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Army Navy

Army Navy œPure alchemy - Army Navy is a blast - Pitchfork (7.8) œIrrefutably charming and undeniably infectious - Filter Magazine œA splashy jangle of distorted guitars and winsomely defiant vocals - Spin Magazine œBounding jangle-pop guided by Kennedy's plaintive, searching vocals - Rolling Stone "A Posies-and Teenage Fanclub-style tsunami of melody and distortion that underscores the youthful essence of power-pop in all its bittersweet glory" - NPR œOne of the most exciting new groups in LA - Artrocker œArmy Navy have written some of the catchiest, jangliest, indie-pop songs - Music Week After the success of Army Navy's self-released debut album the band entered 2010 with their strongest batch of songs to date and were able to self-finance the recording of their second album. With a strong vision of the album in mind, they once again called upon producer and engineer Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Yo La Tengo, Helium) to help bring these songs to life. œWe felt like we had all grown individually and as a group and we wanted that to show on this recording. We were more confident in the studio and as a band. I felt more open to write the most personal songs I have ever written says frontman Justin Kennedy. The band worked for 6 months pouring their hearts into the process, creating an album with intricate arrangements, beautiful sounds, layered melodies, and tight harmonies . œWe had created a sound that was super unique, and our focus, creativity and inspiration had created something bigger than all of us¦a classic pop masterpiece! says Lasus. . Army Navy was born in the bedroom of Justin Kennedy, who in his early days played with Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) in Seattle's Pinwheel. Having relocated to Los Angeles after Pinwheel broke up, Kennedy began focusing on his new project and started assembling members for Army Navy. Multi-instrumentalist Louie Schultz and bassist Ben Gaffin joined swiftly after hearing Kennedy's home demos. Drummerless at the time of recording the first album, Army Navy's album boasted drumming by the legendary Pete Thomas of Elvis Costello and The Attractions, who had been a longtime fan of the band. Army Navy soon found their permanent drummer in Douglas Randall. In late 2009 Gaffin left to focus on other endeavors, which left Army Navy short a bass player going into the studio. But Schultz, able to master any instrument with ease, went on double-duty in the studio as bassist and lead guitarist. Recently the talented Dave Marley has stepped in as the bands new bassist. The past few years were very exciting for the independent band. Army Navy released their first (Lasus produced) album on their own Fever Zone Label in 2008 and quickly garnered great admiration from fans and in the press. CMJ called it œ..some of the brightest pop released this year. The quartet's first single œMy Thin Sides, which was paired with a hilarious video featuring Paul Scheer of Human Giant took the blogosphere by storm. The second single œSaints which Blender Magazine called œa lovely indie-rock swoon was the prestigious Single Of the Week on iTunes Australia and was released on the UK's Fierce Panda's Club Fandango Label. Stateside, it gained radio rotation on tastemaker stations like KEXP and KNRK and satellite radio's indie-leaning XMU station. The band found success in the placement world as well. The indie rock date-flick Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist prominently featured two Army Navy songs alongside artists like Vampire Weekend, Modest Mouse and The National; one of the songs being an exclusive track for the movies soundtrack. Over the past few years the band have taken their dynamic live show on the road supporting such groups as: The Lemonheads, Arctic Monkeys, The Dodos, The Soft Pack, The Like, and Cut Copy; as well as explosive shows at SXSW and CMJ and the UK's Truck festivals. The band was even asked to be musical guests on theshort-lived Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien! The band are just back from mastering with Greg Calbi and are looking for a home for the album! They are excited to get back out and play these new songs live at SXSW 2011! "Ode to Janice Melt" is from the forthcoming album. Contact the band: armynavymusic@gmail.com Press inquiries: jim@bighassle.com and tito@bighassle.com Placement Inquiries: lyle@bankrobbermusic.com http://twitter.com/justinarmynavy http://schedule.sxsw.com/events/event_MS11639 http://www.facebook.com/armynavyband http://www.myspace.com/armynavy http://bighassle.com/publicity/a_ArmyNavy.html

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