Almost Ready Records announces the April 8th release of Diver Blue, the new EP by New York City power-pop rockers 1-800-BAND.
Although a part of the modern-day New York scene, 1-800-BAND belongs in spirit to the New York of the late 1970s – the "concrete streets and soaring buildings of the vicious city... torn pantyhose, cracked windshield, lipstick...", in the band's own words. New EP Diver Blue's four nuggets of keyboard-driven bliss might sound at first like anthems of sunny summer beach parties and suburban high school proms, but they are in fact the fever dreams of denim-clad rockers, prowling the streets on the hottest night of the year. It is the eve of the 1980s – punk's first big boom is in the rearview, the New Wave is still swelling, and 1-800-BAND is on the cover of Circus Magazine.
WFMU has described the co-ed quartet's songs as "power-punk-pop gems" and Time Out New York has called its turn-of-the-decade vibe, "sticky-sweet power-pop". Journalist and DJ-about-town Doug Mosurock wrote of 1-800-BAND on his Still Single blog: "The sort of thing you might have found on a major, back between 1978-81, somewhere on the shelf between The Beat and The Cars. Recommended." The Cars is indeed an apt reference point, residing in the limbo between blue collar 70s rock and the turbo-charged electric torque of the 80s to come. 1-800-BAND – frontman Al Huckabee, keyboardist Polly Watson, bassist Robbie Kongress, and drummer Aaron Carroll – owns that limbo, bottles of cheap red wine in hand.
Diver Blue was produced by Kevin McMahon at Marcata Recording, the studio originally founded by The Walkmen. Chief engineer at Marcata since 2003, McMahon has engineered and mixed albums by The Walkmen, Real Estate, Titus Andronicus, Swans, and more. Diver Blue was mastered by Carl Saff (Guided By Voices, Unsane). The EP follows a self-titled LP and a split 7" with Snakes.
The Diver Blue tracklist is as follows:
1) Diver Blue
2) Make a Comeback
3) Here Comes Summer
4) Many Happy Returns
Almost Ready Records, home to releases by Nobunny, Big Dipper, and Liquor Store, will release Diver Blue as a limited EP in blue and black vinyl, and as a digital download.
1-800-BAND hits the road in the spring to tour the US around Almost Ready's release of Diver Blue.
"Here comes summer / Hungry as a hunter / And here comes night / All right!"
–1-800-BAND, "Here Comes Summer"
–Time Out New York
"The sort of thing you might have found on a major, back between 1978-81, somewhere on the shelf between The Beat and The Cars. Recommended."