Friday, March 8, 2013

The New Breed: The Above

Photo by Christophe Lopez-Huici

Another band that's actually been around for a bit, The Above have been plying their brand of '60s-style r&b and freakbeat for more than a few years now — going through a myriad of line-up changes in the process — and as we mentioned in our last New Breed profile, that still qualifies them as being new in our world! If the mention of bands like The Animals, Yardbirds, early Who, and Kinks make you perk up, then these Brooklyn boys are right up yer alley. The Above feature inspired songwriting (with more than a few nods to brothers Davies), impeccable harmonies, raucous rave-ups, and stellar musicianship on their self-titled debut full-length and two boss 45 releases; and are a burst of tightly-wound, kaleidoscopic energy in the live setting... A long-time local A.I.T.A. favorite!

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