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Some updates from bands I dig alot

Posted in Update with tags , , , , , on June 29, 2010 by stevenreedkelly

Thought I’d update everyone on a couple different bands that I’ve been hyping in the past.

I recently did a post about these guys – and yesterday I got their debut album For Those Who Can Whistle in the mail from Modern Short Stories.  The kind folks at MSS also included another CD at no charge (Justin Oliver‘s For Rose) – I thought Steve was just trying to butter me up until I found out that others who had pre-ordered the Spontaneo CD also got the extra surprise.  That’s pretty damn cool.

OK, so onto the important stuff – you know all those over-the-top pop rock, quasi-emo bands like Every Avenue or Mayday Parade?  This Spontaneo album sounds nothing like that.  It’s infectious but not obnoxious.  You won’t feel embarrassed to listen to Spontaneo because they write intelligent songs that are influenced as much by ’50s doo-wop as they are by Fall Out Boy.  Kudos to Spontaneo for making one hell of a summer album.  I’m going to keep this one in the car for a long time.

And one more thing – the band just released a video for “Bad Weather” – check it out!

You know, of all the bands I’ve had the opportunity to post about on this blog, I think Pinsky still might be my favorite.  There’s just something about this band that kills me.  Right now they’re starting to record a brand new album for Fall ’10 release, which I couldn’t be more excited about.  They also just launched a new website that you should visit.  If you register your email address (I assume that means that you’re signing up for the band’s mailing list as well), you get access to some exclusive tunes and extra content. So do that. I hear they’re also accepting recipes (yeah, like… actual food recipes) for your favorite drunken concoctions.

I build these guys up a lot – I think its because at the end of the day, they’re writing songs that I wish I had written.  There’s a perfect mesh of big splashy chords and sing-along choruses.  It walks that line of old-school emo and full-on punk rock so well. I’m hoping after they release this album, they’ll all pile into a shitty van and start touring the country for a long time.  They’re too good to be stuck playing local gigs in Maine.  If you haven’t checked these guys out – this is what you’re missing out on:

Pinsky – “States”


Spontaneo releasing debut album next Tuesday.

Posted in Recommendations with tags , , , on June 25, 2010 by stevenreedkelly

Ah, Pittsburgh.  My home.  Home of several other things I like – such as Primanti Bros. sandwiches, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the band Punchline and also my parents.  All of those things start with the letter “P”.  Here’s something that doesn’t though – Spontaneo.  They’re the most recent signing from Modern Short Stories (a label started by Steve Soboslai of the aforementioned Punchline.)

Spontaneo, at the core, is a pop rock band.  Before you start cringing, I have to admit that everything I’ve heard from this band tastefully walks the line of being expertly crafted and produced without sounding too glossy.  I spent a few minutes trying to think about who they sound like – I wanted to say Weezer, but that’ll offend someone.  And Weezer sucks these days, so that’s not fair.  I wanted to say Ultimate Fakebook, but that’s slightly obscure and they’re a little more dissonant than Spontaneo.  There’s not a band that comes to mind that can write mid-tempo songs with hooks this big besides maybe Punchline themselves (on their lighter numbers) – and I’m not entirely convinced that Spontaneo doesn’t do it better!

Comparisons aside, Spontaneo is an awesome band that warrants your time and consideration.  Their debut album, For Those Who Can Whistle, is being released on next Tuesday, June 29th and you can pre-order a copy for a paltry $9.99 here.  For a limited time, if you buy the album, Punchline will send you a track from their upcoming album.  (Way to leverage your popularity and market a relatively unknown band!)

Also for the time being, you can download 3 free Spontaneo tracks by signing up for the Modern Short Stories mailing list here.  There’s nothing I love more than free music.  Except maybe Primanti Bros. sandwiches.

To persuade you to give this band a shot, here’s the first single from their upcoming release, titled “Bad Weather”.