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Tigers and Monkeys at CMJ 10/24/14
Oct 24, 2014 @ 10:00 pm| $10
Tigers and Monkeys are back with their unique blend of rock, garage, blues and pop. The Animals Will Forgive Us Again, their second full length in 5 years, takes off where the success of their debut, Loose Mouth (2007) left off. The album hauls listeners off onto a virtual rock n’ roller coaster ride with the frenetic, pulsating energy of titles such as “The Reservation of Jane Doe,” “Something’s Gotta Give” and “Vampire In A Dirty City,” and soothes souls, whirling them through the underground tunnels of the haunting and hypnotic “Naomi’s Waiting,” “I’ll Ruin Your Thoughts” and “Over and Out.”
Their sound is a specific blend of grit and fervor built upon the experiences and homeland inspirations of a band made up of four southern transplants and two real live New Yorkers. This can especially be heard in the lyrics and singing of leader Shonali Bhowmik. Brimming in passion and urgency, Bhowmik’s vocals are often both warm and forceful, unleashing a wail of sorts. She even inserts extra syllables into words, giving listeners time to grab their breath and catch up with the band on this wild amusing ride of an album.
Oftentimes, comparisons have been made to Stevie Nicks or PJ Harvey, but Bhowmik has a driven and innovative style all her own. In addition to Bhowmik, the band’s lineup centers around Jason Lam (vocals, bass), Jeff Sheinkopf (drums, keys, vocals), Joachim Kearns (guitar), Russell Dungan (drums, guitar), Antonia Santangelo (percussion, vocals) and Amy Miles (guest vocals).
The great Kenny Lienhardt, (sound man of the legendary Bowery Ballroom) returns to the studio with the band as producer. His presence and inspiration helped make recording this album an enjoyable, professional and often humorous experience and one can sure pick up on that energy by listening to this work. Just ask Kenny about the awful giant Magnus chord organ Shonali lugged on her back, all the way to the studio in Hoboken, just to play four notes He simply hated that keyboard, but Shonali believes it makes the album (obsessive musicians!). Perhaps, Kenny is right. How about you decide? Buckle up and give The Animals Will Forgive Us Again a spin.