The Natural History
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The Natural History

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The best kept secret in music


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3 song ep - self released- 8/01
Self Titled ep - StarTime Intl.- 6/02
Beat Beat Heartbeat lp - StarTime Intl.- 6/03


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If rock and roll really is all about living out your dreams, and if you really do your best dreaming when you're a kid, then it's only natural that a pair of brothers raised in the same house and harboring the same rock and roll fantasies would grow up to form an awesome rock band. And when those brothers spent their shared childhood in Manhattan's Upper East Side, singing along to records by the Beatles, Elvis Costello, and James Brown, it makes perfect sense that the band they form as young adults would turn out to be especially awesome. Max and Julian Tepper are brothers, and The Natural History is, in a word, awesome.

Their new record, produced by Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, U2, Rufus Wainwright) and mixed by Chirs Shaw (Bob Dylan, Super Fury Animals, Public Enemy) walks further along the road of melody and harmony, sing-along choruses and clap-along codas from their debut, Beatbeat Heartbeat. The record, tentatively entitled the People That I Meet, begs the question: how did they manage to get two recording geniuses like Joe Chiccarelli and Chris Shaw on-board for the project, especially after departing from their previous label Startime International (the details of this split will be documented on the bands upcoming DVD, "I'm Not Through Singing?") The answer: wait 'till you hear this thing. The demos alone floored these two audio-gents and it's sure to do the same to all of those who hear it next. A true statement by these New York brothers, a triumph.

It was during the months of January and February, 2004, that Max and Julian packed their bags and relocated to Woodstock, NY in an effort to spend their every moment putting together songs for their sophomore record. Each night they ate one whole chicken, trading off cooking and dishwashing duties like reasonable brothers do. People asked, "How do brothers fair sequestered inside a small home for two months, snow and arctic temperatures swirling just outside their door?" Well, Max and Julian have declined to comment, saying only to me that a "record was born, many bottles of wine drank and nothing was discovered broken or damaged by the landlord" when she later came to assess the house. This is nice to know. But would they again travel outside the city to put together a record, seek a bit of quiet in the country? "Spring time in Canada," Julian responded on being asked. "Rio," Max declared, emphatically, exhibiting that no, the brothers do not always see eye to eye on all things. But the music, I say, the music renders all matter of dissension moot.

On returning to the city, Max and Julian continued arranging songs, entering into Brooklyn Bridge Studio by summer's end, ideas abounding, Joe Chiccarelli in from Los Angeles and poised as ever to assist the boys in their rock 'n roll mission. Yes, the birds were humming and flowers in full bloom when they arrived at the studio, informing the brothers to Nature's wish that their recording be a success. After a couple of weeks of deep toil and sweat, the songs, 10 in total coming in at a comfy 38 minutes, were tracked and ready for mixing.

Max and Julian came together next with Chris Shaw, working at Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) and David Iha's (Smashing Pumpkins) Stratosphere Studio on West 26th Street. Chris was tight-lipped about recent recording time spent with Bob Dylan, but eventually the boys got a few beers down him and found out that it's true, "Bob doesn't say much." Yes, we all know. No matter, 11 days later, the record was mixed and everyone present was in high spirits.

The record done, Max and Julian prepared a new band so as to continue touring, something they have done exhaustively throughout their three years, having the opportunity to play at venues they've always dreamed of performing at, such as The Filmore West and the El Rey Theatre in support of Spoon, Irving Plaza alongside Interpol and The Metro with Ted Leo. Yes, many extraordinary bands have embraced the Natural History, taking them under their broader, more lived in wings and bringing the brother around the U.S. "This has been one of the more incredible parts of touring for us," Max says. "There has been extreme warmth by many bands we admire. We're excited to give back to younger bands we've come to enjoy over the years."

Yes, here comes the Natural History!