Monday, November 06, 2006

The Subjects

The Subjects are a band comprised of two teachers and two former students from a Manhattan high school. After forming to play a school carnival in 2004 they realized a common goal of making music. They quickly got their act together and played shows around New York. The Subjects recorded the EP after a tour spanning from Michigan to Boston. The EP was recorded on a four-track cassette machine in a weekend. It is self-released. The follow-up release LP is in production and is slated for a winter release. The forthcoming album is named 'With The Ease, Grace, Precision, and Cleverness of Human Beings' and is expected to be released in February 2007.

The album exhibits just the type of mature songcraft and naïve exuberance that a student-teacher pairing would suggest. “Hounds of War” showcases the band's ability to combine strong melodies with shifting dynamics and undertones of longing and emotional depth. “Best of Us” shows the band going beyond guitar-bass-drum arrangements, with its dense combination of horns, organs and layered percussion. “Icicles” is built off of a powerful riff and finds the band in a more spontaneous mode, with call-and-response interplay between the instruments. What emerges is a record that moves from well-crafted, high-energy moments to quiet expressions of subtle eloquence. Reckless and insightful, with the ease grace precision and cleverness of human beings is a delicate combination of youth's wide-eyed optimism and the experience of age.

The Subjects - The Hounds Of War
The Subjects - Daytrotter Sessions

Donavon Frankenreiter - S/T + Move By Yourself !!!
Five For Fighting - The Battle For Everything !!!
Gym Class Heroes - As Cruel As School Children (2006)
Akon - Konvicted (2006)
The Game - Doctor's Advocate (2006)
+ Valencia, Ok Go, Augustana, Acceptance, Academy Is, AFI, Anberlin, Eleventyseven, etc.
Gym Class Heroes - The Papercut Chronicles
Panic! At The Disco - The Fever You Can't Sweat Out
My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
Coheed And Cambria - Good Apollo I'm A Burning Star Vol. 4
The All American Rejects - Move Along
T-Pain - I'm Sprung
+ Chris Brown, Pussycat Dolls, Akon, etc.
Indie Hip Hop
Snakes On A Plane, Queens Of The Stone Age, etc.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. That was mean. I got so excited when I saw Gym Class Heroes' As Cruel As School Children and then wah! Nothing!

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i went to high school with these guys. the school, churchill was a 'specialty school' for kids with learning disabilities and a fantastic environment to cultivate rock stars due to lots and lots of state funding and wisely chosen teachers. for example, i got to take the same audio technology class two periods in a row. mr. shankov (second to the right) taught a video production class (with lots of puppets) and a song writing class.


8:20 AM  

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