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the BROOKLYN NOIR-tinged GOTH FOLK duo CHARMING DISASTER is a MINIMAL affair. armed with a VIVID imagination and modest setup that includes a UKULELE, ACOUSTIC GUITAR and a DIMINUTIVE single SUITCASE attached to a bass drum pedal. the SPARSE sonic elements effectively put the emphasis on the NARRATIVE-based lyrics and songwriting of one ELLIA BISKER and JEFF MORRIS, armed with a litany of literary influences ranging from the OCCULT, HORROR and MAGICK to ROMAN NOIR , TRADITIONAL GOTHIC FICTION and even TRUE CRIME.
we were lucky to have filmed and recorded them performing "BLACKSNAKE" and "DAYS ARE NUMBERED" as part of our pre-pandemic live performance series KREISCHER MANSION SESSIONS and have MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC to thank for making the introduction. lately they have been continuing a livestream program they initiated during the pandemic and are currently on tour nationwide in support of their most recent SUPER NATURAL HISTORY release.
personally i really appreciate their ARTISTRY and PRETERNATURAL LYRICAL eye for OBSERVATIONAL DETAILS and gifted ability to flesh out a THEME in a MEMORABLE, WELL-CRAFTED song. CHARMING DISASTER is definitely worth checking out.
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our friends in CHARMING DISASTER are returning to STATEN ISLAND to perform this evening at a SECRET-ISH HOUSE CONCERT put on by MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC. not sure if tickets are still available but you can definitely check the EVENT PAGE on FACEBOOK for more details.
check out this past performance from last spring (livestream embedded below). they are a great live band worth checking out.
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given that our friends in CHARMING DISASTER will be returning to blessed shores of STATEN ISLAND next month for a secret-ish gig (check HERE for details), it seemed a good time to look back at the shoot we collaborated with them on for their "BLACKSNAKE" video (embedded below) at the KREISCHER MANSION on a bitterly frigid night last winter.
if my memory serves me correct, we shot from sunset to sunrise in that dilapidated old 19th century victorian structure that, not surprisingly, did not have central heating. it was intense.
they were familiar with the space as we had shot them a few months before as part of our KREISCHER MANSION SESSIONS live performance video series (embedded below) and had a written a script that took visual advantage of various rooms, corridors and foyers throughout. i've learned that it is always enjoyable to work with people who know what they want, as it narrows the gig to executing a common vision. this was an exhausting but fun shoot and we were excited about the final project they edited together. special thanks to ELIA, JEFF & JOSH.
come see them play next month and check out their latest single "Longest Night of the Year."
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we had the pleasure recently of filming and recording CHARMING DISASTER as they played a house concert presented by KRISTEN and TOM of MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC in STATEN ISLAND.
we are currently in the process of putting together the footage, but luckily enough the station itself had a livestream of the whole event on their website, which we have embedded below.
CHARMING DISASTER have just completed a tour in preparation for the release of their upcoming"SPELLS + RITUALS" LP set to be released june 7th on all formats.
this past winter on a bitterly cold night, we had the pleasure of collaborating with our friends CHARMING DISASTER on their "BLACKSNAKE" video at the KREISCHER MANSION. judging by the results, it was all well worth it.
this is the second single off of their upcoming "Spells + Rituals" LP (available June 7th) and the noir-folk duo is set to play a "secret-ish" show in STATEN ISLAND presented by MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC (DM them on facebook for ticket info) this coming monday to conclude their recent tour. we look forward to reconnecting with them!
check out MAGIE and JEN's latest make HER space interview HERE with local songwriter ELLIA BISKER ofCHARMING DISASTER / FUNKRUST BRASS BAND / SWEET SOUBRETTE. they cover all things musical composition, hip hop dancing, the benefits of having 20 band members, haunted mansions, the art of crafting lyrics syllable by syllable, and of course, UKULELE.
NOTE: both Charming Disaster and DOLLTITS use the UKE as a signature instrument.
past episodes of MAKE HER SPACE as well as other MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC shows like DEER GOD RADIO, NOWHERE FAST, and THE SYNTHESIZER SHOW are available here at the DEER GOD website.
check out the new video for "SOFT APOCALYPSE" by CHARMING DISASTER which premiered recently over at THE BIG TAKEOVER with a corresponding article about their upcoming SPELLS + RITUALS LP (coming out june 7th).
the duo recently wrapped up a west coast tour and are scheduled to play some NYC-area shows this april at the AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM and CONEY ISLAND USA.
in honor of their current west coast tour, we wanted to showcase a performance our friends CHARMING DISASTER gave on KREISCHER MANSION SESSIONS a few months ago as well as provide a link HERE to an interview they did beforehand with MAKERPARKRADIO.
we wish them all the luck as they take in their travels. can't wait to hear what new work this inspires.
check out HERE the latest Deer God Radio show which focused on artists we've recorded, filmed or mixed over the years, including Acid Dad, Dolltits, Yeasayer, Pom Pom Squad, Ritual Talk, Skye Domino, Dirty Projectors, Rentboy, Holy Ghost!, Charming Disaster, Aimless Again, The Visions, Foxes, The Holy Knives, Clams Casino, Tall Juan, Zandra Kaye, Mac Miller, Honduras, Pop. 1280, Screamin' Rebel Angels, Coastgaard, Rosemary Minkler, Pharoahe Monch and Liam Finn among many others.
past episodes of DEER GOD RADIO as well as other MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC shows like MAKE HER SPACE, NOWHERE FAST, and THE SYNTHESIZER SHOW are available here at the DEER GOD website.