Imaginary Tricks

Imaginary Tricks

.357 Lover, Tigers and Monkeys

Thu · June 27, 2019

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Imaginary Tricks
Imaginary Tricks
.357 Lover
.357 Lover
.357 Lover is an arena rock/glam rock band originally from Denton, TX. Moving to NYC, they became a backing band for both John Cameron Mitchell of Hedwig and Andrew WK, respectively. In addition to supporting Andrew WK, they’ve supported They Might Be Giants and Ben Folds. At the Ars Nova Theater, they staged the rock opera Alice Wakeman and are planning to do it again. They also collaborated with Circus Una in the production of the rock musical Circus By the Sea. In 2014, they collaborated with The Love Show and created Severed: The Tragic Loves of Frankenstein’s Monster.
.357 Lover consists of Ron Salvo (drums), Avi Fox-Rosen (guitar), Steve Dawson (guitar) Dave Wallin (bass), and Corn Mo (piano and vocals). .357 Lover’s dynamics include power-chord riffs and densely-packed, narrative structures, a homunculus of Queen and Tiny Tim. The first EP Your Favorite Hamburger is Cheeseburger was released in 2007. The long-playing sophomore effort Diorama of the Golden Lion was released in 2009. This year will see the third release The Purchase of the North Pole.
Tigers and Monkeys
Tigers and Monkeys
Tigers and Monkeys are back with their unique blend of rock, garage, blues and pop. The Animals Will Forgive Us Again, their second full length in 5 years, takes off where the success of their debut, Loose Mouth (2007) left off. The album hauls listeners off onto a virtual rock n’ roller coaster ride with the frenetic, pulsating energy of titles such as “The Reservation of Jane Doe,” “Something’s Gotta Give” and “Vampire In A Dirty City,” and soothes souls, whirling them through the underground tunnels of the haunting and hypnotic “Naomi’s Waiting,” “I’ll Ruin Your Thoughts” and “Over and Out.”

Their sound is a specific blend of grit and fervor built upon the experiences and homeland inspirations of a band made up of four southern transplants and two real live New Yorkers. This can especially be heard in the lyrics and singing of leader Shonali Bhowmik. Brimming in passion and urgency, Bhowmik’s vocals are often both warm and forceful, unleashing a wail of sorts. She even inserts extra syllables into words, giving listeners time to grab their breath and catch up with the band on this wild amusing ride of an album.

Oftentimes, comparisons have been made to Stevie Nicks or PJ Harvey, but Bhowmik has a driven and innovative style all her own. In addition to Bhowmik, the band’s lineup centers around Jason Lam (vocals, bass), Jeff Sheinkopf (drums, keys, vocals), Joachim Kearns (guitar), Russell Dungan (drums, guitar), Antonia Santangelo (percussion, vocals) and Amy Miles (guest vocals).

The great Kenny Lienhardt, (sound man of the legendary Bowery Ballroom) returns to the studio with the band as producer. His presence and inspiration helped make recording this album an enjoyable, professional and often humorous experience and one can sure pick up on that energy by listening to this work. Just ask Kenny about the awful giant Magnus chord organ Shonali lugged on her back, all the way to the studio in Hoboken, just to play four notes He simply hated that keyboard, but Shonali believes it makes the album (obsessive musicians!). Perhaps, Kenny is right. How about you decide? Buckle up and give The Animals Will Forgive Us Again a spin.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/