Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tapes n' Tapes - Urban Lounge Preview

Tapes n' Tapes, a rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, made up of John Grier (guitar/lead vocals), Matt Kretzmann (keys/horns), Erik Appelwick (bass/backing vocals), and Jeremy Hanson (percussion). The band formed in 2003, "to have fun with friends." In 2004 they purchased some recording equipment and headed out to a rustic cabin in Wisconsin, resulting in a seven song EP, which is unfortunately long out of print.

In 2005 the band released there critically acclaimed LP, "The Loon." Following the release of The Loon, the band spent the next few years touring with bands such as, Franz Ferdinand, Spoon, Cold War Kids, The Black Keys, Echo & The Bunnymen, and the Wrens. Also, respectively playing festivals such as: Reading/Leeds, Lollapalooza, and Coachella in 2007.

The Loon was then followed up with "Walk It Off" in 2008. Walk It Off was the album that got me interested in Tapes n' Tapes. Often I discover albums on a whim while record shopping. While browsing a now closed record shop, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin called Atomic Records, I saw the album Walk It Off by Tapes n' Tapes. To say the least, it was a good find and buy.

In January 2011, their latest effort, "Outside" was released. They decided to record the album on their own with no label involvement, which I admire. Also, recording and producing the album themselves, they recruited Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) to mix the album to the perfection that it is. This is my favorite Tapes n' Tapes album, the reason being that the songs are so playful and melodic.

Quoted, " Tapes n' Tapes feel like they are making music for the right reasons - fun and pure love for music" and as Grier always says,"Everything else is gravy."

See them live at Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City this Friday August 17th at 9pm and if you don't live here in Salt Lake, visit their website for tour dates:

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