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The New Tarot


Leigh Greaney


NYC-based, sister-fronted, post-genre group, The New Tarot, gear up to release their debut full-length album, in the wake of their third EP, God of Science. Forthcoming LP, The Book of Promises, is about enlightenment from another century and revelation in era of political and spiritual uncertainty. Some of the tracks are previewed in their demo form on the band’s live album, however, the album versions are specifically curated for what Blackbook describes as ” a sci-fi rock opera, based on the reincarnation of 16th Century English mathematician, astronomer and occult philosopher John Dee (you can see him advising the Queen – as played by Cate Blanchett – in the 2007 film Elizabeth: The Golden Age). Which, surely, is a welcome break from all the lyrical blubbering about broken hearted sadness as proffered by so many of their contemporaries.”

Singles from the band’s least EP release, God of Science — including “Heavy Metal,” “Tell Me You Like Me” and “Solid Sun” — paved the way for the debut full-length. The EP adopted the name of title track “God of Science,” a sardonic take on modern faith, yet the themes running through this collection have a much wider range – from social media-based egoism to ephemeral existence.Psychology Today, who premiered “Heavy Metal” did an in-depth interview with songwriter, Monika Walker, on it’s theme: magical consciousness – it’s been a fan-favorite ever since.

Inspired by the grooves of David Bowie, Regina Spektor and The Flaming Lips, The New Tarot create songs that Music Times call “one part synth-filled pop, one part thrashing alternative rock, a splash of sisterhood and a sprinkle of the occult.” praise the unique sound of the group stating, “The New Tarot flip alternative rock on its head with the powerful stories found in their irresistible songs.” They’ve previously been featured on BreakThru RadioLast FMSoFar Sounds (NYC and Athens, Greece) and other studio sessions. With love from Consequence of SoundBitch MagazineIndie ShuffleBUSTBaeble Music and many more, there’s no signs of slowing down – especially with a full-length album on the way.

The Walker sisters, Monika (vocals/guitar) and Karen (vocals/keyboard), formed their band in the spring of 2014. While performing poetry outside Union Squares’ subway entrance, Monika Walker captivated the attention of a passing man, who would later become the band’s manager. After hearing the brilliance in Monika’s use of verbiage and poetry, and learning she had a sister studying music composition at college, the soon-to-be manager convinced Karen to leave college and pursue a career in music with her sister. Now, a full band supports them: Derek Broomhead (drums),  Dave Kahn (bass), Beth Callen (guitar) and David Banker (trombone). The sextet creates archetypes throughout their music and their stories are filled with chaos, harmony and the concept of space within ourselves and the universe.

The band will be headlining their biggest show yet on August 4th in NYC at The Bowery Ballroom, after multiple headlining shows at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory and Manhattan’s Le Poisson Rouge and playing at other major NYC venues, including Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, The Slipper Room and The Bitter End. The New Tarot has taken off like a rocket within a few years after playing The Deli’s CMJ event, and being dubbed them a band to “Keep An Ear On.”

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