herMajesty’s Bowie-inspired dystopian "I Saw The Dog" to be released on vinyl

Midday Records to Release NYC Art Rock herMajesty’s Bowie-Inspired Dystopian "I Saw The Dog" Vinyl

Available on Limited 7" Vinyl Pressing on November 2

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Current chaotic geopolitical events combined with Bowie’s passing and the release of Lazarus in 2016 continue to impact generations of artists and musicians. NYC’s art rock project herMajesty continue to feel that impact too, except they have an even more direct connection to the Thin White Duke.

Their new single “I Saw The Dog,” releases on 7” vinyl November 2, 2017 through Northeast label Midday Records and features Henry Hey and Chris McQueen who were involved with the development and execution of Lazarus, Bowie’s immortalized musical.

Pre-production for “I Saw The Dog” began in the fall of 2016.  Grammy-winner Nic Hard, who has been working with herMajesty since 2010, suggested herMajesty work with Henry Hey (keyboard player The Next Day, Lazarus) and Chris McQueen (guitarist for Lazarus and Snarky Puppy) on the song.

The idea turned into a wonderful, collaborative experience in the studio.  McQueen’s dystopian reverb and guitar howls blaze an infernal backdrop to Henry Hey’s lush keyboards and JP’s intimate, and at times, poignant political observations.

New Wave, Glam, Post-Punk, Indie, Art … herMajesty’s rock music scales thematic preoccupations of love, loss, surrender, chaos, and hope, over a brooding wall of sound.  Their proclivities are well-captured on record and pack a wallop in their live performances.

Sound is just one part of herMajesty’s experience however.  Their name draws references to royalty, luxury, London, and is based on the phrase “His Majesty, the baby”  by Sigmund Freud.  Track for track herMajesty communicate complex human emotional experiences and grapple with themes that convey loss, sadness, detachment, and anger.

herMajesty’s sound also draws from JP’s Greek-American heritage.  Their 2016 EP “My Body your Mind” features Middle-Eastern and Greek instruments (oud, bouzouki) on the title track.  Immigrant blues meld in with their glam and new wave influences and can be readily heard on tracks like “Fashion Trance” and throughout to define their distinctive wall of sound.  “My Body Your Mind” is accompanied with a semi-nude photo series of JP by L.E.S. counterculture archivist Alice O’Malley to convey the impact of trauma on the human body.

JP moved to the LES, a historically immigrant neighborhood of NYC, from Samos, Greece.  Although he has been living in the US for some time, he admits that he doesn’t fully identify as American.

“Depending on the situation that I find myself in, I access the part of me that is wholly Greek, or the part of me that is wholly American. That is the best I can do as I try to integrate these different cultural realities that reside within me. There are periods where I feel like a resident alien and I am floating, neither here nor there.  I think that’s where my deepest connection to Bowie comes from. I always saw Bowie as the resident alien of not just Earth, but the planetary system and I could certainly identify with that.  It didn’t take drugs to make me feel isolated, detached and different, my immigrant experience made sure that I felt a certain way about myself and the world around me,” the singer comments.

The opportunity to work with guitarist Carlos Alomar; Bowie’s longtime music director and collaborator, came several years after his arrival in America. The impact of this experience was immeasurable for JP on a personal and artistic level.   There were many paths to success herMajesty could have taken in their formative years but artistic independence and authenticity continue to drive JP more so than bowing to trends.  herMajesty often plays local shows at Rockwood Music Hall, Piano’s, Highline Ballroom and Bowery Electric. They successfully drew 100 fans to their not-too-long ago debut at Irving Plaza and continue to play regional shows, while independently releasing thought-provoking sound recordings with sophisticated arrangements and visual art.

herMajesty consists of JP (vocals, rhythm guitars, programming), David Leatherwood (guitars, backup vocals), Joan Chew (bass, backup vocals), and Konrad Meissner (drums, percussion). Additional percussion is provided by Josh Shusterman.  

“I Saw The Dog” releases as a limited edition  7” vinyl pressing on November 2, 2017, and is for pre-sale via the band’s website.  The digital version releases to streaming and digital stores on November 8, 2017.

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