Screaming Headless Torsos

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Screaming Headless Torsos
SHT in studio NYC looking up.jpg
Screaming Headless Torsos, New York City photographed by Frank Wang
Background information
Genres rock, Jazz-funk, funk, jazz fusion, punk jazz
Years active 1989 (1989)–present
Labels Discovery Records
Associated acts KIF, Planet Microjam, Black Cherry Acid Lab. Houseofreedom, Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Jojo Meyer & Nerve,
Members Freedom Bremner
David Fiuczynski
David Ginyard
Daniel Sadownick
Gene Lake
Skoota Warner
Past members Dean Bowman
Fima Ephron
John Medeski
Jojo Mayer

Screaming Headless Torsos or SHT is a genre defying rock band formed in 1989 consisting of founding member and guitarist David Fiuczynski, vocalist Freedom Bremner, bassist David Ginyard, percussionist Daniel Sadownick, and the alternating drum chair of Gene Lake, Skoota Warner and James "Biscuit" Rouse. The band's music mixes and mashes guitar driven rock, jazz, hip-hop, funk, soul, r&b, reggae, and drum and bass grooves and concepts, along with future shock percussion, improvisation, acrobatic vocals, and most recently eastern microtonal influences. SHT's original line up was guitarist David Fiuczynski, vocalist Dean Bowman, bassist Fima Ephron, percussionist Daniel Sadownick, and drummer Jojo Mayer (Nerve). Drummer Gene Lake joined the Torsos, replacing Jojo Mayer for their 2001 album Live!! and the album "Torsos 2005". In 2001 vocalist Freedom Bremner replaced Dean Bowman. He joined the band officially in 2004 and was featured along with Dean Bowman on the album "Torsos 2005". Fima Ephron, featured on all the Torsos' albums, left the band in 2004 replaced briefly by bassist Steve Jenkins until 2008 and the entrance of David Ginyard. Screaming Headless Torsos has also featured many famous New York musicians during their live performances including Sofia Ramos (vocals), John Medeski, (keyboards), rapper Ahmed Best, and Reggie Washington, (bass). .

For the past 10 years Screaming Headless Torsos has toured heavily in Europe, Mexico and Latin America. After 5 years without releasing new music, SHT released the single and companion video for the song, "Dead Christmas Trees" in 2010. In March 2012 SHT was invited to play Vive Latino 2012 in Mexico City, the largest indie Rock Festival in the Americas. On September 9, 2012, SHT performed for an audience of 20,000 at the Festival Jazz al Parque in Bogotá Colombia, the largest jazz festival in South America. At that show SHT introduced a new keyboard player/vocalist, Akie Bermiss, from the New York City band Abaraki. Currently, the band is experiencing new momentum, planning a return to touring in the United States, and preparing to record their next studio album. In a departure from Torsos tradition, this album is rumored to be a co-production with multiple grammy award winning producers and friends of the band, including a Ron St. Germain of Bad Brains and 311 fame, and Gregg FIne who produced their 2010 release "Dead Christmas Trees". The album is tentatively titled "Code Red" and is due to be released in fall of 2014.


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