LA-based indie pop duo The Submarines are once again causing TV watchers to hum along to commercials. The band's song "Fire," from their latest album Love Notes/Letter Bombs,is featured in the new Amazon television ad campaign for the Kindle Fire (above).
The Submarines will join alt-pop icons Guster on five west coast dates, starting with the launch of the tour tomorrow, March 10, in Salt Lake City at In The Venue. The Subs--Blake Hazard and John Dragonetti--will be playing these show stripped down as a dynamic duo, with Guster also playing their sets acoustically (full list of dates below).
The Submarines ended a busy 2011 with the release of their Shoelaces EP, featuring stripped-down versions of “Shoelaces” and “Fire” (from their latest critically-acclaimed studio album Love Notes/Letter Bombs), covers of New Order’s “Your Silent Face” andJesus & Mary Chain’s “Just Like Honey,” and a re-worked and slowed-down version of the band’s most popular track to date, “You, Me And The Bourgeoisie,” recorded at Eagle Rock, CA studio The Ship. The also joined Ra Ra Riot on a handful of dates last month.
Listen to selections from The Shoelaces EP on Soundcloud here:
The Submarines will join Ra Ra Riot on a few west coast dates at the end of February. In anticipation of the dates, the bands are offering their fans twofreeremixes: The Submarines' remix of Ra Ra Riot song "Oh, La" and the Ra Ra Riot Remix of The Submarines track "Submarine Symphonika." Grab the free downloads on SoundCloud HERE.
Last month, The Submarines released The Shoelaces EP, featuring six tracks including covers of New Order's "Your Silent Face" and Jesus And Mary Chain's "Just Like Honey," along with 4-tracked versions of album tracks.
The Submarines With Ra Ra Riot Tour Dates: Wed, Feb 22 Los Angeles, CA @ The El Rey
Thur, Feb 23 San Diego, CA @ The Belly Up Tavern
Fri, Feb 24 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
Los Angeles duo The Submarines—Blake Hazard and John Dragonetti—are celebrating the holidays with the release of a new 6-track EP. Out December 20th, the Shoelaces Ep features stripped-down versions of “Shoelaces” and “Fire” (from their latest critically-acclaimed album Love Notes/Letter Bombs), covers of New Order’s “Your Silent Face” and Jesus & Mary Chain’s “Just Like Honey,” and a re-worked and slowed-down version of the band’s most popular track to date, “You, Me And The Bourgeoisie,” recorded at Eagle Rock, CA studio The Ship. For this week only, the full EP is streaming exclusively at PasteMagazine.com.
Of the stripped versions of “Shoelaces” and “Fire,” Hazard says, “The original tracks seemed to hatch almost fully formed in the studio, with most of the instrumentation arranged and recorded before the lyrics. After months of touring and sometimes getting to play stripped-down versions of the songs, we really wanted to capture this simpler sound of two people playing in a room together. Going back and sort of reconstructing them felt more intimate and connected--just a very different feel from the big-beat versions.”
The Shoelaces EP is currently available for pre-order in iTunes, with a physical version being sold through the band’s webstore. Fans who purchase the EP through the band’s online store (here) also receive a free pair of Submarines-themed shoelaces (yes, real shoelaces!).
Indie-pop duo The Submarines recently paid a visit to Daytrotter and recorded 4 tracks from their latest full-length album Love Notes/Letter Bombs. Daytrotter posted the special session today; check it out HEREand stay tuned for more news from The Submarines.
The Submarines have announced that they’ll join Eels on their US summer tour, starting with the Austin, TX show on Wednesday, July 20 at Stubb’s and wrapping in their home city of Los Angeles on Friday, August 12 at the El Rey. Additionally, the band just unveiled a brand new video for standout album track “Fire,” which was directed by Maximilla Lukacs and premiered yesterday on MTV’s Buzzworthy Blog (See original post here: http://bit.ly/lAhNzi).
The indie-pop duo have barely taken a break from the road since the release of their third studio album Love Notes/Letter Bombs in April. After a successful headline tour across North America, the band headed over to the UK as support for The Mountain Goats. Upon their return, The Submarines immediately headed to the Midwest to join Brett Dennen on a handful of June dates, of which they are currently in the midst.
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The Submarines wrap their North American headline tour this Saturday, May 7 in their home city of Los Angeles at the Troubadour, but it won't be long before they are back out on the road. The duo have just announced UK tour dates with the Mountain Goats starting Sunday, May 22 in Dublin and ending Monday, May 30 in Newcastle. The Subs have been on the road since April 7 in support of their latest album Love Notes/Letter Bombs. Once they return from the UK, they'll meet up with singer/songwriter Brett Dennen for a handful of June dates. Full list of dates is below.
The Submarines have announced new June tour dates supporting singer/songwriter Brett Dennen. The duo—Blake Hazard and John Dragonetti—have been on a headline tour since April 7 in support of their third album, Love Notes/Letter Bombs, which came out April 5 (Nettwerk) to rave reviews. The headline dates wrap in their home base of Los Angeles at the Troubadour on May 7; they’ll join Dennen starting June 4 in Milwaukee. For a taste of The Submarines live, check out their mini-concert for BaebleMusic.com at SXSW HERE.
What people are saying about Love Notes/Letter Bombs: "'...the richest, most fully realized Submarines album to date, brimming over with little psychedelic flourishes...and throbbing electronic textures—but more importantly, some of the duo’s prettiest melodies..." -- Metromix (4/5 stars)
"And that’s the Submarines’ secret appeal: They specialize in the sneaky juxtaposition of dark thoughts over bright hooks. Rarely does postmillennial pop music sound so energetic and balanced in its contradictions." -- Paste
"...the music's dichotomies combine to create something beautiful and whole."
"Blake Hazard and John Dragonetti make slick, easy-on-the-ears pop for both lovers going through rough patches and optimistic lonely hearts.” –- Washington Post
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Love Notes/Letter Bombs, the third studio album from LA-based indie pop duo The Submarines, is out today and the love is pouring in! Check out what some of the critics are saying:
"'...the richest, most fully realized Submarines album to date, brimming over with little psychedelic flourishes...and throbbing electronic textures—but more importantly, some of the duo’s prettiest melodies..." -- Metromix (4/5 stars)
"And that’s the Submarines’ secret appeal: They specialize in the sneaky juxtaposition of dark thoughts over bright hooks. Rarely does postmillennial pop music sound so energetic and balanced in its contradictions." -- PasteMagazine.com
"...the music's dichotomies combine to create something beautiful and whole."
-- Nylon Magazine
"...the band's technological sheen and handclap beats are still in place, but an injection of live drumming and studio experimentation provides more room for the expectedly sweet melodies to breathe." -- LA Times Pop & Hiss
Listen to the full album below, and make sure to catch The Submarines on tour starting this Thursday, April 7 in Costa Mesa, CA at Detroit Bar (all dates after the jump).
Check out The Submarines covering Jesus & Mary's Chain's "Just Like Honey" below. The track premiered on the LA Times Pop & Hiss blog earlier this week, and will be included as a bonus track on the iTunes version of Love Notes/Letter Bombs, out April 5.
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