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Troublemakers / Press

“Jagged, stormy guitars, a voice with the fire and fury of a Molotov cocktail, and the deadly focused rhythm of an explosive drummer may make Troublemakers just seem like, well, Trouble with a capital "t", but the steely intelligence of their lyrics sets them apart from the host of shouty punk rock bands. In my heart, I feel right thinking, "This is what a collaboration between Kim Bass and Ian Curtis would have sounded like: blazing with irony, taut with pathos, and guaranteed to pull you out of the dark corner of the bar to the front of the stage". With their debut EP available on their website (for free!), Vanessa Haroutinian and Lauren Shaeffer have provided a blessedly easy solution to banish the Summer Apathies, and to help channel some of that anarchic rage we all feel sometimes (I'm looking at you, line at the DMV). Listen if you have guts enough to be this badass.”

“The first time you see the Troublemakers will be on a Thursday. It will be at the Basilica Hudson and it will be loud. There has been a throb below the ground on the corner of Prison Alley and North fourth Street for some time. Years. It started with a tad tentative tempo until turmoil overtook timidity. Vanessa and Lauren are going to rock you. Lauren has been a celebrity in Hudson for a long time, working at the bookstore and the ice cream store and the other book store that has beer and the place you get bread. All the places you love in Hudson Lauren is ready to take your money and give you change. Every time you go to a show at the Dog, the Basilica, the Riverfront, the music store, the night club place TSL - Lauren is there too. Not making trouble, but listening. Now teamed with the crazy guitar monster woman Vanessa, the troublemakers are about to erupt. I can't think of anyone in Hudson who isn't war and curious. Except maybe me, cause oh yeah. I've heard them. ”

Robert Caldwell - Musica Newsletter