In the beginning, there was no shame. And that was, well, a shame. Brooklyn's radical Jewish, genderqueer, post- Riot Grrrl-cum-classical quartet The Shondes (a name that comes from the Yiddish for "shame" or "disgrace") released their debut album, The Red Sea, in January 2008. Which this plebeian's gladsome ears think is really rather smashing.
Carrie Brownstein vocals meet soaring violins, complex arrangements, political lyrics, a good bit of angst and we wind up with something epic, stirring, mosh-inducing, and definitely worth your investment.
Temim Fruchter - drums/vocals
aka 'The Rebbe'
Louisa Solomon - bass/vocals
aka 'The Mischling Menace'
Ian Brannigan - guitar
aka 'The Shiksa'
Elijah Oberman - violin/vocals
aka 'The Farfoilt Fiddler'
The Shondes have already shared a stage with the likes of Erase Errata, Mecca Normal, Electralane and Lesbians On Ecstasy - musical sensibilities, check. They are activists with such groups as Jews Against the Occupation and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, as well as co-founding (Temim and Elijah) the Reverb Conspiracy, a series of monthly radical readings - political sensibilities, check.
I can confirm that one should feel absolutely no shame for listening to this!
...to a streaming of The Red Sea
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