The Workers | Theatre of the Distraught

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Theatre of the Distraught

by The Workers

Sounds like Violent Femmes, Frank Zappa, The White Stripes
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Aggression
Daniel Greenwald
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2. Leave You With I Love You
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3. Cat's Eyes
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4. Single
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Album Notes
Hard-working New York musician Dan Greenwald is the man behind the moniker The Workers. A musical force to be reckoned with during the '90s, the eclectic band was often compared to The Talking Heads meets Frank Zappa. The Workers released their first full-length album "East Bronx Epiphany" in 2000. This experimental punk-jazz magnum opus of old and new material was a top local seller at the Tower Records location in Yonkers, NY; and, allowed the band to continue to record new music and perform live to their growing fanbase. After many band shuffles thru the years The Workers became a solo outlet for its founder, and over the past decade Dan has continued to make music in New York. He returned to SkyeLab Studios, where he completed the first album, to record his second effort. With the help of songwriter Glenn Owens and studio musicians Jim Mussen and Mike Leslie, a second album was released in the fall of 2009. The e.p. entitled "Theatre of the Distraught" featured 4 songs that again captured the rock n' roll free spirit of The Workers. The e.p. has gotten attention from internet radio, and Dan's music was ultimately featured on legendary bassist Mike Watt's free-form radio show "Watt from Pedro Show." In 2011, Dan entered semi-retirement to actualize his lifelong dream of pursuing music full-time, with an emphasis on frequent live performance. Dan's potent songwriting ability has twice earned him the prestigious ASCAPLUS Popular Division Award. Finally, Dan's new video-Janine-was featured in Episode 48 of the highly selective TV program The Indie Music Video Show (TIMVS). TIMVS broadcasts to a potential viewing audience of 4 million via public access TV across America and the internet.



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Matt Glass, Indie Musician

Matt Glass Review
"The Workers simply put make the musician in me rejoice.The track 'Leave You With I Love You' is one of my favorite tunes.from the haunting lead guitar to the Beatles-esque sensibilities of the vocals, it makes me feel, well, happy.In my humble opinion, Dan and The Workers should be on heavy rotation in your playlist."


Bluesbunny Review
"The EP, despite having only 4 songs, has something of an epic feel to it.It's all post-punk American style meets arthouse intensity, with the guitars high in the mix, and Mr. Greenwald's laconic vocals dryly intoning words of alienation and dissociation.Every word is delivered like it was written by Shakespeare and every note is played with controlled ferocity.The Workers have take the option of going large here. Good choice!"

Jean-Baptiste Collinet

Musesmuse Review
"I read the lyrics before listening to the music.One aspect struck me: it is so easy to relate to that I find it to be universal and timeless.I thought about James Hetfield.His straightforward yet not shallow way of writing. So similar, and so great! When I came to discover the music, I was astounded. I never heard such a piece of art.The Workers have a story to tell about themselves as human beings, but also as musicians. Excellent musicians"

Phil Rainone/Jersey Beat

Jersey Beat Review
"The Workers' 4-song EP is very much left field in the same way that Violent Femmes or They Might Be Giants are. Musical and lyrical banalities are transformed-via unexpected juxtapositions-into deliciously deadpan whimsy. They seek out the strange, sonic textures that the others possess, while staying true to themselves. The Workers talk-sing in homely (sometimes funny) voices, and their lyrics are nothing, if not off-the-wall cool. This album is highly recommended to listeners with a sense of adventure, and also for those who need one."-Phil Rainone/Jersey Beat

David Asher, Rock/Reggae Band THE PROCESS

"Theatre of the Distraught by The Workers features edgy, eclectic, swirling psychedelia.the band fuses tight rhythmic changes with occasional jazzy textures.recommended for anyone seeking sounds which are both thought provoking and musically innovative."

Cyrus Rhodes/Indie Music Digest

Indie Music Digest Review
"It's obvious to me Greenwald is the brilliant musical mastermind behind all this. His lyrics and vocal paraphrasing are extremely catchy, addictive, and highly infectious. In fact, I would say he is one of the most impressive singer/songwriters who've come across my desk this year."

DW Hughes, Modern-Dance Magazine

Modern-Dance Review
"The material is incredibly heartfelt and beautifully melodic in many places. There's some very subtle lead work, especially on 'Leave You With I Love You', and the track 'Single' is quite revealing. In general the overall tone is one of melancholy but it's stopped from going too Leonard Cohen with, as I've said, some nice lead work. All in all it's an accomplished set of songs, with some rather appropriate artwork. Nice one Dan."

Indieshark Review
"Greenwald's voice is amazing.I would say his vocal performances and musical personality are the strong suit of this CD.Above average songs-even flirting with brilliant.Greenwald is clearly being himself as a songwriter and this is what comes out.The CD refuses to try too hard-that's what makes it so amazing."