Joe LeDoux and Colin Dempsey are So We Are. The duo are members of The Amygdaloids, and play acoustic versions of the band's songs, as well as other material from the heavy meNtal songbook. LeDouxs musical roots are in rockabilly, country, British Invasion, and contemporary Americana, while Dempsey is steeped in Irish folk and indie rock. Rosanne Cash described So We Are as a kind of "post-modern Everly Brothers."
In April So We Are and the Rock Valley Retinue took over a room, 19th century schoolhouse in upstate New York and turned it into a recording studio. This live-performance video is from their record release for their album, “Things We’ve Learned”. Joseph LeDoux and Colin Dempsey are So We Are. Rock Valley Retinue band members include Don Piper, Matthew Horn, Jeremy Chatzky, Cliff Westfall, Julia Greenberg.
Last summer, So We Are took over a 19th Century one-room schoolhouse in the Catskills (Rock Valley NY) and turned it into a recording studio. Colin Dempsey and Joseph LeDoux were joined by some friends upstate, including Matthew HornCliff Westfall Jeremy Chatzky Julia Greenberg and Don Piper (who played and produced). The result was “Things We’ve Learned” by So We Are & The Rock Valley Retinue. We’ll be doing a record release show at HiFi Bar on Monday Nov 21 at 730p. The record is available from CD Baby.
THE MIND [Kimmel 802, Thursday, September 22, 11 – 12:30pm]
(April 21, 2016) Odyssey of the Mind: In this event, Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux will be joined by Colin Dempsey under the duo name So We Are , to give a musical performance related to the topic of his talk: The Unconscious Is Less Mysterious But No Less Important Than You Thought
(March 30, 2016) Rocking Out for CNS 2016 :Three bands made up of CNS members – The Amygdaloids, Pavlov’s Dogz, and The Shrinks – are playing this Sunday, on the occasion of the CNS annual meeting in New York.
On July 14, Anxious the book and Anxious the CD will launch. The book offers a new view of fear, anxiety and other emotions, and how problems with fear anxiety can be more effectively treated. The CD explores some of the same psychological themes of the book, but through music. The CD was recorded at Cowboy Technical Services Recording Rig (Eric Ambel, producer, Mario Viele , engineer). Cover art by Colin Webber at Viking and CD Design by Amanda Thorpe. Purchasers of the book receive a free download of the music (download code in the Preface).
June 22, 2015 – SciArt Center presented ‘”An evening of neuroscience and music with The Amygdaloids” at Cornelia Street Cafe .
Jan. 16, 2015- Colin and Joe performed at Sidewalk, NYC last night. Rather than facing the audience when performing, they faced each other. Interestingly, with the musicians in this kind of intimate connection the audience felt vicariously connected.
Nov. 18, 2014 – Rosanne Cash joined Joe and Colin on stage at the NYU’s Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life for the 3rd Annual Emotional Brain Institute Emotion in the Arts and Sciences Event. The event was hosted by Judith Regan, host of Sirius-XM Stars Channel’s “The Judith Regan Show,” and will be broadcast soon. Details to follow.
Joe and Colin performed ‘Inside of Me’ and ‘My Mind’s Eye’ and Rosanne Cash then joined them on stage to sing ‘Mind Over Matter’. Rosanne Cash then closed out the event with a few of her own songs.