photo manipulation by nacrowe
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.
photo by deergod
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.