Barons in the Attic started in an attic. It didn't annoy the neighbors. Merging made-up genre's like indie-folk, college-alt-rock, and garage pop, the Barons have created a sound that both charms the heart and pumps the blood. With the shameless pop sensibility of Weezer, musical textures of Wilco, and the unabashed energy and emotion of Arcade Fire, Barons in the Attic is a sonic onslaught of gimmick-less rock.
Aaron Wilson - 1997 Fender Telecaster (Black/White); Fender Hot Rod DeVille 60W 4x10; Vocals
Matt Hamilton - 1999 Gibson SG (Black); Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue 40W 1x12; Vocals
Dan Maddalone - 2005 Rickenbacker Model 4003 Bass (Red); Peavy Marksman IV 400W Head; Ampeg SVT 4x10 HLF Cab; Vocals
Dylan DePice - 2000 DW Bass & Toms (Wood); Pearl Snare (Wood); Sabian Hi-Hats; Zildian A Crash; Zildian HHX Crash; Zildian Sweet Ride
LP: "Turn it Off & Take Out The Battery (2012)
LP: "545!" (2010)
Singles: "Blue York City"
LP: "Greatest Hits Vol. II" (2009)
Homegrown and Fresh-Cut
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Barons in the Attic Turn it Off and Take Out the Battery Recorded in just five days at Black D...Barons in the Attic
Turn it Off and Take Out the Battery
Recorded in just five days at Black Dog Studios outside Saratoga Lake, the latest from Barons in the Attic captures a band at peak creativity.
“Turn it Off . . .” showcases a host of collaborators who fill out the band’s revved-up folk-rock sound with horns, keys and vocal harmonies. “Theme From a 90s Sitcom” opens with a burly ascending bass line, doubled by trumpet provided by B3nson guest Louis Apicello, and washes into a sweetly sung melody with vocal harmonies by another B3nson member, Jen O’Connor. O’Connor also guests on the first single, “Julia.” With guitars charging, the band dust off their pop savvy with a big chorus courtesy of singer Aaron Wilson, whose vocals fly low with the blasé charm of Evan Dando. The oh-oh-oh’s of the chorus belie the grizzly story told in the verse about the eponymous runaway who falls on some seriously hard luck.
The drawling shuffle of “Go Down Together” brings to mind Bright Eyes and the laid-back melancholy of I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning. Matt Hamilton’s slide guitar and the singing saw bowed by Sgt. Dunbar multi-instrumentalist Dan Pardee provide the perfect soundtrack for making a bottle of rotgut wine disappear.
Turn It Off and Take Out the Battery is a document of a band stretching out. Barons in the Attic sample everything from post-punk on the ironically titled opener “End Song” to acoustic balladry on the album’s closer “Upstate Song,” but it never feels forced and retains a cracked pop sensibility throughout.
Music Monday - Barons in the Attic
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In my experience catching them live over the years, the four-piece has successfully failed to disapp...In my experience catching them live over the years, the four-piece has successfully failed to disappoint me. Whether it was in a basement or at Valentine’s in collaboration with WCDB, I’ve learned that Barons in the Attic is a band that likes to have fun when they’re playing, and goes out of their way to express how genuinely appreciative they are that people came out to hear their music.
Self-described as “thrashfolk”, these dudes pull from a variety of rock-infused genres to create a unique blend all their own that is sprinkled with obvious passion towards their craft. Simply put: listen to this band if you want to listen to good dudes who have a good time and make good music with good intentions. No games, no gimmicks.
Recordings: Barons in the Attic - Greatest Hits Vol. II
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Barons in the Attic Greatest Hits Volume II (B3nson) By now, the B3nson family’s reputation as...Barons in the Attic
Greatest Hits Volume II (B3nson)
By now, the B3nson family’s reputation as a sort of musical circus is pretty well established around these parts, but until recently, one ring has dominated the show. As ringleaders Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned work toward national recognition, the fortunetellers, bearded ladies, and sword swallowers are getting their own share of the limelight. While labelmates Beware! The Other Head of Science blast a synth charge through the collective’s lo-fi envelope, Barons in the Attic stick to the uninhibited B3nson jangle on their self- produced debut: a record that captures the infectious living-room-guitar-party energy of their live shows. In no place is this better displayed than on “Talkin’ About Walkin’ Around,” an exuberant testament to and antidote for those “Albany blues” we all feel from time to time. The tracks can sound a bit haggard—evidence of the home recording—but, then, both the effect and its cause are kinda the point, and in no way limit the band’s sonic palette. “Charlie Jean” features a great dirging bridge of bells and accordion, and the woozy “Tango Song” takes its shape from both clanging and fuzzy guitars, trombone, xylophone, and vocalist Matt Hamilton’s searing harmonica. In the end, it’s the songwriting that stands out, as tempos leap and fall without forewarning, and tunes resolve in beer-swinging sing-along codas. It’s hard not to join in at the end of “Cemetery of Ex-Girlfriends” with the refrain “We’ll sing songs, love songs.” Just as it can be difficult to determine where in the B3nson collective one band ends and another begins, it’s hard as a listener not to feel like you also have a place in the mix. But then this, too, is kinda the point.
Sets have ranged from 30 to 130 minutes. Depending on the venue, we'll play a poppy and dancey, loud and high-energy, or acoustic and intimate set.
Covers have included: "Gloria" by Them; "Sabotage" and "Fight For Your Right" by The Beastie Boys, "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence and The Machine, American Girl" by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, "Flagpole Sitta" by Harvey Danger, "Titus Andronicus Forever" by Titus Andronicus, etc.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.