The Sixfifteens
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The Sixfifteens

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"Save The Sound System"

"The Sixfifteens followed, and simply killed (with abandon), throwing their collective shoulder into a powerful set of tweaked-out, art-damaged, guitar-ringing thunder that dwelled in a noise-meets-melody region somewhere in the neighborhood of Mission of Burma, . . . Trail of Dead and Daydream Nation-era Sonic Youth. Bob Carlton was a dynamo, attacking it like Frank (not Jack) Black on guitar and vocals, while his old Dryer bandmate Joel Lilley threw fierce drum batteries up against Carlton’s and Jeff Fox’s guitar onslaught. They are a band to watch . . . and watch again. ."
Erik Hage (METROLAND MAGAZINE) - Metroland

"All Hail The Sixfifteens"

"NYC's newest potential indie rock darlings aren't from NYC, they are from Upstate New York"
- Greenwich Times

"It's Time To Rock"

Stenciled across the door of the small basement room where the Sixfifteens practice is this charming appellation: “I Shit My Pants Studio.” The name suggests that the four members of the Saratoga Springs band—whose music contains elements of indie rock, power pop and punk—may have a cavalier attitude when it comes to rehearsing and recording. Still, the band’s practice room is surprisingly tidy and well-appointed, with bright orange walls, red velour curtains and neat wall hooks for the many coils of headphones and cords. Only a mural that hangs on the wall behind drummer Joel Lilley’s kit seems jarringly out of place. Someone short on irony has painted a large banner of smiling kittens in nearly day-glow Christmas colors. (A friend of the band discovered the masterpiece of Bad Art in an attic.)

Much like many of the most enjoyable rock bands, the Sixfifteens manage to take their music seriously without taking themselves too seriously. Take the band’s name, for instance: It was inspired by frontman-guitarist Bob Carlton’s former job at his family’s newsstand in Glens Falls. “I used to have a job where I worked until 6:15,” Carlton explains. “It sucked. I worked for my dad. One time I asked my dad, ‘Why 6:15?’ I was like, ‘Why don’t I work until 6 or 6:30?’ My dad said, ‘Because I told you so.’ That was his only answer.”

As the band members warm up for practice, guitarist Jeff Fox swigs repeatedly from a bottle of vodka (“The bottle floats in a pool,” he states, after I express surprise that some brands of vodka are packaged in plastic containers). After a few minutes, the isolated and discordant notes of band members tuning their instruments has morphed into a full-bodied song: “Dusk and Dawn,” one of a slew of sprawling new songs that they have recorded for an upcoming album on a yet-to-be-decided label. Their next song, “Auto-Stop,” is far more punk than anything they’ve written since forming in 2002, when then-bassist Gene Davenport influenced the band’s lighter power-pop sound. Davenport exited the band earlier this year after deciding to move to New York City, which left the Sixfifteens abruptly without a bass player.

The punkish affront of “Auto-Stop” seems well suited to Carlton, who first started playing in local bands in the late ’80s when his ragged, four-chord guitar style was clearly inspired by punk bands like the Ramones. “I think the loss of Gene helped us to move in another direction,” Carlton says. “When Joel and I first started the Sixfifteens, the idea was to make it a power pop sort of band. Gene is a good pop bass player. When he quit, it put us in a situation where we were able to break out of that pop shell. Now there’s a little bit of emo in our music, a little bit of indie rock.”

After playing as a three-piece for much of the past year, the Sixfifteens recruited Matt Bombard of Schodack last month through an ad on an online music site. Bombard’s previous band, Gohbi, had broken up in September. “Matt showed up to his first rehearsal knowing all of our songs. He played a show with us the next day in New York City,” Carlton relays. Although grateful to have found such a capable bass player, Carlton and Lilley both describe their time as a trio as a period of growth. “It was good to play just the three of us,” Lilley says. “We had to work a lot harder. I think we solidified the way everything fit in with us. Then when Matt came along, it made it that much easier [to incorporate a new player].”

“Matt fit in really well—he put the pieces together,” Carlton adds.

Despite all the lineup changes, the Sixfifteens have always had a solid foundation in Carlton and Lilley, who spent much of the ’90s playing together in the Saratoga Springs indie-rock group Dryer. “It’s really easy with Bob and me,” Lilley says. “It’s nice to not have to talk about things all the time, to just feel them out. I know what he’s going to play before he plays it.”

“Yeah, it’s a standard 4/4 thing,” laughs Carlton in a self-deprecating tone.

“We’ve spent a lot of time playing together, almost 10 years,” Lilley continues. “We’ve gone through all these musical phases together. I’ve seen Bob’s playing change rather dramatically.”

“I went from sucking to being OK,” Carlton jokes.

“I think Bob can do all the things I can’t do on guitar,” Fox adds in Carlton’s defense.

The band may not agree on what their overall sound is these days. Carlton calls it “noisy indie-rock,” while Bombard says “it’s a little more punk” and Fox defines it solely as “rock.” But they do concur on some of their favorite current musical acts: Wilco, Guided by Voices, Sloan and Supergrass. And they agree that by finally nailing down their lineup, the Sixfifteens are free to experiment with new sounds and new material.

“Our songwriting is getting more collaborative,” Fox says.

“As new people come in, songs start to change. You start to spread out more,” adds Carlton. “Now we’re writing better music, better songs. We’re not looking for a commercial sound. We’re writing music for the sake of how we like it. We’re not trying to fit into any one sound or worrying about being indie rock or power pop.”
- Metroland

"All Music Guide CD Review"

This debut from Saratoga Springs, NY, natives the Sixfifteens (who include former Dryer members Bob Carlton and Joel Lilley) mixes aggressive power pop/punk-pop with more experimental fare, and the seven tracks represent the sound of a new band really finding its legs. From the mellow Sonic Youth-like guitar wash of "5 Minutes" to the sprightly Figgs-like pop-punk of "Tell All Your Lies," the band is moving in several directions at once — the most compelling coming with the more oblique, post-punkish tracks "Dusk and Dawn" and the powerful album closer, "Auto-Stop." The ominously ringing guitar tones, martial drum batteries, and uncanny dramatic build of the latter wouldn't be out of place on an ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead album. This debut seems a nice slice of things to come; from top to bottom there's a bristling energy, tight interplay, and melodic sensibility that augurs well for the future. — Erik Hage - All Music Guide


"They've come down from upstate New York to entertain you with their patented indie-rock sound that calls to mind bands like R.E.M., Pavement, The Wedding Present, and Modest Mouse. Not the usual IPO (International Pop Overthrow) fare, but they're so good at crafting angular melodies that their offer to play was one we couldn't refuse!" - International Pop Overthrow


VOTED BEST BAND OF 2004 BY METROLAND WRITERS "Since emerging in 2002, Saratoga band the Sixfifteens have just gotten stronger and stronger—and have continued to evolve in compelling ways. A large portion of the group’s appeal stems from a blistering live show; leader Bob Carlton (formerly of Dryer) plays every set like it’s his last, his stage presence and energy hovering somewhere between Frank Black and Jack Black. The ’fifteens—which also consist of Carlton’s former Dryer colleague Joel Lilley, along with Jeff Fox and Matt Bombard—have moved long strides beyond their original punk/power pop intentions, adopting complex, contrapuntal guitar lines, tightly frenetic rhythms and melodic noise. Their recent EP, Let’s Not Think About It, was a strong debut, but we can’t wait to see what they cook up in September, when they head into the studio for their first full-length." - Metroland


3-song sampler- Self released
"Let's Not Think About It" e.p.- Fake Chapter Records
"Feature, Conference, Transfer" -Fake Chapter Records


Feeling a bit camera shy


After nearly a decade as two-thirds of the well-toured pop-punk outfit Dryer, Bob Carlton and Joel Lilley, were no sooner out of one band then at the helm of a new, more expansive project, The Sixfifteens. Taking their cues from the likes of Goo-era Sonic Youth and Pavement, the new project angled towards pop, but with an eye to exploring the sonic periphery of the genre. Early on, the sound was fueled by Joel Lilley’s propulsive rhythms and pulse-racing kick drum, coupled with Carlton’s anxious guitar attack. After releasing their EP Let’s Not Think About It (Fake Chapter Records, 2004), the band recruited angular guitarist Jeff Fox for their debut full-length, Feature, Conference, Transfer (also on Fake Chapter). This latest showcases a greater departure from Bob and Joel’s pop roots. Hooks are interrupted by quick stops and temporarily swallowed by bursts of noise; melodies are masochistically bent and twisted – seemingly beyond repair – before snapping back into shape with the alacrity of a well-swung sonic whip. And fans and critics alike are taking notice of the band’s tortured pop.