Trio with ‘Brio’

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This summer, Sunset Park–based band The Mumbles are playing everywhere from Coney Island to Williamsburg in support of their new EP, “Once EPonymous.”

While the EP is punctuated with gleeful horns — a la the Mighty Mighty Bosstones — and catchy lyrics, The Mumbles’ Aug. 12 live performance for “Summerscreen” at the McCarren Park Pool — prior to a screening of “Blue Velvet” — promises even more.

“As Keith says, ‘Asses will shake as life-affirming mantras are repeated,’” vocalist-guitarist Meredith Claire told GO Brooklyn. “We’re different from most bands that play there — which are guitar-bass-drums. That’s the normal sound at McCarren Park. We’re not like that. Our element of jazz is surprising and fun.”

Claire is the newest member of the trio — joining Keith Burnstein on piano and lead vocals and Ethan Shorter on drums nearly a year ago. Since she’s come on board, Claire said, “[Keith and I] are doing a lot of duets. Nowadays, you don’t hear many men and women singing together, and we’re trying to bring that back.”

One such swaggering duet from “EPonymous” — $7 at CD Baby ( — is “Bite Size (Brawn with Brio),” which certainly left us hungry for more.

The Mumbles will perform at 7 pm on Aug. 12 at Summerscreen at the McCarren Park Pool (on Lorimer Street, between Driggs Avenue and Bayard Street in Williamsburg). Admission is free. For more information, visit

Posted 8:40 pm, August 7, 2008
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kit barnstorm from sunset says:
love me some mumbles!
Aug. 7, 2008, 11:15 pm
greg papaguadia from LES says:
Who is that handsome man up on the left?
Aug. 8, 2008, 8:32 am

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