Take one look at their throwback official website or their yellowed one-sheet, and it’s pretty apparent that 1-800-BAND wish the world was forever stuck in a ‘70s time warp. It’s not all about the looks, however, as the New York rockers channel that era into every aspect of their music, including forthcoming album High Beams.
The 10-track effort was produced by Mitch Easter, a founding member of the seminal outfit Let’s Active and engineer/mixer for the likes of Wilco, Dinosaur Jr., and Ex Hex. Like its predecessor, 2012’s self-titled collection, it’s an amalgamation of rock and roll punch and Tom Petty-esque power pop, as filtered through 1-800-BAND’s lens. Perhaps more importantly, the album never skimps on the fun.
“Light bleeds through the dusk: You’re living in the city, skint, close to the bone, wondering if she still cares,” a press release sets the scene for the High Beams, as though it were a gritty New York film starring a leather-clad and lovelorn John Travolta. “But you’ve got your mates, your good-fitting denim, and enough for an egg sand at the donut shop.”
Feel-good spirits abound on the album’s lead single “Jackie’s Wrong”, and they show up again in full force on their newest offering, “Des Moines”. “Des Moines’ alright, we could steal a car and leave tonight,” frontman Al Huckabee croons over crunchy guitars, his voice filled with hope, mischief and, much like many ‘70s staple tracks, the convincing belief that the night is forever young.
Stream it below.
High Beams lands in stores on June 17th via Almost Ready Records. Find the band’s upcoming tour dates below the artwork and tracklist.
High Beams Artwork:
High Beams Tracklist:
01. One Time Goodbye
02. Judy’s Glass
03. Des Moines
04. Other People
05. Cotton Candy
06. Rhubarb Kids
07. Do It Again
08. Jackie’s Wrong
09. She’s Gone Missing
10. This Ain’t Love
1-800-BAND 2016 Tour Dates:
06/08 – Jersey City, NJ @ WFMU (live)
06/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s
06/24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ City Grows
06/25 – Milwaukee, WI @ High Dive
06/26 – Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon
06/27 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
06/28 – Memphis, TN @ Murphy’s
06/29 – Nashville, TN @ Foobar
06/30 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
07/01 – Cincinnati, OH @ Junker’s Tavern
07/02 – Cincinnati, OH @ Rock ‘n’ Roll Carnival
07/03 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
07/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
07/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Montana’s Trail House