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At least three artists are known by the name The Giraffes.

1) The Giraffes is a Brooklyn-based band formed in 1998. The group’s current lineup features guitarist Damien Paris, drummer Andrew Totolos, lead vocalist Aaron Lazar and bassist John Rosenthal, who replaced original bassist Tim Kent in 2002.

Prior to their affiliation with Razor & Tie, the band released two albums (including Helping You Help Yourself) and an EP (A Gentleman Never Tells) mostly recorded in their own homemade studio, under a Hasidic dry cleaning shop.

The Giraffes are known for rowdy live performances and their gnarly back story. In 2002, Paris was shot in the leg by a fire marshal at White Castle in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Paris himself was ironically charged with assault for this incident.

Lead singer Lazar suffered two heart attacks in early 2005 for which he is in six figures of debt and is now outfitted with an implanted defibrillator.

Drummer Andrew Totolos is the host of the DIY channel’s small car customization show “Tricked Out”.

For some time, the band was managed by rock impresario Calvin Cherry, whose relationship with the band ended after his extradition to Greece on fraud charges.

The Giraffes have toured alongside Eagles of Death Metal as well as The Vacation, Skeleton Key, Local H, The Means and others.

The current incarnation of The Giraffes continues to perform with wild on-stage performances and outrageous live antics.

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  • cmatlick

    I'm here for the Chris Bellew band [2]

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Gyges_Mauler

    RULED is easily the best rock album of the past ten years. Kills both the s/t *And* prime motivator. I bought it off some russian website, and will buy it again if it ever gets an official release. Hell I might buy three or four copies for friends. It's that good.

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Gyges_Mauler

    Band isn't broken up, just lost their singer. I will approach any singer they take after Lazar with open arms, but he hsa *DAMN BIG* shoes to fill.

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • thejackyl

    We lost one of this era's great rock bands, but boy did they go out with a bang.

    7 Feb 2011 Reply
  • owarsharif

    everybody is welcome! http://www.last.fm/group/The+Giraffes

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Concert_photos

    The Giraffes at Bonnaroo - photos at Performance Impressions - http://www.performanceimpressions.com/The_Giraffes_Damien_Paris_Andrew_Totolos_Aaron_Lazar_Jens_Carstensen/index.html

    31 Mar 2010 Reply
  • thejackyl

    "Aaron Lazar has a heart condition that causes him to have spontaneous heart attacks and seizures. It has a a 2-3% survival rate, apparently, yet he's still alive, which to me puts this band EXTREMELY high on my "most badass bands" list." Holy shit

    16 Mar 2010 Reply
  • bonechum

    LOVE ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

    12 Feb 2010 Reply
  • leelapalooza

    Aaron Lazar has a heart condition that causes him to have spontaneous heart attacks and seizures. It has a a 2-3% survival rate, apparently, yet he's still alive, which to me puts this band EXTREMELY high on my "most badass bands" list. Here's an article about his condition: http://nymag.com/arts/popmusic/profiles/57166/

    20 Jan 2010 Reply
  • rcmetz

    i believe this is the band where the singer has had a heart attack on stage, and his defibrillator has also gone off on stage. sounds like a sweet live show

    3 Nov 2009 Reply
  • CRoche89

    Prime Motivator is good but Giraffes is better. They are progressive blues/punk/metal i'd say

    12 Oct 2009 Reply
  • thejackyl

    Prime Motivator? It's hit and miss

    5 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Ramcat

    Haven't heard the new brooklyn Giraffes album yet but I'm hoping it doesn't suck like some of my friends have been saying....

    30 Aug 2009 Reply
  • thejackyl

    I don't think it's really fair calling them "punk/metal"

    30 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Psshaw

    IF. YOU. WANT TO TRY. THIS. MA. CHINE OF MINE. HAVE A FRIEND SLAM A CROWBAR INTO YOUR CHEST EVERY TIME THAT YOU THINK THAT YOU'LL BE CATCHING YOUR BREATH. THEN SLAM YOUR HEART INTO YOUR SPINE.

    8 May 2009 Reply
  • BurningTiger85

    I'm here for the Chris Bellew band

    9 Mar 2009 Reply
  • kellanos

    good!!!!

    1 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Psshaw

    OR MAYBE YOU JUST LIKE CREEPY MUSIC I DUNNO. I TRY NOT TO JUDGE.

    26 Nov 2008 Reply
  • FreakmanJ

    IF YOU LIKE THE NOT-BROOKLYN GIRAFFES, YOU ARE MOST LIKELY A TERRORIST WERE YOU AWARE OF THIS?

    25 Nov 2008 Reply
  • mel-opho-be

    We caught up with them at the Mercury Lounge. You can see our Giraffe photos/review from the concert up on our site!

    21 Nov 2008 Reply
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