French Horn Rebellion Releases ‘The Infinite Music Of The French Horn Rebellion’

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This Milwaukee duo’s debut album is not something to miss.  This album explores a wide breadth of genres sonically.  It ranges from 70’s and 80’s oriented dance to progressive synth lines and electronic funk.  Wavering vocals, punchy bass lines and crisp synth lines pervade this album, linking it. While at times reminiscent of Phoenix, Daft Punk, and MGMT, the unique combination of crowd-friendly, catchy songs and those that are more introspective and nostalgic creates an album unlike any other.

The album opens with an upbeat, feel-good song, “Up All Night,” which rivets the listener with catchy melodies and synth lines.  This dance-floor mentality is scattered throughout the album; tracks like “The Body Electric” and “What I Want” are riddled with guitar riffs, bass lines and vocals that stick.  “This Moment” is a testament to the marriage of an 70’s or 80’s like riff with punchy electronic moments and a healthy dose of synth action, at the same time, snippets of French horn mingle with the other sounds in the track.   “Running Through the Wild” opens with a cool symphony of electronic musings and melodies before taking off with lyrics like “running through the wilderness hunting for love.”  This track is easy and fun to listen to, while at the same time it pushes the listener.  It would seem they’ve struck the balance between the two perfectly.  The seventh track, “What I Want,” is arguably the centerpiece of this album.  This seven minute long track is anthemic and not unlike a rollercoaster.  With fun and attractive synths and a wavering bass line, this song does not fail to please.  With lines like “We can tell it’s not enough, just bring it back to what I want” and the tin of a melody in the higher register, this track provokes more than just the urge to dance.

As this album moves towards its second half, tracks like “The Cantor Meets the Alien,” “Mawson’s Peak,” and “Antarctica/ The Decision” show off the album’s more introspective side.  These songs highlight the innovation between the two brothers, who seem fond of pushing the boundary between catchy and pensive.  At the same time, “Broken Heart” is an electronic continuation of the same emotional tone of “Last Summer,” whose sentimental and mellow vocals ruminate on events past.  “Broken Heart” merges the upbeat qualities of earlier tracks like “Up All Night” with lyrics a touch more introspective: “I’m so sick of it but I can’t help myself . . . and it breaks my heart.”
French Horn Rebellion has done a great thing with their debut album; their unique sound is both progressive and nostalgic, moreover, it’s superb.  While at times it can seem a bit saccharine, usually it’s just plain cool.  French Horn Rebellion has successfully married 70’s and 80’s-esque chord progressions and brass instruments with electronic funk.   Through this, the pair of brothers has managed to create a sound and style completely their own.

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NYC Weekend Show Roundup!

Land of Talk, Suuns, Little Scream @ Bowery Ballroom
French Horn Rebellion, Tigersapien @ Glasslands
The Honey Brothers, April Smith and the Great Picture Show @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Bob Mould, Chris Brokaw @ The Rock  Shop
The Black Lips, Cerebral Ballzy, Fergus & Geronimo, Special Guest @ The Shank
The Dandy Warhols, Hopewell @ Webster Hall

 

CAVES, Corbu, Not a Planet, Past Planes @ Glasslands
Givers, Drink Up Buttercup @ Knitting Factory
Guided By Voices, Blitzen Trapper @ Terminal 5
Paul Weller @ Best Buy Theater (formerly Nokia Theater)

AOL Spins New French Horn Rebellion Track


Hailed by The New York Times as music’s “next big thing,” French Horn Rebellion lit up the stage at CMJ Festival last month. Now, as they prep for the release of their third EP, The Moment, on November 22nd, the band has released a new song to AOL Spinner. Entitled “Last Summer,” the busy b-side can be found HERE.

Moreover, after spending much of 2010 across the pond, French Horn Rebellion are now bringing their live show back to America. The band will kick off a series of 3 New York shows tonight at Highline Ballroom.

Live dates:
11/04/10 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom (w Yelle) 9pm
11/06/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands 11pm
11/12/10 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Vassar College (w Yeasayer) 9pm

New York City’s Weekly Show Round Up

MONDAY

Klaxons, Baby Monster @ Bowery Ballroom

Emily Wells @ City Winery

Sea Wolf, Sera Cahoone, Patrick Park @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Sleigh Bells @ Studio at Webster Hall

TUESDAY

Ra Ra Riot @ Bowery Ballroom

Pavement @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield

Jenny and Johnny, Love as Laughter @ Maxwell’s

Wavves, Christmas Island, The Babies @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Thee Oh Sees, Sex Beet, Happy Birthday, Fergus & Geronimo @ Santo’s Party House

WEDNESDAY

Ra Ra Riot, Lower Dens @ Bowery Ballroom

Pavement @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield

Emily Wells, Shipa Ray @ City Winery

Spacehog @ Maxwell’s

Klaxons, Baby Monsters @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

French Horn Rebellion, Savoir Adore, Mighty Five @ The Woods

Caribou, Emeralds @ Webster Hall

THURSDAY

The Boxer Rebellion, Amusement Parks on Fire, Augustines @ Bowery Ballroom

Pavement @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield

Tera Melos, Anamanaguchi, Pterodactyl, Fiasco @ Death by Audio

Field Music, Motel Motel @ Littlefield

Ra Ra Riot, North Highlands, We Barbarians @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Simian Mobile Disco (DJ Set) @ Santo’s Party House

LCD Soundsystem, Sleigh Bells @ The Wellmont Theatre

These Are Powers, Gatekeeper @ Union Pool

FRIDAY

Gordon Voidwell @ BAM Cafe

David Bazan, The Mynabirds@ Brooklyn Bowl

Pavement @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield

The Acorn, Basia Bulat @ Littlefield

Bettie Serveert, The Art of Shooting @ Maxwell’s

Electric Six, Fall On Your Sword, Fake Problems @ Maxwell’s

Ra Ra Riot, Anamanaguchi @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Japanther, This Runs on Blood, Math the Band @ Shea Stadium

Stars, Wild Nothing @ Terminal 5

The National, Owen Pallett @ The Wellmont Theatre