If you haven’t seen The Americans, you MUST!
Swaying female chanteuses, horns, and great hip shaking songs!
July NYC Tour Dates
July 12 – Mercury Lounge w/ Pablo
July 21 – Webster Hall (downstairs)
July 29 – Lit Lounge w/The Drums
Charlie Klarsfeld’s brainchild is pop music with panache, mixing his varied influences of R&B, Garage Rock, Doo-Wop, Funk, Blues or Dance. He is in the studio now working on the follow-up EP.
Digging for Days
“OK, so I really haven’t been inspired by anything lately until I got an email delivered from the heavens.The Americans, though vaguely named, know exactly the type of music they want to make. The combination of styles will make your head hurt, but damn if they don’t perfectly mesh. The Americans, lead by Charlie Klarsfeld, are a bit RnB, a bit old school doo-wop, a bit indie pop, and whole lotta awesome. Their songs are filled with hooks from start to finish. They’re one of those bands that you know you’re going to love 30 seconds into.
December Blues starts with a catchy saloon piano, horns, and a lush background of ooohs and ahhhs. The song has so many layers that work so well together. It suddenly takes a turn in the middle when all the instruments take a break for some vocals and hand claps. And One Night Stand is a danceable ditty with its bouncy piano. Honestly The Americans are a complex band with outstanding melodies and multi-layered talent. Their self-titled EP is on iTunes. Grab it and let’s build the buzz.”
Hooves on the Turf
“I’m equally into Charlie Klarsfeld’s The Americans, who also draw heavily from that same bygone, fruitful time, but the style here is decidedly R&B, complete with claps, piano and horns.”
“You can dance to it. You can drive to it. You can really, really like it even halfway through the first song.”
“Together, they have created a wonderfully strong collection of catchy pop melodies that are as danceable as their lyrics are pertinent.”
After listening to The Americans EP, almost speechless, Mark Ronson simply told the 19 year old singer/songwriter Charlie Klarsfeld, “You’re a bad boy.”
Who are the Americans?
Klarsfeld’s brainchild appropriates a pastiche of pop influences to form something entirely new. Not strictly an R&B, Garage Rock, Doo-Wop, Funk, Blues or Dance group, Klarsfeld writes intensely personal pop songs in a palatable manner. His songwriting has already inspired established musicians to lend their hands in the realization of his visionary musical undertakings. Sean Lennon’s production of “Requiem” adds an air of tragedy to the song. The Dap Kings horn section (Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Al Green) arranged by producer Jeff Peretz gives a classic soul feel to the lover’s dialogue taking place in the duets “Sleeptalking” and “Talking to Strangers,” featuring the smoky R&B vocals of singer Julia Tepper (solo artist, Frances). The songs catch your attention from the outset, maybe because beneath the layered instrumentals is a melodic base that enables the experimental production to breathe without obscuring the listener’s attention.
Klarsfeld’s music grips the audience with baroque multilayered tracks where every bell chime seems to have a purpose, married with literary lyrics delving deeply into his own consciousness. While Klarsfeld’s privileged New York City background (not to mention being signed to V2 at 16 years old with Hysterics) could have limited his lyric depth, he yearns to negotiate his intense romantic sensibility with the superficial world he inhabits with a sense of malaise. This struggle in many ways seems to be the source of his restlessness that propels his musical ambition, and complicates his lyrical output enough to toil with over and over.
While there have been many amalgamations of the band in the short time since their arrival on the musical scene at Santo’s Party House, the heart and soul of the band (Klarsfeld and Tepper) at last have the backing of classically trained musicians to evolve the band rather than inhibit it. Along with Tepper, the beautiful Sissy Clemens helps with the principal vocals. The Texan singer/songwriter Matt Sheffer takes the reigns on the keyboard sections and also hailing from Texas, Corey Dozier plays bass with uncommon virtuosity and energy. Jazz composer Kyle Olson fervently bangs with drums, against the backdrop of a classically trained brass section, with Paul Brana on the trumpet and John Stanesco on the saxophone. The band ranges from twenty to twenty four year olds, with musical snob roots, uniting for the common purpose of making great pop records and putting on mind/body/soul blowing shows.