The Ropes

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The Ropes
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.A
Genres Dream pop
Indie rock
Noise pop
Years active 2005 (2005)
Labels SINLO
Production Dessinee
Associated acts Tricky
Members Sharon Shy

The Ropes are an indie rock duo from New York City, composed of vocalist and bassist Sharon Shy and multi-instrumentalist "Toppy". Sharon Shy and Toppy founded The Ropes as a duo in 2005. They briefly began performing with a full band in 2006, but after describing working with other band members as “a living hell,”[1] they chose to officially be a duo in early 2008. The Ropes have toured throughout the US and UK, opening for acts such as Crocodiles,[2] Innerpartysystem,[3]The Bravery,[4] Chapel Club[5] and Sunday Girl.[5] They have been compared to The Cure, Interpol,[6] Garbage,[7] Poe,[8] The Knife,[9] and the Velvet Underground, and they cite 1950s French New Wave as an influence.[3] French magazine Les Inrockuptibles named The Ropes as one of their 5 bands to watch.[10]

The Ropes released an EP titled Cry to the Beat in 2007, with drums performed by Blake Fleming from Mars Volta,[4] and on May 6, 2008 released a full-length album entitled What They Do For Fun. Music critic Allan Raible chose What They Do For Fun as No. 15 on the ABC News 50 Best Albums of 2008.[8] In March 2009 they released their first EP as a duo entitled Be My Gun,[11][12] followed by another EP that August, Clubs in Europe Forever.[13] They released the Love is a Chain Store and I Miss You Being Gone EPs in early 2010.[6] The song "I Miss You Being Gone” was playlisted by Irish radio station Phantom 105.2,[14] and "Love is a Chain Store" was playlisted by NME Radio in March 2010.[15][16] In 2011, the band released the Lack of Technology Made Me a Killer EP along with a video that was premiered at the 2012 SXSW music and film festival.[17] The single "Lack of Technology Made Me a Killer" was chosen as Song of the Day by KEXP (90.3 FM) of Seattle.[18] In October 2013 they released The Man Who Refused to Be Born EP.[19] 2 more EPs were released in 2014, I Want It All, So I Can Have Nothing[20] and Sadness Is the Rich Man’s Drug.[21]

The latest LP from the band is "Post-Entertainment", which was released in February 2013. According to an interview The Ropes did with IndieRay, "Post-entertainment is an examination of artist vs. entertainer. They are not one and the same. They are mutually exclusive. In a broader sense, it is an examination of the 'function' that music and art play in life. If art were to win the battle vs. entertainment – you would have Post-entertainment. Currently, one side is decidedly outnumbered."[22]

Tricky sampled The Ropes' song "Love is a Chain Store" on the lead single "Does It" from his 2013 album "False Idols".[23]



  1. ^ "Listen To The Ropes' 'Sadness Is the Rich Man’s Drug’". Rock NYC. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Crocodiles + Milk Maid + The Ropes". 1 June 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Benson, John (6 August 2009). "Ropes try to sound like how band pictures itself". Vindy. Youngstown, Ohio. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Jones, Andrew (5 March 2008). "Strong as rope". The Corner News. Auburn, Alabama. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "New Slang welcomes four of this years breaking bands to The Hippodrome this week!". 10 June 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2014.  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ a b "The Ropes - Love is a Chain Store [EP]". Altsounds. 21 January 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Hughey, Jesse (6 March 2008). "Big Red Rooster, Psycho Blues, The Ropes, Braker Lane". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Raible, Allan (2 January 2009). "The 50 Best Albums of 2008: Nos. 25 to 1". ABC News. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Pohl, Isabelle (5 April 2009). "Musik Tipp: The Ropes". The Junction (in German). Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  10. ^ ""Cinq groupes à suivre (4)"". 4 June 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2014.  External link in |work= (help)
  11. ^ "Music Video: 'Be My Gun' by The Ropes". Noise Press. Retrieved on 2009-03-26
  12. ^ Raible, Allan (13 April 2009). "Review: The Ropes’ "Be My Gun" E.P.". On the Record. ABC News. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  13. ^ "The Ropes "Clubs in Europe Forever"". NeuFutur Magazine. 23 August 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  14. ^ Carroll, Jim (10 March 2010). "The Far Side – playlist for Tuesday March 9". On the Record. The Irish Times. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "The Ropes – "I Miss You Being Gone"". Delusions of Adequacy. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  16. ^ ""LOVE IS A CHAIN STORE" IN ROTATION ON NME RADIO". The Rope's MySpace blog. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  17. ^ "The Ropes - "Lack Of Technology Made Me A Killer" - Music 2012 - SXSW". SXSW. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  18. ^ ""Song of the Day: The Ropes - Lack of Technology Made Me a Killer"". 9 November 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "The Ropes - The Man Who Refused To Be Born". Indie Globe. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  20. ^ "The Ropes". Vader Evader. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  21. ^ "The Ropes – Sadness Is the Rich Man’s Drug EP". Kaltblut. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  22. ^ Poppy, Chris. "The Ropes独家采访:"所有的艺术家都是娱乐艺人"". IndieRay. IndieRay. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  23. ^ ""Tricky Samples "Love Is a Chain Store"". The Ropes' Official Website. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 

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