1811 14th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
The Shondes (rhymes with "Hondas" and Yiddish for "shames" or "disgraces") are a rock band from Brooklyn, NY, who play Bikini Kill-meets-Bruce Springsteen-style sing-along anthems. Their melodic brand of punk, with the violin you didn't know you needed, lifts your spirits, and their high-energy live shows always bring the audience along for the ride. Their 2016 album, Brighton (Exotic Fever), included "badass love songs that beg to be belted out", according to SPIN, and The New York Times recently said they "cut through the nihilistic noise of 2018". believable. Indie rock irony is finally dead and The Shondes offer a potent
alternative. Rousing and raucous, sincere and spirited, this is what happens when the legacies of Bikini Kill and Bruce Springsteen join forces in Brooklyn's hardest-working band.
When powerhouse vocalist Louisa Rachel Solomon sings "I need a dream for right now" (Nights Like These), you believe her. The line doesn't come off as a pop cliché, but instead as an honest plea on an album that unapologetically dreams of a brighter future, and convinces you to take it seriously. Says
Solomon, "If there's one thing I learned from Riot Grrrl when I was really young, it's that you shouldn't censor your sorrow, rage, and joy in your songs... even if you're afraid it'll sound super cheesy." And so The Shondes invite you and your cheesy feelings in, too. The Garden is, after all, all of ours, a well-worn
metaphorical landscape that the band embraces to its fullest populist potential.
Nothing More Whole Than a Broken Heart is a fist-pumping paean to growing up, and borrows its refrain from a Yiddish proverb (befitting a band whose
moniker is Yiddish for "disgraces"). Solomon explains "The Garden is an album about the kind of growing up you do over and over again." And indeed, the band's fourth outing seems emblematic of fully coming into their own.
Described by Producer Tony Maimone (founding member of seminal
experimental rock band Pere Ubu) as "a band of scrappers," they have certainly fought for their recognition, building a devoted fanbase over eight years on the road, reliably offering their sweat and heartfelt emotion up night after night.
The Garden, recorded at Brooklyn's Studio G, may finally be the album that
captures the signature live energy that makes this band so special to their fans.
Peter Ames Carlin says "The Garden has the same wild finesse and seething
humanity of the Shondes' earlier work -- except now it sounds better than
ever....These power-punk-whip-smart- Brooklynites are the real thing, and then some." The album's photography was shot by iconic rock photographer Frank Stefanko, best known for his portraits of Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen (including the beloved covers of The River and Darkness on the Edge of Town). Stefanko says The Garden "takes hold and sticks with you," a vote of confidence The Shondes were honored to receive.
photo credit - Damian Achilles