Talk about grassroots music.
The Head Peddlers (Karl Bateman and Elizabeth Ruf) started out four years ago playing punk rock on acoustic guitars in community gardens and bars in the East Village, with a name inspired by Queequeg from the novel “Moby Dick.”
Their eclectic repertoire of original songs grew rapidly. Every instrument on their new 13-song punk rock album, “Big Mohair Sweater,” was played and all vocals were performed by the Head Peddlers.
They’ll be holding an album release party on Sun., Aug. 14, at 4 p.m. at Hekate Cafe & Elixir Lounge, at 167 Avenue B, between 10th and 11th Streets. Suggested donation $10.
Since Ruf and Bateman play all the instruments on the album, they’ll be getting a bit of help from a crew of fellow rockers at the release party.
For samples of the album’s tracks, click here.
And speaking of fresh, Hekate is a sweet new cafe lounge to gather and share in the visual and performing arts. Abby, Karen and the bartenders have been so supportive in helping us get our show on the boards. And we’re fortunate be joined by amazing guest musicians — Eric Blitz on drums, Jenny Gonzalez Blitz and Laura Thomas on vocals, and Steve Harsh on bass — helping us sound like the recording and more!