Louis Schefano

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Louis Schefano
Louis Schefano live at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, CA.jpg
Background information
Born (1970-01-26) January 26, 1970 (age 49)
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
GenresSinger-Songwriter, indie rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, producer, drummer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, drums
Years active1985–present
Associated actsRegia
Cheshires
Maria Taylor
Remy Zero
Verbena
Suspicious Light
Little Red Rocket
Websitelouisschefano.com

Louis Schefano is an American singer-songwriter, producer/engineer and multi-instrumentalist originally from Birmingham, Alabama, United States. He has recorded under various monikers including Regia, Louis,[1] and Suspicious Light. Schefano was also a founding member of Remy Zero and Little Red Rocket (featuring Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink of Azure Ray), and has performed, produced or recorded with Azure Ray, Maria Taylor, Verbena, Cheshires (featuring members of Remy Zero), Bright Eyes, The Ladybug Transistor, and Jaymay.

Biography[edit]

Schefano was the original drummer for Remy Zero when they first formed in Birmingham, Alabama in 1990.[2] He later joined Verbena replacing their original drummer,[3] and is featured on the 1996 EP Pilot Park on Merge Records.[4]

Schefano then joined Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink of Azure Ray in Little Red Rocket as their drummer, and also contributed guitar, piano, and vocals to the group's 1997 debut album, Who Did You Pay[5] on Tim/Kerr records. Little Red Rocket was subsequently signed to Geffen Records in 1998.[5]

Regia's The Art of Navigation, Schefano's solo debut, was released in 1999 on spinART Records.[6] The Art of Navigation was co-produced by Shelby Tate of Remy Zero and mixed by Robert Schneider,[7] best known as a producer for his work on Neutral Milk Hotel's critically lauded In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.[8] MTV praised The Art of Navigation as "great sixties-inspired pop"[9] and CMJ New Music Monthly called Schefano an "ace songwriter and lyricist."[6]

Maria Taylor, who was previously romantically linked to Schefano,[10] credits him for teaching her "how to write songs, play drums and find my voice.".[11] Taylor covered several of his songs on her releases including "Nature Song" on her 2005 debut 11:11[12] and "A Small Part of Me" co-written by Schefano on 2007's Lynn Teeter Flower.[13]

In 2007, Schefano, recording under the name "Louis," released Freak Show Revenge on Superphonic Records.[14] Exclaim! praised the EP as "reminiscent of Elliott Smith, with whimpering vocals that hug gentle guitar slides and strums."[15] That same year he also co-produced, engineered and contributed to Jaymay's debut album Autumn Fallin'. Schefano is also credited with additional recordings on Bright Eyes' 2007 critically acclaimed Cassadaga on Saddle Creek Records.[16]

Maria Taylor again covered Schefano on her third album LadyLuck in 2009 with the song "A Chance".[10] "Louis" released their second effort, a 7" single, "Laura," on Goodnight Records in 2013.[17]

In 2015,[18] Schefano released the single "Burned" as Suspicious Light.[19] Gigwise subsequently called them one of the "10 hottest new bands coming out of NYC."[19] The Deli Magazine referred to their recordings as "melancholic, reverb-soaked, indie-rock" and declared them as March 2015's artist of the month.[20]

Shefano is featured on Maria Taylor's newest record In the Next Life, credited with vocals and additional recordings on several tracks.[21]

On January 6, 2017 Buzzbands.LA premiered the first single "Come to Think" from Schefano's debut self-titled solo LP Opposite Side of the World, released on Maria Taylor's new label, Flower Moon Records. Buzzbands.LA called "Come to Think" "a rhythmically tricky, ’60s-flavored jingle that adroitly buries its cloudy emotions behind a sunny melody."[22] Paste premiered the album's second single "Song for Anthony" on February 2, 2017.[23] PureVolume premiered the video for "Come to Think" on March 7, 2017.[24] "Come to Think" was featured in episode 6 of CBS' Me, Myself & I on October 30, 2017,[25] and also in Freeform's The Fosters.[26]

The hit TV show Pretty Little Liars premiered a new single "Wish Something Would Happen" on during Season 7 Episode 17 on June 6, 2017.[27] PopMatters called Schefano's "smooth melodic urgencies and poignant lyrics" reminiscent of Nirvana and R.E.M..[28]

In April 2018, Paste premiered a new single from Maria Taylor called "Real Life" featuring Schefano, from a compilation released by her label, Flower Moon Records.[29] Schefano's track from the album, "The Future is Now," premiered in May 2018 in LA Weekly, calling it a "sprawling, drawling, epic pop-rock song that sways in and out of layers like a beautiful Pink Floyd/Beatles hybrid."[30] Schefano recorded & co-produced Azure Ray's forthcoming EP, Waves, out October 26, 2018 on Flower Moon Records.[31]

Discography[edit]

Bands[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • Regia – The Art of Navigation (1999, spinART Records)
  • Louis – Freak Show Revenge (2007, Superphonic Records)
  • Louis – Laura/The Numbers 7" (2013, Goodnight Records)
  • Suspicious Light – Burned single (2016)
  • Louis Schefano – Opposite Side of the World (2017, Flower Moon Records)
  • Louis Schefano – Wish Something Would Happen EP (2017, Off World Records)
  • Maria Taylor and Louis Schefano – Light of the World single (2017, Flower Moon Records)

Compilations[edit]

Other Contributions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen M. Deusner (May 3, 2007). "Through the Sparks: Lazarus Beach Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  2. ^ Kevin Bronson (August 11, 2016). "Video premiere: Cheshires (ex-Remy Zero), 'Love This Feelin –". Buzzbands.la. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "A.A. Bondy – Biography". Billboard. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  4. ^ CMJ New Music Monthly. Books.google.com. p. 27. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Featured Louis Schefano and Regia". Alabamamusicoffice.com. March 6, 2007. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  6. ^ a b CMJ New Music Report. Books.google.com. April 5, 1999. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Neutral Milk Hotel Album Transformed For Stage". NPR. May 10, 2009. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  9. ^ "Not Groundbreaking, Not Frenzied, But Not Bad". MTV. July 22, 1999. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Maria Taylor: About the Album". Wondering Sound. March 26, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  11. ^ "Maria Taylor – Timeline". Facebook. Retrieved November 7, 2016.[non-primary source needed]
  12. ^ Brown, August. "Maria Taylor | Under the Radar – Music Magazine". Undertheradarmag.com. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  13. ^ Tammy La Gorce (March 6, 2007). "Lynn Teeter Flower – Maria Taylor | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  14. ^ "She Wants Louis' 'Revenge'". Spin. March 22, 2007. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  15. ^ Burke, Jasmyn (April 17, 2007). "Louis Freak Show Revenge". Exclaim!. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  16. ^ "Bright Eyes – Cassadaga (CD, Album)". discogs. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  17. ^ "Louis – Laura 7 – $5.99 : Goodnight Records, Online Shop!". Goodnightrecords.com. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  18. ^ "Louis Schefano – Timeline". Facebook. Retrieved November 7, 2016.[non-primary source needed]
  19. ^ a b "The 10 hottest new bands coming out of NYC". Gigwise.com. March 30, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  20. ^ "The Deli NYC No. 42 – Best of NYC 2015, Porches, Gentrified Williamsburg, Cassette Culture by The Deli Mag". Issuu.com. May 24, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  21. ^ http://buzzbands.la/2016/12/01/stream-maria-taylor-free-song/
  22. ^ http://buzzbands.la/2017/01/06/premiere-louis-schefano-come-think/
  23. ^ https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/01/exclusive-check-out-louis-schefanos-new-single-son.html
  24. ^ http://www.purevolume.com/news/PREMIERE-Louis-Schefano-Come-to-Think
  25. ^ http://www.cbs.com/shows/me-myself-and-i/video/_24ULk4SAbAcUkZ9ALKtnlztTeVQv92r/me-myself-and-i-new-job/
  26. ^ https://freeform.go.com/shows/the-fosters/news/the-fosters-official-season-5b-music-guide
  27. ^ http://freeform.go.com/shows/pretty-little-liars/news/you-will-definitely-want-to-add-these-songs-from-pll-s7e17-to-your-playlist
  28. ^ http://www.popmatters.com/post/louis-schefano-wish-something-would-happen-video-premiere/
  29. ^ https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/04/daily-dose-maria-taylor-real-life-trump-era.html
  30. ^ http://www.laweekly.com/music/premiere-the-future-is-now-for-louis-schefano-9439044
  31. ^ http://www.flowermoonrecords.com/releases/
  32. ^ "HHBTM Records – Various – "Happy Happy Birthday To Me Vol. 1" CD". Hhbtm.com. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  33. ^ "HHBTM Records – Various – "Hey, It's My Birthday" CS". Hhbtm.com. Retrieved November 7, 2016.

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