Thursday, June 12, 2008

Marching Band

Marching Band (formerly known as Second Language) is Erik Sunbring and Jacob Lind. They live together and make life hard for their other flatmates by creating music at inappropriate hours. Two bikes, one laptop, three microphones and a shameless use of other peoples instruments is the recipe for a Marching Band recording. They have been writing songs together for 1.5 years now, and it is getting better and better. Their music is dynamic, hum-worthy and witty. Lately the songs tend to go in unexpected directions. If their songs puts a smile on your face and makes your life a little less dull Marching Band has completed its mission. When not recording Jacob is bidding on glockenspiels on internet auctions and Erik is trying to get some reading done without falling asleep.

The Swedish-based indie-pop pair combine eccentric musical elements with mainstay rock sounds, creating a unique sonic fusion that finds instrumentation of xylophone, marimba, banjo and vibraphone meshing with guitar, bass, drums and lush vocal harmonies. Marching Band's distinct sound and style arrives on August 5, 2008 with the release of their debut album Spark Large.

Produced by Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Yo La Tengo, Clem Snide), Spark Large spans 12 tracks of beautifully crafted indie-pop and atmospheric folk. The disc's first single "Gorgeous Behavior" has already caught the attention of KCRW's Nic Harcourt where he has been spinning the song on Morning Becomes Eclectic. Meanwhile, another standout track from the disc, "Feel Good About It," has been put into rotation on Los Angeles' Indie 103.1FM.

Sunbring and Lind note that the development of Marching Band was a natural progression. "We met 4 years ago in our first year at university, and creative forces were released at that moment. Since then we've been constantly evolving," the pair says. Their collaboration with producer Adam Lasus then brought Spark Large to life. "We are very pleased to have been able to work with a great producer like Adam Lasus who really made our songs sound great."

Beyond Marching Band's early radio attention, the band has also placed songs in film and TV including Gold Circle Film's My Sassy Girl, Story Film's Play The Game, and CW's Aliens In America. Recent critical praise also includes nods from Pitchfork and Saturday Night Magazine.

Over the years we got used to good pop music coming from Sweden. Marching Band isn't an exception. Catchy pop tunes, happy melodies, two complementary vocals and accumulated positive energy in their songs give enough reason to believe that this band will have a promising future. Recommended!

Marching Band - Feel Good About It
Marching Band @ MySpace

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Blogger Ziggy said...

Santogold - Santogold (2008) !!!
Coldplay - Viva La Vida (2008) !!!
Kent - Hagnesta Hill !!!
Onra - Chinoiseries

The Radio Dept. - Lesser Matters (2008) !!!
Misha - Teardrop Sweetheart (2007)
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - EP
The Morning Paper - Making You Up [CDM]

Sparklehorse - Good Morning Spider
Bright Eyes - Noise Floor
+ Notwist, Gregor Samsa, Sigur Ros, etc.

Sigur Ros - Ageatis Byrjun
Eels - Beautiful Freak
+ Emilie Simon, Ayumi Hamasaki

Sondre Lerche - Dupper Sessions + Phantom Punch
Of Montreal - Satanic Twins

Holeg & The Spies - Reality Drift (2003)
Huun-Huur-Tu - Malerija
Phillip Glass - Einstein On The Beach



10:53 AM  
Anonymous T said...

marching band is awesome!

I feel good and happy already, just listening to Feel Good About It.

no pun intended. :)

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

err... so where's the link for Marching Band debut album ? ^^

8:39 AM  

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