Introducing: THE UNION LINE

Introducing: THE UNION LINE {0}

The Union Line are a young indie band from the music mecca that is San Juan Capistrano, California. (#sarcasm.) I was initially introduced to the group when they opened for Local Natives in Chicago this past year, and was instantly drawn to their brand of less-beardy Fleet Foxes-esque Americana rock. From what I know, they’ve been busy working on new material for their debut album, which hopefully sounds a lot like the as-yet-untitled demo below.

File next to: Local Natives, The Ruby Suns, Fleet Foxes, Surfer Blood.

THE UNION LINE – UNTITLED (demo)

Thoughts on the band Local Natives

Thoughts on the band Local Natives {1}

Local Natives (formerly known as Cavil At Rest) is an indie rock band from Los Angeles, CA, and I think they rule. From my perspective, their song “Who Knows Who Cares” captures those times in our lives when we are truly alive, ecstatic, positive, and living in the moment. It encompasses everything that makes Local Natives a great band: dazzling vocal harmonies, swelling percussion, lush string arrangements, and accented piano notes. As a whole, their 2010 debut album, Gorilla Manor, is a real beauty and the band deserves every ounce of critical and popular praise they’ve received. I couldn’t be happier to see success fall upon such a talented group of musicians.

Oh, and their new music video is kind of awesome:

Introducing: PARADES

Introducing: PARADES {0}

Super harmonic post-rock + shuffling dancehall-pop by the Aussie sensations led by Jonathan Boulet. In my humble opinion, Parades is one of the best bands to have ever come out of Sydney. Their debut album, Foreign Tapes, is a must have.

File next to: Fleet Foxes, Mumford & Sons, Local Natives, The Holidays.

Parades – Past Lives

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