Shake the Baron, Zula

Shake the Baron

Zula

Howth, Art Sorority for Girls

Fri, June 29, 2012

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

The Rock Shop

Brooklyn, NY

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Shake the Baron
Shake the Baron
Having met on the first day of college in the fall of 2007, guitarist/vocalist Andrew Oedel, drummer Matt Addison, and bassist Max Currier bonded over their common love of good music and bad beer. Acoustic jam sessions and impromptu sing-alongs soon became collaborative songwriting sit-downs and electrified noisefests. When second guitarist Jon Markson joined the band in 2010, Shake the Baron refined their sound palette and pooled resources to produce a full-length album in their college’s small recording studio. After building local hype in the burgeoning music scene of New London, Connecticut, Shake the Baron signed with NYC-based Super Duper Records. Their album’s 10 overdriven, propulsive tracks were taken to the venerable Avatar Studios in New York and mixed by engineer extraordinaire Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, Weezer). This collaboration yielded the sound of the band’s self-titled debut: rabblerousing guitar pop that pins soaring vocal hooks atop a wash of chorus-infused guitars and enormous rock beats.

Combining the driving riffage of post-millennial Sonic Youth and the jangling simplicity of Pavement’s Brighten the Corners with a brash barroom rambunctiousness, Shake the Baron’s take on guitar rock feels both fresh and familiar. Oedel’s lyrics lightheartedly spin narrative from his struggles with romance and adulthood, conveyed with a pure yet colorful delivery akin to Ezra Koenig or Ben Bridwell. Shake the Baron‘s rhythmic acrobatics trick its listeners into dancing– a side effect unique to the feel-good energy of its creators. Currently based in Brooklyn, New York, the band is continuing to write and record new music.
Zula
Zula
Taking cues from the hypnotic sparsity of krautrock to the more funky sensibilities of acid house and Manchester indie dance, Zula makes forward-thinking psychedelic pop music. It started in the summer of 2010 as a collaboration between principal songwriters Henry and Nate Terepka (cousins). During the early basement sessions, playing to drum loops and sequencers, they began crafting their sound, obsessed with repetitive, interlocking figures and melodies in accessible, direct pop forms. In the fall of 2010, Mike Lawless and Zach Nicita joined on, forming a taught, propulsive rhythm section. The group has since toured California, played countless shows around New York City, and released the Crescent Intake Session EP.

Zula is currently working on a debut LP, set to be released this summer.
Howth
Howth
We were both leaving the worst behind, mistakes we had made that followed us into the dusty corners of our old rooms. Leaving behind those we spoke of love to, but felt none for anymore. We were leaving behind days of feeling like aliens in our own homes. He moved in the basement, I lived upstairs. We felt fresh, wide eyed, and ready for the world we had been scared to embrace. But the day was too bright, and the faces were too mean, and the city felt no different. We felt no different. So, we hid in the basement where the light barely cracked through the grates like a prison. But we had chosen this prison and we needed it. Our legs wouldn't let us crawl upstairs or out the door. We didn't give a fuck what anyone would think, but with that our eyes were no longer wide. They had adjusted to the dim light of a flickering light bulb and the red lights of guitar pedals. I was lonely and still had my demons, he was lonelier and just waiting for something bad to happen. Survival mode. He had to move back home to Minnesota to take care of his dying father. He was almost too late. I moved to nature and felt wide eyed again. Our friend burned down the old place while he slept. He barely walked out alive. I went back with him to gather stringless guitars covered in fire extinguisher fluid, tapes that had blackened, and ash covered drums. Nothing worked, but I didn't care anymore. We finished what we had to. Here it is.

Some kind words said about us:
"...beautifully atmospheric..." - My Old Kentucky Blog

"... (Howth) is a raw and emotional album that is as real as they come." - We All Want Someone

" You don't normally hear too much fuzz in folk songs (Blitzen Trapper do it well), but Howth put it to great use in this one." - You Ain't No Picasso

"It can take you on a drive through the country, it can take you to a peaceful city street at night, it can make you remember feeling in love." - The Deli NYC
Venue Information:
The Rock Shop
249 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.therockshopny.com/