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VILLAINS

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States | INDIE

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States | INDIE
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I Don't Belong EP featuring "Dance Party 3000," "Holding Hands," "El Crash Carro," and "House of Happiness." All of these may be streamed on either Myspace or Facebook.

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After the fall of local favorites I Said Stop!, drummer Philip Martin approached local folk singer-songwriter Read Richards to begin a duo performance group. Immediately shifting gears away from the folk and dream-pop influences of their earlier works, the two decided to focus on the dance side of post-punk. Drawing influences from the no-wave and early indie groups of the 80's, the post-rock and noise-core of the 90's, and the arena indie of the 00's, these two crafted miniature 3 minute, chaotic-yet-beautiful masterpieces. After enjoying some success from constant gigging in and around the Tulsa area, they decided there was something missing, and added Corey Hughes (formerly of Atlas Life) on bass. With this added low-end, Richards was freed of some of his rhythmic duties and able to explore lead opportunities on the guitar and even some synthesizer work without sacrificing the groove of the song. Added depth and more freedom brought along a slight sonic shift. Post-punk influence lessened and they focused on the swells and dynamics that give goosebumps, just as much as the sing-alongs thet were already known for. After a
year, Hughes left to pursue his solo project, and I Said Stop! alumni Brian Keller and Ian Gallohan were brought into the fold on bass and synths respectively. These guys love putting down floor-stompers and arm-wavers, and holding your hand through the evolution of a song to bring you to that big last refrain before leaving you feeling angsty and revved and wanting more. But all one can do is dance it off. Everybody Dance.