In general I try to focus on information that a music fan in Los Angeles can use. So usually in the past I've always needed an LA-related excuse for a post. I tend to avoid the blogs that focus primarily on "breaking" new bands (you know the type... hey guys, check out [insert band name]. I've only heard these two songs, but I think they're great. And don't they look cool in their photo. Here are a couple of MP3s to download). But in the spirit of all those hyperbolic bloggers, here's a new band without any real LA connection.....
The Nobility [f/k/a Jetpack] are a Nashville based band with a new album, The Mezzanine, coming out on July 31st. When they were still Jetpack, they had a children's book written about them and toured libraries and grade schools across the US. Based on their photos, they look like they probably really enjoy Wes Anderson's films. I dug "Mathematics" from their first EP and thought they had a lot of potential. They realize that potential on their debut full length. The album's ambitious and nuanced, incorporating strings and horns on many of the tracks. The album starts off with two upbeat tracks "The Mezzanine" and "Halleluiah Chorus." At first you might wish all the tracks were as immediately catchy as "Halleluiah Chorus" but as you listen you begin to really appreciate the more subtle tracks. The lead singer's voice sounds a little bit like Eric Johnson from the Fruit Bats (which is another band I really like) while the band's energy reminds me a little bit of the Spinto Band.
The Nobility's band site
The Nobility's Myspace page
Download "Halleluiah Chorus"
Tour Dates (unfortunately no west coast dates at this time):
July 29, 2007 Murfreesboro, TNWMTS 88.3 FM 'Fascination Street' show 8-10 PM CST / Listen online at wmts.org
July 31, 2007 Nashville, TN Grimey's Records - Album Release Show 1604 8th Avenue South 6:00 PM
July 31, 2007 Nashville, TNWRVU 91.1 FM'Out the Other' show with Janet 8-10 PM CST / Listen online at wrvu.org
August 1, 2007 Richmond, VA The Camel 1621 W. Broad St.
August 2, 2007 Norfolk, VA The Boot 123 W. 21st St.
August 3, 2007 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Lanes 209 4th Ave.
August 4, 2007 Hamden, CT The Space 295 Treadwell St., Building H
August 5, 2007 Boston, MA Abbey Lounge 3 Beacon St.
August 6, 2007 New York, NY Piano's 158 Ludlow St.
August 7, 2007 Philadelphia, PA The Fire 412 West Girard Ave.
August 8, 2007 Dayton, OH The Nite Owl 430 E. 5th St.
August 17, 2007 Owensboro, KY Brother's Pizza 624 Emory Drive
August 18, 2007 St. Louis, MO Lemmons 5800 Gravois Ave.
August 23, 2007 Athens, GA Tasty World 312 East Broad St.
August 24, 2007 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits 1528 Hendricks Ave.
September 1, 2007 Shreveport, LA Lil Joe's 163 East Kings Highway