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A Black Tie Affair is a band out of Brooklyn led and bred by Jay Sharp (formerly of The Stereolites and The False Alarms) He's also in some other bands too. ABTA are a "grunge" band 15 years after grunge died. However they have a much more current take on the genre, and really calling them grunge is silly because it's the 2000's, they ain't from the NW. Also the tone in the guitar is very much an updated sound from that time as it is more mechanical in a way. Though that is not to say that ABTA is not straight up rock, there's nothing electronic about it. That being said, ABTA has a lot of different influences: NIN, The Smashing Pumpkins, Dinosaur Jr., Nirvana and some other stuff I feel as though I'm not recognizing (R.E.M. maybe?). The riffs are very mathematical in a way, though the vocals are drenched in emotion and almost have a theatrical broadway approach, though there is nothing gentle or wimpy about the delivery. Certainly ABTA must be described as heavy and very dark. I almost want to call it goth-grunge but I won't because that is so fucking silly sounding. I love this band by the way. They are a three-piece that started out as a two-piece and added a bass player. The songs are all extremely tense and mostly fast and hard. And even when they slow down they are still tense. The lyrics are full of loss. I almost feel as though the band is devoted to the theme of loss, betrayal, and regret. That is ABTA's holy trinity. There are many lines that remind me of Cobain in there being seemingly random, and yet not random at all but merely clever abstractions of the songs subject matter. There is humor in them, though they are pained. Yet even as the words are those of the victim, they are also forgiving. It is not restful music to hear. It is music one must prepare to be involved in while listening. It is for people who want to feel strong emotions. ABTA is a waterfall of feelings, memorable riffs and guitar work driven by tense, pushing drums. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.