New Music Review: Connect the Dots by MisterWives

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I can’t stop listening to Connect the Dots, the brand new studio album released by MisterWives on May 19, 2017. The band brought their irresistibly fun energy and eclectic mix of instruments (including saxophone by Mike Murphy) to the 11 track album.

The album starts off with a danceable hit “Machine” that includes blaring saxophone and shows off lead singer Mandy Lee’s unique vocals. The album has a hopeful, uplifting feeling embodied by the sounds of “Chasing This” and “Drummer Boy” (a personal sweet favorite). It slows down with “My Brother” and takes a breath with the raucous song “Out of Tune Piano” before “Coloring Outside the Lines” delivers with a lovely tune and powerful vocals. Misterwives released the song “Coloring Outside the Lines” as a single ahead of the album on May 12th. 

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This is only the second studio album from MisterWives, and the band has already gathered an impressive following after opening for bands like Panic! At the Disco, Twenty One Pilots, and Bleachers on tours. Their first full album, Our Own House, was released in January 2015. I had the pleasure of seeing them live when they toured with Panic! on the Death of a Bachelor tour, and they were a force of nature on the stage. If you ever get the chance to see them live, I would recommend it wholeheartedly. Mandy Lee is a tiny whirlwind on stage, and the whole band has a spirited energy that makes them very fun to watch perform. 

Keep up with the band on Twitter and look for them on tour in the fall!  

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Kenzie Wamble

New Release: Kaptan’s Sprinter EP

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If you know me, you know that I’m always looking for new indie pop that I can belt out in the shower (or in public…). This week, while scrolling on the new releases page on Spotify, I found Sprinter EP by Kaptan. I’d never heard of the band, and, as it turns out, not a lot of people have, either. However, after listening to the new release, I knew that this band was going places. 

The EP starts out with “Way Out”, a catchy, upbeat tune with a sugary sweet riff that makes you want to dance in the same way as Wild Cub’s “Thunder Clatter”. “Everything” sounds like the perfect summer tune that you want to sing from the rooftops. “Closer Now” takes a much slower, more sultry position on the EP, featuring lots of layered vocals.

The entire EP definitely sounds like something a well-known indie pop band would be releasing, which just goes to show how much potential Kaptan has. Despite having less than 600 likes on Facebook, it seems like their Spotify exposure will be viral. They already have 260,000 monthly listeners, even though the EP only dropped five days ago.

The only place I’ve been able to find the EP so far is on Spotify, but stay tuned for Kaptan’s tracks to hit iTunes or SoundCloud soon. 

(By the way, according to their Facebook page, the band is from Seattle, so that means you pretty much have no reason not to listen to them.)

For fans of: Grizfolk, Wild Cub, Pacific Air, MisterWives

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Ann Evans



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