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Freelance Whales – Music Hall of Williamsburg – January 29, 2013

January 30th, 2013

Photos courtesy of Mike Benigno | mikebenigno.wordpress.com

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See Freelance Whales Tomorrow at Music Hall of Williamsburg

January 28th, 2013

Like many before him, singer and multi-instrumentalist Judah Dadone placed a Craigslist ad in the hopes of forming a band. But in his case, it actually worked: Dadone was joined by four more multi-instrumentalists, Doris Cellar, Chuck Criss, Jacob Hyman and Kevin Read, and Freelance Whales were born in Queens. But how does an unknown band seek out an audience? By taking it to the streets. They played their folk-inspired pop tunes outdoors, on subway platforms and anywhere else possible. Their first official show was at an abandoned farm colony in Staten Island. Once the group had enough original material, they self-released their debut album, the well-received Weathervanes. And with that LP—and one of its songs, “Generator 1st Floor,” serving as the soundtrack to a Twitter ad—things began to pick up for Freelance Whales (above, playing “Starring”), as they garnered enough attention to get picked up by a label and then set out on the road. Well now they’re back with their follow-up album, Diluvia (stream it below), of which A.V. Club says, “By album two they’ve developed a distinctive sound from their corner of the synth-folk universe, and they’ve done it while expanding their palette.” See just how much they’ve expanded it when they play Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night.

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Freelance Whales Play Webster Hall Tomorrow Night

November 6th, 2012

Like many before him, singer and multi-instrumentalist Judah Dadone placed a Craigslist ad in the hopes of forming a band. But in his case, it actually worked: Dadone was joined by four more multi-instrumentalists, Doris Cellar, Chuck Criss, Jacob Hyman and Kevin Read, and Freelance Whales were born in Queens. But how does an unknown band seek out an audience? By taking it to the streets. They played their folk-inspired pop tunes outdoors, on subway platforms and anywhere else possible. Their first official show was at an abandoned farm colony in Staten Island. Once the group had enough original material, they self-released their debut album, the well-received Weathervanes. And with that LP—and one of its songs, “Generator 1st Floor,” serving as the soundtrack to a Twitter ad—things began to pick up for Freelance Whales (above, playing “Spitting Image” at this year’s Austin City Limits), as they garnered enough attention to get picked up by a label and then set out on the road. Well now they’re back with their follow-up album, Diluvia (stream it below), of which A.V. Club says, “By album two they’ve developed a distinctive sound from their corner of the synth-folk universe, and they’ve done it while expanding their palette.” Last week’s show was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. So see them tomorrow night at Webster Hall. Not only will all 11/1 tickets be honored, but $2 from each ticket sold will go toward the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC Hurricane Relief Effort.

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Freelance Whales – The Bowery Ballroom – June 1, 2012

June 4th, 2012


Photos courtesy of JC McIlwaine | jcmcilwaine.com

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Queens Band Closes Out Tour with Hometown Show

December 16th, 2010

Freelance Whales – Webster Hall – December 15, 2010

Freelance Whales - Webster Hall - December 15, 2010
To say it’s been a whirlwind year for Freelance Whales would be a simplification of sorts. One of 2010’s most buzzed about bands went from playing live for the first time to nabbing the opening slot on tour with bands like the Shout Out Louds to headlining packed shows like the one at Webster Hall last night. After a brilliant set by Miniature Tigers, the hometown band began their own, met by wild applause.

Although their debut LP, Weathervanes, is the lone item in their discography, Freelance Whales weren’t afraid to try out new material, even early in the set. But it was that album’s songs that were met with the greatest approval, seen early on when they played “Generator 1st Floor.” Lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Judah Dadone set the pace with upbeat tracks like “Kilojoules” and “Hannah,” but slowed down for the crowd-pleasing “Starring.” Freelance Whales were hardly stationary, constantly switching instruments from song to song—not in a gimmicky way, but because they each had different talents to offer. Dadone left his synth and brought a very thumping bass presence to “Ghosting,” during which the band was joined by the members of Miniature Tigers, who each picked a percussive instrument to smash on during the song.

Harmonium player, and the other main vocalist, Nicole Mourelatos (who goes by “Doris Cellar”) took turns at bass, and guitarists Chuck Criss and Kevin Read swapped glockenspiel duties when they weren’t manning lead-guitar parts. Every member pitched in on vocals, most noticeably (and thrillingly) during the set-closer, “Generator 2nd Floor,” a churning and exciting morbid anthem. Freelance Whales returned for a one-song encore and promised they’d come back with more after they write some new material, a statement that normally sounds stale, but for this young band on the rise it only sounded genuine. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

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Freelance Whales Close Out Their Tour at Webster Hall

December 10th, 2010


Like many before him, Judah Dadone placed an ad on Craigslist in the hopes of forming a band. But in this case, it worked: Dadone was joined by four multi-instrumentalists and Freelance Whales were born in Queens. But how does an unknown band seek out an audience? By taking it to the streets, of course. They played their folk-inspired pop tunes outdoors, on subway platforms and anywhere else possible—their first official show was at an abandoned farm colony in Staten Island. Once the group had enough original material, they self-released their debut album, the well-received Weathervanes. Then things really began to pick up for them. Freelance Whales (above, playing “Generator 1st Floor” for NPR Music) garnered enough attention to get picked up by a label and then set out on the road. Plus, their music was featured in a commercial promoting the new Twitter. And now they close out their U.S. tour on Wednesday at Webster Hall.

(Check out Jay Belin’s interview with Chuck Criss here.)

The Morning Benders on a Saturday Night

June 18th, 2010
(Photo: Michael Jurick)

(Photo: Michael Jurick)

Hallelujah! It’s finally Friday and the weekend is upon us. And with sunny skies ahead, why not spend some quality time outside at The Beach at Governors Island? Tomorrow night the Morning Benders, Freelance Whales and Wild Nothing play the second FREE show as part of Converse’s Gone to Governors series. And you should definitely be there.

What began as a project for just one guy with a laptop and a microphone blossomed into a full-fledged band when Chris Chu invited three UC Berkeley classmates to join him as the Morning Benders. Chu, who recently moved to NYC essentially for Joe Shanghai’s soup dumplings, recorded the EP Loose Change on his own but the quartet has since put out several EPs plus two full-lengths, and the most recent, Big Echo, which came out this past March, is filled with well-crafted atmospheric pop tunes. (Chu has cited Brian Wilson as an inspiration.) So if you think about it, the Morning Benders (below, doing “Excuses” with some friends) are kind of the perfect band to see for free outside with your feet in the sand.

The Morning Benders with Freelance Whales and Wild Nothing

June 19, 2010 – 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

FREE SHOW

All Ages

Governors Island Ferry Information Update

We encourage everyone to come early and enjoy The Beach. If you are on the island before the show, make sure you get to The Beach venue by 5:30 p.m., at which time concert wristbands will be distributed. Governors Island ferries will run from the Battery Maritime Building until 5:30 p.m. There will be no boats to the concert departing from the Battery Maritime Building after 5:30 p.m. Dedicated concert ferries will depart after 5:30 p.m. from two locations:

Manhattan

Pier 11, which is located at the corner of South Street and Wall Street in lower Manhattan (about four blocks south of South Street Seaport).

Brooklyn

Pier 6, which is in Brooklyn Bridge Park at the foot of Atlantic Avenue (where Furman Street turns into Columbia Street).

Wristbands will be distributed at both the Manhattan and Brooklyn ferry departure points on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at 5:30 p.m.

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Freelance Whales – The Bowery Ballroom – April 13, 2010

April 14th, 2010

Freelance Whales - The Bowery Ballroom - April 13, 2010

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Macchiarelli | www.jennylow.com

Still Life Still Takes Residency at Mercury Lounge This Month

January 5th, 2010


After making their NYC debut at this past October’s CMJ Music Marathon, Still Life Still is returning with a residency at Mercury Lounge, playing four nights in January, beginning tomorrow, when they open for Des Roar—plus headlining the early show on the 13th, opening for Freelance Whales on the 20th and opening the late show for Blip Blip Bleep on the 29th. The Toronto quintet, musically reminiscent of Arts and Crafts labelmate Broken Social Scene, put out both their first EP, Pastel, and LP, Girls Come Too, last summer. And now they’re bringing that music here this month before heading out on a U.S. tour with Wild Beasts (including a show at The Bowery Ballroom on February 26th). Check out Still Life Still playing “Pastel,” above, and then do your best to see then in person this month.