[Photos courtesy of Todd Zimmer. See more of his excellent work HERE.]
Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, puts on a show like The Giraffes. It’s like trying to explain a UFO or Bigfoot sighting to someone: they may nod, they might be interested, they could be fascinated by your story, but they have absolutely no clue what it’s all about until they experience it for themselves. In 2011, lead singer Aaron Lazar decided to depart the band and, going out with an atomic-sized bang, had his last performance with them early that year. The remaining members, Damien Paris, Andrew Totolos, and Jens Carstensen, soldiered on, mixing things up again by exploring the instrumental side of their oeuvre and recruiting two female vocalists to help flesh things out.
Three and a half years later, the murmurs and rumors of a full reunion concert turned into cold, hard fact. And, like it was for Aaron’s farewell show, I personally received a landslide of requests to record this night from literally all across the globe. In their neverending quest to take the performance of live music and evolve it into a contact sport, The Giraffes proved that they haven’t missed a beat. Picking up where they left off, the crowd was right in step with the band and more than happy and willing to join in the antics that are the hallmarks of a Giraffes concert. Welcome back, gentlemen. We’re looking forward to what else the future holds for you.
Due to the sheer size and design of The Wick, the acoustics can present a bit of a challenge. The venue’s house engineer, Eairon, was up to the task and, other than the occasional ring of feedback, produced an excellent mix. We hope you like what you hear as much as we did. Enjoy and PLAY IT LOUD!!
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The Giraffes will soon be returning to the NYC area and performing on October 3rd at The Wick, as well as playing a few other dates in October. Their new album, ‘Usury’, will be released on October 2nd.
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Saturday, September 27, 2014
Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Source: Soundboard + Milab VM-44 Links (cardioid) > Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > TLH (check/fix SBEs, FLAC conversion) > FLAC ( level 8 )
The Wick’s house engineer: Eairon
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy
[Total time: 1:25:32]
02. Smoke Machine
03. Wage Earner
04. Prime Motivator
05. I’ll Be Your Daddy
06. The Ballad of Sissyfist
07. On Lovers Lane
08. The City
09. Sickness (This Is)
10. The Power of Fatherhood
11. Medicaid Benefit Appliqué
13. Haunted Heaven
14. Having Fun
15. Clever Girl
16. Man U.
18. Help My Blood Count
If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Giraffes, visit their website and Facebook page, and purchase their official releases and merchandise at Amazon, iTunes, or your favorite record store or retailer. And most definitely go see their shows.