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BORNS: RADIATING EPICNESS AT TERMINAL 5
May 27, 2016 2:23 pm

BORNS. FUCKING EPIC. That’s all we have to say here at ATYPICAL SOUNDS after attending their show Wednesday night.

Terminal 5 was filled down to every last crevice at the sold out show. Fans were constantly cheers-ing beers, dawning  electric smiles and radiating good vibes all night long.

Opening acts BEAU and Coast Modern were the opening entertainment for the night. BEAU shook up the house with her strong textured vocals and bodacious dance moves while Coast Modern brought some California sunshine to the stage with their fun Cali dance tunes. Two amazing opening acts later, just when you thought the energy of the room couldn’t raise anymore, then the main course took the stage. Illuminated blue silhouettes began to play the first fun notes of Seeing Stars as Garrett BORNS effortlessly dances in twirling circles up to the mic with a beer in hand. For the rest of the night, it didn’t matter where you were in that packed venue. Close to stage or tucked in a corner, it didn’t matter because you couldn’t help but feel like you were just lucky to be there.

Going to this show was particularly special because for every song it seemed the audience was singing the song back. It’s expected that everyone would know the words to hits such as 10,000 Emerald PoolsElectric Love, Dopamine and American Money  but the whole concert virtually felt like a sing a long and that says something about the quality and greatness of BORNS sound.

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Dopamine is a record that makes your ears crave every track and lyric. What a truly unique artist with the talent and finesse of Freddy Mercury and an incredibly talented ensemble backing him. BORNS is a must see show!

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Photos Courtesy of Mina J 

 

 

LEGS: MUSIC FOR THE BODY
June 11, 2015 2:46 pm

As one of Brooklyn’s hottest bands, Legs has a bright future full of riveting music and a compelling live personality. I sat down with Legs’ singer Tito Ramsey, guitarist Charles Larson, keyboardist Jack Ramsey, and drummer Juan Miguel before one of their Brooklyn shows to try to uncover the secret to their success.

Alright, Legs. Tito, Charles, Jack, Juan… Isn’t there a fifth?

It’s five of us, yeah. My brother [Herman Marin] lives in Lima, so we’re coordinating the project long distance.

That’s quite a distance to cover…

Yeah, but we started the project with him being in New York, and since we’re brothers, these two guys [Tito and Jack] are brothers, Charlie is a brother at heart, so we wanted to keep it in the family.

Now you guys are from Seattle, right? Two of you are at least.

Outside of Seattle: a small town like an hour outside where we [Tito, Jack, Charlie] all grew up.

Then why Brooklyn? Why here?

Tito: Charlie came first out of the three of us.

Charles: No, Jack did.

Tito: Oh yeah, Jack came for music school.

Jack: Yeah, I came out here about nine years ago to go to the New School jazz program. I did that, then I just stayed out here after to try to play some music in the city. Tito moved out here and we all kinda met. Him and Juan met by happenstance…

Juan: Yeah it was some kind of Fourth of July party that both of us were kind of forced to go to, and we had a real good conversation and we realized that we both have brothers in the city and we both wanted to play music and we were on the same page.

Tito: Yeah I came for music, my wife came for art, Charlie, you came for…

Charles: Music. I was playing music back home in Seattle, but… I was bored.

Yeah and you guys had the same musical ideas…

Yeah it was a good vibe, for sure. And just a kind of camaraderie. I had spent a long time in Seattle trying to bring various music projects together. That worked out, and then for whatever reason didn’t continue. But right off the bat this kind of just came together.

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How would you summarize Legs in one sentence?

Tito: I would say “interesting dance music.”

Charles: “Music for the body.”

Jack: I would just quote our manifesto: “Music for the body, music that makes you feel something.”

Tito: This is more than one sentence, but I mean we make music that we think will be fun to dance to, that kind of fits like an “indie dance” because we’re… it’s not straight ahead funk. We’re not pulling from the straight-ahead rhythms necessarily, but pulling from all of our interests. Jack studied jazz, Juan has varied, wide interests. When we first started hanging out, he had a huge set up of samplers and loop pedals and sound-making devices, so we incorporated that stuff. And Charlie has just played in a lot of bands, rock bands. He’s a songwriter, has interest in song forms…

Jack: One of the things that speaks to me about the music that we’re doing is that it is music to dance to and to feel good to and bring people together, but because it draws from these different influences, it feels different to me than just house music, or party music. It’s an outlet for other things, and we use language from other genres and make it something that means more as an expression than just house beats, which is a tricky line to walk. Especially writing little sketches of ideas on Garageband, everything I write turns into a house song, and you’re like “dammit, not that again!”

Juan: Not that there’s anything wrong with that music.

Tito: No, no, I actually really enjoy that music.

It’s just not what Legs is about.

Tito: Right.

Ian: Cool, so it’s dance music… which of you guys is the best dancer?

Tito: Probably me, probably. I don’t see these guys dance a whole lot. Juan has to be seated at the drums.

Charles: I don’t dance? [laughter]

Tito: Charlie moves…

But you [Tito] have to move to engage everybody.

Tito: Yeah it’s definitely part of the show, I think; moving because I’m able to. I don’t have a guitar strapped around me. Jack has two keyboards. I make a point to turn my keyboard so that I’m open to the audience.

Jack: I’m just waiting for the right moment. It’s like in a kung fu movie, you see the guy who’s not moving a whole lot, not fighting, but you wait ’til the end of the movie, he pulls out the best move out of everybody.

Charles: I’m still waiting on that…

Tito: Yeah well it’s not the end of the movie yet, is it?

That’s awesome. So you guys just released a new album; how is it different from your old stuff?

Juan: I think it was kind of an evolution off an EP that we put out in 2013 that was essentially a live EP. We were just going to the studio with the idea to make some demos, but they turned out nice enough that we decided to put them out as an EP. So it’s an evolution—there’s a little more production going into the record—but we’re still very much a band in development. We’re working on tweaks in the studio. We feel very comfortable playing live, so we try to keep it as live as possible without getting too crazy for the computer.

Charles: I think there’s more maturity in our songwriting. The give and the take of playing with one another, and that whole process.

So it’s kind of an organic development over time, that’s cool. I loved your music videos; where do you come up with ideas for that?

Tito: Juan is the major videographer force in the group, being that he produces videos. So “Jungle” came based on a sketch that he made. I work in a barbershop, and it’s a beautiful space, so that was a main trigger for Juan; he was like “if we could do something in there, that would make a great space.” And we have a lot of really great friends in film. Rafael Salazar…

Juan: …Javier Andrade. He did the “High Time” video for us a long time ago. So yeah, we pitch some ideas, we love collaborating with people—friends—when they’re in town. So whenever we can we go for it.

Jack: Yeah I think that’s another really cool thing about this project is that it’s allowed us to collaborate with some really talented people and kind of bring more people into the project, into the whole thing; it’s fun with such talented people.

Awesome. You guys have toured all over the world, including South American and North America; which is your favorite city to play in?

Juan: Seattle was a lot of fun for me. I don’t know though, I think we’ve experienced opposite things, because when we went to play in Seattle I was blown away, and I felt really loved by the Seattle crew.

Jack: It was kind of a homecoming for us. We hadn’t shown the band there yet.

Juan: And then we did the opposite; when we went to record the album in Quito, we went to play a show there and that was very special for me, but I think it was probably a different dimension for you guys because we were playing in a different country, and the idea of that in itself is weird.

Tito: The show we played there… When we went to Ecuador it was like a house party on a rooftop, and just the vibe of the people that were there… not like here. People were amped just to be involved. The party went until like 5 in the morning. It was really cool.

Your guys’ music was featured in the movie “Obvious Child.” How did you pull that off, and how did you feel about how they used your music? Did you see the movie?

Tito: Yeah of course, it was amazing. Juan was involved…

Juan: I was involved; I did the titles and the key art for the festival run, so before it was bought. Through that project for me as a designer I got to know Gillian and Elizabeth, the director and producer, and I think around the same time we were premiering our EP, and I was sharing it—more in terms of “Hey this is my band, just wanted to share the music”—without even thinking that Gillian was going to pick it for the movie. Through that process I had seen different cuts of the movie and was sort of a big fan, so when that came to be it was really awesome.

Yeah, and the song is called “So Obvious,” so it kind of is so obvious that it would be there.

Tito: Yeah, and it’s in one of my favorite scenes of the movie.

So you really like how they used it.

Tito: Yeah. But just to be in there was great.

Juan: It’s sort of like the thing that just happens in New York.

Yeah you meet people and…

Juan: Exactly.

Tito: Yeah, and Gillian supported our Kickstarter; it’s been a really nice connection.

Are you playing mostly in New York, or are you going out?

Tito: We’ll do several shows in New York, but trying not to overdo it. We’ll pick and choose the shows that we think’ll be really fun, because we play at a lot of little venues around town. We’re going to Ecuador next month, doing at least three shows out there so that’s a big summer thing. That’ll be, like, the release of the album in Ecuador, and there’s been a lot of support to make the record from Ecuador; social media support from there has been huge, bigger than here in a way.

Juan: …and even press there, in a way, because it’s different. I remember when we were recording the album down there, there were like two or three national TV stations coming to the studio for a little bit, and that sort of stuff gives you exposure that’s harder to get here. Plus there’s a lot of really good things happening in the music scene in Ecuador. There’s a lot of bands, so we kind of feel like we want to be a part of that.

Yeah and it’s cool that you can sort of permeate both the New York and Ecuadorian markets. And the Seattle market…

Tito: Yeah we want to go out there in the Fall…  what else are we doing boys?

Jack: We’re playing a little festival upstate called the Wassaic Project. We’re playing that in July.

Juan: And then we wanna get back into writing, to get the new record as ready as possible.

The next record?

Jack: Yeah, we’re pretty diligent about keeping new material ready. We need to keep working.

How many songs do you have ready for that?

Juan: We have a lot of ideas.

Tito: It’s hard to tell at this point what’ll be a song. We record all of our rehearsals, so there’s a lot of material on the table already. Everyone’s got their own little demos at home too, so what’s gonna work actually brought in and played out with the group… There’s always lot of material.

Charles: Which is a good thing.

Jack: Twenty slow jams. [laughter]

Tito: To be a little more specific though, I think one of the big goals actually coming up for the group is just to get everyone singing. At this point it’s a lot of just me, but everyone sings, so I would look forward to that coming up, which I think will actually change the game a little bit for our live show.

Yeah you’ll have harmony and stuff on top of each other. I’m sure it’ll sound great, Atypical Sounds is looking forward to it! Thanks a lot guys!

Tito: Thank you!

LEISURE CRUISE RELEASES NEW LIVE VIDEO FOR RAGGED DAWN
May 15, 2015 1:23 pm

 

Leisure Cruise is the musical brain child of Leah Siegel & Dave Hodge.  Both Leah & Dave are accomplished musicians from well known bands such as Firehorse and Broken Social Scene. This duo came together in November of 2012 and have made quite an impact on the Brooklyn music scene.  Seeing this band live for the first time is almost like going on a spiritual journey. The chemistry between these two is undeniable and hearing their back story only makes it more evident:

“Dave Hodge—the veteran Canada-born musician (Broken Social Scene & Bran Van 3000..who has also performed with Macy Gray, Feist, Brazilian Girls, and Basement Jaxx), arranger (Janet Jackson/Neptunes, Carly Simon), and composer (through his company, Finger Music)—was sitting in a café one day when he saw an acquaintance walk by: singer and songwriter Leah Siegel (a fixture on the New York scene known for her solo project Firehorse, and for singing with The Citizens Band). The two had met while recording for a tv spot a few years prior, and hadnʼt seen each other since. Before Hurricane Sandy, Hodge had been creating the score for the soundtrack to the indie film Two Hands to Mouth.” Pleased with the results, he hoped to create a new musical project based on a few of the pieces. Something that day—maybe it was a post Sandy you-only-live-once feeling—prompted him to run out and say hello, and ask Siegel if sheʼd maybe want to try writing some music together sometime.  In April 2013, after a few months of writing, recording, and mixing, Hodge and Siegel decided to create Leisure Cruise. The result is their self-titled debut, full of darkly hypnotic, danceable synth-based anthems”.

It’s hard to not become obsessed with Leisure Cruise after seeing them live. Their debut album is filled with gem after gem. The first song that really got our attention was “The Getaway”.  It’s a song about doing it your own way; and for any musician who has had to give it a go at taking their music career to the next level, it is so easy to relate to the lyrics.  “Don’t want to drink the Kool-Aid, just want to go the right way”. Seeing them perform “Earthquake” live last year at Cameo Gallery was truly one of the best live performances Atypical has ever seen.  The mixture of the lights combined with Leah’s captivating performance was enough to grab everyone in the room and have them asking, “who was that band?” “Livin It Up” is a naughty little gem that’ll make you want to start an all night dance party in your apartment.

This brings us to “Ragged Dawn” which is absolutely our favorite song on the album.  “One more fight before the night ends, there’s glory ahead, so we won’t give in”, Siegel’s voice declares defiantly that Leisure Cruise is here to stay, and we believe her.

Here is a new live video of “Ragged Dawn” captured at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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It’s not often that you can listen to an entire album, coming away with the glorious feeling that you’ve been transported into a magical place you have never been yet also feeling the warmth and embrace of familiarity. This album does just that! It lifts you up into a vibrant, electric. and sensual musical world that is Leisure Cruise, and wraps you in blankets of sonic bliss. The best part is, it never gets old or stale. Like most epic albums, you can listen to this one for the rest of your life and it will always remain fresh.

We caught up with band member Dave Hodge to find out what the band has in store for this summer.  Leisure Cruise will be filming their next video for the track “Crime Tip” with director Michael McQuilken and The Windmill Factory. Plus, actors Jon Morris and Julia Stiles are set to appear in it.  The band will also soon be heading down to producer Timbaland’s Thomas Crown Studio in Virginia Beach to work on new music. They are also teaming up with producer Brian West who has worked with Nelly Furtado in the past. The band will be embarking on an ambitious summer tour of the South East, coming back up in June for the Firefly Festival in Delaware and in August for the Osheaga Festival in Montreal.

If you have not seen Leisure Cruise live or heard their debut album, we implore you to do so now! This is a band we expect to see great things from soon.