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You can tell you're not in store for some homogenized, predictable mainstream rock just by looking at the band picture inside the CD booklet of the third full-length release by New York's the Giraffes. Few have the chutzpah to cultivate a Rollie Fingers-esque handlebar mustache in this day and age, but the Giraffes singer, Aaron Lazar, is seen as clear as day modeling one. Additionally, few rock bands nowadays can be described as sounding like they'd fit snuggly in the guitar-heavy grunge/alt rock scene of the early '90s, without coming off like a third rate Nirvana or Pearl Jam rip-off, but the Giraffes manage to somehow pull it off. Add to it whacked-out lyrics and unpredictable musical detours, and you have a hard-to-pinpoint style that morphs from Black Sabbath ("Having Fun"), to the Reverend Horton Heat ("Million $ Man") in the blink of an eye, before recalling such art rockers as Alice Donut ("Wage Earner"). With rock becoming easier and easier to neatly categorize in the early 21st century, it warms the old heart when a band like the Giraffes comes along.

Customer Reviews

Holy Crap!

How in hell have these guys not gotten a couple reviews by now?
Anyway. They've got a sound all their own. The vocals are great. Not like most rock bands where the vocals tend to have that same 'trying too hard' sound if that makes any sense.
I'm not very good at explaining why I like something, but they have a real crunchy, gritty, buttox kickin' sound.
I've been obsessing on the song Done from their newest album. That's a good example of what I'm trying to say.

Found these guys by accident

I think Pandora popped Man U. I looked them up, saw they were playing Denver later that same week. Caught a show, bought albums, got hooked. Have seen them every time they've made Denver since.

Beer rock does not get any better.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Formed in the late '90s by guitar player Damien Paris and drummer Andrew Totolos, unapologetically loud rock quartet the Giraffes combine the power of the Melvins and Corrosion of Conformity with the hedonistic attitude of Black Flag and the Circle Jerks. Bass player John Rosenthal and vocalist Aaron Lazar joined in 2002, recording two self-produced albums (Helping You Help Yourself and A Gentleman Never Tells) in the band's home studio, which was conveniently located...
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