Friday, July 9, 2010

STEREO SKYLINE/Stuck On Repeat: Avalable July 20th, 2010!

Since 2006, Stereo Skyline have released an EP, been a mainstay at The Bamboozle festivals and been touted as on of Alternative Press’ “100 Bands You Need to Know in 2010.” The Long Island, N.Y. natives, who are not even old enough to drink, have also shared the stage with the likes of Hanson, Cartel, All Time Low and Boys Like Girls, and been a part of the Take Action Tour and Bamboozle Roadshow. Now, after four years of mounting accomplishments, Stereo Skyline is ready to release their highly anticipated debut album, Stuck On Repeat, on July 20, 2010.

Formed while its members were still in high school, the high-energy pop/rock four-piece experienced several changes before settling with its current lineup. “We were just having fun,” lead singer Kevin Bard explains “We weren’t very serious about it, but when we decided we wanted to do it for a living, people who didn’t want to left, and whoever was serious stayed.”

The band released their self-titled EP in 2008, but Stereo Skyline says they’ve completely changed as a band. “I feel like we’ve all grown up and matured naturally,” bassist Brian Maddox says. “We feel like this is who we are, this is what we write and this is what we want to be doing. I think it takes a little bit of time to find that, but we’ve all really come into our own with it.”

“I think as we’ve gotten more mature with writing music, we’ve realized that a good song is a good song,” Bard adds. “It doesn’t have to be something crazy different. Good pop is one of the rarest things you can find, and I think that’s what we’re all aiming for.”

To enhance the band’s pop instincts, the group worked with a variety of songwriters and producers on Stuck On Repeat, including S*A*M and Sluggo, Metro Station’s Blake Healy and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger. Recorded in both New York City and Los Angeles, the album is a compilation of collaborations, which as the title denotes, get stuck on repeat in your head.

The album title is also a lyric from the band’s first single, “Tongue Tied” (co-written by Healy), which is about a guy who’s apprehensive about talking to a girl he sees from afar. “The scenario has probably happened to every single person in the world,” Bard says. “They see somebody and are like [gasp], but they don’t actually go over but they wish they did.” The band also gets a little help on the single from their friend Cassadee Pope, lead singer of Hey Monday. Although audiences won’t hear her sing, the 20-year-old does lend her voice to a part of “Tongue Tied” that involves a phone call between a guy and a girl.

One of the best examples of Stereo Skyline’s innate pop sensibility is their song “Heartbeat,” which was released on their self-titled EP and re-recorded for Stuck On Repeat. The song was written by Bard when he was just 15 years old, at an age when he humbly says the band “didn’t know how to make pop music, or any music rather.” However, the infectious single remains Stereo Skyline’s most recognizable song and fan favorite.

Although Stereo Skyline is poised for greatness, the band has modest goals. “We want to take over the world,” drummer Rob Michaelsen teases. “Actually, a personal goal of mine is to hear myself on the radio, so hopefully some of these songs can make that happen for us.” Maddox, however, has a more philosophical perspective on everything that has led to this moment, and all that’s in store. “I think people are going to be very impressed with this record, and to see what our songs have transformed into,” he says. “It was a long road to get us to this point, to release our first record, but I think it was necessary, and now we’re actually ready for it.”

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