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New York City, New York, USA (2005 – present)

The Ropes are an band from New York City, New York, USA, composed of vocalist/bassist Sharon Shy and multi-instrumentalist “Toppy”. Their official biography consists of only two lines of text: “We are The Ropes. We want to fight you.”

Tricky sampled their song Love Is a Chain Store on the lead single Does It from his 2013 album False Idols.

Originally founded as a full band in 2005, they became a duo in early 2008, describing working with other band members “a living hell.” They were signed to Warner/Rykodisc until 2007.

The Ropes have toured throughout the US and UK, opening for acts such as Crocodiles, Chapel Club, The Bravery, Gliss, and Innerpartysystem. Music critic Allan Raible chose What They Do For Fun as No. 15 on the ABC News 50 Best Albums of 2008. They have been compared to The Cure, Interpol,Garbage, Poe,The Knife, and the Velvet Underground, and they cite 1950s French New Wave as an influence.

The Ropes released an EP titled Cry to the Beat in early 2008, with drums performed by Blake Fleming of Mars Volta, and on May 6, 2008 released a full length album entitled What They Do For Fun, both produced by Nic Hard (The Bravery, Ghost Beach, The Church) and Toppy.


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