Antennas Up

Antennas Up

 Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Antennas Up is an electro pop-rock band from Kansas City that fuses post-new wave guitar hooks, vocoders and synths. Sharing similar sonics with indie pop artists like Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club and Fun, this energetic four-piece melds get-up-and-dance rhythms with quirky yet thoughtful lyrics.


Antennas Up's new album, The Awkward Phase, streetdate May 15, 2012.
RIYL: Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club, Fun

'The Awkward Phase' is filled with bright, catchy, radio-ready, electro pop dance tunes.' - Kansas City Star

'Antennas Up is an energetic pop band.' - USA Today

'The Awkward Phase' offers up ten tracks of superb indie-rock, taking strong cues from electro-pop and turning quirkiness into something cool. -

June 2012 'Artist of The Month' - The Deli Magazine

'The Awkward Phase,' showcases the bands diverse musical taste...and is highlighted by the variety of fresh sounds and experiments - CBS Streetdate

'Antennas Up is what pop music could and should sound like.' -

Antennas Up 'The Awkward Phase' (released May 15, 2012, Unsigned)...

7/17/12 - #144 CMJ
7/10/12 - #143 CMJ
7/3/12 - #134 CMJ
6/25/12 - #109 CMJ
6/19/12 - #94 CMJ
6/12/12 - #88 CMJ
6/5/12 - #92 CMJ
5/22/12 - #109 CMJ
5/15/12 - debuted on CMJ charts at #132
5/10/12 - debuted as #19 most added album on CMJ

May 2013 - "Coming On" in USA's "Royal Pains."
February 2013 - "My Brain" in MTV's "Catfish."
November 2012 - "Pretenders" in CW's "Gossip Girl."
November 2012 - "Pretenders" in MTV's "Underemployed."
July 2012 - "Break Me Down" in A&E's 'The Glades."
June 2012 - "Don't Wait Up" in the independent film "Falling Overnight."
March 2012 - "Spaceship" and "Don't Wait Up" in the documentary film "Corporate FM."
December 2011 - "December" in online ad for The Buckle.

North By Northeast 2013
Middle Of The Map Fest 2013
CMJ Music Marathon 2012
South By Southwest 2010

Antennas Up is a band that lives where high-tech audio meets organic, honest songwriting. Formed in 2008, with a sound that uses vocoder, synths, computers, and guitar effects and is often compared to iconic pop bands like Phoenix and OK Go, the Kansas City foursome deliver
songs with high-energy hooks and soul-bearing twists on the human experience of clumsy moments and broken relationships. Nowhere is that more evident than on their newest LP The Awkward Phase.

Composed primarily in a remote cabin in Maine, The Awkward Phase captures the dance-driven, high-energy live shows the band is becoming widely known for and introduces a new set of musical themes and textures previously unheard from the electro pop-rock quartet.

Says lead vocalist Kyle Akers, Up in Maine we wrote songs in about every way possible--just a guitar and a singer, the full band playing together, individuals writing parts and bouncing them around, and they all worked in their own ways. You can hear examples of each style of writing come out on the record. From the blues-influenced anthem Untitled (How Will I Know) to the orchestral rock swells in My Brain to driving beats and space-reaching vocals in Lose It.

Antennas Up will be performing an official showcase at North By Northeast 2013 and has played official showcases at CMJ Music Marathon 2012 and South By Southwest 2010. The band has shared the stage with Girl Talk, Ha Ha Tonka, Barcelona, Electric Six, Jack's Mannequin, Matt And Kim, Company Of Thieves, Via Audio, The Constellations, Heypenny, Cash Cash and performed at over 30 Universities. Their music has been featured on CW's "Gossip Girl", MTV's "Underemployed", A&E's "The Glades", in ads for The Buckle, the bestselling (over 5 million downloads) Iphone App "Tap Tap Revenge 3", and in the movies "Falling Overnight" and "Corporate FM."

The Awkward Phase is...
-Engineered by The Ryantist (co-producer and engineer - Ha Ha Tonka 'Death Of A Decade', Antennas Up 'Antennas Up')
-Mixed by Mike Cresswell (mixing engineer - Lyrics Borne, Blackalicious, General Elektriks, Honeycut)
-Mastered by Bob Power (engineer and producer - Common, Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Citizen Cope)

Antennas Up currently endorses and partners with:
Loudtech (Ampeg, Mackie, EAW)
C&C Drums
Istanbul Agop Cymbals

Management - Dain Estes, Broken Whistle Management -

Licensing - Downtown Music Service -

Legal - Jeff Worob, Serling Rooks Ferrara McCoy and Worob LLP -


Antennas Up - The Awkward Phase (release: May 15, 2012)
Antennas Up - Self titled (release: April 14, 2009)