Not Waving But Drowning, Jaggery, Rebecca Moore

/ Jun

Not Waving But Drowning, Jaggery, Rebecca Moore

Front Room
07:30 pm

Output Agency Ltd. presents

Not Waving But Drowning + Jaggery (Boston) + Rebecca Moore

$8 :: 18+ :: 7:30 Doors / 8PM Show

Not Waving But Drowning is a junkyard cabaret outfit from Brooklyn. Their distinctively tight harmonies, unexpected instrumentation, and infectious enthusiasm are on full display in three full-length albums released over their eight years together. Musically revelrous, but lyrically so very much about death; that’s the bargain struck on their third record. “Red Hand” alludes to thievery of all sorts – whether through the tale of a cross-dressing bandit of the 1600s, the relentless creep of Alzheimer’s disease, or the intrigues of a courtesan turned international spy. These, and other such tales, populate NWBD tunes with a compelling cast of characters and narratives, pushed onward and upward by the band’s myriad blend of musical sounds and styles.

Jaggery works the dreamy, dramatic edge of avant-garde chamber rock. Combining elements of jazz, classical, world, and pop sensibilities, the Boston band’s unique instrumentation (upright bass, viola, harp, piano, drumkit) and compelling frontwoman (“One of the most beautiful voices in modern music” – The Oedipus Project) have garnered a strong local following, national and international praise, and landed the group opening slots for Amanda Palmer and the Dresden Dolls, Wye Oak, and Esben and the Witch (UK). The band’s recent release, Crux, was hailed as “exquisite, lush . . . nearly impossible not to engage” by Stereogum.

Rebecca Moore has two cd’s out on the now legendary (i.e. defunct) Knitting Factory music label and has performed her theater-oriented art-pop music with a band (some are members of NWBD) around NYC, the town of her birth, for many years. At the same time she was regularly appearing in theater works by John Jesurun, Richard Foreman and many other avant garde renegades and her music and performance art worlds often overlapped. She currently is recording under the name Larry Rooster (see “Animal Anthem” at and on iTunes) and is active in farm animal rescue and advocacy.