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Music rock Tapes 'n Tapes band picture (pic) and photo gallery, albums covers pictures.
Formed: 2003 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Formed in the winter of 2003, the band has released two albums, the self-released Tapes 'n Tapes EP in 2004 followed by the full-length release, The Loon, on Ibid Records in 2005. The band signed to XL Recordings on April 26th, 2006, and the label re-released The Loon on July 25, 2006.
Tapes rec Josh Grier says their first album was recorded "...in the winter time at a cabin in the Wisconsin woods with no running water. It was a lot fun to do it on our own and get a little crazy, but it was also frustrating since we didn't really know entirely what we were doing"
The Loon received a favorable review from Pitchfork Media, including a "best new music" commendation. Tapes 'n Tapes have received favorable reviews from other critics, and have been compared to such alternative bands as Pixies and Pavement, or the recent alt-pop phenomenon Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. After release of their self-titled EP, the band played with more well-known acts such as The Futureheads, The Streets, Metric, Calvin Johnson, and I Am the World Trade Center. The band made its American television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman on July 25th, 2006, performing the song "Insistor." It has been announced that Tapes 'n Tapes will perform at the rock festival Coachella in April 2007, along with bands such as Rage Against the Machine, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Bjork.
Tapes 'n Tapes' musical style varies in tempo and in influence, ranging from fast-paced polka renditions to the slower, more blues-influenced songs. The publication Music Week described the band's song "Insistor" as "Part country, part rock...possess[ing] an emotional urgency that rivals Arcade Fire. This is promising stuff."
Josh Grier has written a lot of untitled songs for the band's next album, which will hopefully be recorded in June 2007 and tentatively released in the fall of 2007. Grier told Billboard.com, "None of the songs have been played live so far. I've been holding off and wanted to get to the point where I was comfortable with them and liked how they were sounding".
* Josh Grier (Tapes 1) - guitar, vocals.
* Jeremy Hanson (Tapes 2) - drums.
* Matt Kretzman ('n) - keyboards, multi-instruments.
* Erik Appelwick ('n) - bass guitar.