Macabre Melodies on the Battle of Brooklyn Occasion • Brooklyn Paper
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Call them the Band of Battle!
A Brooklyn duo, known for their Gothic songs of murder and mayhem, will serenade Green-Wood Cemetery visitors with war songs on August 26th. The band Charming Disaster will play the “Tales and Tunes” event, part of the cemetery leading up to the celebration of the 241st anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, bringing out songs new and old inspired by the battles of the Revolutionary War of the Ukelele -Player of the band.
“All songs will have something to do with a fight,” said Ellia Bisker, who plays with guitarist Jeff Morris.
The Battle of Brooklyn took place in 1776 when General George Washington led a withdrawal of British forces through the district and was fought on land that is now Green-Wood Cemetery. The “Tales and Tunes” event will re-enact the entertainment of the time with dance performances, contemporary dining, storytelling and musical interludes by the Gothic duo, while a ceremony, parade and reenactment of the fight take place the next day.
For “Tales and Tunes,” the band’s expected playlist includes the song “Battlefield,” which the duo wrote for the Battle of Brooklyn event last year. “Ghost Story” about a fictional duel and several songs from the group’s latest album, “Cautionary Tale”.
The couple also take musical inspiration from ancient Greek and Egyptian mythology and fictional works, including those penned by Edgar Allen Poe, and each of their songs tells a story, Bisker said.
“We use all kinds of sources, but we focus on storytelling,” she said.
Charming Disaster has played for Green-Wood three times and his guitarist says the architecture and the feel of the space complement the band’s music perfectly.
“A lot of our music takes up themes from ancient myths, especially underworld stories, to play a song about Egyptian mythologies that have an Egyptian-style mausoleum – that doesn’t happen every day,” said Morris.
Bisker said the cemetery is a special place to perform live.
“The thing about Green-Wood is that it feels a bit like a place out of time,” said Bisker. “The place has this very peaceful feeling, but it’s also very special and unique. The Gothic architecture makes you feel like you are in another universe. It’s such a special, magical place to go live. “
“Battle of Brooklyn: Tales and Melodies” at Green-Wood Cemetery (500 25th St. on Fifth Avenue in Greenwood Heights, www.green-wood.com). August 26th at 7pm. $ 25 (free for children 5 and under).
Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260-2523 or email [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Swings in their graves: Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris say the atmosphere at Green-Wood Cemetery is perfect for the morbid melodies of their band Charming Disaster.