The Defibulators Performing at MOTR Pub on 6/17 – New Album Being Released on 8/27

The Defibulators
The Defibulators

Photo by Jessica Gildersleeve

The Defibulators
June 17, 2013
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St, Cincinnati, OH
10 pm, Free

The Defibulators, described alternately as “Hee-Haw on mescaline” and “CBGB-meets-Grand Ole Opry,” will release Debt’ll Get’em,’ the follow up to their acclaimed 2009 debut ‘Corn Money,’ on August 27th. Recorded in Woodstock with D. James Goodwin and Eli Walker and Brooklyn with co-producer Brian Bender (Langhorne Slim, Jose James), the album is an au courant, urban take on classic country, channeling the frenetic energy of their legendary live shows into tight, punchy hooks and foot-stomping sing-alongs. Check out the Relix premiere of “Cackalacky” here, and see below for tour dates.

From “Pay For That Money,” a pedal steel and fiddle lament about debt, to “Ponytail Run,” a dreamy ode to beauty just out of reach, the album is full of gorgeous harmonies and razor-sharp wit. “Everybody’s Got a Banjo” is a biting, 70’s swamp funk-inspired nod to the instrument’s recent ubiquity (“If you don’t know how to play it, well it still looks cool”), and “Cackalacky” is the tongue-in-cheek story of an Appalachian musician who moves to New York City to make it big in roots music.

The band’s boundless energy and infectious sense of joy onstage earned them a nod as one of Brooklyn’s best emerging bands in Vice Magazine, and a devoted following in a city not known for its love of country. “It’s most fun to play for people who don’t think they like country music,” says singer Erin Bru. Guitarist/singer/songwriter Bug Jennings agrees, adding, “There’s something about the fast-paced, frantic, neurotic energy of New York that makes our style work.”

The band garnered immediate critical notice for their debut in 2009, with New York Magazine raving that “[Bug] and singer Erin Bru slip into harmonies that recall the storied Gram Parsons-Emmylou Harris duets,” Under the Radar hailing it as “a boozy concoction worth swigging until last call,” and Pop Matters describing it as “a drunken square dance on speed.”

Stay tuned for more info on the album and tour dates.

The Defibulators Summer Tour:
6/6 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Stargazers Theatre
6/7 – Pagosa Springs, CO @ Pagosa Folk N’ Bluegrass Festival
6/8 – Dolores, CO @ Dolores River Brewery
6/9 – Vail, CO @ Shakedown Bar
6/11 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
6/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Davey’s Uptown
6/13 – St. Louis, MO @ The Gramophone
6/14 – Freeburg, IL @ Skootrs
6/15 – Lexington, KY @ Willie’s
6/17 – Cincinnati, OH @ Motr Pub
6/18 – Barnesville, OH @ Barnesville Memorial Park
6/19 – Berryville, VA @ The Barns of Rose Hill
6/20 – New York, NY @ Hill Country
6/28 – Moretown, VT @ Phantom Ridge Music Series @ Bliss Ridge Farm
6/29 – New Haven, CT @ CafÈ Nine
6/30 – Yonkers, NY @ Hudson Rising River Tour @ The Yonkers Waterfront Amphitheatre
7/12 – White River Junction, VT @ Tupelo Music Hall
7/13 – Portsmouth, NH @ Prescott Park Arts Festival
7/14 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
7/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
8/2 – Detroit, MI @ Detroit Institute for the Arts
9/21-22 – Bristol, TN @ Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

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