Robbers on High Street
It’s been three years since the release of Robbers on High Street’s second LP. Now, with a new line up, some time off and a third album in the can, the band has grown into themselves - confident and unabashed in their grasp of late-60s Anglophilia a la the Pretty Things, and the brassy romp of early ‘70s AM rock. It’s a new sound for the band that, if anything, hearkens back to the rough, instantaneous pop appeal of their Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) produced 2005 debut album, Tree City. But much has changed for group the since they were traveling the country with the likes of Hot Hot Heat, Cake, Fountains of Wayne and Brendan Benson in support of that album.
In 2006, after parting ways with their original drummer, the trio (now with bassist Morgan King) entered the studio with Italian composer/producer Daniele Luppi (Gnarls Barkley, Broken Bells) to make their “L.A. record” – Grand Animals. Released the following year, and now as a quintet with drummer Mikey Post (Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, The Jay Vons) and keyboardist Dave Sherman (Grand Mal, The Silent League), the Robbers did several tours with The Redwalls, The Sea and Cake, Great Northern, and Brooklyn pals Longwave; released a video for the song “Crown Victoria”; and watched their single for “The Fatalist” end up on top-ten lists as well as in more film and television spots, including the movie Georgia Rule.
Returning to Brooklyn in 2008, the band took a needed breather, but new songs and rehearsals emerged following the New Year. Recording started on their third album, Hey There Golden Hair, in October of 2009 on the boys’ newly purchased Tascam MS-16 1” tape machine, which was lovingly dragged to several studios across Northwest Brooklyn before settling at Tommy Brenneck’s (Budos Band, Menahan Street Band) Dunham Studio for mixdown this past May. Produced by Trokan with engineer Matt Shane (Flight of the Conchords, Rosanne Cash) this was the current line-up’s first foray into a proper recording session, drawing little help from the outside save that of a horn section borrowed from Daptone Records.
Two tunes from Hey There Golden Hair, “Electric Eye” and “Face In The Fog,” were released as a limited-run 7” single through NYC indie Engine Room Recordings. Jon Pareles of the NY Times stated, “There’s a lot of the Beatles, especially their piano-pumping side, in the songs of Robbers On High Street, updated with Elvis Costello’s gruffness and a matter-of-fact desperation,” and fans of the Robber’s previous work recognized the calculated strut of “Electric Eye,” which was well received and in its first week was the #11 most added song at CMJ. The new jam quickly made the rounds online, including a giveaway on WNYC, which they called, “an aggressively catchy tune that harks back to the big, beautiful, horn-filled pop-rock of the '60s and '70s,” and a Tripwire podcast.
Always an exciting live act, coolly walking the line between syncopated bursts of song and Miller High Life, the Robbers on High Street demolished their multiple SXSW performances and influential radio station KEXP has begun previewing tracks from Hey Ther Golden Hair, out September 13, 2011, digitally distributed through Connextion.
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My name is Steve Schiltz and for nearly 10 years I have been the singer and guitar player in a band called Longwave. I have also played guitar in a band called Scout and have toured and recorded with a bunch of other people.
I finished a record called "Tonight Is The Ghost" and I decided to call the project "Hurricane Bells". I wrote, played, and recorded every note on my macbook.
The record was done on my battered old mbox in two different apartments. I mixed it in my friend Ashen's basement.
I decided to play a couple of shows and a couple of my dear friends have been nice enough to agree to play with me.
I also released more songs on "Down Comes The Rain" in November. And a few friends helped to make "Ghost Stories", a remix EP of songs from "Tonight Is The Ghost".
There is a new record that almost done, too.
I hope you like the stuff.
The Candles is Josh Lattanzi’s first solo project, encapsulating the varied styles and influences he’s picked up while recording and touring with the likes of Ben Kweller, Albert Hammond, Jr. (The Strokes) and the Lemonheads, to mention just a few.
“Making music with such talented people for so long has been incredibly inspiring. I could keep making albums and touring with these artists who are so damned good at what they do, and I probably will, but it feels like the right time to do something that truly belongs to me,” the multi-instrumentalist says of the inspiration for The Candles’ debut, “Between The Sounds.”
With the first significant free time he had in years, Lattanzi began the process of crafting his debut. From June to October of 2008 he wrote and recorded demos in his New York City apartment.
“John Kent (who had played with Lattanzi in Kweller’s band) expressed a serious interest in being a part of it and he has a studio in Celeste, Texas,” Lattanzi explains before describing the ideal locale for some serious studio isolation.
“There’s really nothing there other than some boarded up old shops, one convenience store and a great recording studio,” he recalls of the Spartan conditions he endured during November of last year. “We lived off frozen pizza and P.B.R. and for ten days recorded non-stop, from ten in the morning until two at night.”
Finishing the album in NYC this past spring, Lattanzi returned to the road with Tinted Windows (Taylor Hanson, James Iha, Bun E. Carlos and Adam Schlesinger), eventually enlisting his new bandmate, Iha, to contribute to the track, “Anywhere Tonight.”
The west coast sounds of the seventies that snaked like a vine from Gram Parsons through Evan Dando and Ryan Adams nestle up nicely to Lattanzi on such tunes as “Let Me Down Easy” and “Between The Sounds” while “Here Or Gone” finds the singer delivering a big “roll down the car windows” chorus that would make Tom Petty smile.