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"Invisible Choir's Shades Of Wonder & Lust (1HMF)"

1HMF is a small DIY label operating from Buffalo in the USA and run by members of the band and this album is a fine step in the right direction. This is music that exists between the sun going down and the moon appearing, long shadows and fleeting movements, ivy taking grip of an old building. It's not Goth, but has dark leanings between wigging out with wild fuzzed out solos in-between creating grand atmospherics. There are a lot of hints of other things in here, early Bowie, Psychedelic Furs perhaps even Brit bands such as Radiohead circa Creep. It has that foreboding feeling that something is out to get you, building tension before unleashing flurries of melody and noise. Yeah, this is a quite beautifully grand album full of atmosphere and good tunes and would be appreciated by anyone who likes well crafted rock music with dark hues. - Vanity Project


"Rags to Richie"

Tonight, Richie Coffman - late of the Splatcats, OUI-73 and Saw Secret Scene - joins with drummer Heinz Remus and bassist Amber Marcucci to celebrate the release of Invisible Choir's full-length debut disc, "Shades of Wonder and Lust," in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. There is a great tradition of Kenmore rock, and Coffman and Remus have long been a part of it, whether performing with various bands or running Mary's Lounge Records, where engineer/producer Paul Fitzgibbons manned the mixing desk for many a moon. Fitzgibbons also worked his magic on the subterranean grooves and brain-shaking guitars that comprise "Shades," which was ultimately mastered by Mike Rorick inside Audio Magic. Invisible Choir takes its place in the Kenmore talent lineage here, with a record which seeks, and more often than not, succeeds in finding beauty in dark places. Heavy as it needs to be, tuneful throughout, and both graceful and atmospheric, "Shades" is a great album and suggests the band will be an eminent force on stage. Beamer and Street People will open the show, which begins at 10 tonight, following a happy-hour set from Michael Meldrum and Friends on the front stage, kicking off at 6 p.m. - Jeff Miers - Buffalo News Gusto


"Invisible Choir (Jack's Reviews)"

This Buffalo Trio are the product of ex-SplatCats and Oui-73 guitarist/singer Richie Coffman and former As Summer Dies drummer (and Mary's Lounge Records maven) Heinz Remus, along with one Amber Marcucci, nicknamed AmBeer, on bass. They play a chunky but stretchy post-punk and classic rock mix, with a high degree of musicianship. Coffman knows his way around his axe, as the climbing leads in "Edweena" and the hammer-damage of "Last Love Song" demonstrate. He gives the threesome a strange reverb-guitar extra-dimension which makes them quite interesting, along with Remus's obvious chops. A brief acoustic ballad like "A Crime to Be" fits snugly as well. Coffman's vocals sometimes sound a little pitchy but otherwise, Shades is decent D.I.Y. (www.invisiblechoir.com) - The Big Take Over


"Invisible Choir-Shades of Wonder & Lust (www.1hmf.com)"

Buffalo's Invisible Choir brings together two seasoned veterns of that city's scene-guitarist/vocalist Richie Coffman of Eighties garage-rock kings The Splatcats and the more recent Oui 73, and drummer Heinz Remus, who's been in a long list of Buffalo bands as well as the owner of Mary's Lounge records. Add teenaged bassist Amber Marcucci and you have a multi-generational trio with experience and youth in its arsenal. On this debut CD, the music seems split between spirited garage rock (best cut: "Richiefornia") and ballads descended from Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" era. I prefer the uptempo stuff myself-if I want ballads, I'll listen to the Goo Goo Dolls. - Jersey Beat (#77) (Jim Testa)


"Ramrods Reunion Show"

Opening the show was Invisible Choir, made up of two serious veterans of Buffalo's indie/punk scene, guitarist Richie Coffman and drummer Heinz Remus, plus bassist Amber Marcucci, who was wearing her graduation cap from high school earned earlier that day for this show. The band played rock, sometimes rough and fast, other times thick and mid-tempo, sounding rather good and more intense than the band's current CD.
- BuffaloRoots.com


Discography

Shades of Wonder and Lust CD released in March 2005

CILU 102.7 FM (Thunder Bay, ON) radio airplay

Buffalo State College radio airplay

University of Buffalo radio airplay

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Bio

Rich Coffman
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Rich played in the SplatCats from 1987- 1990. He played on two of their albums, "Feelin' Bitchy" and "Right On" along with extensive international touring. He was on Moving Targets/Celluloid Records and then on Provogue Records. After that Rich was on Potter's Field from 1990-1995 and released one disc called "Redeemers and a Game Called Pig." From 1996-2002, Rich was with Oui*73 on Mary's Lounge Records. The band toured nationally for their two albums, "Princess" and "Sex, Bullets and Fire Engines". Throughout those years (1987-2002) Rich had also been featured on ten compilation albums.

Heinz Remus
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Heinz played bass in his first band at the ripe old age of 14. Since then he has played guitar, bass, keyboard, and for the last 5 years drums in a number of bands. From 1987-1992 Heinz played in Buffalo based pseudo-goth rocker's Consorting Angels, which released it's only CD on Mary's Lounge Records in 1992. He left the band soon after, but remained close friends with bassist/recording engineer, Paul Fitzgibbons. Together, Remus and Fitzgibbons turned Mary's Lounge Records into a integral part of Buffalo's Indie music scene, booking several area bars and bringing in national and international indie acts throughout the 90's. In 1999 Heinz decided to get back into performing, and joined up with a young band called feng shui. The band was cut short as he took a job as tour manager for a Canadian all girl rock/pop quartet. However, in 2001 feng shui reformed with the name As Summer Dies. While with ASD, Remus logged many road miles touring from Buffalo to Florida and back twice in 2004.

Amber Marcucci
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In December of 2004 Invisible Choir added bassist Amber Marcucci. A little green at first, but she quickly learned the songs and has since added a great deal of youth and enthusiasm to the band. Not to mention her rather large following of young boy-toy fans.