Photo by Jordan Satmary
Hrmmm…where have we been lately?
Huge thanks to NPR Music for including us in their list of artists to discover at SXSW 2013. So many incredible bands here. Be sure to check out the coverage and download the entire Austin 100 mix HERE.
Big thanks to Rolling Stone for including us in their December Playlist. Check out the link HERE or read an excerpt below:
Playlist: December 2012
Our favorite songs, albums and videos right now
Line & Circle “Roman Ruins”
The nostalgia-heavy lyrics are well-suited to the soaring jangle of this L.A. indie band’s new single – a throwback to the Eighties which sounds kind of like Michael Stipe jamming with Johnny Marr and is every bit as lovely as that suggests.
Many thanks to The Deli LA for this review of our show at The Satellite this week. Check out an excerpt below and see the whole thing HERE.
Live Review: Line & Circle at the Satellite, 1/8/13
For the first week of the new year, The Satellite hosted free shows in partnership with Moheak Radio, Grimy Goods, and Downtown Lobby. A great way to lure fans in on cold nights usually spent recovering from overeating and the doldrums of returning to the nine-to-five grind. I ventured out on Tuesday to check out Midwest transplants, Line & Circle, whose anthemic indie rock is drenched in nostalgia. They played an impressive set that proved that while they may be new to LA, they came prepared. Lead singer, Brian Cohen’s vocals harken back to an era before whining was proof of a frontman’s vulnerability, with a haunting quality that at times evoked Robert Smith. Bass player, Nathan Gammill was working so hard, he vacillated between standing eerily still while his fingers danced like lightning across his fretboard, to a mere bob of the head. The theme of the night was maturity - in skill level, and in the feeling evoked through the music. Somehow, their songs give you the sense that they are lamenting heartbreaks and lessons learned from a youth long past, while it’s clear they are right in the midst of it all. But, don’t mistake me, this was not simply a buttoned-up masters class in rock. When Line & Circle hit the stage, they brought the energy up to eleven, and kept it there without hesitation throughout the entire set. A solid set of Indie Rock tunes, just the way you want them - without irony, gimmicks, or arrogance. The duo, turned studio five-piece, recently released a 7” on White Iris Records, which boasts the likes of Beast Coast, Electric Guest, and NO. Check out the single, “Roman Ruins,” below, and keep your eye out for these up-and-comers. - Jacqueline Caruso
Our single “Roman Ruins” made its way onto a few ‘best of’ lists for 2012. Here’s a roundup below. Have a peek and be sure to check out some of these other great tunes as well.
Everybody Taste (US) best songs of 2012
Buzzbands (LA/ US) best local songs of 2012
Bandbook (US) top ten best songs of 2012
Sound of Confusion (UK) top ten best songs of 2012
Many thanks to The Sound of Confusion in the UK for including us in their top ten acts for 2013.
Check out an excerpt below and the read the whole list here.
Line & Circle
As debut singles go, ‘Roman Ruins’ by Californians Line & Circle is one of the best we’ve heard in a long time, even making the top 10 of our tracks of the year list. Surely there’s no way that a band with a song as good as that haven’t gt something else up their sleeves. With just that song and excellent B-side ‘Carelessness’ to listen to we’re eager to hear more.
Happy New Year to you! We’re playing our first show of 2013 next Tuesday, January 8th @ The Satellite, as part of their Satellite Nights series. Check it out here.
The fine folks at Everybody Taste have “Roman Ruins” at #29 in their best songs of 2012. Check out the whole list HERE.
Also, read their review of our 7” below, or check out the post HERE.
“There’s a head-clearing cinematic breeze to the track “Roman Ruins” by Los Angeles band Line & Circle. It’s the sort of song that might soundtrack a scene in a romantic drama where the protagonist and his or her love interest realize they can never actually be together—there’s a touch of cheese and melodrama, but that tragic sentiment is also completely genuine. It’s a song that gets caught in your gut, and only escapes when you turn up the dial on your stereo, crank down the car windows, and drive without really thinking or knowing where you’re going. Buy the 7” from White Iris Records.”
Check out this fine review from our show in Seattle last week. Read an excerpt below, or see the whole review HERE.
“ Line & Circle open with an energetic 45-minute set that blows away the winter blues with a dose of California sun. The venue is still disappointingly empty as the crowd trickles in from the cold, but everyone within earshot sits up and takes notice as soon as Line & Circle take to the stage. Their sound owes more to early R.E.M. than their contemporaries – with a nod to British bands the Stone Roses and The Smiths – but that doesn’t keep them from sounding refreshingly unique. There’s an obvious chemistry at work between these young musicians, and their stage presence keeps even the hardcore rockers entranced. A guest guitar appearance by RNDM’s Joseph Arthur gives their set some variety and texture, while their one hit to date, ‘Roman Ruins‘, provides an upbeat highlight. This is clearly an act to watch over the coming months.”
See more photos from the show by Jason Tang HERE.
Thanks so much to all the new friends we met up the coast these past couple weeks. Pleasure getting to play for you and chat with you. Stay in touch and see you again soon!
Buckle in y’all. See you soon!
Photo by Megan Kathleen McIsaac
The fine folks at KEXP have posted the video from our live session last month at CMJ in New York City.
Check out the post HERE, or read an excerpt and watch two videos below:
“Line & Circle are a dream pop band who’ve come onto the national scene this year from LA. This five-piece started with the songwriting duo of Brian J. Cohen and Brian Egan — both from Akron and Dayton, Ohio, respectively — who met in college before moving from the midwest to Los Angeles. They come out of a tradition of synth and chiming-guitar pop bands like early R.E.M., The Church, or The Feelies — and the reminders of those groups are a strength, not any indication of lack of originality. White Iris Records picked up the band and released a 7″ Roman Ruins (A)/Carelessness (B) in July this year. The songwriting is assured and their performance at CMJ for KEXP’s broadcast was high-energy and transcendent. Brian J Cohen’s voice yearns over top of postmodern and majestic layers of guitar and synth slipping in and around each other. A couple of weeks ago, they released a video for “Roman Ruins,” which follows a group of young 20-somethings blithely road-tripping up the California coast to San Francisco — very apt for the band’s nostalgically earnest landscape. Line & Circle will bring their melodic dream-pop to Seattle on November 27th at the Showbox. Check out the videos below if you want a preview of what should be a great show, and be sure to watch the full performance video, which also features two excellent untitled tracks.”
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