Chimney Choir

Chimney Choir

Chimney Choir's new album, (compass), is music played on banjo, fiddle, guitar, and piano and sung in three part harmony. It is layered with electronic drones, field recordings, and conversational rhythms played on junk percussion. The songs were born on the road - it was sketched out, improvised, jammed, performed, scrapped, and reinvented over months of touring in the US, Germany, Holland, and Belgium. They were hashed out around campfires in between gigs, sung in the van during long stretches of driving, and tested in front of a new audience every night. When the recording process started, the band wanted to capture a unique sonic character. The drums were tracked in an historic 1920's theater, they sang in a makeshift vocal booth in an urban carriage house, and retreated to the mountains for the finishing touches. They incorporated field recordings from taken an Belgian train stations, Kris picked back up her childhood fiddle, and a new dimension was layered with the bass of Tom Plassmeyer. Their vision of bringing together acoustic and electronic sounds was developed while mixing with co-producer Jeremy Averitt (Princess Music, Clouds and Mountains).

(compass) was released over four months in a series of semi-theatrical performances at Leon Gallery in Denver, CO. Each monthly performance investigated a cardinal direction in hope to 'find the compass.' The performances were inspired by minimalist Fringe theater, where production was suggested or even imaginary. The shows experimented with sound collage, storytelling, puppetry, dance, and ritual. They lit candles, burned incense, and painted their faces. "We're establishing dreamlike environments where the audience can't really tell the show from reality after a certain point." Rynhart said of the performances. The final episode took place on June 23rd with the full release of (compass). The album was 'found' during a mock game show within a show at an antique warehouse near Denver's Valverde neighborhood, built on an old farm site that was once known for producing the world's best celery.

“An ambitious artistic mission. More and more, the group's identity has become tightly tied to its willingness to experiment, to push boundaries in their sound and stage presence.” - Westword

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Attic Wolves

Attic Wolves is a folk-rock band from Kansas City. Five young men with their voices, a drum set, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, trumpet, accordion, bells, all together bringing an endearing sound and a new fire to folk music.

Beginning in June of 2011 they've had a steady cadence of song writing, recording and performing. They met their first audiences in humble coffee shops around town. Those audiences quickly outgrew the venues with many nights having standing room only. Soon after, they began playing larger venues downtown KC, often to seemingly empty rooms at midnight on a weekday. Before too long, promoters and talent buyers took notice of the emerging group, and saw Attic Wolves play on weekends for packed bars and venues in downtown Kansas City.

The band has always been met with a high demand for recorded material. Their first album, "Carry Us On" (2012) was funded from beginning to end by generous fans, friends, and family. It was recorded in March of 2012 in Springfield, MO with producer Paul Carabello. The album has seen a fair amount of local radio play, and was voted in The Pitch magazine "Readers Choice Best Local Album of 2012".

Since then, Attic Wolves have been featured at local fairs and festivals, including a pre-game show at Arrowhead Stadium. Their efforts are now turning towards the road. Their pace of growth is ferocious, and shows no sign of letting up. They plan to travel regularly and are scheduled to finish their first full length album late in the summer of 2013.


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