Here is a band, by looks, that surprised me. I mean, a few of their publicity shots, promos, etc. make them out to be some form of a Fall Out Boy type of a band. Don’t get me wrong, I like to hear Dance Dance every other millenia or so but those “types” of bands only seem to entertain for awhile and then fade.
Proving to the skeptics (me) and the rest of the world that they’re not fading, Brandtson have been around for a good while with a handfull of albums and a ton of touring under their belts. They’re newest release, Hello, Control is terrific and sounds like it was recorded with far more energy than their past releases. Gearing further away from their once punky-pop roots and more towards indie-pop, Brandtson is causing some seismic disturbances in the musical realm. Sure, there are still some misses on their latest work but there are far more (danceable, I might add) hits to outweigh the duds.
The guitar riff in Earthquake and Sharks reminded me a lot of Modest Mouse, for some reason and Nobody Dances Anymore is a great song, because I don’t know how many parties I’ve been to where people are terrified to start dancing. Abortion? Gay marriage? I appreciate Brandtson tackling the real issues head on. Be sure to catch them on their national tour! I’m pretty sure they want to be your MySpace friend, though I’m only guessing, and would also love for you to buy their new album.