A Brooklyn-based power-trio who wear their eclectic roots on their collective sleeve, The English Department deploy modern indie rock with flourishes of Costello-esque power-pop. Thick distorted guitars merge with a brutally sensitive rhythm section. Stripped down to rocks most basic lineup, David Wallace (Vox, Guitar), Justin Wallace (Bass, Vox) and Dan Mintzer (Drums, Vox) allow simplicity, melody and musicianship to come to the fore, creating a compelling, intelligent and memorable whole. In August of 2005 The English Department entered the studio with producer Jon Kaplan (Lola Ray, Army of Me, The Damnwells, Gavin Degraw, Grandaddy) to begin recording a new EP entitled, Stick Figures. The six song collection finds the band finding themselves. Justin and Dans rhythmic intensity is taken to a new level. Davids guitar scratches and claws its way through the stereo spectrum, while his vocals tie the whole thing together. Sounding at once vulnerable and totally in control. This is a passionate voice with charisma and catharsis at its heart. With a keen sense of melody and arranging, and a killer live show, The English Department never overwhelm their material, allowing their natural charisma and band dynamic to shine through both on stage and on disc - making sure theres never a dull moment.
Edited by JaimeChiens on 25 Jul 2006, 19:49
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