Aaron Waldman Residency: Night 2
Maine-native Aaron Waldman rose out of the Brooklyn underground via Frands, the theatrical funk-punk band he fronted and co-founded with lead guitarist James Beer in 2018. Despite their nearly complete lack of releases (a single live session on YouTube with under 1,000 streams) the group amassed a sizable cult following in NYC, headlining Rough Trade and Mercury Lounge before disbanding just 10 months after their formation.
In the aftermath of the band’s breakup Waldman refocused on his solo compositions, blending Indie-Rock and DIY-Folk into a style reminiscent of Big Thief and The War On Drugs. An east coast tour playing keys for Jonny G as the support for Noah Gundersen earned Waldman a fan base outside of NYC, and allowed him to complement his 2020 residency at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn with house concerts and DIY shows from Florida to Boston.
On December 5th, 2019 Waldman released the James Beer and Alex Fulton produced single “Americana Beauty”, along with the self-recorded B-Side “Hospice (Acoustic).
Born and raised in Boulder, CO, songwriter and producer James Beer has an eclectic palette. From boutique pop-rock to hook-driven pop, the common threads are thoughtful lyrics, memorable hooks, and lush, organic production.
Now Brooklyn-based, his 2017 release, “Like A Firefly” features tight songwriting, punchy guitars and organic production. As a nod to his work in music & visual media, He collaborated with 5 NYC-based animators on his debut music video, “Nurse or Nightmare”.
James is now set to release an entourage of new material exploring his characteristic narrative approach to lyrics and vignette-style orchestration. Catch one of his energetic live performances.