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Album Review: Boxed Wine – Cheap, Fun EP

Seems I haven’t posted on here for a ‘bit.’ I’ve been a tad busy with the real world, but I figured if I liked something enough, then I should probably write about it.

Boxed Wine just put out their second EP last week, as a preview of an album that should be out in the Spring. They describe themselves as ‘indie party pop,’ and this looks to be just that. In a time when so many bands are afraid of the term ‘pop’ on account of it sounding mainstream, the band bats a blind eye and throws their cards in. The results are exactly what one would expect; catchy, simple songs about having a good time.

The first track is “Bones,” and has a bit of a rockier sound than the other two, and might remind fans of their first EP. Still, it’s sonically bigger than what they’ve done before and is more along the lines of Young the Giant than Two Door Cinema Club.

“Boomerang” is next, and that’s where they find a pop groove that could legitimately get people dancing. If you don’t get the damn title stuck in your head, there may just be something wrong with you, with the band coming off a bit like the child of Hot Hot Heat and MGMT. Weird, I know.

It’s on the last track, “Dayglow,” where they start to really stray from their formula. It’s still poppy, but the dance element sticks through more than anything else. The beat sounds like a Pitbull b-side more than an indie rock band from New Jersey, but somehow Boxed Wine makes it work. This might be where they’re going with their sound, but all three tracks could point to a possible direction change.

Overall, the band gets to the point, and maybe that’s what we really need in 2013?  With the indie scene how it is, it’s kind of refreshing to hear a band honestly describe themselves and not come off as pretentious. Hopefully this EP doesn’t have the best songs from their album, but being how different their songs have been up until now, I don’t even know what to expect. All I know is that it might be cool, and will definitely be fun.

Blowing Up: Foster the People

As I was trying to figure out what to write about today, it occurred to me that I’ve totally forgotten to touch upon Foster the People.  The Los Angeles band has some serious potential, and most of it falls upon the slow burning anthem “Pumped Up Kicks.”  This song is honestly fantastic and in a weird way is a perfect summer song.  To me, it sounds like they took a nod from MGMT, created a groove that could soundtrack a beach-side drive, then went ahead and added an addictive chorus to make it appealing to popsters the world over.  It worked.

The song also directly reminds me of the one and only “Young Folks,” from a few years back.  Like Peter Bjorn and John’s simmering classic, “Pumped Up Kicks” has sparse vocals, a never ending bassline, and that massive chorus to make you come back again and again.  There’s more to this band than just one song, though.  The recently released Foster the People EP has two other stellar numbers to prime people for the band’s full length debut Torches, which comes out May 23rd.  If their performance at Coachella is any indication, this band and their slightly electro brand of rock could be poised to explode like the aforementioned bands did a few years ago.

Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks

Side Note: I actually just did a quick Google search and saw that one of my go to blogs, WAWSTSF, said pretty much all of the same things I just did.  Except he said it a year ago.  (Whoops!  Here I thought I was being original…)  The funny thing is, almost the same exact things apply to the band now.  They will be on your summer playlist, their album is going to be big, and they do have some clear talent that you’ll be seeing very soon.  Enjoy.

Change Your Mood Monday: MGMT – “Congratulations”

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This is my personal song of the day.  It’s been dreary since this morning and the sun is only now barely breaking through the cloud cover.  Oh god am I writing poetry?  Lame.  Seriously though, this song is beautiful; it’s woozy, dreamy, and completetly captures the feeling it’s trying to display.  It might just change your mood…

MGMT – Congratulations

This song very much reminds me of “Never as Tired as When I’m Waking Up”  by LCD Soundsystem.

BLOWING UP: Bronze

BRONZE is a Brooklyn band that plays “epic electronic indie rock that sounds a bit like MGMT when they get psychedelic, or a lot like a super mature Wavves.”  I’ll let you wrap your head around that for a second…

Okay good, your head didn’t explode.  Anyway, BRONZE is made of former Detachment Kit members, which didn’t help me out really.  But after looking up that older band on myspace, I have to say they’re pretty cool.  Though when it comes down to it, BRONZE is simply a better band.  They sound professionally recorded and most importantly more mature, which makes sense since everyone got older.

Simply put, everything about this group seems to come together.  From the surfy melodies meeting up with spacey guitars and random percussion effects, BRONZE creates their own world to play around in.  This world sounds pretty freaking cool to me, and you can jump into it by getting their free EP off of ze bandcamp.  Enjoy!

BRONZE – Horses