the shorebirds

the shorebirds

BandAlternativeRock

Vintage guitars plugged directly into tube amps, slamming tight rhythm section and dark preacher ala Eric Burdon on vocals. Sing along songs with unforgettable melodies that make the crowd smile, cry, scream, and jump!!!

Biography

The Shorebirds are about to lose their status as New York City's best kept secret. If you've been lucky enough to catch one of their live shows or picked up their self-released, self-recorded EP "Ribbon" you'd hear Detroit native Mark Ephraim singing like a skinny Eric Burdon and tearing at his guitar like it's a cheap reissue (not a 1962 Fender Jazzmaster), bass ripping chanteuse Sara Press holding down warm rhythms only JPJ can do, and Chris Egan holding down the backbeat on drums, evil grin style.. Sharp songwriting instincts, telepathic band interplay and a complete disregard for current trends separate the Shorebirds from the rest of the post-punk pack and other bands that start with the word "The". They make it look easy and there's a reason for that.

Ephraim spent his early childhood in Detroit at his Aunt Mary's bar, the Marquee Lounge (don't look for it, it's long gone) which hosted Motown legends such as the Temptations and Question Mark and the Mysterians, listened to Led Zeppelin, Roxy Music, and the Smiths at Uncle Kevin's during family get togethers. He later worked at Detroit's Noir Leather at age 14, where he sold whips, chains and other accessories to the likes of Daniel Ash, Izzy Stradlin, Lemmy Kilmister, and Lita Ford. Other notable Detroit music related endevours entailed Ephraim starring as Jesus in Godspell, performing (the only white kid) in his high school Gospel choir.
He went on to front popular Detroit band, Walk on Water, who opened up for Queens of the Stone Age, the Lemonheads and Cheap Trick and performed center ice at a Detroit Red Wings game.

Ephraim decided to quit Detroit and move to New York City after bumping into Lou Reed on the street following his band's set at the Continental. "It seemed like a good omen" is all he will say about the incident.

Checking out the scene he spotted native New Yorker, Sara Press, performing with Derek Richmond at Galapagos in Brooklyn. They began writing songs together at his Brooklyn studio where they ended up at an open mic show at the Charleston in Williamsburg.
After the crowd was amazed that "that girl can really play" the forming of The Shorebirds sorta happened without much planning.
They solidified the lineup with local brooklyn wine connosuer guitarist, Dan Weber and Mark's drinking buddy keyboardist, Sam Talyor,, and since then played loft parties and recently sold out shows at Joe's Pub and Pianos in New York City. Kanine records got hold of the only recording by the Shorebirds and it landed "Mic Check 1-2" on the comp "NY-The Next Wave", they recorded the cover song "Elevator Operator" for the Swedish Gene Clark Tribute album "The World Turns Around Him", and just released "Ribbon" with songs already recieving airplay on SIRIUS, WLIR, and licensed to ESPN, Volkswagon and CBS broadcasting.

They've recently returned from barnstorming the East Coast opening for Mellowdrone, Monsters are Waiting and Stellastar and are at work on their first Long Player...Their manager Mike Childs says "These fuckers are going places". Looks like they are on their way..

Lyrics

Shiver

Written By: Mark Ephraim

When your singing in the air, the open air, the open air
The streets are empty London town, I'm on the ground, you're in the air
I wanna see you
I wanna feel you
I wanna take you
I'm gonna make you

There is nowhere, that is somewhere
If we're not there
There is nowhere, that is somewhere
If we're not there

Come on! I wanna hear you scream
Come on! I wanna hear you scream
Come on! I wanna hear you scream
Scream while you shiver, yeah!

We are together twenty four seven
The music's playin, the people dancin'
We are the lovers, that bring the magic
They wanna know what we are doin'
They take our pictures
They ask us questions
They wanna know, baby, how do we do it?

Come on! I wanna hear you scream
Come on! I wanna hear you scream
Come on! I wanna hear you scream
Scream while you shiver, yeah!

Discography

Ribbon EP
Single "Shiver" on rotation on SIRIUS radio, ESPN sports television, Volkswagon, Dub Audi DVD, CBS radio broadcasting bed.
Single "Get Her Number" rotation on WLIR
Single "Mic Check 1-2" on NY:THE NEXT WAVE compilation

Set List

Camera Lens
Shiver
Bend
Get Her Number
Alligator
Born Undefeated
Elevator Operator (Gene Clark from the Byrds)