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.

2011 was a bumper year for young Nightbox. After meeting in secondary school in Ireland and moving to Canada in 2010, the five-piece came charging out of Toronto's Kensington Market in February with a fantastically received debut EP, produced by Sebastien Grainger (Death From Above 1979) and Al-P (MSTRKRFT). The upward trajectory of their reputation shows little sign of slowing.

Nightbox channel a wealth of influences into their sound: the din of Madchester; the throb-click pulse of Tresor-era Berlin; and the addictive songcraft of Hall & Oates and their soft-rock contemporaries. Each song is crafted with the same pick and mix approach, and the resultant tracks have muscle with nuance, as well as plenty of ear candy for the rhythmically inclined. Critical and commercial reaction to the band's eponymous debut was noteworthy on a world scale. The music video for single "Pyramid" earned heavy rotation on Canadian music television stations, and the track was selected to appear on the prestigious French label Kitsune's Maison Compilation 11. It was chosen by NME as a Top-10 download, stating it takes on “a fresh sound of its own”. UK’s Dazed & Confused magazine raved “(Pyramid) takes a hedonistic approach with high energy results on a new breed of dance." Their debut EP was re-released in September on Rallye Label in Japan, selling out 1,000 copies on its initial offering.

“All signs point to Nightbox as the most likely successors to Two Door Cinema’s Club’s worldwide ubiquity”, acclaimed prominent Irish blog Nialler9. In August 2011, Nightbox made their debut appearance in the UK, with a headlining tour which included plays at the prestigious Reading & Leeds Festivals. They also earned a slot at Ireland’s Electric Picnic Festival 2011 where BBC exclaimed, “The glitchy synths and the guitars sound delightful... and by jove do they know how to write a hook”, rating the band's performance an impressive 8/10. Back in July 2009, the band made their debut appearance at Ireland's largest music festival (60,000+ attendees), Oxegen, Ireland. The festival's sponsor, Heineken Music Ireland, ranked Nightbox's performance in the Top-3 acts of the festival, out of hundreds, claiming Nightbox to be their new favourite Irish band.

In the short time since their inception, Nightbox have supported notable acts including Death From Above 1979 at their reunion, homecoming Toronto show in October 2011; North-by-Northeast Music and Film Festival (NXNE) headliners Devo (2011); Cults and Diamond Rings. From November 2011 - March 2012, Nightbox toured across Canada, Ireland and the UK supporting fellow Canadian artist Lights. Nightbox also remixed Lights’ single “Toes”, released as a bonus track on the Deluxe Edition her sophomore album ‘Siberia’.

Check out Nightbox, because seeing, and hearing, is believing.


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