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Published on September 5th, 2019 | by Guest Editor


The Chaos and Menace of Brooklyn Band, The Giraffes, Live Performance is Captured in Their New Studio Album: Flower of the Cosmos on Silver Sleeve Records

The Giraffes are a cult band from Brooklyn that has been leveling crowds with their signature mixture of heavy rock, punk, metal and surf since 1996. A well-earned reputation for mayhem has followed the band from the start. Combining fierce musicality and unbridled audience participation. Their latest album, Flower of the Cosmos, was released on August 3rd, 2019. 

Flower of the Cosmos is a heavy, yet agile record filled with fun songs about sad realities that never gets bogged down but instead rips in ways no other band has been able to manage.

“Recording the album was the single most rewarding and challenging experience I’ve ever had in the studio,” guitarist Damien Price explains. “Conceived as love songs and played with an unbridled ferocity in reaction to the perpetual state of crisis America has placed itself in for the last three years.”

The record was produced and engineered by The Giraffes, Tony Maimone, and Francisco Botero, at Studio G (Tom Waits, The Black Keys, Iggy Pop, Elvis Costello, Ursane) in Brooklyn during summer of 2018. Maimone’s production credits include: Frank Black, Pere Ubu, Mike Watt, John Langford, Golum, and Ani DiFranco among others. Grammy Award nominee Botero’s engineering credits include Highly Suspect, Adriana Lucia and more.

The album, Flower of the Cosmos, the band explains “is a bitter acknowledgment that the modern world in all of its absurdity, vanity, sham, exploitation, and cruelty stands as the culmination of a 4 billion year uninterrupted chain of life on earth. We are the fruit of all that has come to pass before us, the pinnacle of creation, the acme of reality.”

The Giraffes is Aaron Lazar on vocals and guitar; Damien Paris on guitar; Andrew Totolos on drums, percussion, accordion; Hannah Moorhead on bass. The group has toured and shared the stage with artists such as Eagles of Death Metal, Local H, Gogol Bordello, Fishbone, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, Modest Mouse, Radkey, Dandy Warhols, Blowfly, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Prince Paul, Famous Monsters and more. 

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