Senator and The New Republic
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Senator and The New Republic

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter


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"Senator's Return To The Valley"

The last time singer-songwriter Adam Greenberg performed in Northampton was in 2003, when he still lived in town. He opened for the now-defunct Ware River Club, and the friend-filled evening was memorable for more than just the show.

"We stayed up for most of the night drinking light beer and waiting for Sylvester's to open," he said.

Soon after, Greenberg decided to make a brand new start of it, in old New York. He moved to NYC and is still there, living in Chinatown, bartending in SoHo until the seriously wee hour of 4 a.m., but this weekend he'll return to Northampton for his first Valley show in six years. His band Hey Senator will open for Spanish For Hitchhiking at a free concert at the Basement on Friday at 8 p.m.

Greenberg, who grew up in Stamford, Conn., and relocated to Northampton at age 19 because people there "all seemed so laid back," found his world started changing once he set his sights on the Big Apple. After a show at CBGB's Gallery, an impressed audience member offered to be his manager and kickstart his music career. About a week before Greenberg moved to the city, his manager-to-be was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. She was leaving the city to be with family, and asked Greenberg if he'd apartment-sit her 2000-square-foot place until it sold. So he did.

Then he got hired, fired, married and divorced. Somewhere in there he also moved to a different part of the city and got attacked in his new building, right outside his apartment door, by eleven 15- and 16-year-olds. "They started beating me with metal broom handles and kicking me," Greenberg recalled. "One of them slashed me with a knife. They took 11 dollars, a pack of smokes and my Twix. I love the fact that they took the Twix. Kids do like candy."

Greenberg had also started a new band called Senator. The band personnel kept shifting, but the new songs kept coming, and producer/friend Michael Tudor urged him to "take as much time as the album needed to be made."

Three years later, Greenberg finished Senator's debut album, called "Senator and The New Republic".

"It took a whole lot of sweat to make," he said. "I'm working on the art now and it should be released in December on disc, iTunes, USB bracelet and whatever other medium we can figure out."

The eleven-song record is both spacious and lush, and the crafted arrangements get almost psychedelic in their attention to creative detail, but Greenberg's voice is a magic show of its own. Like Harry Nilsson, he has the ability to richly, beautifully harmonize with himself, and duos, trios and groups of Greenbergs appear throughout - with Jellyfish-like cleverness on "Call My Mechanic," or like a smoky '70s choir on the wordless chorus of "Whistle and Wait," or they hide in the instrumental bed like chameleons on the ballad "For You."

There's a relaxed gorgeousness to the record, especially on the slower songs like "Wasted Serenade," a lazy lullaby-like waltz with little piano figures (from Rufus Wainwright associate Jason Hart) that fall backwards as if under a spell.

There are some thorns hidden along the way, like the sinister soft-shoe "On To Other Things" with its hinge-scraping piano and creepy chord changes. And shoving its way out of the crowd is the quirky rock song "Agoraphobia."

Over a pounding beat, Greenberg lets loose with a syncopated run-on sentence both playful and cutting. "Maybe it's time for a change when relationships bloom from a bag that you bought on the corner / counterfeit feelings have lowered the ceilings / I'm right where I was / I'm leaving because / you, you don't fight fair / I'll be off somewhere."

At Friday's Basement show, where Greenberg will be accompanied by New Haven guitarist Gerry Giaimo and local drummer J.J. O'Connell, he'll be giving away "teaser" CDs with two or three songs from the Senator full-length.

"I love to play and I love Northampton," Greenberg said. "For about 50 minutes or so I get to be the happiest I can, every time I perform. Putting that 50 minutes in a place I love only makes it sweeter." - The Daily Hampshire Gazzete


The Self Titled/Debut album is out now on iTunes/Amazon/CDBaby/etc...

LP- "Senator and The New Republic" (Debut album released in March 2010).
Contributing artist on "Ciao My Shining Star" a tribute to Mark Mulcahy, along side Tom Yorke, Michael Stipe, The National, Frank Black, Dinosaur Jr., etc...

Tracks can be found on and iTunes, Amazon, Lastfm, Jango, Napster, etc...



It’s been said that a great song can transport the listener to a specific time or place. If so, the music of Senator and the New Republic is a trip back to the golden age of FM radio, when melody was king and singer-songwriters ruled the airwaves. Led by Adam Greenberg and comprised of a cast of New York’s finest musicians, the band practice in an all-too-uncommon brand of indie-pop that values musicianship and songcraft equally.

Greenberg is a singer-songwriter who excels at both parts of his job description. At first glance, he would seem to be a modern-day Harry Nilsson—a comparison Greenberg would welcome—his emotive tenor alternating between pitch-perfect croon and heart-rending falsetto, navigating melodies just slightly too complex to be called singsong. But rather than channel sounds and styles, Adam finds a way to adopt the ethos of the artists that influenced him: the Zombies’ baroque perfectionism, the dark humor and rhythmic quirk of XTC, the playfulness found in Stevie Wonder’s classic recordings, the Jeff Lynne/ELO wall of sound. His personality shines through in the lyrics, alternately poignant and sarcastic, but ultimately relatable. Sometimes clever, but only just so.

On Senator and the New Republic’s self-titled debut, Greenberg combines these elements for a sound definitively his own, from the jangly lilt of “Call My Mechanic” and the breezy melancholy of the first single, “Intermission,” to the psychedelic overtones and synth-scapes of “Overcalculating" and “Bettie Page.” To bring his compositions to life, Greenberg enlisted the help of Grammy-winning engineer Michael Tudor, and an impressive selection of players—among them Jason Hart (Rufus Wainwright), Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley), Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams) and Bill Dobrow (Black Crowes, Sean Lennon).

Greenberg’s music quickly hit its mark. Initial pressings of the self-titled CD sold out immediately. Senator and the New Republic logged over 375,000 downloads, thanks in part to an iTunes Single of the Week promotion for “Intermission.” The album was simultaneously featured on the main pages of the iTunes Store and In fall 2010, the band appeared alongside artists like Thom Yorke and the National as part of the Mark Mulcahy tribute project Ciao My Shining Star, and placed as finalists in the Taylor Elixir Test Drive Acoustic competition, earning Greenberg a pair of new guitars and 10,000 online views for the “Intermission” video. And he’s willing to go door-to-door to spread the word: Greenberg has taken the New Republic on the road for three U.S. tours in two years.

In addition to more touring, 2012 will bring a steady flow of new Senator and the New Republic music in the form of a monthly series of online singles, beginning in February. Greenberg will also produce a weekly YouTube show, starting in January, in which he’ll feature new songs, live performances, and special guests. There’s truly no time like the present to let Senator and the New Republic take you on their auditory journey.

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