Leah Siegel Talks About Breaking Through with Firehorse

It’s been said that having a breakdown leads to a breakthrough. It seems Leah Siegel would agree. A musician living in Brooklyn (down the street from where her grandfather grew up), Ms. Siegel has spent the last couple of years breaking out her most recent musical project, Firehorse, and last year released her first album as such (And So They Ran Faster) to much acclaim.

Firehorse at SXSW 2012

“I can’t remember which happened first,” Siegel says over the phone, on a break from a recording session in Seattle, “I knew that something needed to change otherwise I was just going to completely fall apart. And I think then I completely fell apart — through the process of breaking everything down, of breaking free… I just started doing different things in life and it really informed the kind of music I was making.” […]

Following the album release and several stellar shows at SXSW this Spring, Firehorse has been creating quite a buzz. “I’m really, really proud,” she says, “I mean, the record isn’t even a year old and I’m really excited it’s gotten the attention it has gotten,” but, she adds, “None of it has changed my life… my goals have always remained the same and my expectations are high.” […]

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Have You Heard The Mynabirds’ GENERALS? You Need To.

The Mynabirds’ charged new album, Generals, makes it clear that lead singer Laura Burhenn is not one to be messed with. There’s an edge to her sultry vocals and an insistence to the repetition in her lyrics that makes these songs even bigger and better than their irresistible rhythms imply.

Burhenn recently told Interview Magazine that this is “sort of a Jackson Pollock record” and indeed, it’s splattered not only with multiple tempos and various layers of instrumentation but is also dripping with passion, momentum and personal credos.  While the sound is orchestral and epic, the lyrics are unembellished and pointed as Burhenn sings of responsibility, power, faith and persistence.

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In Conversation with Matthew Hines of The Eastern Sea

Matthew Philip Hines describes Austin, Texas as “a kind of velvet coffin”. A local musician who is no stranger to philosophy, classic literature and analysis of multi-modal communication (that’s right), his music is reflective of the complexities in his mind.

“Part of living in Austin and being a musician is trying to overcome this kind of automatic apathy,” he shares, “There’s just so much music in Austin, the market is so saturated and there’s just not a real big urgency to go see something because you could see it anywhere, all the time.”  […]

Together [his band, The Eastern Sea] has just released their second album titled Plague, a collection of lyrical songs that are thoughtfully composed and pleasantly intriguing. […]

Hines likens the band’s musical collaboration to the cultivation of a plant: “There’s two parts,” he begins, “there’s the seed […] and then you take care of the seed, you plant it, you water it and you let it grow. So in a lot of ways, I create the seed and then I bring it to my collaborative musician partners and we grow it together.” […]

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And catch The Eastern Sea playing live in New York tomorrow night, Saturday June 30th, at Piano’s and at Glasslands in Brooklyn on Sunday July 1st!

Northside Festival 2012: RECAP

The streets of Williamsburg belonged to musicians, even more than normal, for the four days that the Northside Festival staked its ground. There was a constant bustle of badge-clad press agents, photographers, managers and agents in addition to guitarists toting their instruments and lead singers trailed by groupies.  Booze was certainly also flowing freely.  At Good Co. on Hope Street, Jameson hosted a party featuring their whiskey and McClure’s pickle juice.  A young lady I met at the bar admitted, “I’m not even in the music industry, but all my friends are. And I wish I was.”  Then she ordered herself a pickleback (a shot of Jameson followed by a shot of pickle juice, which is apparently a New York phenomenon?).

The catalog of bands and showcases was extensive; in browsing through the program trying to determine which band to check out next,  I quickly realized it was a crapshoot. There were very few names I recognized, so any choice was going to be hit or miss. Luckily, there were more hits than misses. Here are a few highlights…

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(Photos by Andrew St. Clair)