Avi Buffalo

Avi Buffalo

Nik Freitas, Beast Make Bomb

Wed, July 27, 2011

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

The Rock Shop

Brooklyn, NY

$13.00

This event is 21 and over

Avi Buffalo
Avi Buffalo
Avi Buffalo was once just the kid named Avi (short for Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg). He's now singing and playing guitar, but was then a vaguely aspirational skateboarder living in Long Beach, who figured between hip trauma and a never-quite-conquered fear of dropping into a half-pipe that he might need to come up with something else to do with the rest of his life. (Maybe journalist If there were gonna be any left) His parents never got around to getting him the Game Boy he wanted, so he turned to a handily local guitar. Years of 12-hour days attacking that (plus lessons-to-mentoring with seriously iconoclastic local blues guys) revealed a pretty preternatural talent for making a very special kind of bent but lovely pop song. 'You know why it's good Because it sounds OLD, but it's NEW!' said Blues Mentor, sparing the world more labored analysis. And that is the connect-the-dots story of how Avi Buffalo became a band-boy meets guitar. It's a good old story.
Nik Freitas
Nik Freitas
Nik Freitas is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in Los Angeles, CA. A self taught musician and engineer, Nik records and plays everything on his albums. He has released 4 records since 2002, the most recent being ‘Sun Down' in 2008. Nik has toured his own music extensively and has been the opening act on many U.S. tours for such bands as Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, and Azure Ray.

In early 2008, Nik became a member Conor Oberst's Mystic Valley Band. For the next two years, Freitas played guitar on and toured for Oberst's 2008 self titled solo album, and 2009's ‘Outer South', including having two of his own songs featured on ‘Outer South'.

In Feb. of 2010 Nik joined the live performing band for the Danger Mouse and James Mercer project Broken Bells, and spent the year playing guitar on the road with the band.

Between all the touring, Nik was recording his own music at his home studio in Los Angeles. With the constant movement, limited time and space, and after playing electric guitar in bands for the previous few years, Freitas began incorporating electronic instruments more into his music. Guitar solos and live drums were now being replaced with old early 80's synthesizers and drum machines, mixing organic acoustics with analog sound generators, Beats, and digital swells.

With a small window inbetween touring with Broken Bells, Nik self released a 5 song E.P. entitled ‘Center of the World' in October 2010 which was followed by a mini US solo tour. The small collection of songs were taken from these new recordings spanning the past three years. Now that there is some free time, Nik is happy to announce that the new songs have been made into a brand new record.

Look for Nik's 5th full length album early summer 2011.
Beast Make Bomb
Beast Make Bomb
Brooklyn’s Beast Make Bomb is a marriage between punk attitude with a pop sensibility. Female fronted and known for their raw energetic live shows, they play tightly knit music with the perfect amount of spikiness, messy rock exploration, catchy guitar riffs, and melodic vocals. While they write loud and angsty post-punk songs about college life in the city and staying up late, Beast Make Bomb’s music possess a clarity that allows a sweetness to come through. Their sound lies firmly on the pulse of rock and punk in a city known for spawning the pioneers of both. Their touchstones are the likes of Metric and CSS, whilst there is a distinct whiff of a Sleigh Bells snarl, they produce something much bubblier and addictive. The members draw their influences from a wide array of genres and originated in their respective states of Florida, Ohio, New York, and Texas. The band formed in early 2010 after meeting at NYU and have since played over forty shows in the last year alone.

The gritty pop-rock outfit released their first EP, Skinny Legs, in September 2010. Their second EP, Sourpuss, recorded at Headgear Studios (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio) was released at the beginning of 2011. They recently came out on top over thousands of other bands by winning Converse’s “Get Out of the Garage” competition, earning themselves recording time and a spot opening for Queens of the Stonage at this years Rolling Stone SXSW showcase in Austin, Texas . They in turn supported the likes of Cold War Kids, The Whigs, and Tokyo Police Club on a national tour.

The band will be re-releasing Sourpuss on vinyl on Mightier Than Sword Records in the summer of 2011 and be launching another national tour.
Venue Information:
The Rock Shop
249 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.therockshopny.com/