Giraffes? Giraffes!

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Giraffes? Giraffes!
Origin Massachusetts, New England, United States
Genres Math rock, progressive rock, post-rock, experimental rock
Years active 2001–present
Labels Independent
Website Official website
Members Ken Topham
Joseph Andreoli

Guitar and drums duo GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES! have been making fiercely unique music since their explosion into the San Francisco Bay area in 2005. Their mostly instrumental, odd-time compositions quickly grabbed the attention of listeners worldwide and their second album “More Skin With Milk-Mouth” is a quintessential Math Rock album that helped popularize the genre. With every new release, they continually make music that is both melodic and technical, experimental yet accessible- and the result is a sound that is both transcendental and incredibly fun.

History[edit]

Ken Topham and Joseph Andreoli both grew up in Western Massachusetts and met at Keene State college in 2001. Topham studied Music Composition and Music History and Andreoli studied English. They met through mutual friends and connections in Keene's music scene. Some of their first practices and brain storming sessions were held in Topham's studio apartment on Court Street in Keene. Their first show together was at the Owl's Nest Cafe at Keene State College under the name "A Heart Breaking Work of Staggering Genius" taken from a Dave Eggers book.

In 2004, the pair moved to Santa Cruz, California. Shortly after arriving on the west coast Topham and Andreoli committed to working together under the name Giraffes? Giraffes!, also taken from an Eggers book.[1] Moving around the country exposed the duo to several "musical communities," which Andreoli described as "totally weird to join, and then (the band would) leave them and start again somewhere else."[2]

The group's first album SUPERBASS!!!! (Black Death Greatest Hits Vol. 1) (2005) was recorded in a warehouse in Santa Cruz, California and was recorded mostly live, as with the rest of the band's output. "We try to record as much as possible live with minimal overdubs," says Topham. "But for the sake of time and frustration, we do some overdubs." Andreoli added "especially with looping. In a recording situation where you’re working with loops one little fuck up a loop 8 minutes in on a ten minute piece it’s just devastating," concluding that the band tries to only record material that they can play live.[1]

After the release of SUPERBASS!!!!, the duo began playing regularly in venues in Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. They began writing their second studio album and in 2007, More Skin With Milk-Mouth was recorded in Topham's apartment in Santa Cruz.[1] The following year, they successfully booked and played their first west coast tour, and a few months later, toured much of the east coast.

In 2009, the duo returned to New England and recorded Pink Magick in 2011. In 2013 they recorded a split EP 10" with Goddard. The band's most recent release is Spazz Master 7", released in February 2015.

Discography[edit]

SUPERBASS!!!! (Black Death Greatest Hits Vol. 1)[edit]

Giraffes? Giraffes! released their first album on December 9, 2005. The album was recorded and mixed by Topham and Christopher "Chet!" Snow.

More Skin With Milk-Mouth[edit]

Giraffes? Giraffes! released their second album on December 8, 2007. The album was recorded at Beef Studio by Topham and David Provost, mixed by Topham and Andreoli, and mastered by Dan Rathbun.

Live In Toronto[edit]

Giraffes? Giraffes! released their first live album on August 30, 2010. The album was recorded live on August 15, 2010, by Cameron Harding at Rancho Relaxo in Toronto, Canada. It features songs from their first two albums, as well as songs from their yet to be released third album.

Pink Magick[edit]

Giraffes? Giraffes! released their third album on September 21, 2011. The album was recorded by Topham and mixed by Andreoli and Topham at Beef Studio, and mastered by Harris Newman.

10"[edit]

Giraffes? Giraffes! released a split 10" EP with Goddard on April 30, 2013. Giraffes? Giraffes! material was recorded and mixed by Jason Karby, Andreoli, and Topham at Boiler Room Recordings in Worcester, MA. Goddard's material was recorded by Goddard at Electrical Audio in Chicago, IL.

Spazz Master 7"[edit]

Giraffes? Giraffes! released a 7" EP on February 3, 2015. The EP was recorded and mixed by Jason Karby at Boiler Room Recordings, and mastered by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio Labs.

Members[edit]

  • Ken Topham - drums, percussion, glockenspiel, bells, pots and pans, keyboard, minimal vocals[3]
  • Joseph Andreoli - guitar, loops, effects, minimal vocals[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Interview with Giraffes? Giraffes!" (Interview). Ithica Underground. August 17, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "INTERVIEW: GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES!". Robot Messiah Blog. December 2, 2010. Archived from the original (Interview) on June 16, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "SUPERBASS!!!! (BLACK DEATH GREATEST HITS VOL. 1)" (Review). Prog Archives. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 

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