“Searchlights” to be released Fall of 2011. Band featured in Elie Wiesel-founded Moment Magazine.
(L-R) Temim Fruchter, Fureigh, Louisa Solomon, Elijah Oberman. Photo by: Will Haddad.
“Lines & Hooks” is the featured track from The Shondes “Lines & Hooks +3” EP
The Shondes In The Press
“Old-world romance elegantly intertwined with riot grrrl piss and vinegar.” – VenusZine
“Riot grrrl radicalism wed to classically structured songs, distortion pedals, clashing vocals, and powerful lyrics.” – Village Voice
“Radical politics, inspired riffs, textured harmonies and pure sex appeal.” – Curve
The Shondes Live
5/25 Brooklyn, NY Death By Audio Planned Parenthood Benefit
6/11 Baltimore, MD Area 405 Planned Parenthood Benefit
Brooklyn-based foursome The Shondes has been hard at work on its upcoming third album (and second for Fanatic Records) and is now ready to announce that the record has a title.
“Searchlights is a sing-along rock record for late nights at Coney Island, blowing off steam and saying goodbye to people who hold you back,” says vocalist Louisa Solomon about the album. Drummer Temim Fruchter adds, “We’ve had Bruce Springsteen and Pat Benatar in our headphones for months now. These songs are in the spirit of that kind of roll-down-the-windows rock.”
Scheduled for a Fall 2011 release, Searchlights follows an emotional roller coaster of a year for The Shondes during which band member Elijah Oberman was diagnosed with and successfully treated for cancer, an inaugural European tour had to be cancelled, and the band’s van was stolen. $11,000 in Kickstarter donations later, The Shondes is still kicking adversity’s ass and staying focused on the band’s bigger concerns.
The Shondes has long been known as a band that melds politics with music, notably as Jews for a free Palestine and fighters for queer rights. In a show of support for Planned Parenthood, the band will headline a benefit for the organization at Brooklyn’s Death By Audio on May 25th and another in Baltimore at Area 405 on June 11th.
“In a time when accessible, affordable sexual and reproductive health care is under attack, it means a lot to us to be able to support Planned Parenthood,” Solomon explains. “I don’t think I know a single person who hasn’t benefited in some way – directly or indirectly – from their vital services, education and advocacy work.”
Solomon and Fruchter get into more detail about politics, the new album and their affinity for putting on mock Jewish grandmother voices in a recent interview with Moment (referred to by its readers as the “Jewish New Yorker”), the Jewish culture publication co-founded by Elie Wiesel in 1975. Read the full interview here.
The Shondes “Lines & Hooks + 3” EP is out now. The title track can also be found on the band’s My Dear One album. Look for Searchlights, the third album by The Shondes, this Fall.
Member of The Shondes are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion for more info.
Lines & Hooks +3
(Fanatic Records, Out Now)
02. Mourning Doves
03. Over The Noise
04. Something To Sing About
My Dear One
(Fanatic Records, Out Now)
01. My Dear One
02. Fire Again
03. Lines and Hooks
05. Get Out
06. The Coming Night
08. Gather Up Your Prayers
09. You Ought To Be Ashamed
10. All The Good Things
11. Make It Beautiful
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