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Richter Scales

Richter Scales

Male Contemporary Ensemble from San Francisco, CA.

The Richter Scales are a bevy of gentlemen songsters, all residents of the San Francisco Bay Area. They perform selections from a wide variety of genres, including American standards, Broadway, Motown, and contemporary music.

Formed originally as a band of semi-organized scavengers in the wake of the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, the "Richter Scabs," as they were then known, didn't actually sing a cappella until another major catastrophe -- the crash of the Internet bubble -- befell the San Francisco Bay Area in the summer of 2000. Since then, the Richter Scales, a bevy of gentlemen songsters, have applied traditional men's a cappella techniques (multiple guys on a part, minimal amplification, and a sparing and mostly ironic use of vocal percussion) to a wide variety of contemporary subject matters.

The group is best known for its frequently amusing and sometimes intentionally funny singing. Notable original compositions and arrangements include "I've Got Mail" (an ode to email spam), "I Hate A Cappella" (just kidding, kind of), "More Cowbell," "In The Valley" (a musical roast of the tech industry in 2009 for the TechCrunch "Crunchie" Awards), and "Here Comes Another Bubble" (the video to which won the Best Viral Video Webby Award in 2007).

Richter Scales : We Hate A Cappella : 00  1 CD

Richter Scales : We Hate A Cappella

The Scales are an all male, 18-strong Bay Area ensemble which first started singing a cappella together in 2000, and, according to their website, "We Hate A Cappella" is their debut CD. 12 manic, high-energy cuts, some favorites are Lennon/McCartney's "Can't Buy Me Love," "I Got Mail," the very funny original by group member Brian Rosen, (who also sings lead), "High Notes." "Stockholm Syndrome" (which focuses on love as a hostage situation), and "Pencil Boy" (where our hero and Crayon Girl are "drawn together") also Rosen originals, strong covers of Steely Dan's "Reelin' In The Years," the Doo-Wop standard "I Only Have Eyes For You" and the Disco hit "Love Machine;" and finally the oddly compelling, fairly silly title tune, also a Rosen original. "We Hate" is a strong, funny debut recording with an attitude by 18 very creative, talented guys - give it a listen!

Songlist: Can't Buy Me Love, I Got Mail, Hour Glass, High Notes, Stockholm Syndrome, Pure Imagination, Reelin' In The Years, Baby Got Back, I Only Have Eyes For You, Pencil Boy, Love Machine, I Hate A Cappella

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