in support of our recently released album, High Beams, on Almost Ready Records
Playing loose but well-crafted songs built on alarm-clock-radio hooks, 1-800-BAND delve into the darkest corners of the rock'n'roll story, drawing from 99-cent power pop, country weepers, pub rock, and glam, with a tinge of heartland rock lightening the sky. New LP High Beams gleams with the aural reflections of bands such as Blue Northern, the Jacobites, Dwight Twilley, Pretenders, late Kinks, Tom Petty, and Elliott Murphy. Light bleeds through the dusk: You're living in the city, skint, close to the bone, wondering if she still cares—but you've got your mates, your good-fitting denim, and enough for an egg sand at the donut shop: you might miss that hangover if you stay awake long enough, and there's always your pride, no matter how shredded.
Consequence of Sound has described the co-ed quartet's songs as "an amalgamation of rock-and-roll punch and Tom Petty–esque power pop [that] never skimps on the fun." Brooklyn Vegan says they play "hooky, ringing, revved up and distinctly American power pop," and CMJ has called them "stellar." The Big Takeover cites High Beams as "sophisticated and deftly crafted . . . embellished with traces of par excellence Stones and Springsteen—without succumbing to any cloying throwback maneuvers," and underground comix-and-music zine Roctober describes the music as "blue collar American glam pop magic." Proclaims USA Today, "I'm on board."
High Beams was produced by Mitch Easter at Fidelitorium Recordings. Easter, a founding member of the seminal jangle-pop band Let's Active, has engineered and mixed albums by Ex Hex, Dinosaur Jr., Wilco, R.E.M., Pylon, and many more. High Beams was mastered by Carl Saff (Jack Name, Screaming Females, Guided By Voices). The LP follows a self-titled LP, the EP Diver Blue, and a split 7" with Snakes.
Almost Ready Records, home to releases by Nobunny, Big Dipper, and Liquor Store, has High Beams available as a limited LP in black vinyl, on CD, and as a digital download.
1-800-BAND—front man/guitarist Al Huckabee, keyboardist/vocalist Polly Watson, bassist Robbie Kongress, and drummer Steve McGuirl—will be playing a series of dates in November in continued support of Almost Ready's release of High Beams. All dates below.
11/3 Cleveland @ Now That's Class
11/4 Detroit @ UFO Factory
11/5 Chicago @ Double Door, Hozac 10th Anniversary Show w/ Gories, Heavy Times, Mike Rep's Last Call, Julian Leal, Sueves, Cozy, Jeanies
11/6 St. Louis @ The Sinkhole
11/9 New Orleans @ Saturn Bar
11/10 Birmingham, AL @ Spring Street Firehouse
11/11 Nashville @ 5-Spot
11/12 Asheville, NC @ Lazy Diamond