The Giraffes - Usury /  Brooklyn, NY Hard Rock/Metal
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The Giraffes - Usury

Hard Rock/Metal
Brooklyn, NY

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Out Digitally 10/2 - Vinyl and CD Out Jan. 2016

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Previous Press - Brooklyn Vegan — 09/08/2015

“A front row seat at a Giraffes show meant getting caught in a beer rainstorm, as the band and audience members alike went flying into the crowd with wild abandon. Beer and bottles of Jameson were passed. Aaron made a noose out of the mic cord, wrapped it around his neck and gave it to the crowd to choke him while he forced lyrics past his collapsing trachea. A Giraffes performance is a spectacle you will never forget” — ~ Brooklyn Vegan

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Live compilation from The Giraffes @ The Wick - Brooklyn, NY 9-27-14.

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Excited to announce the foundation of Silver Sleeve Records and it’s first signing: The Giraffes! Based in Brooklyn, Silver Sleeve is dedicated to releasing Hard/Fast/Loud/Punk/Psych/Surf/Metal music from stunning emerging artists all over the globe.

Our first record from the Giraffes “Usury” will be released digitally Oct. 2 following up with Vinyl and CDs in January. Check out what it’s like to go to a Giraffes show above. If you go to their release show Oct. 3rd at The Wick in Brooklyn you won’t forget it. We promise!

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The Giraffes - Usury /  Brooklyn, NY Hard Rock/Metal

HISTORY

From 1996 to 2015, the Brooklyn-based Giraffes have shredded, burned, and leveled every audience from their hometown of NYC to the Sunset Strip, and back again. Lead singer Aaron Lazar and guitar wizard Damien Paris form the focus of the band supported by the locomotive rhythm section of maniac drummer Andrew Totolos and latest Giraffe, Josh Taggart on bass.

The Giraffes formed in 1996 consisting of founding members: guitarist Damien Paris, drummer Andrew Totolos and bassist Tim Kent in a small room in Williamsburg Brooklyn. The trio's unconventional mix of heavy indie-rock and surf made them a bill filler and in 1998 they released “Franksquilt”. However it was not until singer Aaron Lazar joined in 2000 that the band found it's true shape. “Helping you Help Yourself” released in 2002 is a raw testament to the explosive energy of the four piece blending Paris's ferocious riffage with the bellowing croons of Lazar's sardonic lyrics. It was at this time the band began to get a reputation as a wild live act.

2002 saw the departure of Kent from the band and introduced John Rosenthal who would remain with the Giraffes until 2008. With Rosenthal committed, the band would go onto release three studio albums starting with the EP “A Gentleman Never Tells“ (2003), the Self- Titled album “The Giraffes” (2005) and the thunderous “Prime Motivator” (2008). It was during this heyday that the band suffered several bizarre set backs. In 2002 after a frenetic show at Brooklyn's Club LUXX, Paris and friends got into a late night altercation outside of a White Castle where Paris was shot in the leg. In the beginning of 2005 Aaron Lazar suffered two heart attacks and a seizure, resulting in the implantation of a defibrillator in the singers chest. He remains “idiopathic” meaning his condition is new to medical science. In the summer of 2005 Lazar was defibrillated three times in half a minute while performing onstage at Chicago’s Double Door. He finished the set. Songs such as “BLCKNTWHTCSTL” off The Giraffes Self-Titled album and several songs from “Prime Motivator” reference these events.

The Giraffes live shows, now notorious for fierce musicality and unbridled audience participation, generated an intense and extremely dedicated fan base. Touring alongside stalwarts such as Local-H, Eagles of Death Metal, The Vacation and Skeleton Key, as well as sharing the stage with Interpol, Fishbone, the Yeah Yeah Yeah's, the Strokes and bookings at the Amsterjam, Voodofest, Monolith, SXSW and Bonnaroo festivals expanded their audience that by 2010 the Giraffes were a nationally recognized independent act despite never having had a booking agent or steady label support.

In 2009 bassist John Rosenthal decided to leave the band and was quickly replaced by Jens Carstensen, who would join them in the writing and recording their epic album “Ruled” (2011). “Ruled” proved to be Lazars' swan song as band members began to explore other projects. At a February 2011 show at Mercury Lounge, Lazar declared, "If we don't make it big by the end of this show, I'm fucking quitting" and in fact, he did.

The Giraffes continued to operate without Lazar on lead vocals releasing an album of rarities and B-Sides: “Farewell Fat Astronaut” (2012) and later the ecclectic “Tales of the Black Whistle” (2013), which featured the vocal talents of Brianna Wanlass and Kimberly Paige Valor.

2014 brought reunion concerts with Lazar back at the helm of the band. The sold out shows in Brooklyn and Denver reunited fans from across the continent and, bolstered by their support, the Giraffes began working on new material for the first time since 2011. The band is currently working on its sixth full length record entitled “Usury” which will be released digitally Oct 2nd, 2015. CD and Vinyl will street in late January of 2016

Aaron Lazar

Vocals

Damian Paris

Guitar

Andrew Totolos

Drums

Josh Taggart

Bass
Sep 08, 2015

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Previous Press - Brooklyn Vegan

“A front row seat at a Giraffes show meant getting caught in a beer rainstorm, as the band and audience members alike went flying into the crowd with wild abandon. Beer and bottles of Jameson were passed. Aaron made a noose out of the mic cord, wrapped it around his neck and gave it to the crowd to choke him while he forced lyrics past his collapsing trachea. A Giraffes performance is a spectacle you will never forget” — ~ Brooklyn Vegan

Sep 08, 2015

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Previous Press - L Magazine

“As much as the next guy, I’m tough and like to chug whiskey, crack skulls, put cigarettes out on my wrist, and screw chicks. Ok, well, maybe I’m not, but I like bands that are. And seeing the Giraffes’ live show is like getting shanked in the face with a soaring microphone. Booze swilling and all the rest, they display good theatrics, commandeering vocals, artful shreading, and it’s flat out impossible not to listen up” — - L Magazine

Sep 08, 2015

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Previous Press - SpinMagazine.com

“Metallica and Black Sabbath are the obvious touchstones, but the rhythm section clearly owns a copy of The Who’s Greatest Hits as well. Drug addiction and soccer riots provide fodder for the lyrics, while the flammable guitar work could have only come from someone that’s walked some of life’s hard roads” — -SpinMagazine.com

Sep 08, 2015

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Previous Press - QRQ Magazine

“To put it simply: The Giraffes are what great rock ‘n’ roll forgot it was. They’re incomparable on CD, and in-your-face The Giraffes live shows deliver time after time, even if you’ve seen them over and over again. The show is dangerous, comical, sinister, raunchy, and over the top all at once – they’ll impress you technically while blowing out your ears, sharing cigs, whiskey, and beer, and of course, truly entertaining you in every sense of the word.” — QRQ Magazine

Sep 08, 2015

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Previous Press - QRQ Magazine

“To put it simply: The Giraffes are what great rock ‘n’ roll forgot it was. They’re incomparable on CD, and in-your-face The Giraffes live shows deliver time after time, even if you’ve seen them over and over again. The show is dangerous, comical, sinister, raunchy, and over the top all at once – they’ll impress you technically while blowing out your ears, sharing cigs, whiskey, and beer, and of course, truly entertaining you in every sense of the word.” — QRQ Magazine

Sky Spooner

A&R - Silver Sleeve Records
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Chris Pacifico

Publicity - Drunken Piano

Mikey Watkins

Publicity - Drunken Piano
Date Title Location Type Info
Oct 03, 2015 The Wick Brooklyn, NY Performance  
Oct 10, 2015 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO Performance  
Oct 16, 2015 The Slowdown Omaha, NE Performance  
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