Elijah Hargrave – Vocals and Guitar
Dustin Alexander – Bass and Vocals
Jeff Ayers – Violin and Keys
Eric Donovan – Drums
Brad Thibodeau – Guitar
Tatianna Morales – Dance/provoke
Katarra Peterson – Dance/invoke
Featured on Popakazooza Vol. 2, Dark, noir and melodic rockers Skeletons in the Piano from Albany NY, have tapped into the discarded pieces that past great bands either couldn't pull off or didn't know what it was they just discarded.This is a band that young musicians today will imitate tomorrow.
On their new album Stranger on a Damned Staircase, Elijah Hargrave’s vocals range from tormented blues to balladeer belter, laid on top of a labyrinthine of enigmatic songs. And they have a Violin and belly dancers! Hot damn! I strongly suggest you give them a listen this is damn good stuff! Hint...Eleanor Rigby, Aiding the Cyclops, The Price Put on You, No Pain, Let it Alone, and Memory Lane Needs A Garbage Man are free downloads.
They joined us for Couch By Couchwest this year on 3/12/2012: Skeletons In The Piano aroused out of slumber with this wicked good video and performance of Longpig.
Interesting Bio from their website and tons of great videos there.
Skeletons are not created in death, they are exposed, revealing life’s foundation. Skeletons in the Piano was created by Elijah Hargrave on guitar and vocals, and Eric Donovan on the drums in 2007. In 2008, after many different musicians came and left, Jeff Ayers on electric violin and keyboards and Dustin Alexander on bass and vocals joined the band permanently. In sumer 2011 Brad Thibodeau joined on second guitar, increasing the layers of sound. Influenced by old world music, blues, metal, antiques, paintings and rock and roll, their sound is dirty haunted rock. Their fans are growing in numbers and are highly devoted, starting to incorporate their own creativity, with live art and dance. The band have also traveled up and down the east coast. They have played places like the Big Easy in Maine, to The Knitting Factory in NYC, to Café Da Vinci Bar in Florida opening up for national acts such as Phantogram, Dax Riggs, The Sword, Paranoid Social Club, Joe Coffee, and Paleface. Skeletons in the Piano is a force that has been playing often, skillfully and delivering their sound, a parallel to a painting, mood feeding, heart melting and feet moving, flawlessly for a few years. The fans are rabid, their shows are naturally captivating and Skeletons in the Piano have created a movement that will continuously haunt you. “The whole band toes this line of blues/rock and terrifying madness… to create a musical experience you never had before.”
Skeletons in the Piano has released two full length albums and two EP’s, numerous videos and artwork, and are renowned for the mysticism of their shows. Performances often invoke dancers; Tatiana Morales, a professionally trained belly dancer, and Katarra Peterson, an interpretive dancer and visual artist. One hundred percent a D.I.Y artist collective, and we are just getting started….
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