Wartime Recitals
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Wartime Recitals

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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Wartime Recitals @ The Echo

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Wartime Recitals @ The Echo

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Wartime Recitals @ The Echo

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A warm, convivial collection of baroque pop-inflected tunes, Wartime Recitals' self-titled debut EP is a promising start from an equally promising new group.

Having already caught attention in their native Los Angeles for their charming, baroque pop-esque sound, Wartime Recitals are bound to go to bigger and better places now with the release of their self-titled debut EP, which you can stream below. From the beautiful piano parts of “Bad Dances” and “Short Hair” to the delicate vocal harmonies of “Ribbons”, Wartime Recitals displays a kind of joyous spirit that makes it an effortless listening experience.

The band says to PopMatters about the EP, “After months of hard work, we couldn’t be more excited to share our new EP! On this record, we decided to scale back the brass and string instrumentation from our first singles (‘Hold Your Velocity’ and Lark!’), and leave it to our core instruments. Our EP came together with multiple weeknights and weekends spent in our bassist’s den in Long Beach, CA and a couple recording sessions at Kingsize Soundlabs near Eagle Rock, CA. Lyrically, we try to scale the stories and themes to match the heart of each arrangement, taking cues from some of our favorite narrative based songwriters.” - PopMatters


Like Anathallo and Foxhole before them, Wartime Recitals understands the power of an orchestral wall of sound. While their songs may open with a piano or acoustic guitar, they’re soon engulfed by an arsenal of instruments. But underneath all the horns, strings, and things is a passionate indie rock act with a heart full of pop. Their self-titled debut EP will be released on October 7th. Here’s its swirling second track “Short Hair”: - Free Bike Valet


Today's free song comes from Wartime Recitals. The Los Angeles baroque pop quintet's name comes from the thought that music must be created even when bombs are dropping. This mindset resonates in their buoyant lush indie arrangements that continue to stay upbeat, no matter the darkness of the lyrical content. "Bad Dances" is the second song the band ever wrote together and first recorded for their upcoming self-titled debut EP. If this is just the beginning, we can't see where these guys go next. Stream and download "Bad Dances" above.

“Lyrically it tells the story of a man who’s captivated by the messiness and frenzy of getting caught up in the moment," the band explains. "It’s similar to the beginning of a relationship, or the awkwardness of sex with a new partner. The chorus comes in once the relationship gets stale and old; the couple wishes it was like the beginning but it can never quite be that way again.”

Wartime Recitals is set to come out tomorrow, October 7, and can be pre-ordered through iTunes. For those of you in SoCal, the band's playing their record release show at the Echo on October 8! - PureVolume


LA-based indie pop band Wartime Recitals recently dropped the fresh new track “Bad Dances,” their self-titled debut EP comes out October 7th, they also have a residency at home in Los Angeles at The Echo every Monday night in November. - Groundsounds


As PhantEye makes its transition to Occur.la, we're focusing even more on the emerging bands and artists we love and feel you NEED to hear. Blogger Melissa Bobbitt wants to shout out to Wartime Recitals, whose ebullient brand of indie pop will invade the Echo in Los Angeles all November.

Many congratulations to the ultra-rad Hugo G and his band of joy, Wartime Recitals. I've known this multitalented instrumentalist and journalist for years, going back to when he was my editor at the Deli LA. This labor of love has been a long time coming, and it's phenomenal to see such a hardworking local group make it onto the national scene with the release of their self-titled EP.

Wartime Recitals evokes the glee of Tilly and the Wall and Los Campesinos!, cresting with chimes and shimmering guitar work via Jonathan Krueger (also on lead vox) and Joe Cooper. Hugo provides layers of gorgeous piano, while drummer Thomas Bram and bassist Michael Giardina keep a wistful rhythm. Capping off the experience is vocalist/violinist Morgan Paros, a seraphim of a singer.

Angelenos can catch Wartime Recitals at their November Echo residency. The shows are free:

November 3 (with Amason and Paul Bergmann)
November 10 (with Hi Ho Silver Oh, Dark Furs and Prism Tats)November 17 (at the Echoplex, with Forebear, Decorator and Archer Black)
November 24 (with the End of Summer, Figs Vision and Jag Sun) - Occur.la


I was recently introduced to rising baroque-pop indie-rock band Wartime Recitals and their debut EP. The effort has quick snappy radio friendly tendencies and a touch ready to seduce your ears after repetitive play, but that's rarely my cup of tea. The reason this rising band caught my attention is because of their overall growth potential.

My favorite track, the one that truly won me over, is Wind Up Luck. It doesn't try to be ordinary, but it maintains its pop influence. It's just as ready for radio play as it is to expose genres and ideas, and that alone was inspiring.

It starts with that awkward piano, but by the time the song kicks in everything fits together and makes sense. The sway of the composition suits the playfulness of the idea, and the talent put into it is such that it still allows you to take it seriously. Add layered vocals and uncommon use of their musical arrangement, and you'll also see a faint view of those future possibilities.

There's no way to tell for sure if this elaborate zigzag of an idea is their goal as a band, especially with all the other influences and ideas thrown together on the rest of the EP. Traditional pop is usually very dominant in their sound, with fun humored lyrics being the biggest separation from them and everyone else.

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This is a great EP; more because it serves them and the audience a purpose, and less because the musical quality is superior. The band will play with the concepts they've put forward here, and the listeners will understand where they're coming from and bob along to the extremely catchy tracks. My only fear is that most of these songs become forgotten a little too soon. Hopefully a future effort will fine tune their best assets for a more unique overall Wartime Recitals sound.

Until then we have this EP. Check it out for yourself, it's a quick listen and you can find it on Soundcloud. If you like what they do and where they're going, show them some love. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. - See more at: http://www.d4am.net/2014/10/wartime-recitals-self-titled.html#sthash.rVmzTroi.dpuf - D4AM


A warm, convivial collection of baroque pop-inflected tunes, Wartime Recitals' self-titled debut EP is a promising start from an equally promising new group. Having already caught attention in their native Los Angeles for their charming, baroque pop-esque sound, Wartime Recitals are bound to go to bigger and better places now with the release of their self-titled debut EP, which you can stream below. - Lockerdome


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Indie/baroque pop band Wartime Recitals are named after the idea that music must be played even when bombs are dropping around us. The young Los Angeles quintet is quickly making a name for themselves thanks to the support of publications like Buzzbands.LA who describe their sound as “loose, heartfelt and exuberant.” On October 7, 2014, Wartime Recitals will release their self-titled debut EP, mixed and mastered by veteran producer and engineer Dave Trumfio (Built To Spill, OK Go, Wilco). The EP, produced by the band and recorded at LA’s Kingsize Sound Labs and Vermilion Audio Studios, conveys Wartime Recitals’ jubilant personality with a rotating chamber orchestra of friends on horns, strings, and vocals. The Deli Magazine cites the album as “a driving force that bursts with life.”

“Bad Dances” is the band’s second song ever written and the first recorded for the EP. Lyrically it tells the story of a man who’s captivated by the messiness and frenzy of getting caught up in the moment. “It's similar to the beginning of a relationship, or the awkwardness of sex with a new partner,” says Wartime Recitals. “The chorus comes in once the relationship gets stale and old; the couple wishes it was like the beginning but it can never quite be that way again.”

In 2010 Wartime Recitals was formed after Jonathan Krueger (vocals, acoustic guitar) responded to pianist Hugo P.G.'s ad on Craigslist to start a new project. After adding bassist Michael Giardina, drummer Thomas Bram, and electric guitarist Joe Cooper, the band self-recorded and released three singles in 2012.

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