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"roaring powerpop tunes slathered in electric rock"

This powerpop/rock band strives to stay in sync with local trend and plays catchy tunes. Matt Jeans’ voice is infectious. It perfectly complements the energetic rhythm of each song.

These four musicians are very talented and most definitely know how to play songs that you just can’t help but get stuck in your head for days.

If you enjoy rocking out to roaring powerpop tunes slathered in electric rock, then look no further. These guys will have you singing along in no time. - Indie In-Tune Magazine


Discography

"foreverandnever" EP, Released February 2007 (available on iTunes and CDBaby)
"The Good Fight" EP, Released December 2005
-Airplay in Boston, New York City, Buffalo, Chicago and Los Angeles radio stations (college and local radio shows)
-streaming play on several internet radio shows

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Since forming, born/raised (pronounced born and raised) have been called a lot of things by fans and critics, but most of those amount to the same point: they play "catchy power-pop-rock with a punk rock mentality and a knack for writing hook-driven songs that don't leave you gagging from the sweetener." Dubbed "the menage a trois love children of Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters and Switchfoot," born/raised are currently supporting their newest EP, "foreverandnever," recorded in the Spring of 2006 by Shawn Kimon and Dean Baltulonis at Atomic Studios (The Hold Steady, Andrew WK, Lifetime, Bouncing Souls).

Matt Jeans (Lead Vox/R. Guitar) grew up playing drums in local Chicago bands until Art School in NYC forced him to learn guitar and work on songwriting for fear of getting evicted from his dorm room. After playing with different tunings and eventually breaking strings because of it, he discovered that by removing 3 of the 6 strings, he could get a unique, melodic sound out of the instrument. "It just seemed to make more sense. I tuned the guitar to an open chord and basically play it like a bass–moving up and down on the neck to change notes. Then I use a capo to change the key." Jeans credits this change for the abundance of melody and hooks in born/raised's signature sound.

Friends convinced him to start a band after hearing rough mixes of early songs that would become the band's first EP. Matt turned his acoustic demos into full-band electric songs and after recruiting local musicians to fill in the blanks, the EP was released to local praise as well as the courtship of local independant record labels.

Feeling like the true spirit of an actual band was missing, Matt set out to find the right mix of talent and personality to make the band shine. Mike Foulk (Drums) had been drumming in successful hardcore bands on the East Coast long before he was old enough to buy a ticket to the shows he was playing, graduating and eventually teaching at the world-renown Drummers Collective in NYC, where he was first introduced to the band. He was taken by the band's pop sensibilities and knew they had a chance to do something big. Dennis Greeley's (Bass) expertise, experience and most importantly, incredible bass skills round out the rhythm section while John Gaenzler (Lead Guitar/Backup Vocals), who had been a successful singer/songwriter in the Rochester area since his early teens, acts as the in-band producer.

Since 2005, born/raised have created a buzz on the local NYC scene with their energetic and honest live shows. As they became more in tuned with the local trends around them, they've had no problem giving a nod to a retro sound. But instead of emulating bands like Joy Division and the Cure, the band would rather take cues from popsters like Huey Lewis and the News and Hall & Oates. "Say what you will about Huey Lewis," Matt contends. "The man wrote hits." And born/raised hopes they're writing them, too.