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A revolving New York City collective led by Dave Derby, Gramercy Arms display a diverse, breezy power pop-inspired indie rock center -- not unlike Derby's most famous band, the Dambuilders -- with a tendency to shift style from song to song. The initial lineup contained members of Luna, Guided by Voices, and Dead Air, while everyone from fellow ex-Dambuilder Joan Wasser (aka Joan as Police Woman) to Lloyd Cole to comedian Sarah Silverman have been known to add their talents. Derby has intimated that the band will have a rotating membership. Swiping the name of a ten-story building in the band's home base of New York City, Gramercy Arms released their first record on Reveal Records in 2008. Produced by Derby with help from Shudder to Think's Nathan Larson, the record's crisp, hook-heavy pop earned near-universally positive reviews for the band, if not a wide following.