Red & Black
- Artist: Kagero
- Format: CD
- Release Date:10/23/2007
Kagero's gypsy-flavored acoustic rock is knocking New York's indie scene on it's tushy. The music is a melting pot of tonalities and rhythms from Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The songs are sometimes beautiful imagery, sometimes sad folk tales, and sometimes silly songs about drinking. With a high-energy show that gets even the most cynical hipster up and shaking it, Kagero's world music goulash is very tasty, even though you may not always know what you are eating. Kaz (vocals, harp, guitar) was born in a Japanese village where he cut school to play music in local clubs until he was old enough to pack up his axe and see the world. He got himself educated in London, inebriated in Dublin, lost in the streets of Paris and finally ended up in that home of all the world's itinerants, New York City. As founding member and creative mastermind behind Kagero, Kaz pulls his influences from every and anywhere, bringing genres and killer hooks together in novel ways. He also likes Guiness. A lot. ROB BASS (electric bass, vocals - Jersey) Rob is made of heavy metal, and he keeps the rock. J.W. (fiddle, saw - Ohio) moved to NYC in the year 2000, joined up with the local garage folk movement and has been trying to unlearn the Suzuki Method ever since. GEORGI (drums - Bulgaria) This bad Bulgarian grew up around music and he lays down some thick, sick, graphic beats. The "Red and Black" EP is the starting point for this world-straddling quartet. Recorded in Kagero's home base of Brooklyn, New York, these three songs take you through stories of ultimate elation, callous selfishness and bitter acceptance. But Kaz's prolificacy has hit an all time high, and the songs are spilling out of him at an alarming rate. New songs are being written all the time, and never are two live Kagero shows the same. Every show brings new fans into the mix and the gigs keep coming. Call us your local neighborhood urban-gypsyphonic, border-jumping feelgood, international debtor's prison groove loving band next door. See you at the show! A Few Comments... "There's no other way to say it: this band has fantastic songs and pulls them off with a suave assurance that most bands can't touch. Echoes of bossanova, Radiohead, Elvis Costello, everything sounds like this band should be performing in a Paris café to a room full of expatriates." - Ben Kreiger, Jezebel Music "We are amazed by your music and honoured to be your friends." - The Rutles "Kagero is a true original in a sea of mediocrity..." - Lee Sobel, Lo-Fi Entertainment "Much like that crazy shit like Grappa." - Lisa Bianco.
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