Willing to stray from their regular base of operations in Upper Jay, Monsterbuck will perform at Bluseed Studios on Saturday, January 28th, at 7pm. Chris Kowanko is Monsterbuck’s songwriter and frontman, accompanying himself on guitar and keyboards, with the Renderer brothers—Scott and Byron—providing the rhythmic foundation. Guitarist Drew Sprague will join the band for the Bluseed show.
The Renderers run the Upper Jay Upholstery Shop during the day, which morphs into the Recovery Lounge at night. Impresario Scott hosts and programs, while Byron runs sound for live music and community theatre. They attract a devoted following due to a word-of-mouth buzz. It just so happens that their band project is a relatively undiscovered gem.
It was at a NYC theatre where Chris met the actor & future drummer for Monsterbuck, Scott. Renderer introduced Kowanko to the then-unknown producer Steve Fisk (Nirvana, Low, Wedding Present). Kowanko and Fisk recorded “Air Mail,” a demo that attracted the attention of legendary Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye, who went on to produce Kowanko’s first solo release on a major label—the now-defunct Morgan Creek. Kowanko’s second release, “Spell,” reignited his former collaboration with producer Steve Fisk. Although independently released, Spell would go on to rank in CMJ’s top 100 for radio airplay in the fall of 2001.
The songs on Monsterbuck’s two releases, “Jockey Down” and “Land of Makebelievers,” range from spare acoustic landscapes to texturally rhythmic garage rock. Though the band is plugged-in, they exude a relaxed, natural-in-their-skin vibe. During the summer of 2011, the band held monthly public rehearsals in their newly-renovated Lower Lounge space in Upper Jay. The Hurricane Irene floods inundated the lounge and washed the improvements away sparing the original performance/work space upstairs to reopen for business.
Opening the evening at Bluseed Studios will be musical bard, Brian Dewan. This fourth appearance at Bluseed will feature original songs performed with his newly-repaired electric zither that he constructed from 88 harpsichord strings, and played in his recent appearance with the Raymond Scott Orchestrette at Lincoln Center.
A Seward’s Folly Production, the concert celebrates the promoter’s 50th birthday.