February 20th 2006
A three-piece originally from Batimore and now based in Brooklyn, Celebration are raw, frenetic and undiluted, yet somehow remain accessible.
Already enjoying cult status stateside, there's a genuine buzz about them and their music. It's all about their highly-charged live performances; Katrina's intense energy and David's scattershot drumming are matched by Sean's multi-instrumental virtuosity - he plays an armoury of organs, electric keyboards, Moog bass pedals as well as a hand-built "guitorgan". Onstage, Sean's concentrated, four-limbed performances summon a dense, swirling sound which leaves David and Katrina free to follow their instincts - and the audience breathless.
For recording duties, TV On The Radio's David Sitek was at the controls. It's a meeting of minds, prompted by years of mutual admiration, and David certainly helped Celebration to realise their sonic potential – as he did with TV On The Radio, Liars and Yeah Yeah Yeahs before them. This producer / band partnership goes some way to explaining why Celebration's debut album is already doing so well.
'War' is the second single to be taken off the album.
There's already an Oscars buzz surrounding this movie.