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"Southeast Tour 2008- Athens, GA"

Boston's Anthems, MA lifts dreamy reverb-laden guitars with uptempo rhythms. Singer Summer Kelly's gossamer vocals recall the gentle beauty of Mazzy Star and Portishead. - Flagpole


"Southeast Tour 2008- Athens, GA"

Boston's Anthems for Odyssey mixes dream pop with the rhythms of funk, jazz and drum n' bass. Their first full length record, "The Legend of Toledo," will be released this spring. - Athens Online


"Southeast Tour 2008- Columbia, SC"

..for science! plays loud, slow, heavy post-rock; Anthems for Odyssey plays tight, fuzzy, gothic shoegaze. It's a nice complement; trust us. - Indie Rocket


"Southeast Tour 2008- Columbia, SC"

[Anthems MA] play a studied strain of dream-pop that recalls both the shimmering guitars of early ‘90s shoegaze as well as the more esoteric atmosphere of the Cocteau Twins and, perhaps, mid-period Cure. Summer Kelly’s vocals are sustained and powerful as they blend seamlessly with the heavily treated, reverberating guitars. Occasionally, the band drifts outside of its gossamer haze and steps on the fuzz, but these moments of passive aggression are calculatedly restrained. - Free Times


"Anthems for Odyssey - Come Blister the Sea"

Melodic shoegazing space rock, anthems rock “Come Blister the Sea” hard but with loving abandon. Churning out dense guitar melodies like warm butter, Anthems for Odyssey look to drum ‘n’ bass while they put their eye on ‘80’s New Wave for their sonic soundscape atmospherics. Clearly one of those bands that you must experience for yourself, I highly recommend that everyone picks up this album and focuses first on the female vocals and then relaxes into the beats and harmonies that quickly engulf you. - Smother.net


"Anthems For Odyssey – Come Blister The Sea EP"

The aptly-monikered Anthems For Odyssey create the kind of thrilling, pulsing soundscapes that My Bloody Valentine would have done had they hung out with their more up-tempo contemporaries. The multi-faceted clatter of 'Song For Sveta' is the equal of anything on Silversun Pickups' record from last year that was so heralded, but with a more considered, less bombastic bent to it. This is clearly a thoughtful approach to a sound that can so often become slapdash.

It's the minute changes in texture that impress the most. It seems that every band we see nowadays professing to have a knowledge of 'walls of noise' merely has one guitarist with a pedal board as a penis substitute, but AFO actually understand the value of tiny timbral shifts, the effectiveness of holding back that one moment longer. Case in point is the bob-bobbing bass intro of 'Goodnight Britain', leading us towards something altogether more cheerful than the dark cod-reggae of that supersedes it. This is clever music with its eyes firmly on the listener, separating them from shoegazer revivalists elsewhere. - PopMusicology.com


"ANTHEMS FOR ODYSSEY – Come Blister The Sea EP"

I’m smitten into total stupidity by this. It ain’t stupid by any stretch, mind ya, I just appreciate being sideswiped by something which would clunk out bigtime in lesser hands. It’s moody and fizzy and euphoric and sad and atmospheric and thoughtful and gorgeous and lush (AND sparse, go figure) and completely assured, just off the bat. I felt like I was sitting in a bathtub fulla Rice Krispies and club soda on a brainload of heroin or something (not that I’ve tried that yet, and not that it’s at ALL druggy music, just that it feels that nice). If anything, it’s almost new-wavey pop droplets, but nothing hyper or quirky (Cocteaus, Sundays, etc., if you must), and more importantly, each number stands alone, so you never feel like you’re hearing x-number of variations on a single idea. Inspired, inspiring, and the rare kinda thing that actually gives a burnout like me hope. If I could grow more thumbs, they’d all be up.

(Joe Coughlin) - The Noise


"Dig This"

Who doesn't love the opportunity to dress up like your favorite sexy animal, sexy menial job, or sexy purple dinosaur, while grooving out to brightly colored indie rock? Leave sanity behind and rock out with your various appendages out at PA's Lounge Halloween Bash. No one ever said that music needed a point other than just being fun- something Anthems for Odyssey accomplishes masterfully. With a brilliant blend of poppy jazz, funk and deep bass beats they've got something for everyone. - Weekly Dig


"Anthems MA @ O'Briens Live Review"

The Skinny:

Anthems MA (formerly Anthems for Odyssey), Soundpool, The December Sound, and 28 Degrees Taurus at O’Brien’s pub in Boston (Allston) starting at 9 PM on March 21st, 2008. I came into this show after an amusing Guinness chug-fest with my own musical outfit at dinner, and with reasonably high hopes for all four bands based upon what I had already heard on their respective Myspace pages. Anthems MA, for me at least, was the group that really stood out the most from the four.

Anthems MA is: Summer Kelly: Guitar, Vocals Collette Howe: Bass Christian A. Schlubach: Guitar Rich Patt: Drums

The Review:

Anthems MA was the first band on the bill for the evening, a local Boston outfit, two guys, two girls, and one clearly unified sound. Their first tune of the night, “Pills + Sex”, was a great instrumental groove with some minimalist melodic vocals, sans-words as far as I could tell, over Cure-esque chorused guitar riffing. A funk-influenced jam attack follows, adding a good break from the groove at the perfect moment that keeps it from being monotonous. Collette Howe’s bass tone is just plain nasty, growling and buzzing in all the right places, punching through the rest of the instrumentation clearly without overpowering it. Christian Schlubach’s heavily effected rhythms, swells, and leads provide a shimmering, watery backdrop to Summer Kelly’s vocal lines, while Rich Patt’s rat-a-tat drum structures simultaneously rocked the shit out of O’Brien’s through syncopated fills and drives while being understated enough in some areas to bring the listener’s focus back to the rest of the band. That’s the true artistry of a good drummer: Rocking out while complementing the dynamics of the other musicians.

There was a great deal of variation to Anthems MA’s sound during this set, and it comes through on their studio recordings as well. Elements of the Cure, The Mars Volta, and The Strokes came to mind as I listened, but none of it sounded “ripped off.” Rather, their apparent influences, coupled with the professional musicianship they displayed, made their tunes fun to listen to (if you like all the bands I just listed) and it worked well. I had a lot of fun listening to one or two of their songs in particular, though at this point I can’t remember which ones (I had a REALLY good night, nudge nudge, wink wink.) I heard some similarities in tone and timbre to Failure (the now defunct band, not the concept) vis-à-vis 1994’s Magnified. For someone who misses Failure as much as I do, a cover of their tunes or in this case some similarities in texture are always a welcome find. Anthems MA is definitely a bit more up-tempo and danceable than Failure however, so this comparison is perhaps just a momentary gleaning of similar tones.

The last song of the night, “Bullet,” was the final piece of evidence I needed to be convinced that I wanted to buy the Come Blister the Sea EP, and their upcoming LP Time Starts Now. The live version was an improvement over the studio version (which is good as well) which is as it should always be with any band. Howe’s bass lines walk up and down the fret board over Joy Division-like monotone guitar drones with guitar synth walls creating a sense of urgency. As the song progresses, the drums and bass become more bombastic and frenetic infecting even a sit-drink-and-listen showgoer/shoegazer like myself with an overwhelming urge to get up and strut…er…dance…moving on…Summer Kelly just kept nailing those high notes over and over, and you could tell the crowd was digging it.

My only complaint with Anthems MA’s set was that at times Summer Kelly’s vocals and guitar were a bit too quiet. However, from listening to the studio tracks, the reason I have this complaint is based upon the fact that Kelly’s vocals and guitar riffs are awesome, therefore I don’t really have a complaint, more of a suggestion: Turn Summer up!


- Jim
- The Open G String


"Anthems @ PA's Lounge"

-Dreamy and ambient - Boston Globe


Discography

Come Blister the Sea
Time Starts Now

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Bio

Anthems MA has the shimmer and pop of a high-class whore's lip gloss. Their carefully crafted sound wafts between swirling atmospheres inspired by dream pop, and rock-steady rhythms rooted in funk, jazz, and drum n' bass. In March of 2007, the four piece hailing from Boston introduced their debut EP 'Come Blister the Sea'. Already coined the soundtrack from a John Hugh's film, their next full length record 'Time Starts Now' was mixed and produced by Pete Morse from Busted Barn Studio in Portland, ME. An eastern US tour is scheduled to support the release.

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* Anthem's 'Bullet' was featured in the Boston Phoenix's MP3 of the Week
* Top 3 requested artist on WSCA Portsmouth, NH
* 'Come Blister the Sea' added to WNFX New England Product
* Recent radio adds: WUSC 90.5 Columbia, SC - WMBR 88.1 Pipeline, Cambridge - WGOT 94.7 Gainesville, FL

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* Anthems MA has opened for the 80's New Wave bands Missing Persons and Gene Loves Jezebel, The Cinematics (TVT Records), Roger O'Donnell (The Cure), The Black and White Years, and Summerbirds in the Cellar. They are currently touring extensively through out the Eastern US in support of their new release.

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*Some of their recent tour dates have been:
Grog & Tankard (Washington, DC) The Pour House Music Hall (Raleigh, NC) Hell (Chapel Hill, NC) The New Brookland Tavern (Columbia, SC) Tasty World (Athens, GA) The Atlantic (Gainesville, FL) The Annex (NYC) The Melody Inn (Indianapolis, IN) The Nite Owl (Dayton, OH) The Fire (Philadelphia, PA) Club Midway (NYC) Middle East Upstairs & Downstairs (Boston, MA) Great Scott (Boston, MA) T.T. the Bear's (Boston, MA) The Taphouse (Norfolk, VA) The Badger Music Theater (Madison, WI) Mickey Finn (Toledo, OH) Harper's Ferry (Boston, MA) PA's Lounge (Boston, MA) Cousin Larry's (Danbury, CT), PA's Lounge (Boston, MA), The Blackstone (Providence, RI), Spike Hill (Brooklyn, NY)

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'Come Blister the Sea' can be purchased online at Amazon, CD Baby, and through the www.anthems-ma.com website.
Also available for download at iTunes, Last.fm, Emusic.com, Napster, Musicmatch.com, and Rhapsody.
Or pick up a CD at any Newbury Comics location.

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Visit www.anthems-ma.com for more info on gigs, releases, photos and news.
Or drop them a line at info@anthems-ma.com
For booking contact: booking@anthems-ma.com

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"Inspired, inspiring, and the rare kinda thing that actually gives a burnout like me hope. If I could grow more thumbs, they'd all be up." -The Noise

"Plodding Bass, Squealing Guitar... Just listen to "Bullet!" I have to be honest, I have very quickly become a big Anthems MA fan. Everything about the band and their dramatic songs strikes me as "big time." The addition of this band to the Tuesday night lineup at the Middle East is absolutely huge!" - Ryan's Smashing Blog

"This is clever music with its eyes firmly on the listener, separating them from shoegazer revivalists elsewhere." -Pop Musicology

"Elements of the Cure, The Mars Volta, and The Strokes came to mind as I listened, but none of it sounded “ripped off.” Rather, their apparent influences, coupled with the professional musicianship they displayed, made their tunes fun to listen to" - Open G String

"Melodic shoegazing space rock, anthems rock "Come Blister the Sea" hard but with loving abandon" -Smother

"With a brilliant blend of poppy jazz, funk and deep bass beats they've got something for everyone." -Weekly Dig

"Boston's Anthems MA lifts dreamy reverb-laden guitars with uptempo rhythms." -Flagpole

"Summer Kelly’s vocals are sustained and powerful as they blend seamlessly with the heavily treated, reverberating guitars. " -Free Times

"Dreamy and ambient"- Boston Globe