The Tallest
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The Tallest


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the onion, 5.18.2005 | ...The local band plays collegiate-sounding indie rock topped by Atom Plasma's shaky Malkmus-meets-Mascis vocals...The Tallest keeps things interesting, particularly on its website, which features a monthly serialized play and quite possibly the longest band bio in history. - The Onion (print version, Chicago) - WRVU & KDVS (Davis, CA)


The Future Burns The Sun - CD (2005)
When I Am King EP (forthcoming 2007)
Check the Spectrum LP/CD (forthcoming 2007)

Tracks from "The Future Burns the Sun" received a fair amount of airplay from CMJ affiliate stations in early 2006.

"The Future Burns the Sun" is available for download on iTunes. The CD can be purchased at or directly from Squid Vs. Whale, and is distributed through Carrot Top in the midwestern U.S.



The story of The Tallest begins with three youngsters enduring the hell of eighth grade in Henry County, Kentucky. Strange but true, what is now one of the worlds most fun and creative rock bands began in the eighth grade as a Cure cover band. Fast forward a decade plus, countless drummers, and hundreds of unreleased songs, The Tallest are now grown men and formidible songwriters residing in Chicago, Illinois, and poised to capture the attention of indie music addicts everywhere.

The band recorded their debut album "The Future Burns the Sun" in 2003 with longtime friends and My Morning Jacket members Jim James and Johnny Quaid. The album was released and woefully underpromoted in the black hole month of December 2005. The album is a sleeper favorite among those fortunate enough to have heard it (most likely through tour performances) and the band is ready to strike again with the impending release of their 2nd LP "Check The Spectrum" recorded in Chicago with Electrical Audio's Greg Norman at the helm.

Where "The Future Burns the Sun" loosely recalled the music of My Morning Jacket (the responsible producers-in-effect) mixed with modern British bands such as The Verve, the new album "Check the Spectrum" reveals the true originality of The Tallest. Take for example the track "Back To the Sea," perhaps the albums most striking and dramatic track, a kind of bizarre pirate anthem which recalls equal parts of Neil Young, The Shins, and... Iron Maiden. If you're thinking "W.T.F., " you should be. But as we know, it's always the bands who keep you scratching your head that tend to bring the most compelling and inventive sounds.

Both albums available through our friends at Squid Vs. Whale: A Record Company, a fantastically obscure indie label who have also released albums by Nada Surf, French Kicks, Poster Children, and Service Group, among others.