Asterisk

Asterisk

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An NYC-based groove-oriented rock band focused on songwriting and improvisation. Raging jams and eloquent lyrics. Zappa + Phish + The Band = A close approximation of Asterisk.

Biography

Asterisk works to redefine the traditional rock trio sound. In addition to the classic guitar/bass/drums format, Asterisk has in its arsenal three songwriters, three singers, loops and samples which all combine to augment their signature sound: Danceable, energetic, and heartfelt. This is their story:

Barry Rosenhouse, a veteran of the Atlanta music scene and a drummer/songwriter whose songs had been played on radio juggernaut 99X, moved to NYC in 1999 in search of a new band. While Asterisk developed, Barry would record with Mike Gordon (of Phish) on the classic Joey Arkenstat "Bane" album.

Evan Meyers, armed with his six-string bass, working at an international bass shop servicing luthiers around the globe, answered an ad. He brought with him a deep songbook, killer chops, and a compulsion to never play what was expected.

Fast forward two years over which this dynamic rhythm section developed their sound playing in various NYC configurations.

CJ Eichinger, his style steeped in classic rock and blues, as well as a heavy dose of jam music, is a force with which to be reckoned. He answered a different ad, and was immediately brought into the fold. CJ had previously served as house engineer at the Knitting Factory in New York.

The connection between these 3 musicians was immediate and impossible to ignore.

Rehearsals, songwriting and gigs folllowed.

Despite the fact that all 3 musicians are songwriters and singers, Asterisk has organically developed a signature sound. The band melds unique song-structures (like Zappa), truly improvisational jams (like Phish), not merely vamps on the same chords, and vocals with harmonies (like The Band), not to mention spontaneous guitar and bass loops that serve as a bed for the jams and songs the band performs.

Since their early gigs in the basement at the Alphabet City haunt known as B3, Asterisk has performed two-set shows, opened for legends such as Oteil Burbridge and Bernie Worrell, played NYC venues such as Coda, Lion's Den, Tribeca Rock Club, and Sin-E, and also jammed at private events and venues upstate.

Discography

EP: Sampler (2006)
1. Build or Get Buried
2. Pseudo Bull n' Tree
3. Don't You Leave ('Til The Party's Over)

Set List

Asterisk's original songbook includes over 40 original songs. Some of the titles include:

Five Sides
Runinng In Place
People, Arrive
Sun Goes Down
Asleep > Lifespan
Pete's A Boy
Pseudo Bull n' Tree
Build or Get Buried
Don't You Leave ('Til The Party's Over)
Mountains
Three Things
Bright Lights, Big City
Epiphany

Asterisk also covers tunes by a variety of artists. Some of the titles include:

Skin It Back (Little Feat)
Zony Mash (The Meters)
Lemon n' Ice (Latin Playboys)
Little Less Conversation (Elvis Presly)
Spanish Castle Majic (Jimi Hendrix)
Driven To Tears (The Police)
Badge (Cream)