|STEVE LIEBERMAN THE GANGSTA RABBI|
Yeah--30 years--16 CD's--and still dilligently playing late weeknight open mic's with the attitute of someone who's actually good playing Madison Square Garden.--hey WAIT-HE DID PLAY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN ON 9/24/2008 with Weezer! this dude rocks hard!!
LONG LIVE THE GANGSTA RABBI!!!!
6/3/2008 saw the release of Lieberman's 14th CD- "PSYCH WARD"--the punk-fusion rock opera type thingy telling the story of his committment to a 'facility' for the results of a bi-polar dark cycle. some of the critics actually like this one. it actually landed him a 3 hour radio show on a pretty big college station in New York--and a show in a big club on Long Island.
He can't play the guitar--so he does everything on overdriven basses and flutes--the basses held upside-down and backwards--it's crazy stuff--but some are devoted to it. The combined effects of 'passive racism' (lots of clubs won't have anybody with the word "Rabbi" in their name) and the effects of bi-polar disorder on the ability to self-promote and inability of hired publicity men to help have kept Lieberman pretty much confined to the open mic scene where he usually wows the crowds albeit small but seldom gets asked to play a 'real' show--ok--now for the hype
IN EVERY GENERATION, A CHARISMATIC MADMAN
It's been years since Bass-revolutionary, eccentric flutist, exotic multi-instrumentalist, Gangsta Rabbi, mad-scientist musician first appeared on an mp3 chart. In those years, Lieberman has released 12 full-length studio cd's and 2 live cd's JEWISH RIOT OY OY OY from the opening night of his 9-month long ARBEITER-455 tour-and VIVA THE GANGSTA RABBI a rare big show-where he played for 400, opening for a VIVA LA BAM show- where he did all the , playing, singing, production, arranging, artwork-you name it, has been interviewed , been in rotation and charted on college and internet radio and international web-sites of many genres, has topped mp3 charts worldwide in virtually every genre and spent 6 WEEKS as #1 overall artist on AUSTRALIA's DIGITAL CHARTS (but that was back in 2003) and has played live to cheering rooms! and !
Steve's eccentric, eclectic prog/punk style to the limit and will continue to spread his angry political, anti-racist message fused together with his sometimes risque', other times cerebral humor to those who might have missed the transmission of LIQUIDATIA through the airwaves , the internet or on the racks of the record store. The phenomena caused by LIQUIDATIA has been repeated by ARBEITER--earning it a 3 1/2 star review in the prestigious ALL MUSIC GUIDE.
Many called Steve Lieberman a madman and many more called him a genious but love him or hate him, it cannot be denied that Steve Lieberman is a musical innovator hell-bent on changing modern music forever.
This however didn't happen overnight for Steve.It took over 3 decades!Teaching himself to play the Bass in 1971. he quickly discovered that by turning the instrument upside-down without reversing the strings and applying distortion, the bass can sound like a Strat on steroids.He became the wild-man lead bass player in a series of prototype metal bands throughout the 1970's. During the 80's and '90's, Lieberman became an angst-possessed post-punk singer-songwriter, a favorite at the local Long Island, NY original music scene because of his chain-saw bass strumming, lightning-fast leads and in-your-face thought-provoking politically and religiously charged lyrics and Chasidic hippy demeanor. From 1991-2001, Steve Lieberman released 38 independent albums.
After a house fire in 2001, Steve quickly "mastered "the flute (being a Jethro Tull fan from birth) and discovered some instrumental oddites as the Shahnai, bagpipe chanter, bombard, melodica and trombone. Lieberman first fused the wordly sounds of this menagerie to his overdrived basses resulting in 2002's now classic BAD'LANIA RISING.
His live shows are something to see, too. It's a multi-instrumental caffeinated one-man ethnic punk festival where Steve musically takes on all the evil of society with his distorted basses and flutes at the supersonic pace of a speeding freight train.