The Madison Square Gardeners are probably too loud, but that's the way they like it. With a collection of sing-along songs and three- part harmony guitar solos, this band who follows The Heartbreakers (Petty AND Thunders!) as their musical road map has come out of almost nowhere, taking the Brooklyn music scene by storm.
Since forming in 2008, The Gardeners have quickly gained a strong following in New York, playing packed shows at venues like The Bowery Ballroom, Joe's Pub, and The Music Hall Of Williamsburg. The band has also been tapped to support groups like The New York Dolls, Black Joe Lewis and The Honey Bears and Drivin' N' Cryin'. They also made quite an impression at the 2009 Warren Haynes X-Mas Jam in Asheville, NC. They were featured as The Deli Magazine Band Of The Month in November 2009 and"All The Roads" off their latest EP,"Tune It Up, Dime It Out," became a favorite track to spin on BP Fallon's Wang Dang Doodle Radio show on Breakthru Radio.
When not busy diming out their amps and blowing back the hair of bar patrons with their own material, the Gardeners also function as backing band to folks like Kevin Kinney of Drivin'n'Cryin', Jill Sobule, and Tim Easton. What can we say; these young dudes are old school and want to play as much as humanly possible. In fact, the band spent 2008 as the house band at Gavin Degraw's New York City club The National Underground, where they were tapped to back dozens upon dozens of singer-songwriters ranging from local folks stopping by the club in the hopes of sitting in and landing their own gig, all the way to folks like Ben Kweller, Blue Mountain, and Gavin himself. (The man sings a mean"Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," by the way).
They might be slightly out of place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where boat shoes, omnichords and fela kuti-inspired world beat hipster bands far outnumber steel guitars and marshall stacks. But then again, that's the way they like it. As frontman Aaron Lee Tasjan claims,"We didn't want to join any clubs, so we started our own."
Aaron Lee Tasjan-guitar, vocals
Mark Stepro-bass, vocals
Rich Hinman-steel guitar, guitar
Bryn Roberts-piano, wurlitzer, organ
Ramblin' Rob Heath-drums
"Don't Name The Pig"-2009
"Tune It Up, Dime It Out"-2009
"Taste The Thunder"-out in early 2010