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Music blog New York Music Daily describes Charming Disaster as “dangerously torchy noir cabaret and gypsy rock,” and reviewed a recent show as “menacingly charming.” Inspirations for their songs include books, films…and the East River Ferry. This two-person supergroup writes and performs duets about love, crime, and the supernatural, exploring in song the different kinds of trouble a couple of people can get into – from auto theft to paranormal romance to con artists and carnival performers.

When Brooklyn duo Charming Disaster was formed by Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris last summer, they needed an easy way to meet for rehearsals. Morris was working in Long Island City and Bisker in Midtown Manhattan, so Bisker would ride the 7 train to Hunters Point, where they would board the East River Ferry together to practice in South Williamsburg. The ferry ride quickly became an extension of their rehearsal, where they would rework lyrics and discuss new song ideas as they traveled.

Although it began as a convenience, it didn’t take long for them to fall in love with the ferry ride itself. The majestic view of the city skyline, the exhilarating river breeze, and the rhythmic swaying of the boat inspired the band’s tribute: the East River Ferry Waltz.

Just a few weeks after Charming Disaster self-released a studio recording of their song, the East River Ferry took notice, sharing it on their official website. The ferry service’s online presence is often a forum for angry riders, so a love song was likely a welcome change of pace. The band hopes the East River Ferry will use it as their theme song.

Charming Disaster has begun recording their first album. A free download of East River Ferry Waltz is available at charmingdisaster.bandcamp.com. They will perform live at Dixon Place on Wednesday August 7.

Visit Charming Disaster at www.charmingdisaster.com

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Sweet Soubrette Photo Credit: Emily raw

Sweet Soubrette Photo Credit: Emily Raw

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).

Visit Sweet Soubrette at http://www.sweetsoubrette.com

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