About The Reds
Shaffer's projects include guitar work on the albums of Marianne Faithfull, Peter Murphy, Marc Almond, and Hilly Kristal. Shaffer’s solo album, Necessary Illusion (2010), is a ten song neo-sixties, garage blues excursion, with a Joe Meek & Excello Records production style. Next, Hidden Charms (2011), has a sonic blueprint of proto–garage rock/blues, distorted guitar, with melodies buried beneath a mash-up of unadulterated garage vibe. Idiot Flats (2012), has a garage/blues framework, Mississippi Hill Country rhythms, a garage/blues framework, and a mash-up of a ‘60’s psychobilly/R&B sounds. Stacked Deck (2013), combines hard fuzz guitar driven garage-blues, a blues edged two step, lazy insistent rolling beat, new colors in the harmonica and spoons style percussion. Shaffer’s 2014 album release, Misadventure, has him back in the garage again, with some of his best songs, performance and production to date. The ragged edges, room echo, distortion, great hooks, and underlying menace are right in place for some compelling tension and adrenaline drenched garage blues. In May 2014 Shaffer released a bonus single, Link, focusing his talent beyond his five garage rock solo albums, to boost the garage rock genre with a Link Wray, and swamp blues inspired instrumental. This was followed by another single in August 2014, Hard Times Sixty, a mid-1960’s British R&B rocker, similar to the Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things, and The Yardbirds, featuring 1960’s style harmonica. Shaffer’s sixth solo album Jitterbug Shake (2015) features the fast, excitable sound of garage blues that digs deep into his early R&B/rock & roll influences.
Cohen's work includes writing score for numerous theatre productions at Philadelphia's Walnut Theater, & for NYC's Pulse Theater Company. His first solo album One BC (2009) contains all atmospheric, ambient instrumentals in the tradition & style of Brian Eno, & Klaus Schulze. His second solo album Two BC (2011) expands on his earlier ambient themes, yet are even more experimental and danceable. The album contains tracks that go from spacial, lush, ambient soundscapes, to metal space funk, all with the special Bruce Cohen treatment. Three BC is scheduled for release late 2015.
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