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FACING NEW YORK

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FACING NEW YORK may face New York, but the band was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. Singer and guitarist Eric FREDERIC and keyboardist Rene CARRANZA's band of Locale A.M. joined with Tragedy Andy's guitarist Matthew FAZZI and drummer Omar CUELLAR in 2004, adding bassist Brandon CANCHOLA to form the band. FACING NEW YORK released an EP and did some touring before attracting the attention of indie label Five One Records. By summer of 2005, the band had released a self-titled debut.

But in 2006, CARRENZA left the band, forcing FAZZI and FREDERIC to split keyboard duties. And in 2007, FAZZI left too, forcing the band to continue as a trio. Their second full length album, "Get Hot", was releasing in 2008.

Musically, FACING NEW YORK has a grungy Dadaist streak that has drawn comparisons to The Mars Volta, but the band can frequently fall into a relaxed post-rock groove. The group has said it draws influence from alternative rock contemporaries, like My Morning Jacket, as well as classic bands like Yes, Led Zeppelin and Gentle Giant. More recently, the band has claimed influence from the madcap grooves of Funkadelic and the easy jazz of Steely Dan.

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2005
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Get Hot
2008

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Swimming not Treading
2004

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4 stars Surely provided with some indie/alternative leanings this is a fantastic debut album from a group born in San Francisco, that means facing New York on the other side of the continent, right? The band which originally hails from the Bay Area punk rock mecca offers atmosphere, intriguing dynamics, lovely melodies and psychedelic guitars en masse - a proper package in order to thrill me. While trying to duplicate the energy of their stage performance, they have recorded the most parts of this album live in the studio. The line-up still comprises the five original founding members here - some years later Rene Carranza and Matt Fazzi left FACING NEW YORK though.

Most of the songs are short, there is an emphasis on a melodic tension to state - the band's trademark. Nothing is predictible overall, even after several listening sessions, here we have an entertaining affair really. With We Are they open in a charming manner, Apple Sugar Cider comes soooo sweet, a ballad, where both echoed guitars as well as the electric piano wonderfully complement each other. My home is made of Styrofoam Walls - hence the sound is present everywhere, a vibrant rocking thing you can't escape from.

Fly On The Wall represents the album's essence, comes as the masterpiece with perpetual tempo changes and moods, jamming moments, cosmic guitars, damn rocking as well. Finally Butterfly Clock picks up the main melody from the album's opening song at the very end - and this rounds it all perfectly up in my opinion. Their debut impresses me again and again since years. Tricky song-writing, great musicianship, vocals are extremely good and the melodies are haunting - all you need for an enjoyable musical excursion.

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