Ludinda Black Bear to Release Knives On Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New York Indie Folk Band To Celebrate Release Of

Second CD With Series of Three Shows

New York, NY – New York City band Lucinda Black Bear will release KNIVES, a second full-length CD of what NPR Music calls their “carefully written folk rock with stunning sonic arrangements” on Tuesday, November 2nd.

To mark the occasion, the band will play three New York-area shows throughout the fall: 92nd Street Y Tribeca on November 5th, Maxwell’s on November 11th and Rockwood Music Hall on December 9th. The lead single, the CD’s title track, is being released today. (“Knives” is available to reviewers at and an embed code is available upon request).

The follow-up to 2007’s critically-acclaimed capo my heart and other bear songs, KNIVES finds the band fleshing out the indie folk of its debut, adding more lush, sweeping string arrangements and broader musical scope. While capo was praised for its “rich and haunting sonic atmospheres” (Paste) and “dark, country-inflected pop melodies” (Time Out New York), KNIVES ups the ante with a soulful fusion of cellos, feedback, loops, pianos, drums and oddly tuned guitars. Once likened to the bare-bones acoustic Americana style of Elliott Smith, the band’s plaintive and often melancholic songs get some meat added to their bones on KNIVES, which is at times reminiscent of the music of Arcade Fire.

On KNIVES, lead singer-songwriter and guitarist Christian Gibbs and bandmates-percussionist Kristin Mueller, cellist Chad Hammer and bassist Mike Cohen-hone their craftsmanship. (Live, the band is often joined by violinist and string arranger Gillian Rivers).The band was conceived in the mid-aughts, when Gibbs decided he needed more instrumentation on his piano-guitar based, loop laden songs. He set out to find like-minded musicians in the New York music scene and brought his favorite four together for a rehearsal one night. By all accounts, the band coalesced that first night and was christened Lucinda Black Bear soon thereafter. Ever since then, the four collaborate on all musical arrangements together, producing ethereal, layered sound on KNIVES.

For a review copy of KNIVES, please contact Eva Dilmanian at 646.675.8550 or More information on Lucinda Black Bear can be found at or

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