WHO WE ARE
I grew up in Cajun country in south Louisiana and got my first guitar, a nylon string classical, in 1962 at the age of 12. I dreamed of being a folkie. But Greenwich Village was a long way from south Louisiana. No matter, since my interests quickly shifted when Ed Sullivan introduced me and the rest of America to the Beatles. I got a Silvertone electric guitar from Sears and a Fender Deluxe Amp from a local music shop, and together with high school friends formed the Deadbeats, followed by the Countdowns, bands that played a blend of Louisiana R&B and British Invasion. In college, my devotion to playing music waned, apart from a brief stint in a group called Cerebellum and the Medullas and picking an acoustic occasionally. Some time later, I bought a used Fender Mustang, but didn’t play it much in the 70s and 80s, while trying to become neuroscientist. As a scientist, my work has focused on the brain mechanisms of emotional memory, summarized in two books, The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self. But the guitar bug never stopped biting and in the late 1990s, I traded in the Mustang my life-long dream, a white Stratocaster. The Strat didn’t get proper exercise until I met Tyler Volk, who also turned out to have a Strat. We started jamming, and eventually playing dance songs at parties around NYU. With the arrival of Daniela Shciller (drums) and later Nina Curley (bass), The Amygdaloids was formed. My early musical influences include Cajun musicians around my home town, Eunice, old time country and western greats (Hank Williams, Bobby Bare, Carl Perkins), south Louisiana R&B and rock groups (Boogie Kings, Greek Fountains, Barracudas), and 60s rockers (Johnny Rivers, Stones, Hendrix, Clapton, and electric Dylan, Beatles, Gram Parsons, Neil Young, John Fogerty). Later influences include 80s groups (Television, Talking Heads, Mark Knopfler), jazz greats (Grant Green and Kenny Burrell), and signer song writers (Warren Zevon, Townes van Zandt, and Pete and Maura Kennedy, to name a few). These days I like writing songs to convey information about mind and brain in simple terms because musical communication is powerful and immediate. For my more information on my day job go here.
Joe plays rhythm guitar and is the main songwriter for neuroscience rock band The Amygdaloids.
Colin Dempsey is an Irish singer-songwriter, writer and storyteller based in New York. He has performed his unique blend of folk-rock music in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and most recently the US. When not strumming, Colin is cheering audiences with personal tales of growing up in Dublin. When not telling stories (yes, he does shut-up…) he is writing them–you can catch him doing so at Kettle of Fish in the West Village or Cafe Bar in Astoria…at the bar.
Colin is the singer and guitarist for original folk-rock band Supersmall. Their debut E.P. This Other World can be found on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Pandora, Google Play and Spotify. It was released in June 2013 to positive reviews and they continue to perform in venues all throughout New York. They are currently writing their first full length album.
Colin also plays bass guitar for New York neuroscience rock band The Amygdaloids.