SHONALI BHOWMIK

SHONALI BHOWMIK

 New York City, New York, USA
BandAlternativeRock

A SOUTHERN GAL WHO RESIDES IN NEW YORK DECIDES TO GO AT IT BY HERSELF AND USES HER HOMETOWN OF NASHVILLE, TN AS INSPIRATION. JANIS JOPLIN MEETS THE BANGLES MEETS BEACH HOUSE MEETS MARIA MCKEE.

Biography

“Awkward and uncomfortable are good places to be sometimes” says musician Shonali Bhowmik, concerning her first solo release, 100 Oaks Revival, partially recorded in her childhood home of Nashville, Tennessee. Until now, Shonali had never recorded an album in Nashville, nor had she ever felt comfortable releasing a collection of songs under her name alone. After releasing 5 albums with her rock n roll bands, she decided to make a change and do things she had not done in a recording setting. She scooped up a backlog of songs sitting on her 4 track machine which she had written over the years and headed off to Nashville to do a stripped down recording with the prolific songwriter, performer, and producer Paul Burch. In Burch’s home studio, she set down nine personal songs and recorded live to 8 track tape with just minimal guitar, vocals and drums. While listening to those tracks back in New York where she now resides, she started hearing additional instrumental and vocal parts in her head. This led her to invite a handful of talented musicians (including her former UltraBabyFat partner Michelle DuBois and notable illustrator /musician Marcellus Hall) to join her for recording sessions in producer Matt Gill’s studio, where they added lush and textured layers to the album.

Beyond the musicianship, both Nashville and New York heavily influenced the songwriting and tone of this album, from the name of the Nashville mall referenced in the album title to the daily grind of working and paying bills in New York City. The end result is an album that offers listeners another side of Shonali, one that hasn’t really been shown in her other musical outfits. These songs are personal. Some of them remind us of the playful and catchy music we are used to from her (listen to “Alligator’s Tale”), but others are more intimate, dark and earnest (be sure to spin “ All Her Things Come Easily” and “Sorceror of Kalamazoo”). It is simply a great showcase of Shonali’s clever lyric-writing style and broad musical talent. 100 Oaks Revival is an eclectic and hearty collection of music from a woman who has proven over and over that she has got what it takes to write and perform a song. That means this release deserves at least one mulling over….right?

Bio:
Shonali Bhowmik is the leader of the indie rock band Tigers and Monkeys for which she is the songwriter, singer, and guitar player. She is also a member of the popular comedy collective and live comedy show Variety Shac which also makes film shorts with the likes of Fred Armisen and Ed Helms. She was one of the leaders of Atlanta’s Ultrababyfat which was featured on tour with David Cross in the DVD “Let America Laugh.” In the past, her bands have shared the stage with PJ Harvey, Ted Leo, Pavement, The Shins, and Sleater Kinney. Shonali was the composer for original music for the MTV television series “How’s Your News.” She recently started her own independent record label called Little Lamb Recordings.

Lyrics

Star Treatment

Written By: Shonali Bhowmik

Star Treatment
Sawyer on the staircase
Matron of the promenade
Stepping stones on their own
they had dealt with both their lots
He was a worker. She was an employee.
They had given up on making more . It was written in the trees
Up on the hill was a mansion. The baseboards were made of gold
She pointed out that they give star treatment on the third floor, the third floor

Who cares about the monsters?
Who cares about the scars?
He said I believe there's an open sea
with an open sore dressed for me

What makes you a broken person? What makes you broken?
What makes us broken people? Is it the star treatment?
Star Treatment. Star treatment

Sawyer on the staircase. Matron of the promenade.
Stepping stones on their own. They had dealt with both their lots

What makes you a broken person? What makes you broken?
What makes us broken people? Is it the star treatment?
Star Treatment. Star treatment

Beyond the monsters and the scars
Well there's an open sea with an open sore dressed for me.

What makes you a broken person?
What makes you broken?
What makes us broken people?
Is it the star treatment?
Star Treatment
Star treatment

Alligator's Tale

Written By: Shonali Bhowmik

Alligator's Tale

When I met you in the orange grove
The pickers placed their bets
With baskets full of daffodils
you offered me your hat.
Saving me from the poisonous sun
Boxing up my cares.
Tying up my broken heart
with an alligator's tail.

Lets go to the Cypress swamp
and hide out with the bears
Get tangled up in the tupelo
they'll catch us if they can.

It's utterly marvelous
that you boxed up all of my cares
and you tied up my broken heart
with an alligator's tail

Lizards are monitoring
all of our moves
when it gets late don't take me away
a kiss will not do.
Then we'll holler for the poisonous sun.
and box up all our cares
and I'll tie up your broken heart with an alligator's tail
I'll tie up your broken heart with an alligator's tail
and I'll tie up your broken heart with an alligator's tail

Hold My Place

Written By: Shonali Bhowmik

Hold My Place

All laced up with everywhere to go
Desert rose in my hair
Will they think that I've been misbehavin'?
Will they know nothing's going on in here?

I've seen you in the movies.
I've seen it over and over in my head.
Well you change the colors from time to time.
I'll change the way I fall down the stairs.

Hold my, hold my place.
Tell me what , tell me what I missed.
Is it okay, that I'm leaving.
When I get back will you fill me in?

So we both voted on a beginning.
What about voting on the end?
Will you change the way you look?
I'll change the way I part my hair.

Hold my, hold my place.
Tell me what , tell me what I missed.
Is it okay, that I'm leaving.
When I get back will you fit me in?

Hold my, hold my place.
Tell me what , tell me what I missed.
Is it okay, that I'm leaving.
When I get back will you fit me in?

The Sorcerer of Kalamazoo

Written By: Shonali Bhowmik

I spilled my guts as a proper girl
I wiped them up with a blue eyed boy
While hanging out, he thought that he would dry
Blackbirds came down and scrawled my name into his side.

This is a small town, that mumbles under her breath
The days have blisters on their feet
The nights pray for rest
Choking on the silence, he's a simple man.
Wandering in the streets, bumming cigarettes

What will you share?
What will you concoct?
Well as the sorcerer of Kalamazoo
What pill will you hand out?

What will you share?
What will you concoct?
Well as the sorcerer of Kalamazoo
What pill will you hand out?

The rapids were grand.
They contain themselves
Only fibbing to the congregation that pats him on his back.
He looks good in brown, he feels best in black
Like a thistle on the road
There's nothing left to fight back.

What will you share?
What will you concoct?
Well as the sorcerer of Kalamazoo
What pill will you hand out?

What will you share?
What will you concoct?
Well as the sorcerer of Kalamazoo
What pill will you hand out?
What pill will you hand out?
What pill will you hand out?

Discography

SHONALI BHOWMIK FULL LENGTH RELEASE:
100 OAKS REVIVAL (2011)

as singer of Tigers and Monkeys
LOOSE MOUTH (LP 2007)
LIVE AT LIMEWIRE (EP 2009)

as singer of Ultrababyfat
NO RINGO NO (LP 2005)
EIGHT BALLS IN REVERSE (LP 2002)
SILVER TONES SMILE (LP 1998)