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Guilty Giraffe

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Guilty Giraffe
Guilty Giraffe at NJIRF.jpg
Guilty Giraffe at the 2018 North Jersey Indie Rock Festival.
Background information
OriginYonkers, New York, U.S.
GenresRock, post-hardcore, shoegaze
Years active2015–present
LabelsMint 400 Records
MembersKevin Knebel
Mathew McGinnis
Shane Sumano
Will Vellek

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Guilty Giraffe are an American rock band that is from New York.


Guilty Giraffe started as a rock duo from Yonkers, New York that formed in 2015. Both members were self-taught musicians.[1] They self-produced and released their debut album A Time to Slime in December 2015. Jocelyn Huggler of The Deli describes it as "grimy energetic tunes [that] show a confident hand."[2] In a positive review in New York, columnist Nicole Disser calls the album "crashing chaos washed over with a kind of calm [...] leaving the noise to recede off into the distance," and adds "these are but brief intervals, I'll admit, but in that time Guilty Giraffe achieves something close to serenity."[3] They have been classified as post-hardcore and shoegaze, and draw comparison to bands like the White Stripes, Nirvana and Fugazi.[2][4] Guilty Giraffe made The A.V. Club's 2017 Year In Band Names list.[5] In 2017, they signed to the independent record label Mint 400 Records.

Mint 400 Records[edit]

Their second album, Server Error. was released with Mint 400 Records on 9 May 2017. In a Pirate! press release, the album is described as "stoner grooves of an almost sped up Black Sabbath [that] will be sure to grab ahold of any music aficionados."[4] Will Vellek joined Guilty Giraffe in the Winter of 2018 on bass, and they played as a three-piece for a while, until Reis quit Guilty Giraffe in Spring of 2018 to follow other musical endeavors. Guilty Giraffe rebuilt the line-up, adding Kevin Knebel on drums, and Shane Sumano on bass. For the Mint 400 Records compilation NJ / NY Mixtape, which features artists that performed at 2018 North Jersey Indie Rock Festival, Guilty Giraffe contributed the song "Off Ripped."[6][7] They also released their third album Filtered in 2018, which was entirely recorded by Felipe Reis and Mat Mcginnis years prior.

Reis composes electronic music under the name Árvore.[1]


  • Mathew McGinnis – vocals and guitar (2015–present)
  • Will Vellek – bass (2018) and guitar (2018–present)
  • Shane Sumano – bass (2018–present)
  • Kevin Knebel – drums (2018–present)
Former members
  • Felipe Reis – drums (2015–2018)


  • A Time To Slime (2015)
  • Server Error (2017)
  • Filtered (2018)
  • "Washed Out" (2017)
  • "Hungry Cats" (2018)
  • "Off Ripped" (2018)
  • "Filter" (2018)
Appearing on


  • Arlene's Grocery Staff (3 May 2017), "Guilty Giraffe", Arlene's Grocery, retrieved 7 January 2019
  • Disser, Nicole (27 December 2018). "Week in Shows: Fresh Newgaze, Disco Misnomers, and Phish Swims Up Livestream". Bedford and Bowery. New York. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  • Huggler, Jocelyn (21 December 2016), "Guilty Giraffe", The Deli, retrieved 7 January 2019
  • Makin, Bob (13 September 2018), "Makin Waves Scene Report with Central Jersey Jazz Festival, Indian Summer festival, Ancient Babies & More", The Aquarian Weekly, retrieved 7 January 2018
  • New Jersey Stage Staff (19 September 2018), "3rd Annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival", New Jersey Stage, retrieved 7 January 2019
  • Pirate! Staff (9 May 2017), "Guilty Giraffe Server Error", Pirate!, retrieved 7 January 2019
  • Ryan, Kyle (5 December 2017), "The Year in Band Names", The A.V. Club, retrieved 7 January 2019

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