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"Album Review"

What's this? A local band that doesn't fit in with any camp or try to sound like anyone else? Believe it. Song of song, this is one of the most rewarding homegrown debuts I've heard it ages, thanks to singer/songwriter SvenErik Olsen's nightmarescapes and a band that fires like a good dog show: on command. With their adventurous melange or soft rock and hard jazz, and some terrific guitar work, these guys could play on a bill with Happy Apple, Lifter Puller or the late, latent T.V.B.C.

Jim Walsh, St. Paul Pioneer Press - St. Paul Pioneer Press


"Live Review (NXNE Festival)"

The music was noisy and definitely on the unique side: a single, obvious reference band does not pop in to my head, though some of the unusual chords and abrupt, angular timing changes could have been influenced by Sonic Youth. The slower portions of some songs were nicely dressed up with keyboard effects. Promising and intriguing.

Gary Smith, Umbrella Music
- Umbrella Music


Discography

Echo Chamber (2008)

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The Pundits are an indie rock quintet based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Formed from the survivors of various defunct bands on the Minneapolis and Brooklyn scenes, The Pundits have intrigued listeners and critics with their distinctive synthesis of melodic noise pop and angular postpunk.

Critics have had continued difficulty pigeonholing this band. In fact, the reviews have all focused on their distinctive sound. �What�s this? A local band that doesn't fit in with any camp or try to sound like anyone else? Believe it,� wrote Jim Walsh in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, calling their debut �one of the most rewarding homegrown debuts I�ve heard it ages� and praising their �adventurous m�lange of soft rock and hard jazz,� in apparent reference to the band�s penchant for grafting harmonically rich jazz chords onto a noisy indie rock framework.

The Pundits� headturning performance in Toronto at the NXNE Festival was aptly described as "noisy and definitely on the unique side: a single obvious reference band does not pop into my head,� noting their �unusual chords and abrupt, angular timing changes," finding the band �promising and intriguing� (Gary Smith, Umbrella Music).

The Pundits play the songs of lead singer/guitarist SvenErik Olsen. Tackling both the personal and the political, Olsen has the keen eye of a nervy, world-weary detached observer. His lyrics range from the cryptic to the caustic, inviting comparisons to the likes of Elvis Costello, Lou Barlow and Ray Davies.

Musically, Olsen�s songs are transformed by chanteuse/keyboardist Bethany Hummel, bassist Steve Brezenoff and drummer Ryan Bonner into songs that run the gamut stylistically from the danceable new wave strains of �Locate Me�, to the postpunk menace of �The Man That Got Away�, from the power pop riffage of �Up Against It� to the riveting dynamics of the infectious �Bye and Bye the Stars Do Shine.� If you listen intently, it is possible to hear traces of Big Star, The Pixies, Stereolab and Elvis Costello & The Attractions.

For their forthcoming LP �Chiming In,� the Pundits turned to engineer Bob Weston (Shiner, Sebadoh) and Minneapolis indie producer Darren Jackson (Hopefuls, Kid Dakota) The 10-song record will be released sometime in 2008. While the band gauges label interest and distribution deals, they will embark on tours throughout the U.S. and Europe and hope to play a number of showcase festivals to support their record and gain wider exposure.