Out Today! Beats Antique release Shadowbox

Beats Antique is excited to announce that their new album, Shadowbox, release through their own label, Beats Antique Records. Their 10th album out on October 5th commemorates their tenth year as a band. They’ve also mounted a larger-than-life cross-country tour that will take their vision to theaters across America. “Shadowbox is both the title of our new album, the theme of our tour, and our new store front in Berkeley CA. We decided to bring it all together on this release,” states the band that consists of Bay Area residents Sidecar Tommy, David Satori and Zoe Jakes.

Mostly recorded at their studio in Oakland (which has been around since the 50s), the band also recorded in Russia and Israel. “We were lucky to record in both Moscow and Tel Aviv, because we had shows there and wanted to connect with the local artists. We had amazing sessions in both locations; In Moscow we recorded on the outskirts of the city in a wild Industrial complex. We ended up going through strange corridors into this plush bamboo-floored-Hare-Krishna-owned recording studio with state of the art gear. When we were in Tel Aviv, we gave a call to a local legend Yossi Fine and he helped us get time at Pluto Studios, which is one of the best in the city. We recorded with Talya Solan and her amazing group of musicians. We used elements of the Tel Aviv session to create our track “Bdna Salam,” which is raising money for Syrian refugees.” Along with Talya other features on Shadowbox include Lafa Taylor, Alam Khan, Tatiana Kalmykova, brasshouse trio Too Many Zooz (who are touring with Beats Antique), Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dana Elle, Madoline Tasquin and Medium Troy Orchestra. 

Shadowbox is a retrospective of sorts, with Beats Antique pulling from all of their previous work as almost a homage to the first ten years of their career. “This will be our first full album produced in Beats Antique’s recording studio/dance performance space.  We feel like Shadowbox touches on all our styles from down-temp Middle Eastern influences to cinematic orchestral arrangements. The songwriting process is also different for every song. Sometimes David will come in with a melody and Sidecar will add the bass and beats, and vice versa. One thing that always makes the songwriting process unique is that Zoe creates and arranges music based around stories she wants to tell though dance, so sometimes the performance aspect influences the creation of the music.”

An enthusiastic touring band, a new album also means a new tour, and since Beats Antique is all about the ‘concept,’ Shadowbox (the album and the idea) is another opportunity for them to get the creative juices flowing for the live shows. The band plan to use shadows, light, Indonesian shadow puppetry, custom-created lanterns, dance, storytelling, crowd participation and more to make sure this is an unforgettable visual spectacle for their audience. 

Shadowbox, an album that is an amalgamation of the history of Beats Antique, merged with a tour that will both tease and excite the senses, shows off what this band does best – transform, innovate and revolutionize what you think you know about music.

Beats Antique 2016 Tour Dates:
10/05 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Live
10/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
10/07 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
10/08 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
10/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue Theatre
10/11 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
10/12 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
10/13 – Boston, MA @ Royale Boston
10/14 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
10/15 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
10/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
10/18 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Jefferson Theater
10/19 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
10/20 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
10/21 – Black Mountain, NC @ Leaf Festival
10/22 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
10/25 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
10/26 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
10/27 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
10/28 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
10/29 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
10/30 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music & Arts Festival
10/31 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater
11/12 – Longmont, CO @ Roosevelt Park
12/03 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
1/20-25 – Miami, FL @ Jam Cruise

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