BTR Live Studio
Corbu is a psych-electronic band from New York. The band has a flair for the dramatic, with mesmerizing lights and an airy vibe that blends live instruments with electronics and effects to create an otherworldly atmosphere akin to the likes of Radiohead, M83, and -- yes -- Air. The band stopped in prior to hitting the road with Bloc Party to turn the live room at Serious Business Music into their own cosmic world of sound. Corbu’s debut album, Crayon Soul, is available now.
Tank & The Bangas is a soul/hip-hop/rock band blasting forth from New Orleans and overflowing with spirit and energy. Led by poet/vocalist Tarriona “Tank” Ball and rounded out by a tight band of musicians and backing vocalists, The Bangas is a huge force to reckon with. Bringing a bit of a musical hodgepodge to the table, their style jumps from genre to genre, pulling in the fury of a gospel tent and the creativity of a poetry slam, you’ll be pulled in immediately. The whole band crammed into the live room at Serious Business Music in DUMBO to rock this one for us. The Big Bang Theory: Live at Gasa Gasa Is available now.
EZTV play easy, breezy pop -- like, seriously catchy, smooth pop. At times it’s so fragile that it feels as if it could fall apart, but these three Brooklyn guys are so good that it just coasts along. And it’s not hard to understand why they’ve been so busy lately, with an ever-ascending profile locally and internationally. High In Place by EZTV is available now.
Gringo Star is the Atlanta-based punky psych-rock outfit you know and love -- or, at least, should get to know and love! They deal in reverb and feedback and draw on the best of pop, garage, and rock, twisting it into their own warped sounds. Get crazy with them in this session, recorded at Serious Business Music in DUMBO. The Sides And In Between by Gringo Star is available now.
Jaw Gems is an electronic foursome based in Portland, Maine, crafting complex and groovy instrumental vibes -- they call it “drip hop” -- from their drums, bass, and keys combo. Forged under the heavy influence of a shared love for J Dilla, they worked it out on a weekly basis at a local bar as their chops and fan base grew and the road came calling. They can throw down on a rhythm for hours and make it sound fresh each time through, revealing new layers to their understated musical intensity with every round. Get down with them in this session, recorded at the dank basement studio at Serious Business Music in DUMBO.
Joe Michelini, whose much loved New Jersey-based band River City Extension recently called it quits, has launched a fresh project from his home base of Philadelphia. American Trappist is an artful punk/Americana endeavor with some epic Boss nods that we love. Joe stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some bare bones acoustic renditions of his new tunes. American Trappist’s self-titled debut LP is available now.
Oakland, California quartet Happy Diving is, simply put, a fuzzy, crunchy, tight rock band. Wailing guitar solos, screeching feedback like a laser beam to your brain, and slacker-cool vocals to rival the great J. Mascis all add up to a super-satisfying combo of grungy fun. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO on a recent tour to rock out for your pleasure. Electric Soul Unity is available now from Topshelf Records.
Waterstrider is a project based in Oakland, California, led by the nimble guitar playing and tender vocals -- in the vein of Thom Yorke or James Blake -- of Nate Salman. As a live band and on record, the project incorporates electronics, lush ambient soundscapes, and broad dynamics to great, dramatic effect. For this session, Nate performs solo on guitar, where the fragility and emotion of his songs comes to the forefront. Nowhere Now is available now from 30th Century Records.
Toronto’s Greys return to BTR Live Studio. Last time around, lead singer Shehzaad was a bit under the weather and had to have some tour buddies fill in on vocals, so for their second time around, the band brought the full rock action. With a solid foundation of hardcore and noise rock, Greys head further into post-punk territory with their latest sounds, playing with structure and melody in highly creative ways -- all without losing any of their intensity. Outer Heaven is available now from Carpark Records.