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Portrait of the senors of marseille

the senors of marseille

About the senors of marseille

brooklyn, NY

"The sun-splash jangle of California with a hint of dark-art New York" (Joe Puglisi, -

Matt Swope and Graham Bishop wrote their first song on a four-track tape recorder in a dingy closet with a Casio keyboard and a flipped over bucket. Struggling to come up with lyrics, the two took turns sing-reading from a Sears catalog – the song was called, one-thousand-pound capacity flatbed wagon. It was terrible.

Years after these half-hearted, college attempts at cool, the two flew from L.A. to Brooklyn and got serious (kinda). With thoughts and tunes no longer borrowed from the pages of corporate catalogs, Matt and Graham formed the faux-baroque/folk/powerpop band, the señors of marseille. Soon after, in the spring of 2008, they caught the ear of native New Yorker and hip-hop/funk drummer, Vlad Gutkovich, who helped them realize the sound for which they had all been searching.

Less than a month later, before they had even recorded their first EP, the Señors landed a residency at one of NY's most respected indie clubs – Pianos – where the trio became known for their boisterous, danceable performances. At around the same time, they hit the studio to record their first EP, which includes collaborations with critically-acclaimed indie cellist Emily Hope Price and sweet, sexy vocalist Lillian Ruiz.

Excitement about the "señors of marseille EP," released late in 2008, has steadily been building. In January ’09, recognized the señors as a Spotlight Artist and writer Joe Puglisi heralded their music as “a sound accessible for every music lover.”

At the same time, "Davey," co-written with Bartholomew Bishop, was featured on the soundtrack for Delusional Downtown Divas – an Index Magazine film series - with fellow NY rock and roller, Lissy Trullie.

The señors’ music was also featured in the film "Wildflower," which brought home three awards for Untucked Films at Tropfest 2008 - the world's largest short film festival.

Fresh off receiving special awards from Mike Pinder’s Songwars 2009 and a featured artist spot at, the señors of marseille released the single, cat scratch, and hit the brooklyn scene hard with a whirlwind set of spring shows.

Recently, the señors of marseille have played with:

- pow wow!
- The Beets
- darlings
- Air Waves
- Dinosaur Feathers
- Pearl and The Beard

They've played at popular NY venues, including:
- Cake Shop
- Public Assembly
- Pianos
- Spike Hill
- The Cameo Gallery
- Lit Lounge
- Shea Stadium
and more...

They will be releasing a full length in the fall, as well as videos for 'davey' and 'hit the floor.'


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Portrait of the senors of marseille
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