Hailing from Nashville, the sound of three-piece The Antennas, consisting of brothers Layne and Landon IhdeNiemiec and drummer/producer Mark , couldn’t sound further from the traditional sound of their home-town; bringing to mind the late-90s pop-punk of the likes of Blink 182 rather than the best bits of Kings Of Leon before they went all Sex On Fire on us.
All three members muck in on the songwriting, but despite the variety suggested in their influences (The Who, The Cars, Matthew Sweet), which helps to explain their sound, the eleven tracks do feel like one idea re-worked over and over into an albums worth, and it takes a few run-throughs before the individual elements of the tracks begin to make themselves known.
Clocking in at just over half an hour, it settles down as a pleasant, if un-spectacular experience. Overall, the album does the job of a debut record, cohesively showing the current position of the band musically, and shows enough to suggest they can muscle in on their genre’s market currently dominated by the likes of Green Day.
The Antennas – ‘You really bring me down’
The album will be released in Europe through Popjinx, after being self-released in the US last year. Look out for tour dates in a city near you when the band hit the road in Europe this Spring.
Check out their album streaming on Soundcloud
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