Mallwalkers Farewell Show, La Neve, DJ Reazon
Friday, December 6, 8pm doors/9pm show, $10/pay what you can
From Providence, Rhode Island
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The collective members of Buffalo’s Mallwalkers are announcing that they will be playing a farewell show at Mohawk Place on Friday, December 6th, 2019, after 9 years of performing together.
MALLWALKERS formed as an extension of the previous projects of founding members co-vocalist Daniel Carosa. The group was initially conceived as a party punk collective, inspired equally by exuberant new wave bands such as the B-52’s and DEVO, and sprawling soul/funk ensembles such as FUNKADELIC and THE STONE CITY BAND. Through these inspirations, the band sought to break through the somewhat rigid musical structures of the otherwise inspiring Buffalo DIY punk rock scene by incorporating horns, multiple vocalists, funky instrumentation, and sardonic lyrics. A founding principle of MALLWALKERS was to play any show or party of which it was asked, and further, whichever members could play, would play. This led to a number of packed weekends with the band playing multiple Buffalo neighborhoods before the following Monday morning. Founding members Stephen Schmitt (guitar), Norelle Chrstiani (saxophone), and Stephen Floyd (bass) remain with the band today. The initial lineup recorded a demo cassette released on Drug Party Tapes, as well as split 7” EP with Buffalo garage punks WHITE WHALE.
In the run-up to their first full length record, the MALLWALKERS collective expanded to upwards of eleven members, evolving the traditional punk rock drums-bass-guitar structure to include multiple vocalists, multiple drummers and percussionists, and a four-to-five piece horn section. Current members Chelsea Montrois and Tony Flaminio joined during this growth period. MALLWALKERS released their first LP, Shake the Rust Off, on Peterwalkee Records in 2013, and supported the release with a tour the East Coast and Mid-Western United States. As to be expected with band of such an untraditional size, several members departed following the release of Shake the Rust Off. Original drummer Andy Dennison moved to New Orleans, keyboardist and lead hype-woman Jenny Kubicki moved to Brooklyn, and original co-vocalist Jamie Rowistch moved to Australia. Reports are conflicting regarding the status of enigmatic trumpetist Rot Stewart, though rumour has it he returned to his home of CITY AND STATE REDACTED.
The current MALLWALKERS line-up (which has been more-or-less solidified since 2015) took shape with the addition of co-vocalist Jaz Frazier, drummer Jason Bauers, and trumpeter Mario Fanone. These members contributed to a slight change in direction and songwriting by adding an increased technical quality to the collective. As a result, MALLWALKERS became more commanding and “muscular” in a live setting. Subsequently, the band recorded with esteemed engineer J. Robbins at the Magpie Cage in Baltimore, and released their 2nd LP Dial ‘M’ For Mallwalkers in 2016.
The MALLWALKERS lineup remained static for several years until drummer Jason Bauers moved to Brooklyn. In a remarkable move, MALLWALKERS was able to replace him with Bob Fullex, a former collaborator with Bauers in the new-music ensemble CROSSFIRE. MALLWALKERS has continued to play live with a number of guests performers and songwriting contributors including Jordan Nitoli, Bryan Johnson, and Ethan Hayden. During it’s 9 year existence, the band has shared the stage with like-minded bands such as SCREAMING FEMALES, DOWNTOWN BOYS, PRIESTS, BLEACHED, DUSK, SHEER MAG, CHAIN & THE GANG, BOSS HOG (featuring Jon Spencer), TITUS ANDRONICUS, TENEMENT, and MESSTHETICS (featuring members of FUGAZI).
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