played periodically in the Rochester area and continued to add to our repetoire. In 2001, we were given the opportunity to work and live as artists in Residence at Keuka College in Keuka Park, NY. So we spent two semesters there, practicing and writing.

Our first semester there gave birth to the album “Christmasband”. (other titles considered included: Night of the Chimney Whore, Rangletorian Galanka, and Santacide)

Our second semester saw our first personnel change. The keyboardist of the group left. Rather than hiring a new keyboardist, we decided to add two guitarists, one of which would play a guitar-synth setup. This decision reflected the evolving concept of the group and spawned even more evolution.

The second semester also saw the recording of the “JAKE” EP. The music for JAKE had been written over the course of 2 years and, in a certain way, represented the closing of an old chapter, and the opening of a new one.

2003 brought another personnel change. We parted with our drummer. Shortly after, we acquired a new drummer and began composing new music and planning for the recording of “Little Bag Of Feet For Shoes” (Grey came up with the title almost instantaneously. Other propositions included: Comb Over and Mo’Hang, Mizpell’d, and Year of the Wagon)

Throughout the rest of 2003 we played shows and worked on new music.

In 2004, three of us took a job in Japan that lasted 7 1/2 months. Obviously, this put Jerseyband on hiatus for a while. There was never any doubt about us reuniting though.

Since the return of the three, Jerseyband has come back to life. We are playing and writing with renewed ferocity and the music continues to evolve. We are in the process of planning a recording and many gigs, so beware.

In Conclusion:

Jerseyband is not a band designed to be one thing or another. All of the changes we have gone through have come about naturally. Over the years we have learned to embrace the natural changes that occur in both our individual and collective musical sensibilities.
Gato Loco
Gato Loco
Gato Loco was born on the streets of New York City. It’s exotic and foreign, yet it’s urban and familiar. This ten-piece assault force resembles a mambo band thrown into an arena of rock. Formed in 2006 by NYC native Stefan Zeniuk, joined by TubaJoe Exley and Clifton Hyde, this “Dancehall Leviathan” has received outrageous acclaim across Europe over the last year. "Just waiting to catch fire onstage” (Sud Ouest, France), “Exotic yet simultaneously urban” (Le Monde, France), “A real barnburner” (Paris DJs), “This band brims with enthusiasm and sounds like the orgasmic lovemaking between James Brown and Tito Puente” (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands).

Gato Loco’s recent release, simply entitled “Gato Loco” is on Munich’s Winter and Winter records, chronicles a live outdoor show on the steps of a wine chateau in Bordeaux, France during the summer of 2010. FAREWELL TO NORMAL SCENE celebrates the official USA release of this recording
Hirschfeld/Nazary Duo
Hirschfeld/Nazary Duo
James Hirschfeld plays the alto and tenor trombones, tuba, electronic valve instrument (EVI), and builds and plays his own electronic instruments. He is also an active composer for his own groups and other ensembles. As the trombonist in the Respect Sextet, James has recorded 6 CDs and performed across North America. He has also performed and recorded with Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, and Escort. Recently, James released his debut record, Two Medicine, featuring his own music performed alongside Ted Poor, Ike Sturm and Red Wierenga. James is also the Managing Director for the JACK Quartet. Apart from music, James is a committed crossfitter, an avid Red Sox fan and is married to JACK Quartet violist John Richards.
Eric Biondo as Master of Ceremonies
Eric Biondo as Master of Ceremonies