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Green Rooftops is a Manhattan based band committed to the creation of impeccably crafted, beautifully performed pop. Consisting of lead singers Laurie Brand Blackstone (keyboards, flute) and Joe Condiracci (guitar), along with the rhythm section of Ed Rogers (drums, vocals) and Joe Rossman (bass, vocals), Green Rooftops strives to combine the best elements of traditional classic pop into exciting new forms.
All experienced veterans of the downtown NY music scene, the group came together in 1998. Rogers and Rossman, longtime partners in musical crime, had become aware of Blackstone through her work with retro-rocker Richard X Heyman, and had begun working up some material with her. A little later, Condiracci was called in to complete the picture, as he had made an impression on the others as a vocalist in the long-running, much celebrated Loser's Lounge series, and as a solo artist in his own right. At this point Green Rooftops began performing around lower Manhattan, and honing it's craft.
Green Rooftops released its debut EP,"Green Rooftops" in late 1999. Deeply rooted in the tradition of the great vocal/pop groups of the 60's(The Association, The Mamas and Papas, The Beach Boys, and the ever present Beatles) the recordings reflected these influences well. The lush harmonies of "No Snow Falling," and the neo-baroque/orchestral leanings of "Sweetest Symphony" garnered the group critical praise, and a growing audience. "Sade and her band thumbing through the Elvis Costello songbook" raved The Village Voice; "filled with storyteller lyrics that paint vivid pictures, and it will soothe or invigorate, depending on the listener's mood" wrote Billboard Magazine; and "think of the ultimate lounge act with perhaps strains of an Americanized Belle & Sebastian" praised Newsday. These conditions set the group on firm footing from which to expand it's musical horizons even further.
In late 2000, Green Rooftops entered the studio again, this time with recording artist and founding member of Winter Hours, Bob Perry, in the producer's seat. With a diverse range of material, some written by Blackstone, some by Condiracci, others by Rogers and Condiracci, and a few written by the entire group, Green Rooftops put its collective mind to the task of moving into deeper creative realms. The result of this effort is Green Rooftops' current offering, "The Golden Hour," and as its title implies, it shines as the group's finest work to date.
The material on "The Golden Hour" covers a broad spectrum of styles. Ranging from the band's now familiar 60's pop of, "Do You Still Dream of Me," and "Until Tomorrow," to the Bossa Nova of "She Gets Away with Murder"... from the breezy, early Everything but the Girl flavored, "Woman in Love," to the Jefferson Airplane inflected, "To Be With You."... from the soulful funk of, "Bottom Line," to the Bowie/Eno-esque "Dissolving," Green Rooftops covers all the bases with grace and flair, featuring different voices along the way to insure an interesting ride. "The Golden Hour" will be released on Cropduster Records ( cropduster ) in early fall.
"The Golden Hour" is a truly eclectic, yet cohesive and current collection of brilliant songs, which will serve to establish Green Rooftops as a true ...
||Green Rooftops CD (1999) |
Recorded at Zabriskie Point Studios, New York, New York.
Green Rooftops: Joe Condiracci (vocals, guitar); Laurie Brand (vocals, keyboards, flute); Joseph Rossman (bass, background vocals); Edward Rogers (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Bob Windbiel (guitar); Amelia Chan, Kikuko Suzuki (violin); Lawrence Zoernig (cello); Leif Arntsen (trumpet); Eddie Zweiback (percussion); Kimberley Windbiel, Johanna Farrand (background vocals).