Osei Essed and Friends, Vuvuzela, Please Dept.

Osei Essed and Friends


Please Dept.

Fri, January 25, 2013

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

The Rock Shop

Brooklyn, NY

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Victorian Music Box meets Carnival.

"Too many good songs on this release by the circus-like carousel ride that is Vuvuzela. Due recognition in this quick review would be like catching all the fire-flies on a July twilight in a humble mason jar. Cinematic and celebratory odes sung and played with heart and love, with an eye to the savant-garde."

- Heroes of Indie Music

"For those familiar with New York rockers Kiss Kiss, frontman Josh Benash has his fingerprints all over the work of Vuvuzela. Fans accustomed to Kiss Kiss' high-energy rock ballads, which often interchanged swift metal-inspired guitar riffs with electric violin intensity, should regard Vuvuzela as a natural progression. Their tunes are even more theatrical an"d polished, made better by Stephanie Babirak's operatic vocals and unique harp playing."

- Obscure Sound

"It's rare that I come across an album that's just so unique, I can't pull together words to convey how truly incredible it is. I've been mulling over this album for weeks, trying to find the right words to do Vuvuzela's debut album, The Hollow Choir, justice. I still don't believe I've found them."

- PRAE Music
Please Dept.
Please Dept.
From Ink 19:

...here is the epitome of the DIY philosophy -- a low-fi, deeply quirky, and highly unpredictable recording rooted in a twisted, unique vision. At times Please Dept. recalls the deadpan baritone bellowing of college-radio icons the Violent Femmes and the angular slacker rhythms of Pavement. What easily separates them from those pioneering post-punk acts is their affection for synthesizers. If you can imagine Devo slamming into Beat Happening, that is Please Dept. in a nutshell.

"I was once a crook/ But I changed my ways" is the startling confession in the opening cut, "Lesson Learned." Most of Chris Hembree's lyrics have a stream-of-consciousness flow to them, but they're not fillers or tossed-off nonsense. Don't pay attention to them, and you'll run the risk of missing such humorous revelations. The satirical "Baptist Party" is particularly stinging and hilarious. Musically, the keyboards both carry and add color to the beat, such as the carnival atmospherics of "Baptist Party" and the Halloween spook vibes on "Lesson Learned" and "Bags of Drugs."
Venue Information:
The Rock Shop
249 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11215