Sweet Soubrette's Front Woman Ellia Bisker Photo: Darren Mayhem
Glittering glamour meets bad communication in Sweet Soubrette’s soul-inspired disco-pop number “Be My Man,” which takes on love, longing, light bondage, and the things we just can’t talk about.
“Be My Man” shows off the lush sound of Brooklyn indie rockers Sweet Soubrette, featuring front woman Ellia Bisker’s smoldering vocals backed by a horn section, an infectious bass line, and a Sharon Jones-inspired vibe. The music video features backup dancers in matching sequins, Busby Berkley-inspired choreography, and the kind of bad relationship you just don’t want to end. This glittery, disco-pop/soul-inspired track was previewed on last year’s “What’s My Desire” EP, and will be on Sweet Soubrette’s new album, “Burning City,” releasing in November.
Sweet Soubrette, a “sensational” (Phildaelphia Inquirer), “enchanting” (Metro NY) ukulele-powered indie rock band based in NYC, make their West Coast debut on May 11, performing a set of their signature dark love songs at The Roxy. Sweet Soubrette’s cabaret-influenced indie rock has been described as “one part circus…one part poet…third part rockstar” (CultureMob). Time Out New York says “Sweet Soubrette’s style comes with a pinch of Regina Spektor quirk and a spoonful of old-timey burlesque.” The Deli Magazine praises front woman/songwriter Ellia Bisker’s “rock star command and intelligently crafted music.”
Check out this music video for the dark and passionate “What’s My Desire?” inspired by the literary love letters of Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller (”a compelling bitter-sweet pop song of the highest order” -The 405) .
This show kicks off the Little Brooklyn Bridge Festival, which brings together three Brooklyn-based bands and two L.A./Brooklyn hybrid bands for a series of L.A. concerts from May 11-14. Brooklyn’s Kotorino, Sweet Soubrette, and Charming Disaster join with L.A./Brooklyn hybrid Peach & Knife to offer Los Angeles a taste of New York City’s best “parlor rock” along with epic instrumental soundscapes courtesy of L.A.’s Whale Fall.
Showcasing the best parlor rock that Brooklyn has to offer and the influence of Brooklyn on L.A. bands, each group offers a unique musical experience, united by a common thread: intimate yet theatrical songs with dark, expressive lyrics, intense harmonies, and a hint of gypsy wildness (also, ukuleles).
Rachel Browne and Andrew Futral (Field Mouse) Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez
Field Mouse is a four-piece dream pop band from Brooklyn, NY. Seamlessly interweaving influences from shoegaze, indie, and power pop, Field Mouse offers lush sonic textures and expansive soundscapes to complement the airy, wistful vocals of singer/guitarist Rachel Browne. Through complex and delicate harmonies, the songwriting of Browne and guitarist Andrew Futral breathes new life into common themes of lost love and renewal.The band has been honing its sound since its formation in 2010, and has solidified its lineup with the recent addition of bassist Danielle DePalma and drummer Geoff Lewit. Their first release on Small Plates Records (http://smallplatesrecs.com/) finds the group realizing its musical vision, incorporating rich synthesizers and feedback to give an edge to its soaring arrangements and pop sensibilities.Brooklyn’s Field Mouse are recording their first full length album this winter. During the process, they will be self-releasing a few songs. The first,
Tomorrow is Yesterday, is an energetic take on melodic early-90s indie rock, with singer-guitarist Rachel Browne’s sweet, wistful vocals over a surge of feedback mixed with dreamy pop.
See Field Mouse on Tour 2013
4/19/13-PA, Philadelphia @ MilkBoy
4/20/13-DC, Washington @ Rock N roll Hotel
4/21//13-NC, Chapel Hill @ Local 506
4/23/13-FL, Gainsville @ The Atlantic
4/24/13-FL, Orlando @ The Social
4/26/13-GA, Atlanta @ The Masquerade
4/27/13-TN, Memphis @ Crosstown Arts
4/28/13-TX, Dallas @ The Prophet Bar
4/30/13-TX, Houston @ Rudyard’s
5/1/13-TX, Austin @ Mohawk
5/3/13-TX, El Paso @ Gallery 127
5/4/13-AZ, Scottsdale @ Pub Rock
5/6/13-CA, San Diego @ Soda Bar
5/7/13-CA, Los Angeles @ Echo
5/8/13-CA, San Francisco @ Bottom Of The Hill
5/9/13-OR, Portland @ Doug Fir Lounge
5/11/13-WA, Seattle @ Sunset Tavern
5/13/13-UT, Salt Lake City @ Urban Lounge
5/15/13-CO, Denver @ Larmier Lounge
5/16/13-KS, Lawrence @ Jackpot Music Hall
5/17/13-MN, Minneapolis @ Triple Rock
5/18/13-IL, Beat Kitchen @ Beat Kitchen
5/19/13-MI, Lansing @ Mac’s Bar
5/20/13-OH, Cleveland @ Beachland Tavern
5/21/13-ON, Toronto @ The Drake Hotel
5/22/13-PA, Pittsburgh @ Club Cafe
5/23/13-MA, Cambridge @ TT the Bear’s Place
5/24/13-NY, New York @ Bowery Ballroom
Alina Simone continues on her trajectory to stardom! She’s a singer/songwriter living in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Kharkov, Ukraine , she came to the U.S. as a young girl – the daughter of political refugees. Raised near Boston, where she graduated from art school, she moved to Austin, Texas where she played solo on Sixth Street. She released her first EP in 2005 (Prettier in the Dark), and her first album in 2007 (Placelessness). She rapidly won praise and critical acclaim for her work.
In 2008, Alina released Crying Out To Me, Beware winning critical acclaim from The New Yorker, BBC’s “The World,” Billboard Magazine, Spin Magazine, New York Magazine, NPR, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and Pitchfork among many others. Her most recent rerlease is Make Your Own Danger. She has shared the stage with artists including Final Fantasy, Loney Dear, Alele Diane, The Dodos, Fiery Furnaces, Castanets, Dead Meadow, The Duchess and the Duke, Franz Ferdinand and many others. She has written a collection of essays about Russia, family and the tragic-comic struggle to make it in indie rock, “You Must Go out and Win”, published this year by the Faber imprint of Farrar, Straus. Finally, you can hear Alina’s music in the current CNN documentary “CNNGo New York”.
Alina, it’s great to know you and have the opportunity to introduce you to our readers who might not have had the good fortune to hear your music. You graduated from school in Boston and then on to Austin . How did that happen? Tell us about your Austin experience – we know Sixth Street pretty well at HorizonVU Music. Priceless anecdotes are welcome.
AS: I had just graduated from college and simply applied for a job in Austin because I’d grown up in the north and was sick of the freezing cold. I ended up busking on Sixth Street because I had terrible stage fright. I remember circling the block around the Ruta Maya coffeeshop in my car on open mic night, too afraid to go inside.
Tell us a bit more about our musical development? Where did you get your early inspiration and training?
AS: My earliest inspiration was showtunes and old movies, especially Judy Garland. But when I got a bit older, Sinead O’Connor totally rocked my world. 80’s music was so slick and over-produced; by contrast Sinead’s singing was so raw and wild. She took a lot of risks, musically, which was rare to see represented in the mainstream.
You’ve had what reads as an almost magical rise to success. From the Soviet Union , to Boston , Austin and Brooklyn . You’ve traveled around the world and shared the stage with Final Fantasy, Loney Dear, Alele Diane, The Dodos, Fiery Furnaces, Castanets, Dead Meadow, The Duchess and the Duke, Franz Ferdinand and many others. I could not have been easy. Tell us about a couple of highs, and frankly, some of the lower moments.
AS: Eek! No. No. No. I promise I haven’t had a magical rise to success! Every day is still a struggle. I actually just wrote a book about the low moments, called “You Must Go and Win”. There were a lot of them: dodgy auditions, record deals that fell through, dismal tours…
I think it’s important to remember that independent artists have to do everything on their own initiative: create an album, decide when to release it, organize a tour, etc. Even if they have help organizing these things, the impetus must come from them. Keeping yourself motivated — always — to be a self-starter and build a body of work, even when it feels like no one out there is listening, is one of the hardest things psychologically, about being a musician. It’s very rare that one’s career takes a sudden leap upwards, but it is the incremental work done each day that assures those moments will take place.
I want to get to your book in a minute, but let’s have a look at your fantastic video ” Apocalyptic Lullaby” shot live in Brooklyn!
Terrific! To your book, “You Must Go Out and Win”. It’s a very revealing set of essays tells of your creation. Tell us a bit about the book and what you want the reader to “take away”.
AS: Ah, well, I just answered some of this question above, but basically I try to give a realistic portrait of an artist at the grassroots, DIY level and the crappy jobs, the sketchy apartments, the weird people you have to put up with just to get something accomplished.
We should mention that the book is available at Amazon.com and the link is on the SHOP HorizonVU Music page. Finally, what’s next for
AS: I am currently doing some writing for the New York Times and am working on some other writing projects, including a screenplay. I’d like my next album to be a complete musical departure from the guitar-based music I’ve been making, so for a while I’m just planning to retrench, musically, and spend some time listening, studying and thinking about what I want my new sound to be.
Alina Simone, thank you so very much for your time. We hope that you’ll keep us up-to-date on your work and come to visit us in Paris! We remind readers that they can purchase Alina’s downloads from Make Your Own Danger and her book “You Must Go Out and Win” at SHOP HorizonVU Music. Visit Alina at http://www.alinasimone.com .