Demander

Demander 2010

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It's music with sick beats, high energy, attitude, affection, and promise. Think of that feeling when you find $20 in your pocket, that's what Demander is.

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Demander was formed by Karen Kanan Corręa and Sivan Harlap. They met in the early 2000's when they both joined the band The Hissyfits. While touring extensively and opening for acts like The Killers, Gary Go, Holly Golightly and others, the two became fast friends and musical allies.

After leaving that band, the formidable rhythm section played in other projects until forming Demander in 2005. Guitarist Jared P. Scott came on board shortly thereafter. Jared's madman playing was a perfect complement to their exuberant rhythmic foundation and the trio recorded the Demander EP, The Unkindness of Ravens LP, and a few singles. The trio's unique sound and energy won them tours with the Hold Steady, Art Brut and the legendary English band New Model Army. There were also shows with the likes of Frank Black, Nicole Atkins, Mindless Self Indulgence, Kevin Devine, Constantines, and Heartless Bastards. Features and reviews at Spin.com, CMJ Music Monthly, Deli Magazine, and RCRDLBL soon followed (or tried to keep up, anyway).

In 2009 Demander started their second full-length album, Future Brite, with the masterful David Kurutz taking over guitar duties. It was produced by Jim Keller and features a mix by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Hold Steady). There was some singing done in a vocal booth that smelled like sheep perfume and a whole lot of clapping. Guest musicians include Franz Nicolay of the Hold Steady, Native American Music Award winner Martha Redbone, and members of World/Inferno Friendship Society and the New York composer/performer collective Anti-Social Music. These Are Not Records released a limited-edition vinyl 7" with two singles and "Books" was remixed into a summery dance confection by electro-pop duo Shy Child. The first single from the album, "Math", was used as the lead track for the eighth episode of MTV's World of Jenks and "Song Seven" appeared in IFC's Dinner With the Band. "Future Brite" was also used by Levi's EU as the soundtrack for their 2010 spring/summer preview.

Demander is now on infinte hiatus. Karen occasionally releases music under the name Futurebrite. Jared makes amazing documentary films, and sometimes plays in Karen's live band. Sivan owns three bars - B-Side, Eastwood, and The Dancer.

Karen and Sivan started a new project in 2017 called Bel Aviv and will release their debut EP in 2019.



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CMJThe three members of Demander, perhaps New York City’s most boisterous, witty and good-natured group, have dug in deep at B-Side, a quaint but bombastic bar on the Lower East Side... The bar has become a second home, rally point and late-night rendezvous for a band devoid of an obvious scene affiliation. This is due primarily to their dizzyingly addictive sound...[CMJ New Music Monthly]

If you want to read an interview bursting with personality, an interview with musicians who are still deeply connected to the original excitement and enthusiasm that drew them to making music - then this is the (quite epic) interview for you. Just take a hit off their joy and you'll feel it, too: the future is bright, and Demander knows it.[QRO MAGAZINE]

I like this band. Now I could approximate Demander's sound by describing the NYC trio as Tom Waits with surf rhythms and blistering female vocals, at times edging on melodicore, driving a speeding runaway train of adventure rock with vivid, emotive vocals. My roommate calls the band, "Yeah Yeah Yeahs on prog(?) pills, exuberant but kinda gloomy, Sergio Leone dramatics + NYC guitar rock." So I guess "cross-genre" would be an accurate descriptor; I feel guilty about making comparisons. Demander has its own sound, touching on so many different reference points – Las Vegas, Victorian London, Saturday morning cartoons, spaghetti westerns – that the band makes one question the point of criticism at all.[Deli Magazine]

Like The Breeders if they'd owned more metal records or Sleater-Kinney if they weren't granolas from Portland, New York band Demander have been steadily building buzz in Gotham with a gnarled brew of rock, metal, and punk and a touring hot streak, opening for the likes of Art Brut, the Hold Steady, and New Model Army both at home and abroad. This year brought a new seven-inch with "Books," and in addition to offering up a stream of that tune, we're lucky enough to premiere a remix from fellow New Yorkers Shy Child. Those keytar-wielding dudes have turned something that was originally heavy and metallic into a bright, summery disco track, layering beds of Tough Alliance-worthy synth pulses over monstrous handclaps and shakers.[RCRDLBL]

Singer and bassist Karen Kanan Correa delivers foreboding words in pretty melodies against an aggressive backdrop of Sivan Harlap's drums and Jared P. Scott's relentless riffs, but like her bandmates, she appears to be locked in a deep state of joy when performing these tunes.[Boston Metro]

This album is a live wire of smart arrangements and punched up vocals... a masterful accomplishment of a debut full-length.[Sentimentalist Magazine]