The Bowery Ballroom
Darwin Deez

Darwin Deez

Caged Animals, Frankie Cosmos

Wed, April 3, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

This event is 18 and over

Darwin Deez
Darwin Deez
Born in North Carolina to Maher Baba disciples, Darwin grew up on a diet of Weezer, Nirvana and Nada Surf, and started his first band with friends at age 12. After attending and promptly dropping out of Wesleyan University, Connecticut (whose alumni include Santigold and MGMT), Darwin moved to and found himself at home in New York City.

In the East Village, he became a fixture of Monday nights at the Sidewalk Café, a ‘legendary stomping ground for NYC’s anti-folk scene’ responsible for launching artists such as Regina Spektor, Adam Green and Kimya Dawson.
Here, Deez felt like he had finally found his niche. “It was the real hub of the action for me. I became inspired to write better lyrics by studying the other songwriter-performers there."

As Darwin came into his own as a performer, his live shows became extravaganzas of unbridled energy and unfettered joy. He’s been known to break into spontaneous bouts of synchronized dancing which can erupt anytime, almost out of nowhere.
Describing his strain of pop as “a little bit Thriller, a little bit Dismemberment Plan” and with a fondness for D.I.Y aesthetics and twisted wordplay, his sound calls to mind everyone from The Strokes and Beck to Arthur Russell and The Flaming Lips.
His recently released self titled debut album has been met with universal praise from international radio and press, including the likes NYLON, Stereogum, BBC Radio One and ,especially, the NME who named him the 10th coolest musician on the planet and placed him on their cover.

Singularly a brilliant, hilarious, complex, entertaining individual, Darwin Deez writes songs that will make you want to bust out your dancing shoes while also cutting to that raw, emotional nerve. Don’t miss your chance to witness a rare insight into everything a pop star should be, and yet so rarely is, as Darwin Deez hits The Bowery Ballroom on July 15th, 2011.
Caged Animals
Caged Animals
Caged Animals is the nom-de-plume of Vincent Cacchione, a NJ-born, Brooklyn-based songwriter/producer.

There is a strangely life-affirming quality to Caged Animals personal brand of bedroom pop. The tracks are adorned electronically, cut-up, processed, and digitally mutated, but they carry something much more intimate on the inside, lyrically focused on an almost folk-inspired form of storytelling.

“The idea,” according to Cacchione, “is to imbue computer-music with humanity." With this manifesto in mind, Caged Animals have crafted something very revealing in a genre that relies almost exclusively on evasion.

For Cacchione the inspiration grew from his life-story, a former medical-Oxygen delivery man and the son of a stand-up comic (who died just after Vin's graduation from High School), Cacchione's songs carry a world-worn immediacy, dealing with loss and life with a depth that belies his age.

While the recordings are kaleidoscopic in arrangement and texture, they gather their greatest strength through their focus on Cacchione's uniquely intimate singing and lyrics. His warm-baritone, expertly coalescing the musical elements of IDM, Synth-Pop, and R&B into something intimate and curiously earthy. The results play like a collaboration between Plastic Ono Band era John Lennon, and a more Elephant 6 inspired Twin Shadow.

Caged Animals signed to the UK's Lucky Number Music in 2011 after being brought to their attention by Vin's close friend and former-bandmate Cole Smith (of Brooklyn's DIIV). Smith and Cacchione had played together in the noirish, folk-rock band Soft Black.

The live band Cacchione has assembled transitions these recordings from the bedroom to the stage expertly. The touring band includes his sister Talya, partner, Magali Charron, and long-time musical collaborators Patrick Curry and Andrew Hoepfner. Their shows have been known to illicit both yoga poses and friendly-confrontation, with Cacchione often losing his guitar to deliver the sermon of the Caged directly to members of the audience.

The genre-defying pop-assault of 2011's Eat Their Own landed Caged Animals spins from BBC1, KEXP, KXLU, WFMU, as well as rave reviews from tastemakers like Brooklyn Vegan, Stereogum, The Guardian, and The Sunday Times. The New Yorker graciously dubbed Caged Animals the "hip-hop influenced Velvet Underground."

Cacchione spent the majority of 2012 deeply entrenched in the writing/recording of the latest Caged Animals record. The debut single, "Cindy + Me" was released on June 16th, 2013 accompanied by a music video that stars the band and a team of live baboons.

Ambitiously choosing to mix his music with a novella he'd written, Cacchione created two distinct bodies of work during the calendar year. Both records will see their release in early 2013 through Lucky Number Music.
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/