"Pillage the Village" is a compilation featuring three new bands based out of New York City, any of which may just be the next big thing. The label is releasing the compilation digitally. From the edgy, college rock of The Motorcycle Industry, to the powerful, yet delicate old soul of Brit Boras and rounded out by Punch & Judy, a hip jazz group that is sassy and hilarious, NYU students, villagers and music fans alike will surely find something they can sink their teeth into on "Pillage the Village". New York University's Music Business students continue to give back to, and assimilate themselves into, the integrity of Greenwich Village.
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About the Artists
PUNCH AND JUDY
New York jazz duo Punch & Judy, comprised of brassy chanteuse Jennifer Tullock and up and coming blues conscenti Kyle Hughes, are one of New York's newest buzzchats. The couple met in 2007 and began writing original jazz songs that incorporated Tullock's comedy background (a seasoned singer/comedy writer whose work has been featured at Second City Chicago and the news satire Tangy Pepper, many have compared her lyrics to that of Danny Kaye and Eartha Kitt) and Hughes's sterling reputation as a jazz and blues forerunner. Songs such as "The Rock Hudson Blues", a tin pan alley throwback chronicling the woes of a woman who falls in love with "sensitive" men, have garnered Punch & Judy attention in jazz, cabaret, and comedy circles alike.
The duo, along with their band, hold a residency at the Lower East Side's Tapeo 29, Failte Bar, Brooklyn's infamous jazz house the Tea Lounge, as well as acting as the in-house band for the New York radio satire "The Out of Hand Radio Hour."
The energy is young, the tunes are clever, and Tullock and Hughes continue to solidify their place as one of jazz and blues's most promising new acts.
THE MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY
Wicked things lurk in the dark, dangerous alleys of New York City. Criminals and corruption and imitation handbags, oh my! When the cries for musical justice ring out in the night, who would be there to save the day? Down a sleazy street, a beacon of hope has arisen in a world rife with horror. John Langan and Mike Weiss decided to combine musical forces in their Chinatown apartment. The result (ridding the world of musical monotony and endless scene hair) would forever be known as The Motorcycle Industry.
Langan (vocals/guitar) had been recording and performing on his own since 2006; however, it wasn't until moving in with Weiss (guitar/keyboard) in the fall of 2007 that things got moving. Through mutual friends, the band quickly found bassist Benjamin Caruba and The Motorcycle Industry was whole.
The band wrote endlessly in the following months, destined to save the world with their brand of folksy, acoustipunk rock. Influenced by Long Island hardcore, California local bands, and a whole lot of underground indie rock, The Motorcycle Industry honed their unique sound with a broad spectrum of inspiration. How could our heroes be so certain of success? Their first show as a full band successfully sold out New York City's Knitting Factory Old Office in April 2008. It was clear that the band had found their destiny.
In the summer of 2008, The Motorcycle Industry set up shop in the Bay area of California to record their debut album. The finished product was Electric Education, eleven tracks of twangy guitar hooks, dancing bass lines, and catchy drum fills, topped off with a voice reminiscent of Saves the Day's Chris Conley and Say Anything's Max Bemis. Langan has brushed up on his biting sarcasm, and The Motorcycle Industry's unique brand of sharp wit shines.
From the cheerfully self-deprecating "Everything Sounds Better With Drums" to the subtly heart-breaking "Split and Divide", there is a cynical humor in Electric Education that is a breath of fresh air from the overdone "woe-is-me" sound of the scene. The Motorcycle Industry may be the guys who just can't catch a break, but songs like "Lesson One" and "Sustained Silent Reading" take these downfalls and make them endearingly (and amusingly) honest. As the band describes it, "We're serious about the music, but we have to have a sense of humor about it all. We have to be able to laugh at ourselves."
With the addition of fulltime drummer Ryan Barnes, The Motorcycle Industry has already set impressive do-it-yourself goals for the rest of 2008, including the release of their album and local shows in the NYC/NJ area. One member laughs and states, "We're going to save making millions of dollars until the world tour. For now, we just want people to check out the band and listen to the album." They're not slapping on fluorescent jumpsuits (yet) or flying across skyscrapers, but The Motorcycle Industry is certainly rescuing the world from the villains of empty, unoriginal music.
"Brit Boras has a swooning vocal range that emotes with the best of them. She is alternately tender and empowered, melodious and strong willed, all without missing a note, more of an instrument herself than anything else....Putting that mysterious combination of violin and heavy rock guitar chords to its greatest extent, it’s a multi-depth encounter that, after only one listen, won’t be easy to forget. The combination is smoldering....“Hiker” does exactly what an EP should — give a taste of what this band can do and show us why we should be listening; makes us anticipate a full-length album." Knocks From The Undergound (October 2010)