“This is the part of the song when we come together,” Adam Schatz’s voice rings out. “There’s no before. There’s no after. There’s only this.” Schatz leads Landlady, the Brooklyn five-piece whose 2014 Hometapes debut, Upright Behavior, boldly disrupts the notion of genre and reveals the soulful and continually-resonating work of Schatz and core band members Ian Chang, Ian McLellan Davis, Booker Stardrum, and Will Graefe, as well as a cast of NYC-based contributors gathered from Schatz’s tandem walks of life as a solo musician, improviser, organizer, collaborator, promoter, and writer. Compared to rock and roll juggernauts like The Band and Talking Heads, Landlady merge vast skill, a bend toward experimentation, and a proven belief that songs can be a true extension of the human experience. The result is timeless and charted by their recorded works and transformative live shows — both critically-acclaimed and ever-evolving. The next era was revealed this summer: Heat, a new EP, was released for free to fans worldwide and will be exclusively available on cassette tape on their US tour with passionate peers Son Lux and Buke and Gase.
Through guidance of ethereal sound therapist / loop artist Jennifer Simone, blakkr formed in the spring of 2016 with a vision for change and challenge, and an impetus for power squats.
Combining elements of punk, post-punk, metal and sludge, blakkr strives to write music with the same sort of life-blood that its members embody – burning with an affection for higher diversity, hungry with an appetite for constructive deconstruction.