"...a new wave of smart, hook-heavy pop has arrived with the Push Kings leading the troops and FYI, they're packing a sunny disposition...The future of modern rock is here."--Raygun The Push Kings are back in 2001 with Feel No Fade, a brand new album. Unlike the alarming number of bland, cookie-cutter bands out there, the Push Kings have an original style and a grass roots hipster following that stems from their formative days in Boston. That's where they cut five 7"singles and their first two albums--Push Kings and Far Places--both of which charted in the CMJ Top 50. They toured the U.S. three times, as well as Japan and Canada. Flash forward a few years and these "underground heartthrobs" (Harper's Bazaar) are living in Los Angeles, leading the snowballing backlash against the soulless music on the radio today. But now their time outside the commercial radar is up. Le Grand Magistery plans to release this slammin' new Push Kings album in Septmeber; Feel No Fade is going to put the band over the top, where they've always aimed to be. The guitars are louder, the beats are fatter, the songs lodge deeper in your brain. It's the sweet fruit of the band's first year in L.A., full of good times and misadventures. "Our gear got stolen out of a storage space in Huntington Beach the first week we were here," drummer David Benjamin remembers. "But we hit up friends and pushed on." Singing brothers Finn and Carrick Moore Gerety honed their harmonies and stomped on their fuzz boxes, Matt Fishbeck bought a bass amp as big as a fridge, and they took the act to clubs all over town. Pretty soon they were holed up with producer Rick Parker (Miranda Lee Richards, Ozomatli), cutting "Summer Trippin'," sure to be a smash, and teen anthem "Born Stoned." Rick also produced "Rocket n' Ride," a techno hoe-down, plus the twisted love song "I Hate Everyone but You" and the groovy confessional "All My Life." With Rick still at the controls, the boys created "The Minute," a sunsplashed kiss-off to a fickle chick, and the hesher thrills of the album's bittersweet closer, "Runnin' from Something." Nic Jodoin took a break from his work with John Oszajca and Lisa Marie Presley to produce "Beat Girl," a funky slab of electro-pop. Greg Collins (Red Hot Chili Peppers) produced two more sing-along tracks: the bouncy "ShakeItUp" and mystical rocker "Honey Come Closer." To round things off, John Porter (the Smiths, BB King, Roxy Music) invited the Push Kings into his historic studio to cut "Hello (I Don't Even Know My Own Name)" and "Party to End" in the same rooms where legends like Frank Sinatra and the Beach Boys did their best work. That's the history...now get to the real part. Order this record and jam it on your stereo. Listen to it once, twice, ten times. As the Push Kings sing on their first album: "What you hear today, you'll be singing tomorrow." Peace.
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