Selebrities
Gig Seeker Pro

Selebrities

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Band Pop

Calendar

This band hasn't logged any future gigs

This band hasn't logged any past gigs

This band has not uploaded any videos
This band has not uploaded any videos

Music

Press


Go ahead, try your best. You can’t stop me from listening to girly music. New York’s own Selebrities put out their new ‘Ladies Man Effect’ EP recently, and there is word of a single in November and a full length in the winter! Once the leaves in Michigan turn brown and fall, I’ll keep Selebrities around to eagerly anticipate a long summer drive. - Zen Tapes


“Another offering from the seemingly faultless Cascine label, the Ladies Man Effect EP is a warm slice of twinkling ambiance that treads a line between New Wave and Synthpop. Think Pains of Being Pure at Heart with all of the distortion stripped out. The whole EP is yours to download from www.cascine.us but it’s ‘The Moonlight’ that most tickles our particular fancy.” - Culture Deluxe


“I'm a bit confused why this band isn't bigger than they are. I don't really see a reason why they're not an international name yet, unless the members of the band are simply too busy in their real lives to dedicate the proper time it takes to become more known.” - Indie Today


“On a website about, let’s face it, a lot of 80’s influenced music to say a band sounds really 80’s seems a bit moot, but Brooklyn’s Selebrities sound really 80’s! And I don’t mean in a Dreamwave, 80’s soundtrack, way, more in the back of a dingy SynthPop/Goth club way. From the sweeping analog synth sounds to the Peter Hook inspired bass to the boarderline Siouxsie Sioux vocals this is real Post-Punk synth synth. Saying that though, it also manages to be poppy as hell, setting it apart from the similarly influenced Coldwave/Minimal Synth sound. The track ‘Audition’ from their début EP, ‘Ladies Man Effect’, is a perfect example of how they inject a touch of glamour and catchiness into, what is, quite a dark sound.” - Electronic Rumors


"I'm a bit late to the party for Selebrities and their EP Ladies Man Effect, but, fortunately, got a reminder of the Brooklyn band's dance-pop debut in conjunction with the fact that they have now been signed to everyone's new favorite label Cascine.” - No Modest Bear


“I love getting lost through the web, hopping and falling in love with a song…This is what happened to me while listening to Time. How is it that Selebrities from New York haven’t found any label yet? DS is offering it you. Sure tomorrow Maria Usbeck, Jer Robert Paulin et Max Paterson will come into the public eye. Run to the download of the Ladies Man Effect EP.” - Delicious Scopitone


“Has there been a better example in 2010 of a band sounding like the city that spawned them than Selebrities? I’m guessing not. The pulse of Brooklyn beats throughout ‘Secret Garden’ like a neon lit, open all hours knocking shop. It’s sleazy, yet classy. Stand-offish yet endearing. Close your eyes and you can almost feel the late night humidity wash over you, as you roam the streets of Soho – up to your eyes in stiletto heels and fish-net stockings. After a minute or two, you start to lust after vocalist Maria Usbeck’s lo-rent Debra Harry-isms – ‘cos she’s the only one who understands what it is exactly that you’re feeling. Ladies Man Effect EP is out now via Cascine." - The Line Of Best Fit


“You don’t have to dip far into music history to find the ingredients of Selebrities nostalgic pop. It’s very New Order and it’s a bit Altered Images, but thousands of bands rip off these same influences and barely any make it sound this fresh.” - Vice


“Brooklyn's starry-eyed new-wavers Selebrities were featured by Delicious Scopitone, who aptly compared them to both New Order and Chromatics for their lo-fi gem ‘Time'." - Pitchfork


“…Brooklyn’s Selebrities, alluringly sleazy purveyors of “summertime gothic” electro-pop.” - NME


Discography

The Ladies Man Effect - EP
We've Been Foolish - Single

Photos

Bio

Each component of the band's sound work with precision to create a world where dashingly voguish ‘summertime gothic’ electronic-pop mingles freely with the neon imagination of 1980’s New York. Maria Usbeck sings at the point where Siouxsie meets Sarah Cracknell atop intelligently crafted guitar and bass work by Jer Robert Paulin, and the stark, resonant production of Max Peterson.

Influences:

Altered Images, Mecano,The Raveonettes,The Desert Wolves, Hombres G, OMD, Joy Division, Wire, The Cure, The Strokes, Talking Heads, New Order, The Chameleons UK, Echo and the Bunnymen, John Hughes movies, movie montages.