The Defibulators will release their debut album, Corn Money, on March 3, 2009 on City Salvage Records. Emerging from the thriving roots scene in New York City, this seven-piece band wields an arsenal of instruments (upright bass, banjo, fiddle, backhills harp, Telecaster, and junkyard percussion) with relentless energy and virtuosity. A national tour including SXSW is slated for March 2009. AM NEW YORK described the band as “One of the most engaging live acts on the NYC roots scene.”
While jumpstarting new life into vintage country and characterized by THE NEW YORKER as “Citi-billy,” The Defibulators deliver a unique sound that is both timeless and timely, deep fried and downtown. Bug Jennings and Erin Bru’s rich harmonies combined with dark, surreal lyrics illuminate songs that are gritty and witty; spinning big-rig tales of deception, debauchery, depleted bank accounts, fanaticism, vintage firearms, biological anomalies, airline intoxication and animal ennui. And DIG PHILLY confirms that, “when all the indie bands in Brooklyn decided to go roots, these guys actually got it right.”
Produced by John Hill (Santogold) and Terence Bernardo (Taxi Taxi), engineered and mixed by D. James Goodwin (Murder by Death) and mastered by Sterling Sound’s Greg Calbi, this innovative sound team captures the ferocity of The Defibulators’ live show while creating its own strange sonic world. The CD is being released through independent Brooklyn-based metro-roots label City Salvage Records. The label was founded in 2001 by renaissance-man Andy Friedman, a musician, gag-cartoonist, and noted illustrator whose portraits of cultural icons have been published in Rolling Stone, SPIN, The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Blender, Texas Monthly, and hundreds of other publications around the world.
The Defibulators are the house-band and wrote the theme song for "The Rejection Show" - a live comedic event at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC that embraces the rejected and 'turned down' material of well-known and up and coming writers, comedians, cartoonists, artists, filmmakers, TV personalities and other artistic types who display their creative 'failures' live on stage.
Many of The Defibulators’ songs are being licensed for feature films and shorts, television, and online productions. Most recently they composed and recorded the original score for the feature film, Skiptracers, an indie hillbilly epic set in rural Alabama. The band has also self-published their very own 24-page coloring book – available by request.
The Defibulators have played numerous festivals around NYC including Central Park Summerstage, River to River Festival, Gowanus Goes Green, Macy’s Springtacular in Herald Square, The New Yorker Magazine Barbeque and The Big Apple BBQ Block Party. MINNEAPOLIS CITY PAGES said their live show “whipped the place into a plaid-and-denim frenzy.” CNN adds, “This band plays its heart out.”
On Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 The band will be throwing a Hee-Haw style spectacle at The Bell House in Brooklyn, to celebrate the release of Corn Money. The Defibulators will perform the album in its entirety following guest performances by The Dixons, Reggie Watts, and burlesque by Lil’ Miss Lixx and her Dancin’ Debbies. The night will also feature hillbilly projections by Rooftop Films, surprise guests, and servings of The Defibulators’ own award-winning recipe of Chili and Cornbread.