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Ecce Shnak


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“The present-day composer in America refuses to die,” was a famous statement from French
avant-garde musician Edgar Varese quoted by Frank Zappa on the Mothers of Invention’s 1966
album, 'Freak Out!'
New Haven, CT-born, New York City-based David Roush is living proof of that adage with
his own musical project Ecce Shnak (pronounced Eh-kay Sh-knock) – the name taken from both
Frederick Nietzsche’s Ecce Homo (“ecce” meaning Latin for ‘Consider” or “Look At”) and a
word derived from the Yiddish schnockered, meaning inebriated, but repurposed as a teenager
for anything he needed it to describe. That may well be the best way to describe Ecce Shnak’s unique mash-up musical universe, a world of his own design he describes as Chamber Punk -- “one part popular music, another part classical and a third part punk” with songs “about love, death, sex, change, bravery and food.”
This musical mash-up offers a host of influences, including Gogol Bordello, Bjork, Deerhoof,
Bad Brains, the Clash, and the Roots. He counts titans of classical music among his teachers: Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert, Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Leo Brouwer, among others.
Roush has been working on new material since 2013, when he released the EP, 'Letters to
German Vasquez Rubio' with previous personnel. He then released, the sophomore EP, 'Joke Oso', followed by Ecce Shnak's first full-length album, 'Metamorphejawns' in July 2019.


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