Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Giraffes Hit Hudson This Month

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The Giraffes
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Brooklyn hard rockers the Giraffes have been sticking out their necks for 20 years, tearing up stages across the U.S. and Europe and performing with the Eagles of Death Metal, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fishbone, The Strokes, and other big names. The band has just released their seventh album, Usury (Silver Sleeve Records), and will rock the Half Moon on January 30 to promote the torrid new disc.

With the nucleus of founding guitarist Damien Paris and vocalist Aaron Lazar, the Giraffes have survived and thrived despite challenges that would fell most bands. In 2002, Paris was shot in the leg after a wild gig in Brooklyn; in 2005, Lazar, after suffering two heart attacks and a seizure, had a defibrillator implanted, which went off three times in 30 seconds during a show in Chicago—but he finished the set anyway. Slow Collins, featuring former Giraffes bassist and Hudson resident John Rosenthal, will open this rare upstate date.

Here’s the quartet delivering “Prime Motivator” in 2010:

The Giraffes and Slow Collins will perform at the Half Moon in Hudson, New York, on January 30 at 9pm. Admission is $5. For more information, call (518) 828-1562 or visit

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