Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What Decade Is It?

Formed in 2006, The Rollo Treadway started as a two piece with David Sandholm and Blake Fleming (former drummer of The Mars Volta) and has expanded into a quintet with Tyler Wenzel on guitar and vocals, Jörg Krückel on organ, and Grant Zubritsky on bass and vocals.

Although the Brooklyn-based band's brand of psychedelic pop is built upon the foundation of the Beach Boys and the Zombies, their sound is undeniably fresh. With The Rollo Treadway, Sandholm has crafted his own style—often combining dark lyrics with cheery music to create an album so sonically intriguing that it should be listened to in its entirety.

The Rollo Treadway's self-titled album begins with a kidnapping and ends with a lullaby. The surprises don't end there—throughout the record, musical cues referencing everything from merry-go-rounds to old time radio shows weave around lead singer/songwriter David Sandholm's intricate melodies and lush harmonies.

The album is a charmer; it's so 60's chamber pop, you'll feel like wearing paisley after listening to it. Sure it's from the 21st century, but The Rollo Treadway is really a quite good pop record and I highly recommend this especially if you admire anything from that decade. It's nice to know that in a world currently stuck in 1985, that there are bands that still idolize the best period of rock and roll.

Download: Kidnapped
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