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.”
“With their recently released debut single, Line & Circle genuinely comfort us without the easy-going plague of complacency.
The single’s cover juxtaposes outdoor serenity with a hint of distortion creeping up from below. With the image just blurry enough to illicit second glances, the songs behind the artwork convey a similar vibe. Neither side of the release is quick to reveal itself; rather, the songs are both slow-burning jams that last far longer than they sonically appear.
“Roman Ruins,” as vividly captured in the video below, embodies a playfully youthful spirit of blindly traveling. The song coasts through calming melodies without the need for straightforward answers or conclusions. Frontman Brian Cohen’s voice holds a familiarity that comforts and cohesively matches the reflective instrumentation.
The B-side, “Carelessness,” has an unexplainable complexity within its four minutes. Guitar progressions are often limited to a single chord, and the piano flirts quietly overtop the track, but the combination of these simplicities with the rest of the song creates an infectious energy that fluctuates with each member’s participation. To witness an outfit combine their skills with such precision is both a treat and pleasant surprise.”
The video for our current A-side “Roman Ruins” is premiering today on STEREOGUM. It is directed by the incredibly talented Mr. Jordan Satmary.
11/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
11/23 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11/25 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
11/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
11/27 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
Deep love and thanks to all our new friends we met out there on our first ever U.S. tour. The shows were truly special because of all of you. Lots more exciting news coming, so stay tuned. See you again soon! x
A million thanks to the incredible folks @kexp for making our live session @cmj last week so memorable. Check out a recap of the performance below, and read the whole article HERE.
Line & Circle have had a busy week! Touted as the next best thing from Los Angeles their infectious sound will definitely leave an impression. The vocals and lyrics of Brian J Cohen are rich and warbling. The combination of these two elements makes Line & Circle out to be an Americana post-punk mashup, like Modern English written for aimless drives through midwestern countryside. So far, they’ve got one single to their name, “Roman Ruins” and the b-side “Carelessness” both are available via White Iris (stream them here).
This year’s CMJ Music Marathon @ Union Square Ballroom during KEXP’s live broadcast is coming to a close but not slowing down-at least not if Line & Circle have anything to do with it. Eager to play for the audience that braved the rainy weather to get out early they ripped through a set of “Discontents”, “Roman Ruins” and introduced listeners to a new song,”Mine is Mine.” Lead singer Brian J Cohen originally hails from Akron, Ohio and his midwestern-hometown vibe radiates with a warmth that has gained them comparisons from everyone from Athen’s R.E.M to New York’s The National. The ease with which Brian Egan (keys), Eric Neujahr (guitar), Nathan Gammill (bass guitar) and Nick Cisik (drums) come together makes their songs even stronger. Make sure to catch them as they head out from their shows this week and continue on their takeover of North America and continue to attract new listeners with each unveiling of their upcoming debut release.
photos by Lauren Slusher and Ben Mobley
KCRW included us in their article on LA bands to watch at CMJ 2012. Read an excerpt below, or check it out here!
"The great thing about music conferences like CMJ is that you start to notice the competing geographic music scenes on a national (and even international) level. There’s no doubt that Brooklyn, Austin, and the Seattle/Portland constituencies have always had great indie success. But there’s always been something unique about the diverse musical landscape of Los Angeles and it seems to be getting bigger and bigger by the year.
This year is no exception with the buzz behind the young pop diva Sky Ferreira, LA indie supergroup JJAMZ(amazingly pronounced Juh-Jamz), 80’s inspired college jangle pop act Line and Circle, Glassnotes 8-bit warrior Robert DeLong, electro pop dance rockers Capital Cities, dreamy shoegazers Tashaki Miyaki, Echo Park indie rockers NO, indie-tronic R&B trio Wildcat! Wildcat!, and Psychelectric blues rockers American Royalty.
Despite the obvious home court advantage of the conference taking place in NY, I believe LA may escape CMJ with a gutsy road victory thanks to some late game heroics from the aforementioned acts…”
Our first U.S. tour begins next week! Who’s coming?
See you out there soon, America. xo
(Photo by Megan McIsaac)
We are performing at the Echoplex this Sunday, 10/7 for the Culture Collide Festival After-Party!
The show is FREE 21+ and FREE for anyone with a Culutre Collide wristband. Tickets will be $7.00 for anyone 18 - 20.
Entrance for the Echoplex is at 1154 Glendale Blvd. Come on down. Here’s the lineup:
8:30pm - 9pm GARLAND
9:15pm - 9:45pm LINE & CIRCLE
10pm - 10:30pm VINYL WILLIAMS
10:45pm - 11:15pm OH BOY LES MECS
11:30pm - THE CIGARETTE BUMS
The fine folks @kexp have included us in their Fall 2012 Music That Matters Podcast. Some great tunes in there. Download it HERE, and check out the tracklist below (released 09/07/12). Special thanks to @loserboy for the deeply kind words.
Many thanks to L.A. Record for their review of our show at Central SAPC this weekend:
“Opening the night was Line & Circle, who made quite an impression. Brian Cohen’s distinct and soothing vocals invoke the feeling of taking a long drive out in the Midwest around sunset, even though you are in a tiny dark bar. The band will be heading out on tour soon, but hopefully will be back to play some more local dates.”
Check it out here. Words and photos by Debi Del Grande.
Tonight we play in Santa Monica @theCentralSAPC w @MiniMansions, @BlowKisses, and @HarrietMusic. What will you wear? http://t.co/Y687EUZm
Echo Park Rising is tomorrow! Come hang with us at this lovely free neighborhood festival. We play at Origami Vinyl @ 3pm! Full info here: http://echoparkrising.com/
KEXP is featuring our single “Roman Ruins” as the Song of the Day today! Download FREE on the KEXP blog. Here is an excerpt:
“Line & Circle is an unlikely L.A. band, formed originally by Brian J. Cohen & Brian Egan, friends and bandmates who actually met at college in the Midwest before making the move out California. It seems the fresh air and cool waves are a good match with their throwback anthemic rock that harkens back to another time. Their early demos caught the ear of White Iris and Lewis Pesacov, who previously produced debut albums for Best Coast and Nikki Lane. They took to the studio, along with a newly formed band, including guitarist Eric Neujahr, bassist Nathan Gammill and drummer Nick Cisik. The result is their brand new 7-inch single “Roman Ruins”. Recorded live, “Roman Ruins” (side A) and “Carelessness” (side B) are nostalgic reminders of great music from our youth.”
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