Indie-rock band Bardot, based out of New York City announced the release date today, July 29, for their upcoming seven song, self-titled EP, debuting on August 27, 2013. The EP will be available for FREE download on the band’s Facebook page, via www.facebook.com/BARDOTtheband. The band features Ariel Aparicio, who states that “I decided to put this record out for free for a few reasons. First, just as a thank you to all people who have followed and supported my projects over the years. Second, to reach as many new indie rock fans as possible. And thirdly, with all of the file-sharing going on these days, I figured it was the way to go. Just might be the wave of the future.”
The singles featured on the EP include the moody anthem of “Satellite,” the garage pop of “Still The Rains,” to the funk-infused, “Sylvia, My Love.” Bardot incorporate many facets and styles of music, and began in 2011 when Aparicio, who provides lead vocals and plays guitar, decided that the creative process surrounding new music he was working with his longtime backing band had changed and gone in a different direction. Aparicio states that “I’d been playing with these guys for a while, some of the best musicians in NYC. We were rehearsing some new songs, but this time it felt different. Everyone was actively contributing parts and ideas and arrangements. It was very organic. It felt like a band. So I made it one.”
The full band includes Steve Dawson on guitar and has played with such icons as Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Jesse Malin and CJ Ramone, with Dave Berger on drums and keyboards (has played with Lou Reed and Erin McKeown, among others), and Pemberton Roach on bass, who has played with Moby and Fountains of Wayne. All of the members of Bardot provide backing vocals to Aparicio’s lead. The band made it’s live debut in December 2011 in New York City.
Check out the single, “Sylvia, My Love,” pulled from the forthcoming debut EP, Bardot:
Bardot’s name struck Aparicio’s fancy after he attended an art show featuring photos of Brigitte Bardot in Chicago. Says Aparicio of the images he saw, “Two of my biggest idols-Chrissie Hynde and David Bowie-have name-checked Bardot in their songs, so I had to use the name.”
Aparicio was born in Cuba and raised in Miami. Growing up he was influenced by the sounds and rhythms of salsa, funk and disco. He then discovered Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin, which encouraged him to pick up guitar and grow out his hair. His musical endeavors prior to Bardot were all under his own name. In 2011, he released “Aerials,” produced by Tom Gilroy and the video for one of the tracks from the album, “She Can Show Us, debuted exclusively on MSN.com, and received over 20,000 views with its release. The video was also ranked in Logo’s NewNowNextMusic airplay charts top 10 within the first week of release. There was also a free download of the song, “Sorry,” on SongShooter.com that received such strong reception that the site crashed and additional servers had to be utilized to accommodate demand.
NPR Alt.Latino said of Aparicio: “In an era of ironic coolness, his music is shamelessly honest and poignantly sentimental. He doesn’t mock his musical deities; rather, he truly lets them possess him, fight for their turf within his music and whatever happens, happens. And the result is quite beautiful.” MTV Iggy proclaimed: “If cowpunkers The Cramps, UK’s Body Rockers, Cuban son king Arsenio Rodriguez, and Prince threw down on an album, you’d get the totally nuts Cuban/American electro-guitarist Ariel Aparicio.” And the Houston Chronicle wrote: “The Miami-bred, Brooklyn-based rocker makes jangly, joyful rock.”
In 2011, Aparicio was honored at the 7th Annual OutMusic Awards in New York City, receiving top honors for his recording of “People Who Died” when he was awarded Outstanding Rock Song of the Year. “People Who Died” was released in 2010 on Aparicio’s “The Bedroom Tapes” EP and is a re-imagining of the Jim Carroll Band classic originally released on his 1980 “Catholic Boy” debut.
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Source: Press Release