black bird white sky is a rock/electro band from NYC with a taste for tragic romance, lyrical melodies and throbbing beats. Bring us your world-weary souls and we will take you….. New EP – STAY HERE WITH ME coming early 2014 with videos and an East Coast tour. Past releases include a self titled full length record released in 2011, a Remix EP released in 2012 and The Fall EP also released in 2012, premiering on AOL Spinner..
Former frontman for popular Brooklyn rock bands SkinGod and Silvercord (who opened for Bruce Springsteen at Giants Stadium), Ronnie formed BBWS with some fellow musicians that he met through the New York City indie music scene over the past decade. After bringing BBWS together in early 2011, Ronnie teamed up with producer/engineer/mixer Nic Hard (The Bravery, Aberdeen City, Church, The Ropes, The Kin, and Ghost Beach) and co-producer/engineer Jonathan Goldstein. What resulted was a collection of songs that centered on romance, obsession, the whimsical and the forbidden. While the song themes deal with heavy subjects, such as addiction, fear of loss, and guilt, the upbeat melodies and bouncy tempos keep the album’s vibe from becoming tragic and dark.
“Every song draws on something hidden deep inside me,” explains Ronnie about his music. “I’m a deeply emotional person, and I write from my gut. I’m hoping these songs will resonate with other people who have felt the same way I did at some point in their lives—and maybe even make them dance a little.”
Nic Hard infused a lot of his techno and musical expertise into the making of the album while sticking to Ronnie’s overall style and vision for the project. “For some songs, Nic would speed up the tempo and add new beats and synths,” said Ronnie about the production process. “I loved it so much, it inspired me to rewrite some of the lyrics and change the mode to minor for a few of the songs.” Nic even recruited guitarist Joel Hoekstra from hard rock 80s band Night Ranger to record the rapid guitar solo for the track “Before Sunrise”, which Nic mixed to make it sound more synthesized.
“Black Bird White sky was one of my favorite records to work on this year,” says Nic Hard on the new BBWS CD. “It really allowed me to pull from my history as a DJ. We used all kinds of crazy synths, drum machines and weird guitars. Ronnie has a really unique voice and a great range. Creatively he was on a mission to create something fresh and exciting. I think we did it.”
BBWS shows have been described as “emotional” and “intense”. The band performs frequently throughout the New York City and East Coast area. For latest news and tour details, go to blackbirdwhitesky.com.
BBWS’s debut album “Black Bird White Sky” The Remixes EP, and The Fall EP are now available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby and Spotify.
Ronnie Shingelo – vox, guitars, EFX
Brian Kantorski – synths, EFX
Sean Gerena – bass, EFX