Benzos

Benzos

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Benzos mix the ambiance and rhythm of early underground dance and experimental electronic music delicately with lush guitars and soaring vocals to create a vibrantly huge sound that is all their own. 6 talented musicians creating such an amazing symphony of sound, you have to hear it to believe it.

Biography

Benzos… A band created in the minds of three people who were yearning for a difference not only in music, but also in their own lives. Christian Celaya (vox/guitar/synth/bass), his cousin, Michael Ortega (vox/guitar/synth/programming), and their friend, Brian Joyce (guitar/programming/vox) decided to get the recurring buzzing out of their heads and ears, and put it on tape.

As 2003 began, they secluded themselves in their Tribeca apartment for 6 months with the guidelines being to do what’s best for the song and have no limitations as to how far out and deep this music could go. They recorded and co-produced this collection of songs with their friend and engineer, Eric Helmuth. Mixing the ambiance and rhythm of early underground dance and experimental electronic music with lush guitars and soaring vocals to create a vibrantly huge sound that is all their own.

With the music recorded, their next challenge was to find the right people to help pull off the songs in the live format. To do this, they called on the talents of their friends, Eiko Peck (bass) and Steve Bryant (drums), whose musical roots lie in Drum n’ Bass, Breakbeat, Jazz and Trip-hop. Both of them have been bandmates for many years and so their seasoned chemistry has made for the perfect rhythm section. Michael then recruited his younger brother, Matt Ortega (synths/programming/guitar/vox) to join him in manning the electronics and live soundscaping. It was the final piece needed to recreate and build upon the foundation that was originally laid down on the recordings. With Benzos now evolving into a 6 member band, the composition, production and performance of their music and sound is now at it’s strongest.

In their short period of existence, Benzos have gone on to pack some of New York City's premier venues (Sin-e, Pianos, Mercury Lounge) culminating with a SOLD OUT performance at the Bowery Ballroom.

They are also being played on various radio stations across the country (Q104.3/NY, 92.3 KROCK/NY, Q101/Chicago and WMFO/Boston) including a live interview and acoustic performance on 92.3 K-Rock’s “The Buzz with Matt Pinfield."

Benzos are currently in the studio recording their debut EP that will be released in the fall and will also be featured on the upcoming Nettwerk Records compilation, Public Display of Affection, The Sound of Independent Radio.

Discography

1 self released, self titled 6 song EP.

Set List

Pianos, July 8th Set list:

You're Forever an Hourglass
Ideal Magnet
Untitled
Sore Eyes
All the Kings Men
Mechanical Comrades
Blue Around You
It's Amiable

Benzos normally play about a 35 / 45 min set.