"Warshaw's gripping, soulful vocals add a triumphant air to the thunderous drums, squealing electronics, and overdriven guitars" - Seattle Weekly
"Warshaw's songwriting stinks of Bob Mould's smooth-in-the-face-of-ugly melodicism... it's a perfect bait and switch." - Stylus Magazine
About Parts & Labor:
"Brilliant, sustained noise-rock - minimalists w/ a monumental impact." - Jon Parales, The NY Times
"What Parts and Labor have figured out how to do, in a way no one else really has, is to make noise anthemic." - Pitchforkmedia.com
Shooting Spires is the bedroom art-pop project of BJ Warshaw, bassist and vocalist for Parts & Labor. Retreating from the Brooklyn stalwarts and their extroverted noise-punk, his self-titled debut album is an agoraphobic mix of soaring choruses and tormented electronics, fueled on Brian Eno, Boredoms and Peter Gabriel. Warshaw showcases his ability to harness drone, noise, tweaked electronics and singed circuits: the violent hum of Sunroof! juxtaposed against hooks catchy enough for fans of TV On The Radio.
Warshaw fuses off-kilter electronic beats, oscillator blips, glitchy loops, toy keyboards, distorted guitars, saxophone, drums and found percussion. All of this is the therapeutic underscore to lyrics about failed relationships ("Embers"), redemption in the face of seemingly inescapable cycles ("Quarantine"), the persistent threat of personal and global catastrophe ("Alive And Well") and finding solace in decay ("Right").
Despite the lush sound and emotional breadth of Shooting Spires, all 10 tracks were written, recorded and performed by Warshaw in a windowless, ventilation-deficient bedroom during a two and a half month self-imposed retreat during the winter of 2007. Following a string of intimate solo performances, Shooting Spires will be expanding into a four piece band and touring the United States.
Download the song "Right" HERE!
"Shooting Spires" tracklist:
4. Alive And Well
5. A Million Drops
6. Hollow Yell
7. Sky For A Sea
8. Silent Alarms
10. At Last At Least
Shooting Spires Live!
Sep 6 2007 @ PETE’S CANDY STORE in Brooklyn, NY w/ Leaders, Goddamn Rattlesnake
Oct 18 2007 @ CAKE SHOP in NYC - Cardboard Records CMJ Showcase w/ Big Bear, Gowns, High Places
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