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"Prison Font" Album Release Show @ Berlin NYC (w/ guests BROOMS)
Sat, March 25, 2017, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
"PRISON FONT" ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
Friends and fam-
I'm excited to share my new album with you. Please join me for the "Prison Font" Album Release Show at BERLIN in NYC. My good friends Brooms will be opening the night with their amazing tunes.
See you there!
JAMES A.M. DOWNES
One time this snake pit of a lady spit on me in a Manhattan subway station. Another time I got lucky and married a hopelessly wonderful girl in my hometown of Old Saybrook, CT. In a fever, I've been repeatedly trying to write my favorite song all my life. The only tattoo I have is my deceased dog's name written in Old English across my shoulders. I cried and cried. I have no idea how, but I haven't been arrested yet. The soundtracks to Homeward Bound and Jurassic Park changed my life. Then The Beatles did. Then Weezer did.
If you’re reading this, I imagine you’re trying to decide whether you give a shit about the music my friends and I have created. In the end, it’s up to you. But if you enjoy musical stories of naked insecurity and self-reflection/depreciation in the service of getting someone to crack a little smile, then I think I have half a chance.
Brooms formed in the summer of 2012, right around the time Lonesome George died, marking the extinction of his species. (Brooms had nothing to do with his death, and his death had nothing to do with Brooms.)
In a crumbling apartment in Gowanus, Brooklyn, pianist Brett Crudgington and vocalist Matt Cascella conspired to combat boredom and create music. Whether it was the syncing of their musical minds, or just the toxic fumes of the Gowanus, there was chemistry, and in just a couple months they had enough songs to record and release their first album, In the Backyard. An anonymous iTunes reviewer used words like "distinctive, raspy tenor," "atypical sounds," "Frank Zappa," "charming," and "not kazoo-free." Fair enough.
Brooms' second album, a twelve-track rumpus called Fuzzy Waters, was released in fall of 2013. It made waves in the shallow end of the pool, with The Deli nominating it for "Best Alt Folk" album of the year. The tune "Lazy Ass" was later featured in a Buzzfeed video for Purina Puppy Chow that garnered 75 million views worldwide.
Rejecting their newfound fame and fortune*, Brooms continued to blaze their own musical trail, releasing their third album, Brooms Blooms, a seven-song sandwich presenting a more straightforward rock approach, in 2015. The momentum continues in 2016, with an EP entitled Bought A Friend and several new tunes under construction. Their sound is best summed up by The Deli: "This is singer-songwriter music for fans of early Randy Newman, or late Tom Waits, operating by a simple and effective policy: just because you're baring your soul, it doesn't mean you can't have a little fun." Fair enough.
*They were offered neither fame nor fortune. They didn't even receive free puppy chow.