Sunday, April 7, 2013

Skeletons in the Piano – NEW Album 'Please Don’t Die'

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

Once in a while a band comes along that stretches the boundaries of what is considered sacred to the norms of music.One band that has done that repeatedly is Albany’s Skeletons in the Piano and on their 3rd LP ‘Please Don’t Die’ they have shredded all the rule books of what Rock and Roll is supposed to be. Like mad scientists they have gathered parts from many genres and created a colossal monster of a sound unlike anything you’ve heard before that will cast its spell on you.

Elijah’s vocals though always powerful and unique burst forth on this album with a confident abandoness and the band displays a cohesiveness that allows them to push each other to amazing heights, the guitar work by Elijah and Brad seems like it’s ready to take off into uncharted improvised jams at any moment, with Jeff’s virtuoso violin skills ready to abide at the drop of a top hat. Dustin and Eric add a bone rattling big bad punch to the bottom end while Katarra the dancer, is featured playing percussion adding a mystical touch with hand drums, big floor toms, tambourine, woodblock and other little gems.

I had a chance to chat with Violinist Jeff Ayers about making this new record;
First, it was an absolute joy to record this record because we work so well together and have awful haircuts.  Second, Brad is a rock god on this record with all his tasty licks, and they couldn't have been achieved without buying 6 rolls of industrial tin foil and constructing a tin foil tent out of four boom mic stands that housed brads amp.  Totally cut down on the machine noise, and made it that much more powerful. 
For most of the violin with a few exceptions, I played the parts on my acoustic violin in the main room, which was converted from a church from the 1920's, incidentally the same year my violin is from.  We took a boom stand and rose it twenty feet in the air with a stereo mic on it and captured the real church reverb from the rafters– Jeff Ayers

Available digitally 4/20 Magnetic Eye Records and on vinyl May 11 at

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Track List:
The Price Put On You
Memory Lane Needs A Garbage Man
Disposable Televisions, Disposable Guns
Digging Underneath The House
Long Pig
The Blood Beyond
Loose Kites in Harbor.mp3
Oh, Rose

Upcoming Shows
Wednesday, April 24th at 7:00pm Special Acoustic Performance and Live Streaming Concert                                                        Caffe Lena
47 Phila St Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-583-0022

Saturday, May 11th at 8:00pm
Record Release Party w/ Linear North and The End Men
Putnam Den
63 Putnam St Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 584-8066

Skeletons in the Piano "Please Don't Die" Teaser 2

Skeletons in the Piano "Loose Kites in Harbor" Official Video

Skeletons are not created in death, merely exposed, revealing life’s foundations. Proponents of the psychedelic grunge movement, Skeletons in the Piano falls somewhere between Black Sabbath and The Doors. They bring howling vocals, blistering riffs, complex rhythms, dance and art to every show, creating a mood and casting a spell. Started in 2007 with Elijah and Eric, the project grew fast releasing their first LP “Certain Slow Murder” in 2008. The EP “Keys” was released and Dustin and Jeff were included over the next year. The band then released their second LP, “Stranger on a Damned Staircase” in 2010, with the help of legendary hardcore and punk producer Don Fury. In 2011, the band released their second EP, “Long Pig”, and added Brad and Katarra to gear up for their next LP, “Please Don’t Die”, to be released in Spring of 2013. The band signed a deal with Magnetic Eye Records in the fall of 2012, and have played up and down the east coast, supporting acts such as Dax Riggs, The Sword, Fishbone, The Black Angels, Paleface, Black Taxi, Primer 55, The Wombats, and Paranoid Social Club. Skeletons in the Piano creates a musical experience you have never had before, proving rock and roll isn’t dead; it has just been waiting for them.

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