The Defibulators

The Defibulators

The Defibulators, described alternately as "Hee-Haw on mescaline" and "CBGB-meets-Grand Ole Opry," will release Debt'll Get'em,' the follow up to their acclaimed 2009 debut 'Corn Money,' on August 27th. Recorded in Woodstock with D. James Goodwin and Eli Walker and Brooklyn with co-producer Brian Bender (Langhorne Slim, Jose James), the album is an au courant, urban take on classic country, channeling the frenetic energy of their legendary live shows into tight, punchy hooks and foot-stomping sing-alongs.

From "Pay For That Money," a pedal steel and fiddle lament about debt, to "Ponytail Run," a dreamy ode to beauty just out of reach, the album is full of gorgeous harmonies and razor-sharp wit. "Everybody's Got a Banjo" is a biting, 70′s swamp funk-inspired nod to the instrument's recent ubiquity ("If you don't know how to play it, well it still looks cool"), and "Cackalacky" is the tongue-in-cheek story of an Appalachian musician who moves to New York City to make it big in roots music.

The band's boundless energy and infectious sense of joy onstage earned them a nod as one of Brooklyn's best emerging bands in Vice Magazine, and a devoted following in a city not known for its love of country. "It's most fun to play for people who don't think they like country music," says singer Erin Bru. Guitarist/singer/songwriter Bug Jennings agrees, adding, "There's something about the fast-paced, frantic, neurotic energy of New York that makes our style work."

The band garnered immediate critical notice for their debut in 2009, with New York Magazine raving that "[Bug] and singer Erin Bru slip into harmonies that recall the storied Gram Parsons-Emmylou Harris duets," Under the Radar hailing it as "a boozy concoction worth swigging until last call," and Pop Matters describing it as "a drunken square dance on speed."

Miss Tess and The Talkbacks

Miss Tess is Brooklyn-based performing songwriter and bandleader. She currently tours with a tight-nit quartet complete with sax/clarinet, upright bass, drums, and herself on guitar and vocals. Similar to artists such at Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Madeleine Peyroux, or Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, Miss Tess draws inspiration from older styles of music, and uses those sounds in the service of her own personality.

Critics have had a hard time assigning Tess's music to a specific genre; when she still lived in Boston she won a Boston Music Award for "Outstanding Folk Artist of the Year" (2008), in 2009 she received a nomination for "Best Jazz Act", and in 2010 was nominated for "Best Roots Act" by the Boston Phoenix. Miss Tess & The Bon Ton Parade not only played in most venues in Boston, but are also hardened road warriers who have found homes in all types of venues ranging from upscale jazz clubs, music festivals, to local dive bars.

Darling, oh Darling, the fifth release from Miss Tess, shows the performing artist and songwriter transcending the retro-label often appended to her music in the past. Although the music maintains a certain feeling of nostalgia, upon a few listens one will find unique personality and a fresh approach in these original compositions. The new album makes use of varied instrumentation including country-tinged pedal steel, a three part horn section, barroom piano, and a lonesome banjo. Miss Tess says about the compositions, "I wanted each song to be recorded like I heard it in my head, whether or not we had those instruments in the regular performing band". The album, as well as the stage show for that matter, is interspersed with up-tempo playful ditties, mournful love songs, and offbeat charmers.

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The Defibulators with Miss Tess and The Talkbacks

Tuesday, September 24 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Zanzabar