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Well, jeez, for all the bitching we've done that every band in this godforsaken city sounds exactly the same, it's a shame that we only recently came across Asa Ransom. We once wrote of their "hyperactive, heavily percussive Moroccan-post-dance-punk," and we stand proudly by it. We'd like to add, though, that they also call to mind the mighty Destroyer, and in a way, the even mightier Van Pelt. The vocals are more spoken than sung, delivered in a way that doesn't so much demand your attention as it does convince you that only an unfeeling know-nothing would dare not pay attention. They've already released a free EP called The Gold, and they've taken their show on the road, too, like bands used to do before the internet. Also, they have Asa Ransom-branded pashminas.
Favorite NYC Venue :
Cameo Gallery—personal, professional and, hell, we're doing a residency there in April.
What NYC band would you give up your spot on the list for?
One thing you'd like to change about being a band in NYC?
People aren't necessarily eager to go out and hear new music in New York. You really have to prove how good you are to them. All over the country people are eager to hear new music, but in New York people hear every new thing, and you have to give them a reason to stay past their friend's band.
What's the biggest misconception about being in a band in NYC?
The thought process that moving to NYC is to get signed, without entering the mindset of truly developing an interesting and innovative sound. Thinking you can "hit it big" here easily.
If you could be an NYC band in any other year in history, which year would you choose?
2012. To be the soundtrack for the end of history.
Favorite song about NYC:
"The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
Catching up with the Class of '09
Mar 31, 2010