Phenomenal Handclap Band [Mastered] [Promo] (CD, US)

23 June 2009 Friendly Fire Recordings
01. O Castelo Do Sao Jorge
02. All of The Above
03. Testimony
04. Give It A Rest
05. You’ll Disappear
06. 15 to 20
07. Dim The Lights
08. I Been Born Again
09. The Martyr
10. Tears
11. Baby
12. The Circle Is Broken
Phenomenal Handclap Band [Mastered] [Promo]  (CD, US) - Cover
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NOTES:
Early US promo CD edition of the Phenomenal Handclap Band album issued with alternate artwork, the sleeve is printed paper paper insert in a PVC wallet. The first track is titled “O Castelo Do Sao Jorge” rather than “The Journey To Serra Da Estrela” features a guest appearance by Jon Spencer on Give It A Rest. Issued on vinyl in November 2009.

Released in the UK by Tummy Touch and in Australia by Pod, also available as a download (the Australian version features two bonus tracks; an alternate version of Testimony and new song Pretty Mask).

Friendly Fires Recording press release: “We are so very pleased to introduce you to our latest signing, The Phenomenal Handclap Band. They’re an NYC group led by veteran producers Daniel Collas and Sean Marquand, and featuring contributions from L’Trimm, Calla, Sí Se, TV on the Radio, The Dap Kings, & The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. PHB blend psychedelic space disco & smooth 60s-style soul perfectly with early hip hop, and moody, synth-soaked hooks. We’ll be releasing their debut album this summer. ”

Excerpt from press release: “The Phenomenal Handclap Band, a unique project and artist collective born of the talents of NYC Club DJs/Producers Daniel Coll’s and Sean Marquand (Embassy Sound Productions) will be making their much-anticipated debut live performance at intimate Lower East Side venue, 105 Rivington on Wednesday, July 16! The performance will be in support of their forthcoming self-titled debut release, featuring a veritable “who’s who” of the indie rock and underground soul scenes. Members of such diverse acts as TV on the Radio, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, L’Trimm, Calla, Mooney Suzuki, and Si Se all contribute their individualistic talents to the album and this performance will offer a chance for several of these artists and musicians to bring these songs to life. The show is free, with suggested donation, 21+ and will begin at 10pm.

This event will be led by the team of very talented musicians that laid the foundation for the album – Daniel Coll’s and Sean Marquand on keyboards, Patrick Wood (Oakley Hall) on drums, Nick Movshon (Amy Winehouse/Mark Ronson Band) on bass, and Luke O’Malley (Antibalas/Mary J. Blige Band) on guitar – and will feature a selection of guest vocalists from the album singing their respective songs, including Bart Davenport, Carol C (Si Se), and Aurelio Valle (Calla).

As for The Phenomenal Handclap Band album itself, The Lady Tigra (L’Trimm) rhymes on the soon-to-be summer classic “15 to 20”, while Jon Spencer tells an unfaithful lover to “Give it a Rest”. On the brooding “Testimony”, Jaleel Bunton (TV on the Radio) provides a fiery psychedelic guitar backdrop for Aurelio Valle’s (Calla) voodoo incantations. Carol C (Si Se) lends her considerable vocal skills to the cosmic disco of “You’ll Disappear” and Reno Bo (Mooney Suzuki) harmonizes on the hippie celebration “I Been Born Again.” Several of these songs can be heard at the link above.

Embassy Sound Productions (ESP) is Daniel Collás and Sean Marquand, two New York underground club DJs who became restless with the concept of playing other people’s music. Having been involved with and disenchanted by the local rock and roll scene, they began to focus on producing. In the midst of popular electronic-based production teams such as Justice and DFA, Embassy Sound Productions (ESP) emerges with a fresh approach to dance-oriented rock and roll, using live instrumentation to evoke the intricate arrangements of Norman Whitfield, Quincy Jones and Phil Spector as well as the pared down beats of contemporaries like The Neptunes and Danger Mouse.”

SONG CREDITS:
The Phenomenal Handclap Band is:
Daniel Collás, Sean Marquand, Patrick Wood, Luke O’Malley, Nick Movshon, Bing Ji Ling, Joan Rick, Laura Marin

Produced and Arranged: Daniel Collás & Sean Marquand for Embassy Sound Productions (ESP)

Recorded at Metrosonic, Brooklyn, NY and Studio Chanel, New York, NY
Engineered: George Dugan, Sean Marquand and Daniel Collás

Mixed: Scotty Hard, Daniel Collás and Sean Marquand at Bob James Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered: Chris Gehringer at Sterling Sound, New York, NY
Management: Esther Creative Group, New York, NY

Musicians on all tracks:
Guitar: Luke O’Malley
Bass: Nick Movshon
Drums: Patrick Wood

01. O Castelo Do Sao Jorge
Writer: Daniel Collás
(p) Tisoy / Sarig Songs (ASCAP)
Moog / ARP / Juno Synthesizers / Electric Piano / Clavinet: Daniel Collás
Dedicated to Jorge Fernandes Moreira (1932 – 1986)

02. All of The Above
Writer: Daniel Collas
(p) Tisoy / Sarig Songs (ASCAP)
Lead Vocals / Harmonica Solo: Bart Davenport
Macbeth M5 modular synthesizer: Tim “Love” Lee
Electric & Acoustic Piano / Clavinet: Daniel Collás
Congas: Ernesto Abreu

03. Testimony
Writers: Sean Marquand / Daniel Collás / Aurelio Valle
(p) Tisoy / Millions & McCloud / Sarig Songs (ASCAP) / Nuevo Leon (BMI)
Lead Vocals: Aurelio Valle
Lead Guitar: Jaleel Bunton
Backing Vocals: Kimi Recor
Harpsichord / Electric Piano: Sean Marquand
Organ: Daniel Collás

04. Give It A Rest
Writers: Sean Marquand / Daniel Collás / Luke O’Malley
(p) Tilsoy / Millions & McCloud / Sarig Songs (ASCAP) / Keep Smiling (BMI)
Lead Vocals: Jon Spencer
Additional Vocals: Tiombe Lockhart / Angelina Moysov / Kimi Recor / Kali Holloway
Electric Piano: Sean Marquand / Daniel Collás

05. You’ll Disappear
Writer: Daniel Collás
(p) Tisoy / Sarig Songs (ASCAP)
Lead Vocals: Carol C
Effects: Lee Douglas
Additional Vocals: Patrick Wood
Juno / Mellotron: Daniel Collás

06. 15 to 20
Writers: Sean Marquand / Daniel Collás
(p) Tilsoy / Millions & McCloud / Sarig Songs (ASCAP)
Lead Vocals: Lady Tigra
Backing Vocals: Kimi Record
Electric Piano: Sean Marquand
Clavinet / Organ: Daniel Collás
Congas / Percussion: Patrick Wood

07. Dim The Lights
Writers: Sean Marquand / Morgan Phalen
(p) Tilsoy / Millions & McCloud / Sarig Songs / Laser Cream (ASCAP)
Lead Vocals: Morgan Phalen
Guitar: Jason Roberts
Electric Piano: Sean Marquand
Moog: Daniel Collás

08. I Been Born Again
Writers: Howard Kaylan / Mark Volman
(p) High Concept Music (BMI) (c) Flo & Eddie Inc.
Lead Vocals: Reno Bo / Ryan Daniels / Patrick Wood
Organ / Clavinet: Daniel Collás
Guitar: Michael Rafalowich
Congos / Tambourine: Ernesto Abreu

09. The Martyr
Writer: Daniel Collás
(p) Tilsoy / Sarig Songs (ASCAP)
Lead Vocals / Organ / ARP / Mellotron: Daniel Collás
Backing Vocals: Kimi Recor

10. Tears
Writer: Sean Marquand
(p) Millions & McCloud / Sarig Songs (ASCAP)
Lead Vocals / Guitar: Ellen McIlwaine
Additional Guitar: Tommy Brenneck
Flutes: Rodrigo Ursaia
Organ: Daniel Collás
Congas / Claves: Ernesto Abreu

11. Baby
Writer: Daniel Collás
(p) Tisoy / Sarig Songs (ASCAP)
Lead Vocals: Micah & Jeremiah
Lead Guitar: Tommy Brenneck
Organ / Glockenspiel: Daniel Collás
Vibraphone: Tommy Mattioli
Flutes: Rodrigo Ursia
Trumpet: Richard Nichols
Trombone: Aaron Johnson

12. The Circle Is Broken
Writer: Daniel Collás
(p) Tisoy / Sarig Songs (ASCAP)
Lead Vocals: Bart Davenport
Organ / Piano / Pianet / Harpsichord: Daniel Collás
Guitar: Michael Rafalowich

(p) The Phenomenal Handclap Band under exclusive license to Tummy Touch Records
(c) Tummy Touch Records. All rights reserved.

SLEEVE NOTES:
“Special Thanks to: Kenneth Lee Richardson III, everybody who played and sang on this record, Scotty Hard, Quinn Luke, Joe Hazan, Luke O’Malley, Peter Klein, Greg Caz, Kari Dexter, David Jacobs, Tom Sarig, Heather Johnson, Marc Bauer, Abigail Marquand, Dan Koplowitz, Tim “Love” Lee, Steph Salas, JT Hamilton, Pier Pappalordo, Allen Thayer, Cris, Tada, Torbitt, Jeremy Wilms, Lean and everybody at Truth & Soul, Joan, Laura, everybody at Bread, Nicolle and Pedro Feria, Sapo, Pollo, y todos los locos de Paraguay, Donald Stahl, Piper Ferguson, Matt Verdery, Keith and Shannon Marquand, Maria and Juan Collás, Os Fantasmas, Tangelo, Treasure, Expanding Head Band, Black Betty, The Middle Initials, Brooke Black, Itaal Shur, George Seville.”
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