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Demander

| Established. Jan 01, 2004 | INDIE

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Established on Jan, 2004
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"NYC Bands on the rise: Demander"

I like this band. Now I could approximate Demander's sound by describing the NYC trio as Tom Waits with surf rhythms and blistering female vocals, at times edging on melodicore, driving a speeding runaway train of adventure rock with vivid, emotive vocals. My roommate calls the band, "Yeah Yeah Yeahs on prog(?) pills, exuberant but kinda gloomy, Sergio Leone dramatics + NYC guitar rock." So I guess "cross-genre" would be an accurate descriptor; I feel guilty about making comparisons. Demander has its own sound, touching on so many different reference points – Las Vegas, Victorian London, Saturday morning cartoons, spaghetti westerns – that the band makes one question the point of criticism at all. Well I'm here to tell you the point – Demander needs to be heard, especially if any of the preceding words strike a hint of interest, excitement, or curiosity deep within your cockles. Word has it the band is just starting work on its sophomore release. I can't wait. - Deli Magazine, May 2008


"Demander CMJ Singles Review"

Pop quiz: You've released an unstoppably ass-kicking album that seamlessly melds decades of gritty New York underground rock with a bit of Pac-Northwest riot grrrl indie menace; you've toured extensively with everyone from the Hold Steady to New Model Army; your video for "Hollis" is as clever and engaging an animated clip as any by a more high-budget band; but somehow you still don't get your proper due amidst the many musical communities you so tantalizingly cater to. Who are you? There is no answer other than Demander, the dual-gender trio straight outta New York (and not Williamsburg, but actual New York, New York), whose fierce DIY ethics (last year's The Unkindness Of Ravens was self-released, as will be their in-the-works followup) are part of their endearing package but may have left some would-be devotees in the dark. - CMJ.com, April 2008


"Demander"

Since 2004, this New York, NY trio – featuring bassist/singer/songwriter Karen Corrêa, powerhouse drummer Sivan Harlap (both ex-Hissyfits) and guitarist Jared Scott – has kicked up quite a racket and they are finally starting to get some attention. Counting the Hold Steady and New Model Army (!) as their peers, the band offers everything you want in an edgy, modern indie punk influenced rock band: locked-in playing, sophisticated songs, great melodies, adventurous songwriting and flawless production. Fans of Rainer Maria, Alexisonfire, PJ Harvey and Sleater-Kinney will find this band a welcome addition to their lives. A solid start by a promising band that's teetering on the verge of amazing. - Big Takeover Magazine, May 2008


"On The Verge: Demander"

The three members of Demander, perhaps New York City’s most boisterous, witty and good-natured group, have dug in deep at B-Side, a quaint but bombastic bar on the Lower East Side... The bar has become a second home, rally point and late-night rendezvous for a band devoid of an obvious scene affiliation. This is due primarily to their dizzyingly addictive sound, which siphons off progressive punk and metal while salaciously seizing Sleater-Kinney’s darkest shipwrecked moments. - CMJ New Music Monthly, October 2007


"Due to be popular Demander"

NYC trio Demander has been making Boston audiences collectively wonder, "Wait, are you sure they're not the headliners?" for the past few years with their dark and intense pop. Singer and bassist Karen Kanan Correa delivers foreboding words in pretty melodies against an aggressive backdrop of Sivan Harlap's drums and Jared P. Scott's relentless riffs, but like her bandmates, she appears to be locked in a deep state of joy when performing these tunes. - Boston Metro, May 2007


"Demander EP Review"

Stylistically, the band has a strong, stripped-down blues punk sound that is more accurately comparable to The Pretenders or PJ Harvey. Karen Corrêa proudly prefers to play the bass guitar's lowest notes and her vocals are equally as rich and robust. It's a perfect match for Sivan Harlap's rhythmic thunder and it's this pair's ongoing tug of war for dominance that makes the group's simple guitar, bass, and drums lineup so interesting. - Free Williamsburg, November 2006


"Notable Releases (The Unkindness of Ravens)"

Demander's The Unkindness of Ravens
The Hold Steady tourmates hail from New York and have already made their mark with a five-song EP and an intriguing animated video, for their song "Hollis." Now it's time for the requisite debut album, The Unkindness of Ravens, which sounds like a proggier version of Sleater-Kinney or Fugazi. Tracks include "GMT," "Baixo," "Elijah" and "TKO Ravens." - MTV.com, October 2007


Discography

"Future Brite" LP (2009)
"Books" single (2008)
"Coulee" single (2008)
The Unkindness of Ravens LP (2007)
Demander EP (2005)

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Sivan and David met behind the snack bar at Villa Park High School in 1994. Karen and Sivan met in a band in 2001 that led them to another band in 2003 that led them to start of Demander in 2004. David and Karen met in New York many years after the previous two events, somewhere near 2008. Now they are all making a record together. It's called Future Brite.

Demander keeps good company, touring with the likes of The Hold Steady, Art Brut and New Model Army. The trio's "rolling freak out" is ruled by a positive and adventurous spirit that can be seen in their live shows and heard in their recordings. Their sophomore release, Future Brite, is due out this summer and features the anthemic "Books," recently remixed by electro-pop duo Shy Child.

"I could approximate Demander's sound by describing the NYC trio as Tom Waits with surf rhythms and blistering female vocals, at times edging on melodicore, driving a speeding runaway train of adventure rock with vivid, emotive vocals. My roommate calls the band, "Yeah Yeah Yeahs on prog(?) pills, exuberant but kinda gloomy, Sergio Leone dramatics + NYC guitar rock." So I guess "cross-genre" would be an accurate descriptor; I feel guilty about making comparisons. Demander has its own sound, touching on so many different reference points – Las Vegas, Victorian London, Saturday morning cartoons, spaghetti westerns – that the band makes one question the point of criticism at all." -Deli Magazine

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