If the effervescent modern pop band Wild Party has a defining characteristic, it's passion. On their debut album, Phantom Pop, sugary synths buzz around kicky rock guitars and upbeat rhythms, taking the form of summery power-pop ("Take My Advice," the keyboard-sprinkled “Out Right”), breezy soul-rock ("Chasin' Honey," “When I Get Older”) and high-stepping indie-pop ("Violet"). Bands such as the Killers, the Strokes, Rooney and Two Door Cinema Club are certainly touchstones—as are Phoenix and the Format, two favorites of frontman Lincoln Kreifels—although Wild Party aren't beholden to any one influence or genre.
"We want to write fun, happy songs that people can dance to, with lyrics that people can relate to," Kreifels says. "We really appreciate all types of music—we just want to make uplifting music, whether it’s pop-rock, power-pop or indie or folk. We just want people to smile while they’re listening to our music. That’s the main thing."
A lot has happened to Hellogoodbye since the Huntington Beach, California-based act released their breakthrough album Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! back in 2006. With platinum-selling single “Here (In Your Arms)” storming up Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, eventually peaking at #14 after saturating the airwaves, the band became a household name, performing on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Last Call with Carson Daly. Now with a fresh line up, and a revived, more indie pop-leaning sound, the band are storming into a bright, reinvigorated future, as the first act from Fearless Records’ imprint label Old Friends.
While the band are hard at work putting the finishing touches to their third album, set for release in spring 2013, Hellogoodbye are whetting the appetites of fans with the re-release of acclaimed second LP Would It Kill You? on December 11th. Just in time for the holidays, the album is a collection of perfect pop gems that shows that they have sharpened their musical edge, and are poised to return triumphant as one of 2013’s hottest acts.
"An electro-pop duo based in Los Angeles, CA. The two Berklee College of Music graduates created a unique sound that combines the drive of electro with the melodic sensibilities of pop. Since the release of Carousel¹s debut single, the band received immediate attention from blogs all across the web, including the Hype Machine where they charted on the ³Most Popular Page² with every release. In their short existence the band has had the opportunity to tour with LIGHTS, A Silent Film, Mansions on the Moon and open for great artists such as Neon Trees, Griz, RAC, The Knocks, Cherub, Goldroom, Viceroy, Penguin Prison, Danger, Capital Cities, Body Language, Morning Parade, A Silent Film, Zaphoon Jones, and Civil Twilight. The 2 songs on our 7" were chosen specifically for continuity. We felt that they complimented each other melodically and rhythmically. Both songs seemed to be our most unique from our EP, Palms. They were the right choices for the 7".
We here at Static Jacks believe every new album should feel like a fresh start; A time for painting the walls a different color, or maybe just knocking holes in them… Maybe seeing if there's anything cool stashed away in there, like stacks of money or whatever. "It's all about the benjamins" - Puff Daddy (1997). With that in mind, we would like to introduce to you our sophomore long player, 'In Blue'.
In the end, we decided that we just want to watch the audience slowly headbang and lose their hearing. We believe In Blue offers us just that opportunity. It's a record about not reaching one's potential. It's a record about doubting whether there even was any potential in the first place. It's a record about buying another fuzz pedal and starting over.
'In Blue' released on September 30th on Old Friends Records.