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Black Tambourine reunites for Chickfactor shows, announces new Ramones covers EP

By February 23, 2012No Comments

STREAM: “What’s Your Game”

About the shows

Black Tambourine are thrilled to be playing their first live shows in 21 years, as part of Chickfactor magazine’s 20th birthday celebrations. They’ll be joined on stage by old friends like Lilys, Lorelei, Small Factory and Rose Melberg. Just announced today: due to the rapid sell-out of the April 10 show in Brooklyn and the high demand for tickets, Chickfactor and Black Tambourine have added another NY-area show, at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ on April 9th.

About the new EP

It took a pretty special occasion to bring Black Tambourine out of retirement, even temporarily, and the 20th birthday of BT singer Pam Berry’s Chickfactor magazine is definitely such an occasion. When the band were discussing the rather complicated logistics (members scattered across two continents) for the reunion shows, the thought of maybe doing some new recordings came to mind. The band quickly agreed that a tribute to one their favorite bands would be a fun project, and of course the Ramones jumped to the top of the list.

After choosing which songs to work on, the band recorded using the same methodology as they did for the bonus tracks on their self-titled 2010 compilation LP. The gentlemen in the band convened in Maryland to lay down the music, the rough mixes were sent to Pam in London so she could add her inimitable vocals, and then the resulting recordings were sent back to Maryland for Archie to mix.

The final result is OneTwoThreeFour, a double 7″ and download EP featuring Black Tambourine’s versions of four of their most-loved Ramones tunes. “I Want You Around” kicks off the EP in storming fashion, a whirlwind blur of rushing guitars and frantic drums with Pam’s vocals just riding on top. On “What’s Your Game” Pam is joined on background vocals by The ‘Rinettes, a one-time only virtual meeting of some of the band’s favorite singers: Linda Smith, Rose Melberg, Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Jenny Robbins from Honeymoon Diary. The ‘Rinettes provide heavenly backing to this soaring, feedback-laced treat of a tune.

The second disc of the EP starts with a crunching version of “I Remember You,” powered by layers of rocking guitars and Archie’s tumbling, mod-ish drumming. It’s all over in a brief 2:15, a succinct blast of pop-art punk. The record wraps up with a lovely version of “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.” Tremelo guitars and gentle feedback carry the tune along, while Pam and Jenny Robbins provide ethereal vocal harmonies. It’s a perfect way to end the EP and a neat summation of what Black Tambourine are all about: melody and noise in equal measure, and above all the songs.

Tour Dates

04/07 Arlington, VA Artisphere *
04/09 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s #
04/10 Brooklyn, NY Bell House (SOLD OUT) %

* = w/ Lilys, Lorelei, Fan Modine
# = w/ Fan Modine, Rose Melberg
% = w/ Small Factory, Versus, The Lois Plus

For more information about the Chickfactor shows

Black Tambourine
Street Date: May 15, 2012
Formats: Digital, Double 7″

A: I Want You Around
B: What’s Your Game
C: I Remember You
D: I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend

Pam Berry: vocals
Archie Moore: guitars, bass, drums, clave, melodica
Brian Nelson: guitars, bass, drums, stylophone
Mike Schulman: guitars, drums

with Jenny Robbins: backing vocals on “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”
and special guests The ‘Rinettes providing backing vocals on “What’s Your Game”: Linda Smith, Rose Melberg, Dee Dee, and Jenny Robbins

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