Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Full speed ahead

Shemspeed’s Winter Fest hits Brooklyn February 10, with a solid lineup of bands from the Williamsburg-based Jewish music label, including Lion of Ido, Dreams in Static, Six Point Star, and Pitom.

After Billboard Magazine, world tours, and radio hits, Lion of Ido (pictured) have perfected the art of creating attention for their music. With their latest EP, “Hard to Love,” the band has merged the 60’s sound of The Beach Boys and The Beatles with modern emotional music like Counting Crows, Ben Folds and Weezer.

Dreams in Static, who also celebrate the release of their debut album, “Serene Poetic,” conjure up the aesthetic of James Bond, Prefuse 73, and “Pulp Fiction.” Each song is the soundtrack to a film in a genre of its own on the album. Using live drums, samplers, analog synths, electric pianos and guitars, the band transcends genres and breathes new life and depth with each listen.

Six Point Star, originally from Miami and currently residing in Brooklyn, also toys with genre, combining alternative rock and modern reggae, as well as vintage blues and hip hop.

Last but not least, there’s Pitom, whose angular improvisation gives a whiff of the avante garde, but bandleader and guitarist Yoshie Fruchter’s compositions are catchy enough to grab your attention. The tunes range from speedy surf punk to lilting ballad, and using influences from Zorn to Zappa to Ziggy Stardust, construct a rockin’ soundscape that will keep your ears peeled for the entire performance.

Hear them all at the Shemspeed Winter Fest, February 10 at Park Slope’s Southpaw (125 Fifth Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.


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