Sections

Keep the changes: Brooklyn band evolves with its new album

Light it up: The band Karikatura will launch its new album “Ghost Light” at C’Mon Everybody on April 27.
for Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

This band keeps it moving!

A Brooklyn band known for its high-energy live shows will launch its latest album with a release party at C’Mon Everybody in Crown Heights on April 27. Karikatura, a six-piece that draws on punk, reggae, and Afro-Cuban music, worked hard to capture the spirit of its dance-ready concerts on its second album. But “Ghost Light” is not a document of the group’s stage performance, said guitarist Dima Kay — in fact, it is the other way around.

“We’re very active onstage,” said Kay. “We do a lot of improvisation, and a lot of that is reacting to the audience.”

But there is no audience in the recording studio, so the band sought to conjure that vibe in other ways. That meant creating the songs in the studio, maintaining spontaneity, said Kay.

“We used to be a band that played live and on the road, and then re-created that in the studio,” Kay says. “Now we’re more focused on songwriting; we use the studio as a creative outlet.”

The heavy-gigging band also took some time off of the road so that they could focus on the music, said Kay.

“We really reflected on all the traveling we’d done, and that allowed us to focus on the emotions and feelings in the songs,” he said.

The new method of creation meant that once the sessions were done, the band members had to learn how to play the songs live. A three-minute song might become a 10-minute song live, as the band members interact with the audience. Kay says that the evolving music keeps things exciting for band and audience.

“The songs never stop changing,” he said.

And the band will keep moving forward even as it looks towards it third album, said the guitarist and bandleader.

“I don’t even know what the next record’s going to be like,” Kay admitted. “Our main thing is that we don’t want to ever make the same album again and again.”

Karikatura record release party at C’mon Everybody (325 Franklin Ave. between Clifton Place and Greene Avenue in Crown Heights, www.cmoneverybody.com). April 27 at 8 pm. $12 ($10 in advance).

Posted 12:00 am, April 17, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Erik from Bed-Stuy says:
C’Mon Everybody is in Bed-Stuy not Crown Heights. You have the address and cross streets right but you're a neighborhood off.

RE: - "325 Franklin Ave. between Clifton Place and Greene Avenue in Crown Heights"
April 17, 3:49 pm

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!