Dear music lovers, and ladies of the night… Brian Viglione, Elyas Khan, and Sxip Shirey proudly bring you a Janky Magic Box Rock’n’Roll Nomadic Freak-out!
While these three musicians have played together in various formations over the years, it was legendary producer Martin Bisi who finally put them on stage together at the legendary White Trash Club in Berlin creating a mind melting and exciting night of music!
Drummer Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls) holds down rhythms that go from percussive jazz delights to heavy balls out hard rock. Add to this front man Elyas Khan (Nervous Cabaret) dubbed by fans as “Royalty in Dirty Disguise” with a voice described as “melted fucking chocolate over bourbon” and you’ve got a sensuous mass of sound. Sxip Shirey brings in his ecstatic melody, unimaginable sounds and deep sexy beats played on Industrial Flutes, Bullhorn Harmonicas, Regurgitated Music Box, Triple Extended Pennywhistles, Miniature Hand Bell Choir, Obnoxiophone, Glass Bowls With Red Marbles, human beat box and a clutch of curious objects. Put these all three together and you’ve got a post punk, Led Zeppelin, electro / folk / funk / urban / nomadic freak-out!
Gentlemen & Assassins played their first shows together, in the form of a 6 country tour, in March 2011 as a wholly DIY affair. Inspired by the reactions from audiences and venues the band completes a second tour in October / November 2011. They ended the tour at Berlin's historic NalepaStrasse Funkhaus for 3 days of recording at Tricone Studios working with producer Chris Lastelle of Pebble Music. This completely fan-funded album is now presented to you here.
Individually, and with their bands (Dresden Dolls, Nervous Cabaret, Luminescent Orchestrii) these musicians have played countless shows and some of the worlds largest festival stages. Together they are unexpected and exciting in their musical diversity. This is music that simply must be experienced to be comprehended.
Meet The Guys!
Brian Viglione is best know as the drummer for The Dresden Dolls, the original “Punk Cabaret” duo with Amanda Palmer. Brian has also played with New York City’s swing-punk orchestra, The World/Inferno Friendship Society.
In his career Brian has performed across the globe at the world’s biggest festivals including Coachella, Fuji Rock, Roskilde and Glastonbury.
Elyas Khan has built a reputation as one of the most unique vocalists and songwriters in music today. A powerhouse on stage, “taking the spiritual and making it gleefully profane”, with a voice like “melted fucking chocolate over bourbon” he creates a dark, sensuous mass of sound, invoking a post punk, Led Zeppelin, electro / folk / funk / urban / nomadic freak-out!
Dubbed “Royalty in dirty disguise” by fans, Elyas Khan, solo and with his Brooklyn based band Nervous Cabaret, has shared stages with Amanda Palmer, Animal Collective, Anthony & The Johnsons, Sonic Youth, Nouvelle Vague, 17 Hippies and many others, while touring the US and Europe including major festivals (Dour, Trans Musicales, Arezzo Wave, etc).
Sxip Shirey creates Ecstatic melody, unimaginable sounds and deep sexy beats played Industrial Flutes, Bullhorn Harmonicas, Regurgitated Music Box, Triple Extended Pennywhistles, Miniature Hand Bell Choir, Obnoxiophone, Glass Bowls With Red Marbles, human beat box and a clutch of curious objects.
Featured solo performances at Boston Symphony Hall and premier performance of the composition “Melody For Lizzie” with the Boston Pops. Composition for short film written and directed by Neil Gaiman (Coraline, American Gods, The Graveyard Book), broadcast on Christmas day 2009 on SKY TV, UK. Support act for Dresden Dolls US tour and at The Round House in London, England. Featured at TED in Monterey, California, Ashley Capp’s (founder of Bonaroo) Big Ears Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Fest, Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia, Floyd Fest, Joe’s Pub, The Knitting Factory and CBGB’s in New York City.