CEG Presents

Denizen with The New Tarot , U.S. Americans


Jun 29 Sat
Denizen with The New Tarot , U.S. Americans7:00 PM
158 Bleecker St, New York, NY


Cousins Dave Schafer and Pete Vale bore the idea of forming a rock band late in 2011 as a therapeutic release from the pressurized day to day of New York City living. Adding on bass guitarist Andrew Wilkes, drummer Ben Selznick, and keyboard player James Gettinger, the band was complete in early 2012. For about a year, they would get together informally, sing, talk, and enjoy the company of each others’ talents, focused initially only on their favorite rock covers and whatever other melodies happened to pass before their minds. But the energy in the room soon developed into something more, and they began to write songs together: ones they liked so much that they felt compelled to share. In January of 2013 they played their first live show in the basement of a small club in Manhattan. From there, things took off quickly as crowds progressively got bigger and bigger. Denizen soon became a staple on the Lower East Side music scene, quickly moving from mid-sized venues like Arlene’s Grocery and Pianos to professional concert halls like Webster Hall.


But the rise was not without setbacks. The lineup had to be changed with the departure of Ben, James, and Andrew, and for a good while, it wasn’t clear that the band would survive. Fortunately, they had already begun playing with drummer Ross Procaccio, who joined as a full member in 2015. With the addition of Dylan Defeo on keyboards, Rashid Galadanci on lead guitar, and Eric Launer on bass, the current lineup was solidified in late 2017, and the band was back as never before. Two EPs later, Denizen is drawing crowds in the hundreds at venues up and down the East Coast like Brooklyn Bowl, Gramercy Theatre, Ardmore Music Hall, and World Café Live. They are currently working on their first full-length studio LP set for release in 2019.


The New Tarot

Fronted by sisters Monika and Karen Walker, The New Tarot is on a mission to deliver a philosophical, post-pop take on alt-rock. Using melodic sensibilities and yearning questions, the two sisters have been writing music together from a very young age. Karen is a renowned pianist and spent some time at the Hart School of Music studying composition while Monika plays guitar and has a background in philosophy and artificial intelligence. Five years ago they began to record and perform together under the name The New Tarot, and eventually, they assembled a finely tuned musical machine, utilizing the awesome abilities of Beth Callen on lead guitar, Dave Kahn on bass, and now welcome awesome drummer Attis Clopton to the band.  They have released 4 Eps, 7 singles (the latest enjoying substantial radio play and having been featured in the recent internationally televised broadcast of the Miss Universe competition), and one live album, and are set to release their first full-length studio album later this spring. The upcoming album evokes a rock opera whose narrative has at its core a message of enlightenment brought to our generation by a character from another World. The NewTarot is based out of New York City, and have headlined many of the area’s popular venues; from Webster Hall (studio), The Knitting Factory, The Bowery Electric, and Le Poisson Rouge, to a recent sold-out show at Union Pool Hall and dozens more.

"The New Tarot is indie rock for witchy babes. Equal parts mystical and danceable..." NYLON Magazine

"The group's intricate melodies and passionate lyrics give a fresh approach to relationships, mental health, and what it means to be “liked” on Facebook." Bust Magazine

“Their guitar-heavy synth pop perfectly compliments their lyrics about mental health, relationships, politics, and self-worth.” Noisey