Thursday, July 9, 2009

Siblings starring at Siren Fest

By Meredith Deliso

When Tiny Masters of Today play the Siren Music Festival in Coney Island, they won’t have to worry about their friends not being able to go.

Comprised of sister-brother team Ada , 13, and Ivan, 15, the two are hardly old enough to go to most of the city’s venues themselves, so an all-ages event is welcome.In fact, when they play the festival, this July 18, it will be the first time the Carroll Gardens teens will be going themselves.

“I always wanted to go, but have never gotten around to it,” says Ada. “I just want to go with an open mind and not even plan on who I want to see, without any bias.”

A similar attitude can be taken toward the duo’s music, which, when the two broke two years ago with their auspicious debut, “Bang Bang Boom Cake” (David Bowie called it “genius”), they drew as much attention for their adolescence as they did for their catchy, pastiche punk. As hard as it is not to focus on the novelty of the band’s age (we’re doing it right now), the two want to keep it about the music.

“Where we want to be treated as professionals, some people can only focus on just the fact that we are younger than most bands,” says Ada.

The follow-up to their 2007 release, “Skeletons,” out earlier this summer, finds the duo going it totally alone, producing and writing the entire album themselves. Just like before, they recorded it at their home, using Garageband, while also mixing it in a studio.

“Last time we had to rely on a lot of people to help us,” says Ada. “This time it was really more fun because we got to mess around a bit more and add all the stuff we wanted to add because we knew how to do it.”
That includes elements of punk rock, as well as hip-hop, electronica, with what’s become their signature raw, shouting vocals.

Tiny Masters will be joining on the Siren Fest stage Built to Spill, Spank Rock, The Raveonettes, Brooklyn’s A Place to Bury Strangers, Thee Oh Sees, Frightened Rabbit, Grand Duchy, Monotonix, Future of the Left, Japandroids, Micachu & the Shapes, DeadHeat DJs, Brooklyn-based DJ Justine D., and the Bushwick-based band Bear Hands.

“I’ve been at Siren every year for the past three to four years,” says Bear Hands guitarist and vocalist Dylan Rau, whose band will be collaborating with Brooklyn rap duo Das Racist at the gig. “I always thought it would be a cool gig to get.”

The band, also comprised of Ted Feldman on guitar/percussion, Val Loper on bass/percussion, and TJ Orscher on drums and vocals, has been gaining praise for their EP “Golden,” and their debut record, which they’re currently in the studio recording, promises more of their inventive rhythm and percussion-based sound.

So if you’re a Siren diehard like Rau, or a newbie like Ada, don’t miss it when the Siren Music Festival comes to town, this July 18 from noon to 9 p.m. in Coney Island (take the D, F, N or Q to Stillwell Avenue and follow the plaid shirts). It is all ages, and is free.

The official after party will be held at Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 North 6th St.) at 10 p.m., with Francis and the Lights, Gordon Voidwell, and other guests. Tickets are $15. For more information, go to or call 718-486-5400.


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