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The DEFiBULATORs have emerged as one of the most engaging live acts from the thriving roots scene
in Brooklyn, NY; melding bluegrass, rockabilly, classic country, and punk, into their own eclectic
indie honky-tonk sound.
“Roots-heavy, post-punk music that reinvents the conventions of country music
with a CBGB’s-meets-Grand Ole Opry feel.” -Crawdaddy
“A drunken square dance on speed” -PopMatters
“Carter Family-meets-Ramones” -All Music Guide
“Corn Money recreates the barroom swing of early country greats…a boozy concoction
worth swigging until last call” -Under The Radar(photo by Greta Rybus)
The Defibulators are a country band from New York City. Likened to watching “Hee-Haw on mescaline,” The DEFiBULATORs jump-start new life into vintage country music and deliver a unique sound that’s anything but old-timey. Their sonic buckshot is a mix of sawing fiddle, fat telecaster twang, howling harmonica, a driving rhythm section of upright bass, drums, and washboard, heavy vocal harmonies, and surreal lyrics that spin big-rig tales of deception, debauchery, depleted bank accounts, domestic dilemmas, fanaticism, vintage firearms, biological anomalies, airline intoxication, and animal ennui.
Driven by the harmonies of front-duo Erin Bru and Bug Jennings, the band was born in a nyc barbecue joint, where Jennings and Telecaster player, Chris Hartway (aka Roadblock), worked as bartenders. Transplants from California, Texas, and New Jersey (respectively), the 3 found a shared obsession with classic country music, cutting their teeth on early Western Swing, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, and Honky-Tonk. They landed their first gig on a dare, opening for a punk band in an East Village tiki bar. After two years of relentless gigging in NYC, the band released their debut album Corn Money in 2009 and hit the road hard, touring extensively across the country. Their 1st tour van was a 1977 Dodge ambulance from Effingham, IL that they accidentally bought on Ebay.
(photo by Greg Manis)
Produced by John Hill and Terrence Bernardo, mixed by D. James Goodwin, and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, Corn Money was cited as “a fantastic, fantastical debut” (Melophobe) and “a brash, bold, trend-setting accomplishment” (Honest Tune) See More Press.
The Defibulators’ Songbook has been published by Mel Bay Publications. The band has also self-published their very own coloring book, Illustrated by James Jajac. They have licensed and recorded songs for film and TV including NFL FLMS, THE DRY LAND, SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA, THE BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST, SKIPTRACERS, I JUST WANT MY PANTS BACK, ROADTRIP NATION, and LILYHAMMER. They can often be found serving as the house band for the long-running comedic event, THE REJECTION SHOW, at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC.
When not on the road together, The Defibulators reside in individual, non-mobile homes in Hoboken, Harlem, and Brooklyn.
The Defibulators are:
Erin Bru – Vocals, Triangle
Bug Jennings - Vocals, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar
Roadblock - Telecaster
Metalbelly - Washboards, Harmonica, Percussion
Smitty The Giant Fiddler - take a guess
David Dawda - Upright & Electric Bass
Mike Riddleberger - Drums