Tapes 'N Tapes

Tapes 'N Tapes: About

Minneapolis has long been a town with a weird, wonderful and varied musical history. From Prince, to Husker Du, the Replacements, Babes In Toyland, Dylan and countless others, the barren cold winters clearly provide a fertile ground for innovative and original music.Present day, legacy continues with a new wave of obscenely talented whipper-snappers forming, making beautiful music and breaking-out on the brink of spreading their talents worldwide. We're talking about none other than Tapes 'n Tapes. They were one of the highlights of this year's SXSW festival, (9 jam-packed, fun-filled gigs in 4 days and a whole lot of love from MTV, Rolling Stone, NME, Rolling Stone and the New York Times, who joyously claimed, "Tapes 'n Tapes were rhapsodic"). Hail Tapes 'n Tapes, the new indie hopes and music's future mavericks. But let's start from the beginning...Spring of 2003, Tapes 'n Tapes began life with present members Josh and Matt. A few disasters with a shiny CD player - pre-programmed with fancy drumbeats, along with some bass player re-shuffles and the 'Brothers Tapes' are as you find them today: Josh, Matt, Jeremy and Erik.2004 saw the release of their debut EP. Despite it's simple aesthetic - self-produced and recorded by a band with no experience putting down 4-track demos, and recorded in a cold shed in the woods of Wisconsin in mid-Winter, Tapes 'n Tapes had enough songs to tour the US coast to coast alongside contemporaries including Futureheads, The Streets and Metric.Their full-length album, The Loon followed and was lovingly recorded in the summer of 2005 at Short Man Studios, with their close friend (and soon-to-be band member) Erik Appelwick. While Erik handled the recording, engineering and mixing, Tapes 'n Tapes went into full-on DIY mode and handled the sales and distribution, selling over 10,000 copies in the US since it's release on November 1st, all lovingly boxed and shipped from their bedroom to many welcoming stores.And the reaction? In a word, unbelievable. So far, the album has hit #21 on CMJ's Top 200, rave press reviews across the board, ("11 tracks stuffed with hook after addictively anthemic hook" - Pitchfork Media), hordes of A&R folks clamouring to get into their shows, and now a hotly anticipated US tour starting in June.It seems the World is calling out for "left-of-centre, experimental indie" (NME), something "as loveable as it is bewildering" (Rolling Stone) and something that touches on our heroes, the basement indie of Pavement, the eclecticism of Talking Heads and frenzied power of the Pixies, but offers not some populist pastiche, but instead a vital, thrilling and unique blast of energy and melody like nothing you have ever heard before.