Larry Levy Cat Levy Dave Powers
The Histrioniks started as an acoustic duo with Larry Levy on guitar and Cat Levy handling the vocals. A blend of the dramatic and philosophical, the Baltimore based duo began working together in the summer of 2004. In his past life, Larry was Helmet Walker, drummer for the instro-surf band, The Swiv-o-matics, while Cat, formerly Cat Bikini, sang the infamous version of The Who’s “Boris The Spider” and danced at their live shows. Dave Powers guitarist from The Swiv-o-matics joined The Histrioniks in 2005. He played bass on “About This Girl”,“Thin” and "Camouflage Baby".
"Homesick From The Grave" on CatErratic Records www.caterraticrecords.com features 11 original compositions. The songs are deeply personal, dark and foreboding and subscribe to a fairly simple formula, guitar and vocals. The compositions are somewhat folkish but are not aimed at any particular reference points. Their music does cover a variety of styles and really defies classification other than acoustic or adult alternative. The personal touch is made complete by all original artwork by Cat Levy.
“About This Girl” is the second CD offering from The Histrioniks on CatErratic Records www.caterraticrecords.com . A complete turnabout, The Histrioniks have changed course, added Dave Powers on bass, and clearly rock out while still maintaining some of the darkness from their debut CD. Again, while not sounding quite like anyone they do have elements of The Who, The B-52’s, Blondie, The Cocktail Slippers, The Donnas and Garbage in their style. An eclectic mix with strong female vocals, The Histrioniks are a band to be reckoned with. Artwork by Cat Levy.
“Thin” is The Histrioniks third offering and was recorded with a more garage, indie type sensibility. It is more minimal and nestles itself somewhere between the acoustic darkness of “Homesick” and the power pop of “About This Girl”. Recorded by Larry Levy and engineered by Mike Potter, “Thin” is where The Histrioniks define themselves at this point. Artwork by Cat and graphics by Nikie Monteleone complete the statement in black and white with just a line of red, a bold reminder that The Histrioniks ROCK!
"Camouflage Baby" is the fourth and current release from The Histrioniks. Staying with the analog format, the Histy's maintain their minimalist leanings while exploring new instrumentation. Harmonica, violin and cello embellish the acoustic driven songs and at times push the Americana envelope. There is now also a mix of male and female vocals which gives texture and balance to the recordings. Once again the artwork and graphics are from the hands of Nikie Monteleone. Recorded by Larry Levy. Engineered by Mike Potter. Mastered by Bob Speer.
The Histrioniks have had three songs - "Anger Cherry", "Gone" and "Saints in Atticus" - played on two MTV shows, "My Life As Liz" and "Pageant Place". They are featured on Pandora. You can also catch them on Bill Kelly's "Teenage Wasteland", WFMU, NBT (the Next Big Thing), LastFm, Voodoo Quota Show, Tee-m’s Unsigned Music Show (WPMD), Women’s Independent Radio on Live 365, Luver.com, and ‘Nette Radio. The Histrioniks have a video of "Anger Cherry" on You Tube. You can also check out their myspace page at www.myspace.com/thehistrioniks and for your listening pleasure, on CDBaby at www.cdbaby.com/thehistrioniks or on Itunes www.itunes.com.