Ed Schrader's Music Beat are a Baltimore-based duo who play a stripped-down form of garage punk, alternating between frantic thrashing and spacious, steadily paced crooning.
They are one of many acts who have emerged from the Wham City collective, and have extensively toured or collaborated with other Wham City associates such as Dan Deacon and Future Islands. Schrader contributed group vocals to Deacon's first two albums for Carpark, Spiderman of the Rings and Bromst. He was also a key contributor to the comedy aspect of Wham City, and was well known for his standup comedy and podcasts, particularly his impressions of David Bowie. He began touring as a solo artist in 2009, playing brief, direct songs backed by a floor tom. His debut album, The Choir Inside, was released by Wham City that year. In 2010, Schrader began collaborating with bassist Devlin Rice (of Nuclear Power Pants) as Ed Schrader's Music Beat. The duo toured extensively, and debut album Jazz Mind was released by Providence's Load Records in 2012. The album included fan favorites such as "Rats" and "I Can't Stop Eating Sugar," as well contributions by Matmos and Randy Randall of No Age. Also in 2012, the duo released a split 7" single with Future Islands, and Schrader sang on Matmos' "Very Large Green Triangles." Following additional touring, including the duo's first European gigs, Ed Schrader's Music Beat signed to JEFF the Brotherhood's Infinity Cat Recordings, who released sophomore album Party Jail in 2014. Following tours with bands such as Chain and the Gang and Dope Body, Ed Schrader's Music Beat began working on their third album, Riddles. With the help of Deacon, who produced, arranged, and played synthesizers on every song, the duo created their most ambitious, fleshed-out statement yet, moving far beyond the minimalist rants of their earlier work. Riddles was released by Carpark Records in 2018. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi