Noah & The Megafauna with special guest Chris Garneau
"I love it. It has touches of Klezmer, gypsy jazz, rock...really inventive stuff."
-David Wiegand, KQED / San Francisco Chronicle
"There’s a cornucopia going on here musically, and the songs all demand some close attention be paid to them. The end result is a powerful musical statement. This band has taken itself from a studio creation and become a living creature, and if they’re this good on record they must absolutely kill it live."
"...a revelation and likely to end up on my list of favorites for 2011...4.5 stars (out of 5)"
-Daily News (Pittsburgh)
"It’s a dizzying journey on which you’ll swear you will have heard a marching band, Spanish guitar and crooning/kittenish boy/girl vocals. ...you get the feeling that “Anthems for a Stateless Nation” isn’t a bad way to serenade the apocalypse."
A stirring amalgamation of dark indie folk, swinging gypsy jazz and big band orchestration threaded together by a series of apocalyptic allegories, Noah and the MegaFauna’s accomplished debut full-length album, Anthems for a Stateless Nation, was released this past fall on Silence Breaks (The Shivers, Kelli Scarr) and this February they visit Joe's Pub for an intimate performance. A clamorous, whiskey-fueled, horn-laden romp, the LP is 10 tracks of nightmare pop, a pre and post-apocalyptic tale of destruction, displacement, wandering, panic and ultimately redemption filtered through a dizzyingly eclectic array of influences spanning history, cultures and music from around the globe.
Noah and the MegaFauna is the Los Angeles-based 10-member musical vessel helmed by singer/songwriter/guitarist Noah Lit, the former frontman for revered indie rockers Oliver Future. After the dissolution of that band, which produced two acclaimed albums throughout its six-year career and received plaudits from NPR, the Los Angeles Times and Esquire among many others, Noah put down his electric guitar and began exploring the world of gypsy jazz. The genres’ signatures -- chromatic scales, undulating arpeggios, percussive strumming, antiquated chords and intricate arrangements --- called out to him like a siren at sea and he was instantly seduced.
The album Anthems for a Stateless Nation plays out like a modern day allegory of Noah’s Ark, Global Warming: The Musical, the soundtrack for a planet on the eve of destruction. A convergence of influence that represents the ever shrinking world we live in, it merges the old world with the new and is filled with Eastern European melodies, gypsy jazz, Spanish flamenco, American swing, indie folk, and imbued with a present day rock and roll energy and spirit. It’s a fancy last supper on the high seas with dinner guests Tom Waits, Django Reinhardt, Nick Cave and Willy Wonka.
With the band gaining more and more attention for their whiskey fueled romps and fantastic live shows and their debut release on the tongues of a vast community ranging from art critics to music writers, Noah and the boisterous MegaFauna come to NY for a special evening of stomping and bar stool serenading.